School Details

Colony High School

9550 East Colony School Dr, Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 861-5500
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1187 students 21 students/teacher (AK avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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Alaska Standards Based Assessment (SBA)

In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District average
  • Alaska state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Alaska Standards Based Assessment (SBA)

In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
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AK High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE)

In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District average
  • Alaska state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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AK High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE)

In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District average
  • Alaska state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Colony High School is a public high school in Palmer. 1,187 children attend Colony High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 21% of the 1,187 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Colony High School is 21:1. Valley Pathways is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 75%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 4% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 14% 16%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.4%
Multiracial 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 33%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I have a 9th grader and being a KNIGHT has been the best experience EVER for him. He looks forward to school with his peers and really enjoys all his classes. He's involved with hockey and enjoys the coaches and teammates as well. We couldn't be happier with our choice to be a KNIGHT

  • (4 years ago)

    Colony is an amazing school I am a 9th grader at Colony and it is GREAT. The teachers are extremely helpful and care about your succes. Colony has more advanced classes than any school in the valley witch looks great for college. Colonys goal is to prepare you for life and for college. College credit is available for most classes for a extremely cheap price. If you have kids going there tell them to take Hopkins tech apps class He is a great teacher.

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff at this school really goes out of their way to help students succeed. Standards of behavior and academic performance are HIGH. Kids are expected to do their best and given the support they need to achieve. The principals and front office staff at the school treat parents like we are the custormer--which we are! It's the best school our children have attended anywhere and all 4 of our kids have loved it. Our two oldest say they got the best preparation possible for college because of the high quality of teaching and all the AP classes available to them. It would be nice if more parents attended the monthly principal's parent forum but I know the principal does everything she can to get parents involved. We are just busy I guess.

  • (4 years ago)

    I went to this school in the 9th grade and loved it. Everyone was so nice to me. Teachers were great. I had this one math teacher who would take time out of her lunch break to help me with my math. Loved choir. Only thing though was it was weird to have drivers ed on a simulator. Moved out of state to WA sucky school then to CA the worst no programs of any kind. You have to fundraise like no tomorrow here always asking for $. Still there's nothing.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a parent and I do not agree with the parent involvement rating. I think every parent is as involved as they choose to be. Colony has iParent so they can check on their children's grades. I'd call that involved.

  • (4 years ago)

    I spent my high school days at Colony and loved it. I only had one teacher which I deem to have not liked me very much however she was still an excellent teacher. If you're thinking about sending your children here make sure they get McKenney for a teacher. He is fantastic. This school has teachers who care about you and are willing to work with you in order for you to be able to get what you need to get done. Drama program is amazing not from experience but from watching plays. Great school. By the far the best of all the Valley schools.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attend Colony High and this is my second year of attendance. I am thoroughly content with the classes teachers and student body as a whole. Colony has a great music program a good drama program athletics are always considered a priority as well as education. There's much less drug usage compared to Wasilla and Palmer. Colony High School tomorrows are given high standards and expected to be kind and respectful to one another. If you're looking for a well-rounded school in the valley Colony High is the right choice for you.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has been at Colony High for three years now. This school is probably the best one in the valley. The staff work hard to offer classes to fit student's needs instead of teacher wants. The principal Mrs. Duffin is wonderful. She puts the needs of the students first and works hard to make Colony an environment where students will succeed.

  • (6 years ago)

    We only moved here in July but we are really blessed to have moved into this school district! The only marching band in the state of Alaska resides here! And they have been invited to go to march in the Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C.! How cool is that! We also like the fact that anything below 70% is considered failing. Our daughter is learing atleast as much as she was at her previous school and it s a huge relief that the popular crowd here isn t the one that do drugs (like at the schools where we came from) but the athlete/brains! Sure if you don t fit in that category (and she doesn t quite) it s a bit harder but she s not being pressured to do drugs and she s got quite a few people that she at least knows and who know her and as always her best friends are in or around the band.

  • (6 years ago)

    Awesome school and I only attended for one year before moving. Colony sports teachers JROTC and everything work together with no wasted time or lack of student abilites students actually matter teachers actually care for those of you that remember I was a student the 2006-2007 School year (Freshman ) moved to Maryland (Perry Bryant) Whats up yall COLONY ROCKS!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Those comments about Colony being rich and snobby are ridiculous. I'm not a jock student government member leadership member or any of those things and I don't feel snubbed by anyone. School is what you make it and if you want drama that is certainly what you'll get. While I don't agree with all the decisions the administration has made I do believe that Colony is one of the most outstanding schools . Anything below 70% is failing and i think that grading system pushes students to work harder. If you don't want to learn then you fail. I'm definitely not the best student. but I've learned to wor hard. Also yes the classes are large but that's an issue throughout the country. I really think Colony is a good school to go to for it's acaddemics sports and other extracurricular activities as well as meeting people. If you're willing tompeople

  • (7 years ago)

    I loved going to colony. I switched to wasilla for a semester then went right back to colony. It is a great school. I agree the classes are a bit big but the teachers give it their all to make it better for the students. But crowed schools is just an issue in the hole vally. And i wasnt rich or have a nice car its just me and my mom and i was accepted by most.

  • (7 years ago)

    Im really shocked by some of the comment on here about Colony High. I went to there for 3 years and thought it was a really good school education wise and enviornment wise. No one Colony is snobby or mean I mean yeah there will always be those kids who are but not the whole school was like that. in fact everyone there in my 3 years were really close everyone knew who everyone was alot of people hung out together. I would hate for Colony to get a bad reputation by comments being made on here especially by parents who never went there and dont know what its like. I think Colony is a very good school to attend.

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent staff & extracurricular activities! Students are smart and nice. Really clean too.

  • (7 years ago)

    The overall academic program at Colony is better than any other Valley schools. There is a great drama program at Colony and the music program is really good too. The athletic teams are as good as any in the state of Alaska. This school has excellent parental involvement. I am so glad that my kids will get to attend such a good school. Thanks to all of the staff and professional teachers and administrators.

  • (7 years ago)

    Simply the best school ever!

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is a good learning school but in need of some serious attitude adjustment. Everyone there is snobby and preppy and down right mean. They think that they are better then everyone else. I do not recommend this school for anyone unless they are preppy snobby and mean. I will never let any of my kids go there. Never!

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school compared to the surrounding other choices. Seemed to have a higher percentage of college bound students. Highly recommend.

  • (9 years ago)

    Colony is a 'preppy' school. If your children do not wear the 'right' clothes or own a car they will be treated differently. The administration is a firm believer that all the kids must be the same without any individuality allowed. They are difficult to work with and although they have some very good teachers I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone.

  • (9 years ago)

    I love this school. I'm glad I am able to come here because Colony upholds a lot of standards that I have. I like this school more than ANY other in the Valley because it has teachers that push the students to be the best they can be and for the fun learning experience I've had so far (and I'm just a freshman). I wish they more people wanting to do choir and drama; while sports are good so many people do sports and not enough of the performing arts. One thing people need to keep in mind is your high school experience will only be as good as you want it to be...Colony's done their job on providing a positive environment.

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