Betty Fairfax High School

Summary:

Betty Fairfax High School is a public high school serving grades 9-12 in Laveen, Arizona, which is part of the Phoenix Union High School District. With a diverse student population, the school faces challenges, including declining graduation rates, high dropout rates, and consistently low academic performance compared to state and district averages.

Betty Fairfax High School's four-year graduation rate has dropped from 88.0% in 2018-2019 to 82.4% in 2022-2023, lower than the state average of 85.7%. Its dropout rate has increased from 3.0% to 4.0% during the same period, higher than the state average of 3.6%. Academically, the school's test scores are significantly lower than state and district averages across all subjects and grade levels, with only 19% of 11th-grade students proficient or better in science, compared to the state average of 22% and the district average of 12%. The school's performance also varies significantly across different student subgroups, with Asian and multi-racial students performing relatively better and Native American and special education students performing significantly worse.

When compared to nearby schools within the same district, such as Carl Hayden High School and Cesar Chavez High School, Betty Fairfax High School generally performs better in terms of graduation rates and test scores, but still lags behind the state averages. However, when compared to nearby charter schools, such as Maricopa Institute of Technology and Heritage Academy Laveen, the performance gap is significant, with these charter schools consistently outperforming Betty Fairfax High School.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 8225 S 59th Ave
       Laveen, AZ  85339-2886


(602) 764-9000

District: Phoenix Union High School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
251st of 469 Arizona High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,473 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  21.9 Help
Number of students:  1,973

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
58.8%
African American:
20.7%
White:
7.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  57.9% Help


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Compare Details Betty Fairfax High School ranks worse than 53.5% of high schools in Arizona. It also ranks 6th among 18 ranked high schools in the Phoenix Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 38.92. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Betty Fairfax High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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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 (58.8%), African American (20.7%), White (7.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 57.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Betty Fairfax High School is 21.9. 16 high schools in the Phoenix Union High School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Betty Fairfax High School employs 90 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Betty Fairfax High School is $9,473. 10 high schools in the Phoenix Union High School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Betty Fairfax High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Betty Fairfax High School 251st of 469 Arizona public high schools. (See Betty Fairfax High School in the ranking list.)

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Phoenix Union High School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Phoenix Union High School District 350th of 540 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Betty Fairfax High School

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Rank History for all students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 59.32 177th 395 55.2%
2010 53.11 203rd 403 49.6%
2011 47.88 211th 397 46.9%
2012 60.02 197th 471 58.2%
2013 58.01 226th 491 54.0%
2014 54.20 193rd 394 51.0%
2015 20.50 223rd 261 14.6%
2016 37.72 204th 406 49.8%
2017 34.19 221st 416 46.9%
2018 34.49 224th 420 46.7%
2019 17.53 237th 285 16.8%
2021 44.37 229th 509 55.0%
2022 36.67 224th 464 51.7%
2023 38.92 251st 469 46.5%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.23 59th 76 22.4%
2021 33.18 231st 374 38.2%
2022 49.12 134th 282 52.5%
2023 66.15 49th 199 75.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.01 14th 45 68.9%
2021 57.04 19th 312 93.9%
2022 41.67 53rd 258 79.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.07 118th 155 23.9%
2021 36.68 204th 422 51.7%
2022 32.37 192nd 380 49.5%
2023 24.95 133rd 172 22.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.65 112th 253 55.7%
2022 39.66 81st 168 51.8%
2023 49.87 151st 347 56.5%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 28.02 72nd 150 52.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.50 199th 354 43.8%
2019 18.27 203rd 247 17.8%
2021 45.70 221st 492 55.1%
2022 35.52 234th 456 48.7%
2023 29.20 283rd 406 30.3%
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Rank History for Foster Care students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 56.65 27th 130 79.2%
2022 30.47 48th 116 58.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.64 205th 370 44.6%
2019 15.10 213th 238 10.5%
2021 41.16 248th 492 49.6%
2022 33.69 241st 455 47.0%
2023 40.53 229th 429 46.6%
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Rank History for Asian students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.86 62nd 83 25.3%
2021 28.07 167th 231 27.7%
2022 21.94 193rd 238 18.9%
2023 64.96 48th 146 67.1%
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Rank History for African American students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.73 93rd 122 23.8%
2019 9.68 31st 33 6.1%
2021 49.16 119th 306 61.1%
2022 32.60 185th 301 38.5%
2023 22.55 161st 201 19.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.67 120th 311 61.4%
2019 23.81 142nd 183 22.4%
2021 50.14 187th 479 61.0%
2022 43.07 179th 441 59.4%
2023 43.21 194th 379 48.8%
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Rank History for Native American students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.27 16th 68 76.5%
2021 47.84 80th 256 68.8%
2022 45.80 91st 255 64.3%
2023 13.97 118th 128 7.8%
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Rank History for Pacific Islander students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 57.91 29th 129 77.5%
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Rank History for White students at Betty Fairfax High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 52.10 118th 291 59.5%
2019 20.30 181st 217 16.6%
2021 42.17 259th 448 42.2%
2022 42.68 204th 409 50.1%
2023 43.70 215th 371 42.0%
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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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by a parent
Monday, August 27, 2012

Open Quote I have to say i was disappointed with Betty Fairfax High. I had heard over and over that it was a great school,but i feel that they lack organization and fairness when it comes to some of their freshmen athletics. I have a daughter whom enjoys cheerleading . After trying out and making the team the girls were told they don't get to go to any away games and will be only cheering for at home freshman games. I feel that the freshman are made to feel like they are less important,they not only don't all get uniforms ,they aren't even allowed to all cheer at their freshman games because some of the JV cheerleaders wanted to cheer . The coaches excuse was the freshman girls weren't prepared. Maybe if the coach would stop cancelling there practices she would be more confident with there performance.If i had known what this school was like when it came to some of there athletics i would've sent my daughters to another school. I will definitely be looking at another school for my girls where they will feel just as important. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Betty Fairfax High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2008 42 105 22 270 39 n/a n/a 0 478
2009 110 245 42 526 75 n/a n/a 0 998
2010 164 397 65 765 103 n/a n/a 0 1494
2011 196 440 79 929 108 2 6 0 1760
2012 210 494 75 951 128 4 15 0 1877
2013 214 513 83 927 107 2 42 0 1888
2014 211 525 71 952 99 7 44 0 1909
2015 177 515 56 991 95 6 63 0 1903
2016 155 492 63 962 79 6 64 0 1821
2017 173 501 60 960 82 6 72 0 1854
2018 166 415 52 927 83 3 71 0 1717
2019 170 351 55 940 81 5 70 0 1672
2020 186 342 53 967 88 2 70 0 1708
2021 162 317 49 993 101 5 52 0 1679
2022 152 380 38 1101 115 4 57 0 1847
2023 149 408 42 1160 138 9 67 0 1973

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 Betty Fairfax High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 478 22.0 21.7 0.4
2009 998 62.0 16.1 57
2010 1494 80.0 18.6 64.4
2011 1760 98.6 17.8 0.7
2012 1877 102.2 18.3 57.2
2013 1888 101.0 18.6 40.8
2014 1909 89.6 21.3 63
2015 1903 104.0 18.2 66.6
2016 1821 103.0 17.6 70.2
2017 1854 103.0 18.0 75.6
2018 1717 104.0 16.5 57.9
2019 1672 92.0 18.1 58
2020 1708 86.0 19.8 57.9
2021 1679 87.4 19.2 n/a
2022 1847 86.8 21.2 58
2023 1973 90.0 21.9 57.9

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 Betty Fairfax High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 478 22.0 21.7 0.4
2009 998 62.0 16.1 57
2010 1494 80.0 18.6 64.4
2011 1760 98.6 17.8 0.7
2012 1877 102.2 18.3 57.2
2013 1888 101.0 18.6 40.8
2014 1909 89.6 21.3 63
2015 1903 104.0 18.2 66.6
2016 1821 103.0 17.6 70.2
2017 1854 103.0 18.0 75.6
2018 1717 104.0 16.5 57.9
2019 1672 92.0 18.1 58
2020 1708 86.0 19.8 57.9
2021 1679 87.4 19.2 n/a
2022 1847 86.8 21.2 58
2023 1973 90.0 21.9 57.9

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 Betty Fairfax High 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 $661 (5.5%) $258 (2.1%) $1,579 (13.1%) $9,136 (75.6%) $2,035 (16.8%) $11,171 (92.4%) $12,090
2020 $745 (6.3%) $448 (3.8%) $1,939 (16.4%) $8,773 (74.1%) $1,868 (15.8%) $10,641 (89.9%) $11,835
2021 $1,208 (8.6%) $1,272 (9.1%) $3,687 (26.3%) $9,452 (67.5%) $2,073 (14.8%) $11,526 (82.3%) $14,006
2022 $854 (9.0%) $167 (1.8%) $1,875 (19.8%) $7,551 (79.7%) $901 (9.5%) $8,452 (89.2%) $9,473

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Betty Fairfax High 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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Ranks 237th of 285 High schoolsRanks 251st of 469 High schools
 29.6%

Student Body

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Total Students16721973
 18%
African American351408
 16.2%
American Indian81138
 70.4%
Asian5542
 23.6%
Hispanic9401160
 23.4%
Pacific Islander59
 80%
White170149
 12.4%
Two or More Races7067
 4.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients58%57.9%
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Students at Betty Fairfax High School are 59% Hispanic, 21% African American, 8% White, 7% American Indian, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,973 students attended Betty Fairfax High School.

Betty Fairfax High School ranks 251st of 469 Arizona high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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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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