Ironwood School

Summary:

Ironwood School is an elementary school located in Casa Grande, Arizona, serving grades PK-8 with a student population of 478. As 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, Ironwood School faces significant academic and demographic challenges that set it apart from the surrounding schools.

Ironwood School has a significantly higher Hispanic student population (72.38%) compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 54.56% to 65.47% Hispanic students. Academically, the school consistently underperforms the state and district averages in standardized test scores across all grade levels and subjects, with only 9% of 5th-grade students proficient or better in Mathematics, compared to the district average of 21% and the state average of 36%. Ironwood School has consistently ranked in the bottom quarter of Arizona elementary schools, with a ranking of 1077 out of 1245 in the 2022-2023 school year, and has maintained a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger for the past several years.

While the surrounding schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District also struggle academically, Ironwood School consistently ranks lower and performs worse than its peers, particularly in Mathematics and Science. The high percentage of students from low-income backgrounds (64.85% receive free or reduced-price lunch) and the large Hispanic population at Ironwood School may be contributing factors to the school's academic challenges, suggesting a need for targeted interventions and support to address the educational needs of its most vulnerable students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 1500 N Colorado St
       Casa Grande, AZ  85122-2931


(520) 836-5086

District: Casa Grande Elementary District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1077th of 1,245 Arizona Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,103 Help


Students who attend Ironwood School usually attend:

Middle:    Cactus Middle School
High:    Vista Grande High School

Student/teacher ratio:  20.3 Help
Number of students:  478

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
72.4%
White:
17.6%
African American:
4.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  64.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ironwood School ranks worse than 86.5% of elementary schools in Arizona. It also ranks 6th 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 16.69. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (72.4%), White (17.6%), African American (4.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 64.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ironwood School is 20.3, which is the 4th best among 9 elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ironwood School is $8,103. 5 elementary schools in the Casa Grande Elementary District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ironwood School:

SchoolDigger ranks Ironwood School 1077th of 1245 Arizona public elementary schools. (See Ironwood 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 Ironwood School

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Rank History for all students at Ironwood School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 44.37 610th 1062 42.6%
2010 52.73 505th 1090 53.7%
2011 57.19 451st 1075 58.0%
2012 55.03 509th 1141 55.4%
2013 51.51 574th 1158 50.4%
2014 55.14 490th 1079 54.6%
2015 29.16 645th 955 32.5%
2016 36.33 644th 1079 40.3%
2017 39.24 629th 1106 43.1%
2018 30.90 740th 1109 33.3%
2019 16.10 891st 1039 14.2%
2021 19.06 1013th 1226 17.4%
2022 6.82 978th 1000 2.2%
2023 16.69 1077th 1245 13.5%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Ironwood School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 29.34 784th 1027 23.7%
2023 23.50 545th 617 11.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ironwood School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 45.63 320th 975 67.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ironwood School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 24.76 1034th 1201 13.9%
2023 13.78 813th 820 0.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ironwood School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.12 602nd 820 26.6%
2023 16.17 1042nd 1116 6.6%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Ironwood School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 30.73 408th 423 3.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Ironwood School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.53 697th 1023 31.9%
2019 19.53 695th 862 19.4%
2021 21.21 988th 1219 18.9%
2023 16.44 1076th 1219 11.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Ironwood School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.09 738th 1032 28.5%
2019 11.26 779th 850 8.4%
2021 19.65 1022nd 1220 16.2%
2023 16.55 1071st 1216 11.9%
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Rank History for African American students at Ironwood School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 48.44 346th 895 61.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ironwood School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.02 594th 911 34.8%
2019 15.84 645th 709 9.0%
2021 21.19 1044th 1198 12.9%
2022 11.50 698th 716 2.5%
2023 20.44 993rd 1170 15.1%
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Rank History for White students at Ironwood School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.39 594th 720 17.5%
2021 19.99 1029th 1161 11.4%
2023 6.39 1013th 1024 1.1%
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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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Enrollment information for Ironwood School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 364 13 3 157 7 n/a n/a -28 516
1990 348 14 2 171 22 n/a n/a 4 561
1991 357 55 1 188 4 n/a n/a -53 552
1992 309 12 3 199 22 n/a n/a 0 545
1993 325 8 1 193 23 n/a n/a 0 550
1994 286 14 2 198 29 n/a n/a 0 529
1995 270 9 4 250 22 n/a n/a 0 555
1996 270 9 4 250 22 n/a n/a 0 555
1997 174 15 0 230 19 n/a n/a 0 438
1998 168 16 0 252 34 n/a n/a 0 470
1999 157 19 0 255 37 n/a n/a 0 468
2000 168 14 1 284 43 n/a n/a 0 510
2001 174 24 3 329 36 n/a n/a 0 566
2002 152 18 1 307 26 n/a n/a 0 504
2003 152 18 1 307 26 n/a n/a 0 504
2004 149 21 0 303 30 n/a n/a 0 503
2005 143 27 2 300 29 n/a n/a 0 501
2006 171 27 3 328 22 n/a n/a 0 551
2007 231 33 6 368 22 n/a n/a 0 660
2008 235 33 13 278 25 n/a n/a 0 584
2009 257 47 21 323 33 n/a n/a 0 681
2010 191 42 22 226 15 n/a n/a 0 496
2011 127 19 17 249 9 2 20 0 443
2012 109 18 14 229 9 3 19 0 401
2013 150 17 8 284 9 2 25 0 495
2014 143 12 9 305 3 3 22 0 497
2015 110 14 10 288 12 0 26 0 460
2016 94 11 6 297 9 0 28 0 445
2017 112 12 4 314 16 2 27 0 487
2018 97 12 4 322 11 5 34 0 485
2019 94 13 1 328 9 3 34 0 482
2020 92 12 2 322 5 2 38 0 473
2021 81 17 2 311 4 0 33 0 448
2022 95 20 2 338 1 0 21 0 477
2023 84 21 6 346 3 1 17 0 478

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 Ironwood School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 516 27.0 19.1 n/a
1990 561 29.0 19.3 n/a
1991 552 30.0 18.4 n/a
1992 545 30.5 17.8 n/a
1993 550 31.5 17.5 n/a
1994 529 33.5 15.8 n/a
1995 555 32.5 17.1 n/a
1996 555 32.5 17.1 n/a
1997 438 25.6 17.1 n/a
1998 470 25.8 18.2 n/a
1999 468 27.0 17.3 n/a
2000 510 31.9 16.0 n/a
2001 566 30.2 18.7 n/a
2002 504 28.9 17.4 n/a
2003 504 28.9 17.4 n/a
2004 503 26.9 18.7 71.2
2005 501 28.1 17.8 99.4
2006 551 30.1 18.3 98.5
2007 660 33.9 19.5 63
2008 584 29.5 19.8 54.3
2009 681 33.2 20.5 52.7
2010 496 28.5 17.4 49.6
2011 443 26.5 16.7 45.8
2012 401 23.0 17.4 36.2
2013 495 26.0 19.0 22.2
2014 497 26.5 18.7 59.8
2015 460 24.0 19.1 67.6
2016 445 24.0 18.5 43.6
2017 487 22.5 21.6 n/a
2018 485 23.5 20.6 65.8
2019 482 24.5 19.6 65.8
2020 473 23.5 20.1 63.8
2021 448 23.1 19.3 n/a
2022 477 22.5 21.2 32.5
2023 478 23.5 20.3 64.9

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 Ironwood School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 516 27.0 19.1 n/a
1990 561 29.0 19.3 n/a
1991 552 30.0 18.4 n/a
1992 545 30.5 17.8 n/a
1993 550 31.5 17.5 n/a
1994 529 33.5 15.8 n/a
1995 555 32.5 17.1 n/a
1996 555 32.5 17.1 n/a
1997 438 25.6 17.1 n/a
1998 470 25.8 18.2 n/a
1999 468 27.0 17.3 n/a
2000 510 31.9 16.0 n/a
2001 566 30.2 18.7 n/a
2002 504 28.9 17.4 n/a
2003 504 28.9 17.4 n/a
2004 503 26.9 18.7 71.2
2005 501 28.1 17.8 99.4
2006 551 30.1 18.3 98.5
2007 660 33.9 19.5 63
2008 584 29.5 19.8 54.3
2009 681 33.2 20.5 52.7
2010 496 28.5 17.4 49.6
2011 443 26.5 16.7 45.8
2012 401 23.0 17.4 36.2
2013 495 26.0 19.0 22.2
2014 497 26.5 18.7 59.8
2015 460 24.0 19.1 67.6
2016 445 24.0 18.5 43.6
2017 487 22.5 21.6 n/a
2018 485 23.5 20.6 65.8
2019 482 24.5 19.6 65.8
2020 473 23.5 20.1 63.8
2021 448 23.1 19.3 n/a
2022 477 22.5 21.2 32.5
2023 478 23.5 20.3 64.9

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 Ironwood 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 $753 (8.9%) $34 (0.4%) $1,541 (18.1%) $6,783 (79.8%) $924 (10.9%) $7,708 (90.7%) $8,495
2020 $618 (9.0%) $250 (3.6%) $1,485 (21.7%) $5,332 (77.8%) $655 (9.6%) $5,987 (87.3%) $6,855
2022 $1,392 (17.2%) $274 (3.4%) $3,059 (37.8%) $5,719 (70.6%) $717 (8.8%) $6,436 (79.4%) $8,103

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ironwood School

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 891st of 1039 Elementary schoolsRanks 1077th of 1245 Elementary schools
 0.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students482478
 0.8%
African American1321
 61.5%
American Indian93
 66.7%
Asian16
 500%
Hispanic328346
 5.5%
Pacific Islander31
 66.7%
White9484
 10.6%
Two or More Races3417
 50%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients65.8%64.9%
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Students at Ironwood School are 72% Hispanic, 18% White, 4% African American, 4% Two or more races, 1% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 478 students attended Ironwood School.

Students who attend Ironwood School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Cactus Middle School
High : Vista Grande High School

Ironwood School ranks in the bottom 13.5% of Arizona elementary schools.


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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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