Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Summary:

Santa Cruz Valley Union High School is a public high school serving around 340 students in grades 9-12 in Eloy, Arizona, which is part of the Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District. The school faces several challenges, including a high-need student population, declining academic performance, and lower graduation rates compared to nearby schools.

Santa Cruz Valley Union High School has a significantly higher Hispanic student population, ranging from 76-85% over the past 3 years, compared to the state average. The school consistently performs below the state average on standardized tests, with only 8-15% of students proficient or better in subjects like Science, English Language Arts, and Mathematics. The school's 4-year graduation rate has declined from 90% in 2017-2018 to 81% in 2021-2022, while the dropout rate has increased from 4% to 6.4% over the same period. The school's performance varies significantly across different student subgroups, ranking in the top 25% for English Language Learners and Multi-racial students, but in the bottom 25% for Hispanic, White, and Low Socioeconomic Status students.

Compared to nearby schools like Mission Heights Preparatory High School and Inova, which are also in the Casa Grande Union High School District, Santa Cruz Valley Union High School performs significantly worse, with higher academic performance, graduation rates, and overall statewide rankings. The school's leadership and district should focus on implementing targeted interventions and support systems to address these issues and improve outcomes for its students.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 900 N Main St
       Eloy, AZ  85131-2040


(520) 466-2200

District: Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
366th of 469 Arizona High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,240 Help


Feeder schools for Santa Cruz Valley Union High School:

Elementary:    Curiel School
    Eloy Intermediate School
    Picacho School
    Red Rock Elementary School
Middle:    Eloy Junior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  20.0 Help
Number of students:  340

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
76.2%
White:
11.2%
African American:
7.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  77.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Santa Cruz Valley Union High School ranks worse than 78% of high schools in Arizona. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 21.2. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Santa Cruz Valley Union 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 (76.2%), White (11.2%), African American (7.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 77.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School is 20. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School is $16,240.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Santa Cruz Valley Union High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Cruz Valley Union High School 366th of 469 Arizona public high schools. (See Santa Cruz Valley Union High School in the ranking list.)

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Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District 432nd of 540 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

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Rank History for all students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 24.52 287th 395 27.3%
2010 33.31 272nd 403 32.5%
2011 30.73 268th 397 32.5%
2012 41.96 274th 471 41.8%
2013 32.28 340th 491 30.8%
2014 27.34 290th 394 26.4%
2015 18.54 232nd 261 11.1%
2016 24.57 271st 406 33.3%
2017 19.32 321st 416 22.8%
2018 21.47 299th 420 28.8%
2019 11.09 275th 285 3.5%
2021 41.47 247th 509 51.5%
2022 28.53 279th 464 39.9%
2023 21.20 366th 469 22.0%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 71.51 77th 374 79.4%
2022 33.54 176th 282 37.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 44.58 29th 312 90.7%
2022 41.67 53rd 258 79.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 31.85 212th 422 49.8%
2022 32.37 192nd 380 49.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.67 194th 253 23.3%
2023 26.79 254th 347 26.8%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 93.57 3rd 44 93.2%
2023 97.30 1st 10 90.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.37 320th 354 9.6%
2019 14.29 223rd 247 9.7%
2021 39.37 254th 492 48.4%
2022 28.18 289th 456 36.6%
2023 12.60 384th 406 5.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.72 261st 370 29.5%
2021 42.77 237th 492 51.8%
2022 32.00 249th 455 45.3%
2023 24.13 311th 429 27.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.67 90th 122 26.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.10 226th 311 27.3%
2019 20.80 154th 183 15.8%
2021 46.07 212th 479 55.7%
2022 33.59 246th 441 44.2%
2023 20.02 324th 379 14.5%
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Rank History for Native American students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 30.29 115th 256 55.1%
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Rank History for White students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 12.42 362nd 448 19.2%
2022 29.28 273rd 409 33.3%
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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 Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 75 75 0 362 20 n/a n/a -80 452
1989 60 54 3 298 18 n/a n/a -23 410
1990 56 62 5 374 21 n/a n/a -57 461
1991 77 58 3 397 24 n/a n/a -83 476
1992 52 52 3 372 17 n/a n/a 0 496
1993 51 39 0 416 7 n/a n/a 0 513
1994 61 26 2 405 17 n/a n/a 0 511
1995 66 30 0 362 9 n/a n/a 0 467
1996 66 30 0 362 9 n/a n/a 0 467
1997 55 37 1 438 18 n/a n/a 0 549
1998 56 29 0 456 21 n/a n/a 0 562
1999 59 37 2 454 22 n/a n/a 0 574
2000 55 32 0 431 22 n/a n/a 0 540
2001 60 26 0 402 24 n/a n/a 0 512
2002 65 48 1 386 38 n/a n/a 0 538
2003 65 48 1 386 38 n/a n/a 0 538
2004 51 44 0 387 34 n/a n/a 0 516
2005 188 39 0 301 16 n/a n/a 0 544
2006 54 57 0 380 23 n/a n/a 0 514
2007 41 55 0 379 21 n/a n/a 0 496
2008 37 64 2 412 20 n/a n/a 0 535
2009 34 52 0 401 16 n/a n/a 0 503
2010 32 42 1 375 9 n/a n/a 0 459
2011 27 21 0 342 6 0 0 0 396
2012 33 14 0 284 5 0 1 0 337
2013 38 13 0 277 7 0 1 0 336
2014 28 20 0 309 9 1 2 0 369
2015 29 23 0 321 11 0 1 0 385
2016 25 34 0 360 11 0 1 0 431
2017 29 35 0 347 11 0 2 0 424
2018 25 31 1 291 8 0 1 0 357
2019 26 26 1 308 4 1 4 0 370
2020 18 23 0 298 4 1 6 0 350
2021 19 18 0 264 4 1 5 0 311
2022 26 14 0 223 2 1 6 0 272
2023 38 26 1 259 7 1 8 0 340

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 Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 452 25.3 17.8 n/a
1989 410 23.3 17.5 n/a
1990 461 23.6 19.5 n/a
1991 476 23.0 20.6 n/a
1992 496 23.9 20.7 n/a
1993 513 25.5 20.1 n/a
1994 511 29.3 17.4 n/a
1995 467 24.6 19.0 n/a
1996 467 24.6 19.0 n/a
1997 549 25.6 21.4 n/a
1998 562 27.0 20.8 n/a
1999 574 26.8 21.4 n/a
2000 540 30.3 17.8 n/a
2001 512 26.7 19.2 n/a
2002 538 25.9 20.8 n/a
2003 538 25.9 20.8 n/a
2004 516 31.0 16.6 48.6
2005 544 30.3 18.0 64.3
2006 514 24.0 21.4 67.1
2007 496 27.0 18.4 54.2
2008 535 26.1 20.5 20.4
2009 503 26.1 19.3 74.2
2010 459 20.7 22.1 80.8
2011 396 19.2 20.5 76.5
2012 337 18.1 18.5 75.7
2013 336 18.0 18.6 82.7
2014 369 16.0 23.0 85.4
2015 385 17.0 22.6 74.5
2016 431 18.0 23.9 76.6
2017 424 18.0 23.5 83
2018 357 15.0 23.8 84.9
2019 370 15.0 24.6 84.6
2020 350 16.0 21.8 84
2021 311 18.0 17.2 n/a
2022 272 18.0 15.1 38.6
2023 340 17.0 20.0 77.6

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 Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 452 25.3 17.8 n/a
1989 410 23.3 17.5 n/a
1990 461 23.6 19.5 n/a
1991 476 23.0 20.6 n/a
1992 496 23.9 20.7 n/a
1993 513 25.5 20.1 n/a
1994 511 29.3 17.4 n/a
1995 467 24.6 19.0 n/a
1996 467 24.6 19.0 n/a
1997 549 25.6 21.4 n/a
1998 562 27.0 20.8 n/a
1999 574 26.8 21.4 n/a
2000 540 30.3 17.8 n/a
2001 512 26.7 19.2 n/a
2002 538 25.9 20.8 n/a
2003 538 25.9 20.8 n/a
2004 516 31.0 16.6 48.6
2005 544 30.3 18.0 64.3
2006 514 24.0 21.4 67.1
2007 496 27.0 18.4 54.2
2008 535 26.1 20.5 20.4
2009 503 26.1 19.3 74.2
2010 459 20.7 22.1 80.8
2011 396 19.2 20.5 76.5
2012 337 18.1 18.5 75.7
2013 336 18.0 18.6 82.7
2014 369 16.0 23.0 85.4
2015 385 17.0 22.6 74.5
2016 431 18.0 23.9 76.6
2017 424 18.0 23.5 83
2018 357 15.0 23.8 84.9
2019 370 15.0 24.6 84.6
2020 350 16.0 21.8 84
2021 311 18.0 17.2 n/a
2022 272 18.0 15.1 38.6
2023 340 17.0 20.0 77.6

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Santa Cruz Valley Union 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 $449 (3.6%) $410 (3.3%) $1,309 (10.6%) $8,195 (66.6%) $3,250 (26.4%) $11,444 (93.0%) $12,304
2020 $545 (4.2%) $802 (6.2%) $1,892 (14.7%) $8,360 (65.0%) $3,159 (24.6%) $11,519 (89.5%) $12,866
2021 $1,375 (8.7%) $1,002 (6.3%) $3,751 (23.7%) $9,151 (57.8%) $4,298 (27.2%) $13,450 (85.0%) $15,826
2022 $2,474 (15.2%) $787 (4.8%) $5,735 (35.3%) $7,840 (48.3%) $5,139 (31.6%) $12,979 (79.9%) $16,240

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Santa Cruz Valley Union 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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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
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Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 275th of 285 High schoolsRanks 366th of 469 High schools
 18.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students370340
 8.1%
African American2626
American Indian47
 75%
Asian11
Hispanic308259
 15.9%
Pacific Islander11
White2638
 46.2%
Two or More Races48
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients84.6%77.6%
 6.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Santa Cruz Valley Union High School

Santa Cruz Valley Union High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Curiel School
Elementary : Eloy Intermediate School
Elementary : Picacho School
Elementary : Red Rock Elementary School
Middle : Eloy Junior High School

Students at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School are 76% Hispanic, 11% White, 8% African American, 2% Two or more races, 2% American Indian.

Santa Cruz Valley Union High School ranks in the bottom 22.0% of Arizona high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 340 students attended Santa Cruz Valley Union High 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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