Located approximately 40 miles north of Anchorage, Colony High School is one of three comprehensive large high schools (schools serving 900-1,300 students) in the Mat-Su Valley and is situated between the cities of Palmer and Wasilla, less than seven miles from each. It is the newest building of the three, having first opened its doors to students in 1991 with only 375 freshmen and sophomores in a school designed for a capacity of 1,200. The first graduating class was the Class of 1994.
Each fall, Colony High School opens its doors to approximately 1,100 students in grades 9-12 with about 55 certified staff and 35 support staff. Students from Palmer and Wasilla as well as the surrounding areas of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are enrolled at Colony High School, an open-enrollment school which allows students to apply for boundary exceptions to attend this school known for high academic standards.
Colony High School offers all of the typical co-curricular programs one would expect to find in a high school of its size. Colony High School has won numerous regional and state championship awards throughout the years including the state cheerleading championship for the past eight consecutive years, state wrestling championship for four consecutive years, and first place three out of the past four years in Science Olympiad. Both boys/girls soccer teams and our baseball team were Region III champions last June.
Colony High School is also acclaimed for its exceptional music program offering numerous band, choir, and orchestra classes as well as being home to its award-winning Marching Band, one of the few programs in the entire state and directed by 2008 Alaska BP Teacher of Excellence, Mr. Jamin Burton. The CHS Music Program won the coveted Grammy Award 2013 and the marching band represented Alaska at the 125th Rose Bowl Parade in 2014.
The school's fine arts program is polished off with a first-rate drama program which produces four plays per year including a radio drama on KVRF 89.5FM, a major musical or Shakespeare play every February, and student directed one-acts in the spring.
Colony High School holds the highest Alaska School Performance Index score in the state for all 4A high schools in 2013. The ASPI score is based on state-mandated proficiency tests in reading, writing, and mathematics in addition to SAT/ACT scores, WorkKeys scores, and graduation rates. CHS is fully accredited through AdvancEd/NWAC. Because of its high expectations and a rigorous but broad academic program, Colony High School has among the highest test scores (HSGQE/SAT/ACT) in the state of Alaska. Fourteen Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in every subject area including AP Literature; AP Language; AP World, US, and Government; AP Biology; AP Chemistry; AP Physics; AP Environmental Science; AP Calculus (both AB/BC); AP Statistics; AP Art Studio; AP Music Theory, and more.
A variety of courses in Career and Technical Education (CTE) are offered including vocational courses such as Small Engines and Technical Drafting. Colony high School houses a world-class welding facility and serves as the site for the district-wide Welding Program. Business and computer courses are also available for college credit, including Accounting, Logistics, Business Law, IT, Desktop Publishing, Technological Applications, Web Design, Computer Science, and A+/N+ certification courses.
Colony High School adopted the first JROTC program in the Mat-Su School District. This is the only army JROTC program in the valley.
The CHS JROTC cadets won the GPA award among all of the JROTC units in Alaska; they are the Alaska 2011 state drill team champions and 2012 runners-up. The Colony JROTC cadet comand is rated as an honor unit with distinction, scoring a 98% on the cadet formal inspection.