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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 47% in reading.
About Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District...
Address
501 N Gulkana St
Palmer, AK 99645
Telephone
(907) 746-9255

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
47%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1150
480 responses
Average ACT
25
255 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%
Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$58,389
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$939
National
$949
Median Home Value
$198,500
National
$184,700

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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I have truly enjoyed the few teachers who truly love their job and the opportunity to educate others. I would love to see more of those teachers working in the mat-su school district. While I loved the passion of some teachers, I disliked the lack of enthusiasm in others. I have witnessed quite a few teachers become bored or "burnt out" with their job and lose all passion, this makes it very difficult to learn. Also, there is a lack of diversity in this school district. Children/students of color are often an extreme minority and often discriminated against because of it. Staff are unwilling to accept change and lack the empathy needed to truly help this problem.
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!