PROFICIENCY 35% 11% higher than state average
School Rankings Proficiency Averages
37%Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

Birchtree Charter School is a school servicing grades KG to 8 and is located in the district of "Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District" in Lakes, AK. There are a total of 360 students and 23 teachers at Birchtree Charter School, for a student to teacher ratio of 16 to 1. There are a total of 0 free lunch students and 0 reduced lunch students.

Birchtree Charter School has an average proficiency test score (in mathematics and languages) of 35.0%, which is 11% higher than the Alaska average.


Student/Teacher ratio16:1
Free lunch0
Reduced lunch0


Advanced Placement
AP enrollmentn/a
Taking some coursesn/a
Taking some courses (not tests)n/a
Passing some coursesn/a
Passing no coursesn/a

Advanced placement (AP) is a program that offers high school students the ability to take college level courses and exams. These programs were created to be at the same level of most first year university courses. If the students were successful in the AP programs, they could potentially receive advanced placement, credit or exemptions when they go on to university. At Birchtree Charter School, there are a total of n/a students enrolled in advanced placement courses, with n/a taking some courses.

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Proficiency in languages comparison

Proficiency in mathematics by grade

High Schooln/a

Proficiency in languages by grade

7<= 20%
High Schooln/a

The proficiency in math and languages tables represent the percentage of students that scored at or above the proficiency level on their standardized state assessment tests. Although these tests are standardized within each state, the tests may vary from state to state. Comparing the results of one state to another may not always be an accurate or fair comparison.

Birchtree Charter School race/ethnicity breakdown

White 68.7% 72.5% 48.4% 51.1%
Black 3.0% 2.2% 3.5% 15.9%
Asian 4.0% 2.9% 6.3% 4.7%
Hispanic or Latino 1.2% 3.4% 6.7% 23.6%
American Indian and Alaskan 23.1% 17.7% 23.9% 1.2%
Hawaiian 0.0% 1.2% 2.5% 0.4%
Multiracial 0.0% 0.1% 8.7% 3.1%

Lakes demographics profile

Population density (sq mi)175191
Median age32.833.637.7
Male/Female ratio1.0:11.1:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)52%53%55%
Speak English82%84%79%
Speak Spanish5%4%13%

Education level achieved in Lakes

Completed 8th grade89.5%88.0%84.3%
Completed high school88.8%87.2%83.0%
Completed some college69.3%64.6%59.4%
Completed associate degree42.8%37.1%38.5%
Completed bachelors34.3%28.8%30.3%
Completed masters12.6%10.4%11.5%
Completed professional degree3.8%2.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate1.2%1.1%1.3%
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Untrained and physically abusive toward special needs students

This school deserves less than one star. I originally enrolled my son without realizing he would need special education. He gradually began to have outbursts through the year. The school initially worked with me by having a special education staff member give him one on one attention. However, one day he wasn't standing outside with the rest of his class for pick up. When I entered the school, I could hear him screaming from down the hall. I ran. What I saw once I entered the open door class.. was a male teacher holding my son down on the floor with his knees on my sons chest and he was YELLING back into my son's face. My son was in second grade. The special education teacher was standing there with her arms crossed WATCHING. I immediately went to my son's aide but did not put my hands on the male teacher as I honestly would have been justified in doing so. I later learned that the male teacher was NOT trained in physical restraint. No one on staff was. The reason they had my son in the room was because they thought his behavior was on the verge of a meltdown and that he should be held back for quiet time as the rest of the class go to pick up. My son saw this and was upset because he thought if he wasn't there for me to pick him up that he would get left behind. So he tried to run out of the room and was then restrained. I have pictures of the bruises the male teacher left on my son. My son then had night terrors where he woke up screaming and crying that he couldn't move. I recorded SEVERAL of these. I also took my son to a chiropractor without telling the chiro what happened to him. The chiro asked if my son had been in a car accident because he was suffering from whiplash. This school is NOT SAFE. Their response was to expel my child. I consulted the school district and my son was put into a class in machentanz elementary where he flourished. Birch Tree, BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES
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Source: The Birchtree Charter School data displayed above is derived from the 2016 National Center for Education Statistics and from the U.S. Department of Education.