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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Colony High School is a highly rated, public school located in Palmer, AK. It has 1,143 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 23% of students are at least proficient in math and 43% in reading.
Address
9550 E Colony School Drive
Palmer, AK 99645
Telephone
(907) 861-5500
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Colony High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
43%
Percent Proficient - Math
23%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1160
131 responses
Average ACT
25
72 responses
AP Enrollment
19%

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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$99,122
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,086
National
$949
Median Home Value
$284,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 82 responses
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  • Sports
    16%
  • Sports events and prom
    15%
  • Superfans
    12%
  • School Dances
    11%
  • Spirt Weeks
    9%
  • Assemblies
    9%
  • Plays
    9%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,143
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.2%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.37 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.37 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.37 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$21,835/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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Colony High is an amazing high school that will help you get to where you need to be. I have been involved in student government, leadership and basketball the last 4 years and I wouldn't trade it for anything! I'm a senior now and the last 4 years are everything you could think of for an awesome high school experience!
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I like Colony High School because the school spirit is amazing. Whenever we have sporting events, it doesn't matter if it's held at our school or not, Colony students and staff always show up to show how much they love our school. There's always huge crowds of green, white, and black paint, tutus, full body-suits, and Colony gear. It makes it so much more fun to watch sports like football or basketball because the crowd is cheering so loud and everyone gets so into it. We have the greatest super fans! The school spirit is what I am going to miss the most when I leave Colony High.
I liked Colony High school because I had some wonderful teachers that actually cared about the students, showed up before school hours, and were involved in extra-curricular functions to provide students a learning experience in many aspects of life. I had encouraging coaches and enjoyed the spirit that the school carries. Some things that could be improved are things like the individuality of students, letting them decorate graduation caps, and treating the students as grown individuals and not just respecting the parents.