Palo Verde School

Summary:

Palo Verde School is an elementary school located in Casa Grande, Arizona, serving grades PK-8 with a student population of 501. The school is part of the Casa Grande Elementary District, which is ranked 454 out of 540 districts in Arizona and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Palo Verde School stands out from the surrounding schools in several key ways. It has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (65.07%) compared to nearby schools, which range from 54.56% to 72.38% Hispanic students. Academically, Palo Verde consistently underperforms the Casa Grande Elementary District and the state of Arizona in standardized test scores, with only 10-24% of its students proficient in English Language Arts and Mathematics, compared to the district's 21-24% and the state's 36-45% proficiency. Additionally, Palo Verde has a very high percentage of students (90.82%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

These factors contribute to Palo Verde School's consistently low ranking, with the school placed in the bottom 20% of Arizona elementary schools and receiving a 0-1 star rating from SchoolDigger over the past several years. When compared to nearby schools like Cholla Elementary School, CGESD Online Learning Academy, and Desert Willow Elementary School, Palo Verde stands out as the lowest-performing, both in terms of academic achievement and overall school ranking.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 40 N Roosevelt Ave
       Casa Grande, AZ  85122-5010


(520) 421-1650

District: Casa Grande Elementary District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1160th of 1,245 Arizona Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,290 Help


Students who attend Palo Verde School usually attend:

High:    Vista Grande High School

Student/teacher ratio:  23.8 Help
Number of students:  501

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
65.1%
White:
17.4%
African American:
8.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  90.8% Help


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Compare Details Palo Verde School ranks worse than 93.2% of elementary schools in Arizona. It also ranks 8th among 9 ranked elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 13.14. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (65.1%), White (17.4%), African American (8.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 90.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Casa Grande Elementary District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palo Verde School is 23.8. 6 elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Palo Verde School is $8,290, which is the 5th highest among 9 elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Palo Verde School:

SchoolDigger ranks Palo Verde School 1160th of 1245 Arizona public elementary schools. (See Palo Verde School in the ranking list.)

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Casa Grande Elementary District:

SchoolDigger ranks Casa Grande Elementary District 454th of 540 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Palo Verde School

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Rank History for all students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 46.42 588th 1062 44.6%
2010 34.98 736th 1090 32.5%
2011 31.03 774th 1075 28.0%
2012 32.97 848th 1141 25.7%
2013 32.02 876th 1158 24.4%
2014 27.13 824th 1079 23.6%
2015 25.23 687th 955 28.1%
2016 30.04 728th 1079 32.5%
2017 27.05 790th 1106 28.6%
2018 21.75 875th 1109 21.1%
2019 13.26 941st 1039 9.4%
2021 24.84 898th 1226 26.8%
2022 13.63 872nd 1000 12.8%
2023 13.14 1160th 1245 6.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 29.82 777th 1027 24.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 38.86 826th 975 15.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 22.78 1150th 1201 4.2%
2023 14.33 811th 820 1.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.28 599th 820 27.0%
2022 95.31 8th 618 98.7%
2023 18.17 1010th 1116 9.5%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 31.66 366th 423 13.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.64 813th 1023 20.5%
2019 10.50 800th 862 7.2%
2021 26.81 877th 1219 28.1%
2023 15.04 1111th 1219 8.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.06 823rd 1032 20.3%
2019 20.29 670th 850 21.2%
2021 27.97 834th 1220 31.6%
2023 11.39 1177th 1216 3.2%
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Rank History for African American students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 21.88 871st 895 2.7%
2023 19.87 540th 607 11.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.83 597th 911 34.5%
2019 22.57 575th 709 18.9%
2021 30.24 827th 1198 31.0%
2023 14.96 1110th 1170 5.1%
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Rank History for Native American students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 48.71 214th 654 67.3%
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Rank History for White students at Palo Verde School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 49.20 575th 1161 50.5%
2023 9.99 981st 1024 4.2%
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Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Palo Verde School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 137 33 0 217 47 n/a n/a -82 352
1989 87 45 0 200 36 n/a n/a -17 351
1990 109 46 1 197 22 n/a n/a -14 361
1991 108 42 2 196 22 n/a n/a 4 374
1992 125 41 2 220 19 n/a n/a 1 408
1993 108 49 3 234 32 n/a n/a 0 426
1994 101 48 1 253 28 n/a n/a 0 431
1997 103 74 0 342 19 n/a n/a 0 538
1998 73 69 1 319 22 n/a n/a 0 484
1999 74 67 1 312 32 n/a n/a 0 486
2000 63 83 0 340 34 n/a n/a 0 520
2001 56 91 0 331 34 n/a n/a 0 512
2002 66 65 0 312 38 n/a n/a 0 481
2003 66 65 0 312 38 n/a n/a 0 481
2004 57 53 0 321 39 n/a n/a 0 470
2005 103 41 1 366 41 n/a n/a 0 552
2006 128 49 2 394 49 n/a n/a 0 622
2007 139 52 5 413 47 n/a n/a 0 656
2008 170 35 8 412 32 n/a n/a 0 657
2009 140 40 8 369 40 n/a n/a 0 597
2010 105 38 9 460 45 n/a n/a 0 657
2011 41 30 2 405 44 1 11 0 534
2012 47 28 2 415 40 1 17 0 550
2013 44 24 1 376 35 0 12 0 492
2014 43 17 0 352 31 0 12 0 455
2015 53 23 0 325 47 1 16 0 465
2016 56 29 0 312 51 2 24 0 474
2017 63 28 0 289 66 0 19 0 465
2018 51 38 1 277 51 1 17 0 436
2019 44 32 0 236 45 3 27 0 387
2020 39 29 1 237 32 3 24 0 365
2021 39 20 0 205 19 1 12 0 296
2022 66 22 1 279 23 1 19 0 411
2023 87 41 2 326 17 1 27 0 501

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Palo Verde School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 352 21.5 16.3 n/a
1989 351 22.0 15.9 n/a
1990 361 23.0 15.6 n/a
1991 374 24.0 15.5 n/a
1992 408 24.0 17.0 n/a
1993 426 23.5 18.1 n/a
1994 431 24.5 17.6 n/a
1997 538 32.0 16.8 n/a
1998 484 32.3 15.0 n/a
1999 486 32.8 14.8 n/a
2000 520 43.7 11.9 n/a
2001 512 34.0 15.1 n/a
2002 481 29.8 16.1 n/a
2003 481 29.8 16.1 n/a
2004 470 27.7 17.0 82.3
2005 552 29.2 18.9 99.5
2006 622 29.2 21.3 99.5
2007 656 32.3 20.3 68.1
2008 657 34.5 19.0 67.6
2009 597 32.2 18.5 69.5
2010 657 34.3 19.1 81.7
2011 534 28.0 19.0 75.5
2012 550 26.0 21.1 60.5
2013 492 24.0 20.5 41.7
2014 455 23.0 19.7 94.7
2015 465 22.0 21.1 92.5
2016 474 22.0 21.5 61
2017 465 21.5 21.6 n/a
2018 436 20.5 21.2 90.8
2019 387 18.3 21.1 90.7
2020 365 17.8 20.5 87.7
2021 296 14.3 20.6 n/a
2022 411 18.5 22.2 87.8
2023 501 21.0 23.8 90.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Palo Verde School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 352 21.5 16.3 n/a
1989 351 22.0 15.9 n/a
1990 361 23.0 15.6 n/a
1991 374 24.0 15.5 n/a
1992 408 24.0 17.0 n/a
1993 426 23.5 18.1 n/a
1994 431 24.5 17.6 n/a
1997 538 32.0 16.8 n/a
1998 484 32.3 15.0 n/a
1999 486 32.8 14.8 n/a
2000 520 43.7 11.9 n/a
2001 512 34.0 15.1 n/a
2002 481 29.8 16.1 n/a
2003 481 29.8 16.1 n/a
2004 470 27.7 17.0 82.3
2005 552 29.2 18.9 99.5
2006 622 29.2 21.3 99.5
2007 656 32.3 20.3 68.1
2008 657 34.5 19.0 67.6
2009 597 32.2 18.5 69.5
2010 657 34.3 19.1 81.7
2011 534 28.0 19.0 75.5
2012 550 26.0 21.1 60.5
2013 492 24.0 20.5 41.7
2014 455 23.0 19.7 94.7
2015 465 22.0 21.1 92.5
2016 474 22.0 21.5 61
2017 465 21.5 21.6 n/a
2018 436 20.5 21.2 90.8
2019 387 18.3 21.1 90.7
2020 365 17.8 20.5 87.7
2021 296 14.3 20.6 n/a
2022 411 18.5 22.2 87.8
2023 501 21.0 23.8 90.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Palo Verde School

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YearPersonnel Expenditures from Federal FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from Federal FundsTotal Expenditures from Federal FundsPersonnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $461 (5.2%) $81 (0.9%) $1,004 (11.4%) $7,078 (80.5%) $1,175 (13.4%) $8,252 (93.8%) $8,795
2020 $286 (3.9%) $102 (1.4%) $674 (9.1%) $5,850 (79.3%) $1,136 (15.4%) $6,986 (94.7%) $7,375
2022 $1,269 (15.3%) $167 (2.0%) $2,704 (32.6%) $5,458 (65.8%) $1,397 (16.9%) $6,855 (82.7%) $8,290

Data source: Arizona Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Palo Verde School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 941st of 1039 Elementary schoolsRanks 1160th of 1245 Elementary schools
 2.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students387501
 29.5%
African American3241
 28.1%
American Indian4517
 62.2%
Asian02
Hispanic236326
 38.1%
Pacific Islander31
 66.7%
White4487
 97.7%
Two or More Races2727
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients90.7%90.8%
 0.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Palo Verde School

In the 2022-23 school year, 501 students attended Palo Verde School.

Students at Palo Verde School are 65% Hispanic, 17% White, 8% African American, 5% Two or more races, 3% American Indian.

Palo Verde School ranks in the bottom 6.8% of Arizona elementary schools.

Students who attend Palo Verde School usually go on to attend:

High : Vista Grande High School


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Arizona Department of Education.

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