Pendergast Elementary School

Summary:

Pendergast Elementary School is a public school located in Phoenix, Arizona, serving grades PK-8 with a student population of 658. The school is part of the Pendergast Elementary District, which is ranked 394 out of 540 districts in Arizona and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Pendergast Elementary School faces significant challenges in terms of academic performance, student demographics, and resource allocation. The school has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (86.17%) compared to the state average, and consistently ranks in the bottom quarter of Arizona elementary schools, with a ranking between 800-1,154 out of 1,245 schools over the past 5 years. The school's performance on state assessments is also significantly below the state and district averages across all grade levels and subject areas. Additionally, Pendergast Elementary School has seen a steady increase in its dropout rate, rising from 0.4% in 2016-2017 to 3.8% in 2021-2022, which is higher than the state and district averages. The school also has a very high percentage of students (76.75%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

When comparing Pendergast Elementary School to other nearby schools within the same district, the academic performance and student demographics are relatively consistent. However, some schools, such as Rio Vista Elementary and Westwind Elementary, perform slightly better on state assessments and have slightly lower dropout rates. Pendergast Elementary School's performance on state assessments also varies significantly among different student subgroups, with the school performing particularly poorly for Hispanic, English Language Learner, and Special Education students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 3802 N 91st Ave
       Phoenix, AZ  85037-2368


(623) 772-2400

District: Pendergast Elementary District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1004th of 1,245 Arizona Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,122 Help


Students who attend Pendergast Elementary School usually attend:

High:    Copper Canyon High School

Student/teacher ratio:  19.9 Help
Number of students:  658

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
86.2%
African American:
5.2%
White:
5.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  76.7% Help


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Compare Details Pendergast Elementary School ranks worse than 80.6% of elementary schools in Arizona. It also ranks 8th among 12 ranked elementary schools in the Pendergast Elementary District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 19.98. (See more...)
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Compare Details Pendergast Elementary School ranks worse than 87.9% of middle schools in Arizona. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.4. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (86.2%), African American (5.2%), White (5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 76.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Pendergast Elementary School is 19.9. 8 elementary schools in the Pendergast Elementary District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Pendergast Elementary School is $6,122. 6 elementary schools in the Pendergast Elementary District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Pendergast Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Pendergast Elementary School 1004th of 1245 Arizona public elementary schools. (See Pendergast Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Pendergast Elementary School 751st of 854 Arizona public middle schools. (See Pendergast Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Pendergast Elementary District:

SchoolDigger ranks Pendergast Elementary District 394th of 540 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Pendergast Elementary School

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 26.97 831st 1062 21.8%
2010 34.93 738th 1090 32.3%
2011 25.42 861st 1075 19.9%
2012 29.15 902nd 1141 20.9%
2013 25.50 963rd 1158 16.8%
2014 23.84 865th 1079 19.8%
2015 18.15 802nd 955 16.0%
2016 21.24 866th 1079 19.7%
2017 24.85 824th 1106 25.5%
2018 20.29 904th 1109 18.5%
2019 12.04 956th 1039 8.0%
2021 16.94 1065th 1226 13.1%
2022 17.79 800th 1000 20.0%
2023 19.98 1004th 1245 19.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Multi-racial students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 28.21 800th 1027 22.1%
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Rank History for elementary school English Language Learner students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.20 48th 155 69.0%
2021 39.29 545th 975 44.1%
2023 21.39 376th 451 16.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Special Education students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 29.70 926th 1201 22.9%
2023 60.46 221st 820 73.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.19 601st 820 26.7%
2022 31.15 452nd 618 26.9%
2023 29.68 818th 1116 26.7%
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Rank History for elementary school Homeless students at Pendergast Elementary 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 elementary school Female students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.95 825th 1023 19.4%
2019 8.25 825th 862 4.3%
2021 17.46 1071st 1219 12.1%
2023 20.87 983rd 1219 19.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.80 827th 1032 19.9%
2019 9.00 805th 850 5.3%
2021 19.37 1031st 1220 15.5%
2023 21.52 975th 1216 19.8%
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Rank History for elementary school Asian students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 10.25 584th 620 5.8%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 41.20 470th 895 47.5%
2022 56.40 161st 289 44.3%
2023 21.77 516th 607 15.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.65 671st 911 26.3%
2019 15.81 647th 709 8.7%
2021 22.83 999th 1198 16.6%
2022 19.55 611th 716 14.7%
2023 23.38 949th 1170 18.9%
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Rank History for elementary school Pacific Islander students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 38.53 102nd 171 40.4%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 9.26 1113th 1161 4.1%
2022 15.19 735th 800 8.1%
2023 26.05 804th 1024 21.5%
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Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Pendergast Elementary School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 46.27 349th 663 47.4%
2010 56.92 276th 692 60.1%
2011 33.20 475th 685 30.7%
2012 30.57 585th 772 24.2%
2013 35.13 550th 787 30.1%
2014 23.90 549th 690 20.4%
2015 26.29 372nd 521 28.6%
2016 28.58 464th 677 31.5%
2017 27.78 480th 695 30.9%
2018 17.69 593rd 711 16.6%
2019 15.23 525th 605 13.2%
2021 20.45 692nd 832 16.8%
2022 12.00 558th 605 7.8%
2023 16.40 751st 854 12.1%
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Rank History for middle school Multi-racial students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 15.68 623rd 650 4.2%
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Rank History for middle school English Language Learner students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 41.74 298th 606 50.8%
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Rank History for middle school Special Education students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 28.10 644th 789 18.4%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.51 387th 503 23.1%
2022 19.23 317th 369 14.1%
2023 23.27 577th 717 19.5%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.77 464th 624 25.6%
2019 15.60 396th 466 15.0%
2021 19.66 708th 820 13.7%
2023 15.31 734th 806 8.9%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.30 556th 617 9.9%
2019 10.06 405th 435 6.9%
2021 23.97 636th 818 22.2%
2023 18.69 685th 810 15.4%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 22.34 551st 573 3.8%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.67 446th 543 17.9%
2019 18.12 337th 387 12.9%
2021 30.12 564th 802 29.7%
2023 19.95 650th 760 14.5%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Pendergast Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 11.25 738th 780 5.4%
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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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by a parent
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Open Quote Pick up and drop off is very poorly set up it takes 20 min to pick up your kids and they don’t have a place indoors or even a shade covered area for the kids to wait in.
20 min in Arizona’s hottest time of the day they will be lucky if they don’t end up with kids getting heat strokes. Close Quote


by a teacher
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Open Quote As a teacher, working at this school was one of the worst experiences I have ever faced. Disrespectful students with entitled attitudes, mocking and talking back to teachers. Parents who care less about their kids lack of discipline or respect. The co workers are nice and the administration tries to do what they can but the principal has to deal with a lot of politics because losing students means losing money.
The school is beautiful, I had all materials needed... But I wasn't happy there Close Quote



Enrollment information for Pendergast Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 374 26 15 105 2 n/a n/a 78 600
1989 455 21 10 143 7 n/a n/a 82 718
1990 563 32 15 143 7 n/a n/a 61 821
1991 617 51 13 172 5 n/a n/a -68 790
1992 533 59 6 200 2 n/a n/a 0 800
1993 559 76 23 282 13 n/a n/a 0 953
1994 354 77 17 275 12 n/a n/a 0 735
1995 334 79 29 391 14 n/a n/a 0 847
1996 334 79 29 391 14 n/a n/a 0 847
1997 275 93 27 414 11 n/a n/a 0 820
1998 254 87 27 409 11 n/a n/a 0 788
1999 286 114 35 502 14 n/a n/a 0 951
2000 224 109 26 465 8 n/a n/a 0 832
2001 208 130 23 528 9 n/a n/a 0 898
2002 155 121 19 595 10 n/a n/a 0 900
2003 155 121 19 595 10 n/a n/a 0 900
2004 132 112 12 630 9 n/a n/a 0 895
2005 107 111 8 672 5 n/a n/a 0 903
2006 95 91 9 688 8 n/a n/a 0 891
2007 65 51 2 525 5 n/a n/a 0 648
2008 60 36 4 506 8 n/a n/a 0 614
2009 62 34 1 492 3 n/a n/a 0 592
2010 55 24 1 483 8 n/a n/a 0 571
2011 39 23 2 451 18 0 0 0 533
2012 47 28 0 571 9 1 0 0 656
2013 48 41 1 623 13 1 9 0 736
2014 65 44 2 643 8 1 7 0 770
2015 53 45 3 658 14 2 9 0 784
2016 59 48 4 675 5 3 18 0 812
2017 51 33 3 749 6 5 19 0 866
2018 60 36 1 703 6 2 20 0 828
2019 50 41 1 738 8 2 12 0 852
2020 34 43 5 665 8 2 15 0 772
2021 42 25 5 564 4 2 12 0 654
2022 35 30 5 548 5 0 10 0 633
2023 33 34 6 567 6 0 12 0 658

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 Pendergast Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 600 31.3 19.1 n/a
1989 718 38.5 18.6 n/a
1990 821 39.2 20.9 n/a
1991 790 41.1 19.2 n/a
1992 800 40.9 19.5 n/a
1993 953 41.5 23.0 n/a
1994 735 39.8 18.5 n/a
1995 847 44.0 19.3 n/a
1996 847 44.0 19.3 n/a
1997 820 43.0 19.1 n/a
1998 788 41.0 19.2 n/a
1999 951 50.5 18.8 n/a
2000 832 54.5 15.3 n/a
2001 898 51.5 17.4 n/a
2002 900 46.5 19.4 48.7
2003 900 46.5 19.4 48.7
2004 895 49.0 18.3 83.6
2005 903 50.0 18.1 79.6
2006 891 50.5 17.6 81
2007 648 36.5 17.8 80.2
2008 614 35.0 17.5 87.6
2009 592 37.7 15.7 79.1
2010 571 27.7 20.6 82
2011 533 26.7 19.9 99.4
2012 656 32.8 20.0 99.5
2013 736 29.5 24.9 70.9
2014 770 33.5 22.9 76.2
2015 784 34.0 23.0 50.3
2016 812 36.0 22.5 99.6
2017 866 37.5 23.0 99.7
2018 828 39.5 20.9 84.8
2019 852 40.0 21.3 75.8
2020 772 37.0 20.8 85.9
2021 654 35.0 18.6 n/a
2022 633 35.0 18.0 85.9
2023 658 33.0 19.9 76.7

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 Pendergast Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 600 31.3 19.1 n/a
1989 718 38.5 18.6 n/a
1990 821 39.2 20.9 n/a
1991 790 41.1 19.2 n/a
1992 800 40.9 19.5 n/a
1993 953 41.5 23.0 n/a
1994 735 39.8 18.5 n/a
1995 847 44.0 19.3 n/a
1996 847 44.0 19.3 n/a
1997 820 43.0 19.1 n/a
1998 788 41.0 19.2 n/a
1999 951 50.5 18.8 n/a
2000 832 54.5 15.3 n/a
2001 898 51.5 17.4 n/a
2002 900 46.5 19.4 48.7
2003 900 46.5 19.4 48.7
2004 895 49.0 18.3 83.6
2005 903 50.0 18.1 79.6
2006 891 50.5 17.6 81
2007 648 36.5 17.8 80.2
2008 614 35.0 17.5 87.6
2009 592 37.7 15.7 79.1
2010 571 27.7 20.6 82
2011 533 26.7 19.9 99.4
2012 656 32.8 20.0 99.5
2013 736 29.5 24.9 70.9
2014 770 33.5 22.9 76.2
2015 784 34.0 23.0 50.3
2016 812 36.0 22.5 99.6
2017 866 37.5 23.0 99.7
2018 828 39.5 20.9 84.8
2019 852 40.0 21.3 75.8
2020 772 37.0 20.8 85.9
2021 654 35.0 18.6 n/a
2022 633 35.0 18.0 85.9
2023 658 33.0 19.9 76.7

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 Pendergast Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,424 (20.4%) $5,971 (85.5%) $6,981
2021 $1,447 (28.5%) $4,313 (84.9%) $5,080
2022 $2,304 (37.6%) $4,404 (71.9%) $6,122

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Pendergast Elementary School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
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Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 956th of 1039 Elementary schoolsRanks 1004th of 1245 Elementary schools
 11.4%
Ranks 525th of 605 Middle schoolsRanks 751st of 854 Middle schools
 1.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students852658
 22.8%
African American4134
 17.1%
American Indian86
 25%
Asian16
 500%
Hispanic738567
 23.2%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White5033
 34%
Two or More Races1212
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients75.8%76.7%
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pendergast Elementary School

Students at Pendergast Elementary School are 86% Hispanic, 5% African American, 5% White, 2% Two or more races.

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

High : Copper Canyon High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 658 students attended Pendergast Elementary School.

Pendergast Elementary School ranks in the bottom 19.4% of Arizona elementary schools.


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