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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is an above average, public school district located in Palmer, AK. It has 18,926 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 76% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
501 N Gulkana St
Palmer, AK 99645
Telephone
(907) 746-9255
Website

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Rankings

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  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
76%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1140
429 responses
Average ACT
25
203 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
18,926
Free or Reduced Lunch
38.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$303,290,000
Expenses Per Student
$21,835/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    40%
  • Other
    2%

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Reviews

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Currently, I’m a Highschool student enrolled at Career Tech but am in the ANSEP program. And my review is about that, not the overall picture. Because if it was, the review would be much worst. My experience here in my school is great! ANSEP is almost like a family and you get to learn so much! I’ve already earned about 24 college credits because of the help of ANSEP and I really appreciate it due to my poor family background. And the education is more challenging then if I were to have stayed in a regular Highschool. On average, I have a 3.9 GPA since middle school to my current grade. I’m a determined student and have taken every opportunity that would help my education in the future that is key to my success and am currently trying out for scholoships in order to further my education. Matsu has provided me with many opportunities and more on the way. I love that about it, and that’s how I feel.
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Staff are extremely kind and helpful; their goals are to watch their students succeed. If there is a problem with anything, they always make sure to solve the problem and prevent the same problem from happening in the future. I couldn't have asked for a better school district to grow up and learn in!
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is where I have been going to school since I first started. From an early age, I have always been in advanced classes, and the MSBSD has done a great job of giving me the opportunity to take classes that weren't necessarily in my grade level, but were classes I was academically ready to take. In high school, they offered me multiple Advanced Placement courses, which also give students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Another thing I enjoy about the MSBSD is that it doesn't let the fact that it is from a small part of Alaska hold it's students back, it tries to give us equal opportunities as students in the other 49 states.