Cholla Elementary School

Summary:

Cholla Elementary School is a public elementary school serving grades PK-8 in the Casa Grande Elementary District in Casa Grande, Arizona, with a student population of 510 that is predominantly Hispanic (65.29%).

Despite its diverse student body, Cholla Elementary School consistently underperforms compared to the state and district averages on standardized tests, with proficiency rates significantly lower than the state and district in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. The school has a ranking of 1069 out of 1245 Arizona elementary schools, placing it in the bottom 15% statewide. Cholla Elementary particularly struggles to support the academic achievement of Hispanic, White, and Special Education students, indicating significant achievement gaps. Additionally, the school has a high percentage of students (72.94%) who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, suggesting a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

Interestingly, the nearby McCartney Ranch Elementary and Saguaro Elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District also perform poorly compared to state averages, but generally outperform Cholla Elementary. Despite fluctuations in per-student spending, Cholla's academic performance has remained consistently low, suggesting that funding alone may not be the primary driver of student outcomes. The school's relatively high student-teacher ratio, ranging from 21.5 to 24.2 students per teacher, may also be a contributing factor to its academic challenges.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 1180 E Kortsen Rd
       Casa Grande, AZ  85122-1380


(520) 836-4719

District: Casa Grande Elementary District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1069th of 1,245 Arizona Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,359 Help


Students who attend Cholla Elementary School usually attend:

High:    Casa Grande Union High School

Student/teacher ratio:  24.2 Help
Number of students:  510

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
65.3%
White:
18.0%
Two or more races:
6.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  72.9% Help


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Compare Details Cholla Elementary School ranks worse than 85.9% of elementary schools in Arizona. It also ranks 5th 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 17.06. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (65.3%), White (18%), two or more races (6.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 72.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cholla Elementary School is 24.2. 7 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 Cholla Elementary School is $7,359. 9 elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Cholla Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Cholla Elementary School 1069th of 1245 Arizona public elementary schools. (See Cholla Elementary 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 Cholla Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 41.45 643rd 1062 39.5%
2010 37.75 694th 1090 36.3%
2011 45.19 582nd 1075 45.9%
2012 46.56 639th 1141 44.0%
2013 47.60 630th 1158 45.6%
2014 37.24 690th 1079 36.1%
2015 22.32 732nd 955 23.4%
2016 35.55 656th 1079 39.2%
2017 23.93 837th 1106 24.3%
2018 27.83 776th 1109 30.0%
2019 23.59 770th 1039 25.9%
2021 28.84 810th 1226 33.9%
2022 14.31 858th 1000 14.2%
2023 17.06 1069th 1245 14.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 24.93 855th 1027 16.7%
2023 24.36 536th 617 13.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 38.86 826th 975 15.3%
2023 29.27 283rd 451 37.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 44.11 549th 1201 54.3%
2023 14.29 812th 820 1.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.93 535th 820 34.8%
2023 20.97 955th 1116 14.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.07 854th 1023 16.5%
2019 21.65 671st 862 22.2%
2021 33.35 757th 1219 37.9%
2023 22.48 948th 1219 22.2%
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Rank History for Foster Care students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 52.99 72nd 306 76.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.11 582nd 1032 43.6%
2019 25.19 613th 850 27.9%
2021 25.27 901st 1220 26.1%
2023 14.07 1123rd 1216 7.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 36.78 548th 895 38.8%
2023 40.07 372nd 607 38.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.65 539th 911 40.8%
2019 27.05 520th 709 26.7%
2021 30.40 824th 1198 31.2%
2023 17.08 1068th 1170 8.7%
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Rank History for Native American students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 53.72 174th 654 73.4%
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Rank History for White students at Cholla Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.13 609th 720 15.4%
2021 31.08 851st 1161 26.7%
2023 14.45 951st 1024 7.1%
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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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Data source: Arizona Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Cholla Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 414 18 2 161 31 n/a n/a -41 585
1989 389 12 3 186 29 n/a n/a 7 626
1990 426 27 4 188 21 n/a n/a -94 572
1991 410 17 5 173 11 n/a n/a -27 589
1992 362 13 5 169 9 n/a n/a 0 558
1993 352 24 8 196 18 n/a n/a 0 598
1994 368 12 2 204 7 n/a n/a 0 593
1995 334 14 1 163 14 n/a n/a 0 526
1996 334 14 1 163 14 n/a n/a 0 526
1997 333 14 5 177 10 n/a n/a 0 539
1998 344 14 2 185 13 n/a n/a 0 558
1999 311 23 0 184 16 n/a n/a 0 534
2000 310 19 0 172 14 n/a n/a 0 515
2001 311 16 1 203 18 n/a n/a 0 549
2002 272 16 1 173 17 n/a n/a 0 479
2003 272 16 1 173 17 n/a n/a 0 479
2004 294 10 2 208 23 n/a n/a 0 537
2005 343 16 3 267 34 n/a n/a 0 663
2006 388 17 9 327 38 n/a n/a 0 779
2007 309 18 4 276 33 n/a n/a 0 640
2008 292 21 5 266 34 n/a n/a 0 618
2009 270 22 3 277 39 n/a n/a 0 611
2010 229 21 4 271 40 n/a n/a 0 565
2011 161 17 2 284 35 1 11 0 511
2012 133 21 2 250 44 1 15 0 466
2013 133 15 1 263 49 3 24 0 488
2014 113 16 0 259 29 2 20 0 439
2015 109 10 4 240 33 1 21 0 418
2016 97 11 3 283 29 1 26 0 450
2017 94 16 1 308 23 1 21 0 464
2018 99 10 4 328 22 1 20 0 484
2019 96 12 4 303 19 0 24 0 458
2020 128 23 8 276 22 0 21 0 478
2021 96 23 5 280 10 0 17 0 431
2022 96 20 3 322 24 1 35 0 501
2023 92 28 3 333 18 1 35 0 510

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 Cholla Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 585 27.0 21.6 n/a
1989 626 29.0 21.5 n/a
1990 572 27.5 20.8 n/a
1991 589 27.0 21.8 n/a
1992 558 27.5 20.2 n/a
1993 598 28.0 21.4 n/a
1994 593 29.5 20.1 n/a
1995 526 27.0 19.5 n/a
1996 526 27.0 19.5 n/a
1997 539 28.5 18.9 n/a
1998 558 28.0 19.9 n/a
1999 534 28.0 19.1 n/a
2000 515 35.9 14.3 n/a
2001 549 27.9 19.7 n/a
2002 479 26.0 18.4 n/a
2003 479 26.0 18.4 n/a
2004 537 23.1 23.2 47.9
2005 663 28.4 23.3 59.9
2006 779 33.9 23.0 59.7
2007 640 30.0 21.3 47.5
2008 618 30.8 20.1 52.1
2009 611 32.4 18.9 53.7
2010 565 31.5 17.9 58.9
2011 511 28.0 18.2 53.2
2012 466 24.0 19.4 39.3
2013 488 23.0 21.2 27.3
2014 439 22.0 19.9 71.3
2015 418 20.0 20.9 74.4
2016 450 20.0 22.5 47.6
2017 464 21.5 21.5 n/a
2018 484 20.5 23.6 72.7
2019 458 20.5 22.3 72.7
2020 478 21.5 22.2 63
2021 431 20.0 21.5 n/a
2022 501 22.5 22.2 62.9
2023 510 21.0 24.2 72.9

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 Cholla Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 585 27.0 21.6 n/a
1989 626 29.0 21.5 n/a
1990 572 27.5 20.8 n/a
1991 589 27.0 21.8 n/a
1992 558 27.5 20.2 n/a
1993 598 28.0 21.4 n/a
1994 593 29.5 20.1 n/a
1995 526 27.0 19.5 n/a
1996 526 27.0 19.5 n/a
1997 539 28.5 18.9 n/a
1998 558 28.0 19.9 n/a
1999 534 28.0 19.1 n/a
2000 515 35.9 14.3 n/a
2001 549 27.9 19.7 n/a
2002 479 26.0 18.4 n/a
2003 479 26.0 18.4 n/a
2004 537 23.1 23.2 47.9
2005 663 28.4 23.3 59.9
2006 779 33.9 23.0 59.7
2007 640 30.0 21.3 47.5
2008 618 30.8 20.1 52.1
2009 611 32.4 18.9 53.7
2010 565 31.5 17.9 58.9
2011 511 28.0 18.2 53.2
2012 466 24.0 19.4 39.3
2013 488 23.0 21.2 27.3
2014 439 22.0 19.9 71.3
2015 418 20.0 20.9 74.4
2016 450 20.0 22.5 47.6
2017 464 21.5 21.5 n/a
2018 484 20.5 23.6 72.7
2019 458 20.5 22.3 72.7
2020 478 21.5 22.2 63
2021 431 20.0 21.5 n/a
2022 501 22.5 22.2 62.9
2023 510 21.0 24.2 72.9

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 Cholla 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 $482 (5.8%) $59 (0.7%) $1,024 (12.4%) $6,791 (82.2%) $931 (11.3%) $7,723 (93.5%) $8,264
2020 $310 (4.9%) $204 (3.2%) $824 (13.1%) $5,033 (79.9%) $755 (12.0%) $5,788 (91.8%) $6,302
2022 $1,225 (16.6%) $186 (2.5%) $2,635 (35.8%) $5,257 (71.4%) $692 (9.4%) $5,949 (80.8%) $7,359

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Cholla Elementary School

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
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Ranks 770th of 1039 Elementary schoolsRanks 1069th of 1245 Elementary schools
 11.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students458510
 11.4%
African American1228
 133.3%
American Indian1918
 5.3%
Asian43
 25%
Hispanic303333
 9.9%
Pacific Islander01
White9692
 4.2%
Two or More Races2435
 45.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients72.7%72.9%
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Students who attend Cholla Elementary School usually go on to attend:

High : Casa Grande Union High School

Cholla Elementary School ranks in the bottom 14.1% of Arizona elementary schools.

Students at Cholla Elementary School are 65% Hispanic, 18% White, 7% Two or more races, 5% African American, 4% American Indian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 510 students attended Cholla Elementary 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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