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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 18,828 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 51% in reading.
501 N Gulkana St
Palmer, AK 99645
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
51%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
83%
Average SAT
1160
536 responses
Average ACT
25
284 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
18,828
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

Expenses Per Student
$16,775/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    55%
  • Support Services
    43%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$60,350
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$951
National
$949
Median Home Value
$204,300
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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While being apart of the Mat-Su Susitna Borough School district I was able have close ties with lots of people due to the small community. I learned a lot in school, whether it was academics or life lessons. Everyone in the education field is helpful and wants everyone to succeed. I originally attended Colony High School until I found out about the Mat-Su Middle College Program that is tied to the University of Anchorage, Alaska. With this program I was able to finish high school early and am currently taking college courses to get a head start. They pay for my tuition and are always helpful and making sure that I am comfortable and succeeding. The school district has provided me with endless opportunities and given me some of the best people to call my friends. I am forever thankful to have moved here back in 2015.
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.