Saguaro Elementary School

Summary:

Saguaro Elementary School is a public elementary school serving grades PK-8 in Casa Grande, Arizona, with a student population of 475. The school faces significant challenges, consistently underperforming compared to state and district averages on standardized tests and ranking in the bottom 20-25% of Arizona elementary schools.

Saguaro Elementary's academic performance is a major concern, with proficiency rates well below the state and district in both English Language Arts and Mathematics across all grade levels. For example, in 5th grade ELA, Saguaro had a 19% proficiency rate compared to the state's 37% and the district's 21%. The school also struggles to support the academic achievement of its diverse student population, with subgroups like African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Special Education students all ranking in the bottom 25% of Arizona elementary schools. Additionally, Saguaro has a very high percentage of students (87.79%) who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage.

When compared to other elementary schools in the Casa Grande area, Saguaro Elementary consistently underperforms. For instance, in 5th grade Science, Saguaro had a 14% proficiency rate, compared to 29% at McCartney Ranch Elementary and 21% at Cholla Elementary. However, the school does show some promise in supporting its English Language Learner (ELL) students, ranking in the top 25% of Arizona elementary schools for ELL student performance.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 1501 N Center Ave
       Casa Grande, AZ  85122-2500


(520) 836-7661

District: Casa Grande Elementary District

SchoolDigger Rank:
898th of 1,245 Arizona Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,801 Help


Students who attend Saguaro Elementary School usually attend:

High:    Casa Grande Union High School

Student/teacher ratio:  22.6 Help
Number of students:  475

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
65.5%
White:
12.8%
American Indian:
9.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  87.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Saguaro Elementary School ranks worse than 72.1% of elementary schools in Arizona. It also ranks 3rd 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 25.52. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (65.5%), White (12.8%), American Indian (9.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 87.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Saguaro Elementary School is 22.6. 5 elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Saguaro Elementary School is $7,801. 6 elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Saguaro Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Saguaro Elementary School 898th of 1245 Arizona public elementary schools. (See Saguaro Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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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 Saguaro Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 41.57 642nd 1062 39.5%
2010 25.22 879th 1090 19.4%
2011 34.22 731st 1075 32.0%
2012 50.46 577th 1141 49.4%
2013 46.65 645th 1158 44.3%
2014 31.13 772nd 1079 28.5%
2015 14.08 866th 955 9.3%
2016 20.04 885th 1079 18.0%
2017 16.95 951st 1106 14.0%
2018 15.05 989th 1109 10.8%
2019 11.31 970th 1039 6.6%
2021 15.82 1097th 1226 10.5%
2022 10.46 933rd 1000 6.7%
2023 25.52 898th 1245 27.9%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 20.72 911th 1027 11.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 54.99 97th 975 90.1%
2023 61.99 130th 451 71.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 27.57 973rd 1201 19.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.47 778th 820 5.1%
2023 26.83 864th 1116 22.6%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 99.38 2nd 60 96.7%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 32.29 275th 423 35.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.78 954th 1023 6.7%
2019 10.53 799th 862 7.3%
2021 13.05 1157th 1219 5.1%
2023 29.43 817th 1219 33.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.22 955th 1032 7.5%
2019 8.64 815th 850 4.1%
2021 20.33 1004th 1220 17.7%
2023 25.71 905th 1216 25.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 21.88 871st 895 2.7%
2023 21.54 518th 607 14.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.59 842nd 911 7.6%
2019 13.40 665th 709 6.2%
2021 19.73 1077th 1198 10.1%
2022 22.46 585th 716 18.3%
2023 31.93 788th 1170 32.6%
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Rank History for Native American students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 27.94 610th 654 6.7%
2023 19.34 176th 219 19.6%
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Rank History for White students at Saguaro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 3.21 715th 720 0.7%
2021 27.43 925th 1161 20.3%
2023 40.73 608th 1024 40.6%
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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.

Saguaro Elementary School Test Scores
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Enrollment information for Saguaro Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 357 39 4 246 28 n/a n/a -126 548
1989 321 39 6 189 20 n/a n/a -2 573
1990 319 41 5 241 13 n/a n/a -38 581
1991 315 38 5 233 36 n/a n/a -37 590
1992 311 41 4 227 38 n/a n/a 0 621
1993 281 49 3 269 36 n/a n/a 0 638
1994 278 44 1 246 36 n/a n/a 0 605
1995 242 45 5 328 42 n/a n/a 0 662
1996 242 45 5 328 42 n/a n/a 0 662
1997 224 38 5 262 37 n/a n/a 0 566
1998 185 39 5 284 54 n/a n/a 0 567
1999 183 36 1 281 52 n/a n/a 0 553
2000 191 40 2 296 60 n/a n/a 0 589
2001 199 38 3 279 56 n/a n/a 0 575
2002 181 36 3 308 45 n/a n/a 0 573
2003 181 36 3 308 45 n/a n/a 0 573
2004 179 34 3 312 45 n/a n/a 0 573
2005 172 38 5 289 40 n/a n/a 0 544
2006 178 48 3 310 45 n/a n/a 0 584
2007 183 40 8 369 48 n/a n/a 0 648
2008 150 42 7 331 41 n/a n/a 0 571
2009 150 36 3 311 47 n/a n/a 0 547
2010 150 40 1 395 77 n/a n/a 0 663
2011 115 25 1 407 75 1 16 0 640
2012 89 19 0 385 55 1 14 0 563
2013 87 21 2 380 53 0 26 0 569
2014 75 9 2 375 51 0 23 0 535
2015 71 20 1 361 40 0 23 0 516
2016 62 25 0 347 45 0 24 0 503
2017 70 18 1 333 45 1 19 0 487
2018 80 18 1 298 53 3 19 0 472
2019 87 19 2 308 54 1 19 0 490
2020 83 35 1 273 53 1 29 0 475
2021 67 25 1 270 42 2 23 0 430
2022 76 32 1 298 44 2 18 0 471
2023 61 34 0 311 46 1 22 0 475

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 Saguaro Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 548 28.5 19.2 n/a
1989 573 28.5 20.1 n/a
1990 581 29.0 20.0 n/a
1991 590 29.0 20.3 n/a
1992 621 30.5 20.3 n/a
1993 638 30.0 21.3 n/a
1994 605 31.5 19.2 n/a
1995 662 32.3 20.5 n/a
1996 662 32.3 20.5 n/a
1997 566 29.6 19.1 n/a
1998 567 30.5 18.6 n/a
1999 553 31.5 17.6 n/a
2000 589 36.6 16.1 n/a
2001 575 31.9 18.0 n/a
2002 573 31.1 18.4 n/a
2003 573 31.1 18.4 n/a
2004 573 29.9 19.2 76.8
2005 544 30.1 18.1 99.4
2006 584 30.6 19.1 99.5
2007 648 29.1 22.3 73.3
2008 571 32.0 17.8 71.1
2009 547 31.0 17.6 68.9
2010 663 31.8 20.8 76.9
2011 640 31.5 20.3 68.6
2012 563 29.5 19.0 60.2
2013 569 29.5 19.2 40.2
2014 535 28.0 19.1 88.4
2015 516 26.0 19.8 89.1
2016 503 24.0 20.9 60
2017 487 24.5 19.8 n/a
2018 472 21.5 21.9 87.9
2019 490 21.5 22.7 87.8
2020 475 21.5 22.0 86.7
2021 430 19.0 22.6 n/a
2022 471 22.0 21.4 86.8
2023 475 21.0 22.6 87.8

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 Saguaro Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 548 28.5 19.2 n/a
1989 573 28.5 20.1 n/a
1990 581 29.0 20.0 n/a
1991 590 29.0 20.3 n/a
1992 621 30.5 20.3 n/a
1993 638 30.0 21.3 n/a
1994 605 31.5 19.2 n/a
1995 662 32.3 20.5 n/a
1996 662 32.3 20.5 n/a
1997 566 29.6 19.1 n/a
1998 567 30.5 18.6 n/a
1999 553 31.5 17.6 n/a
2000 589 36.6 16.1 n/a
2001 575 31.9 18.0 n/a
2002 573 31.1 18.4 n/a
2003 573 31.1 18.4 n/a
2004 573 29.9 19.2 76.8
2005 544 30.1 18.1 99.4
2006 584 30.6 19.1 99.5
2007 648 29.1 22.3 73.3
2008 571 32.0 17.8 71.1
2009 547 31.0 17.6 68.9
2010 663 31.8 20.8 76.9
2011 640 31.5 20.3 68.6
2012 563 29.5 19.0 60.2
2013 569 29.5 19.2 40.2
2014 535 28.0 19.1 88.4
2015 516 26.0 19.8 89.1
2016 503 24.0 20.9 60
2017 487 24.5 19.8 n/a
2018 472 21.5 21.9 87.9
2019 490 21.5 22.7 87.8
2020 475 21.5 22.0 86.7
2021 430 19.0 22.6 n/a
2022 471 22.0 21.4 86.8
2023 475 21.0 22.6 87.8

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 Saguaro Elementary 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 $529 (6.4%) $27 (0.3%) $1,085 (13.1%) $6,743 (81.5%) $974 (11.8%) $7,717 (93.3%) $8,273
2020 $413 (6.3%) $239 (3.7%) $1,066 (16.3%) $5,180 (79.1%) $714 (10.9%) $5,894 (90.0%) $6,547
2022 $1,295 (16.6%) $261 (3.3%) $2,852 (36.6%) $5,432 (69.6%) $812 (10.4%) $6,244 (80.0%) $7,801

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

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 970th of 1039 Elementary schoolsRanks 898th of 1245 Elementary schools
 21.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students490475
 3.1%
African American1934
 78.9%
American Indian5446
 14.8%
Asian20
 100%
Hispanic308311
 1%
Pacific Islander11
White8761
 29.9%
Two or More Races1922
 15.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients87.8%87.8%
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Frequently Asked Questions about Saguaro Elementary School

Students who attend Saguaro Elementary School usually go on to attend:

High : Casa Grande Union High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 475 students attended Saguaro Elementary School.

Students at Saguaro Elementary School are 65% Hispanic, 13% White, 10% American Indian, 7% African American, 5% Two or more races.

Saguaro Elementary School ranks 898th of 1245 Arizona elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.


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