Cherokee Elementary School

Public PK, KG-5

 8801 N 56th St
       Paradise Valley, AZ  85253-2246


(480) 484-8700

District: Scottsdale Unified District

SchoolDigger Rank:
13th of 796 Arizona Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,105 Help

Students who attend Cherokee Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Cocopah Middle School
High:    Chaparral High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.5
Number of students:  547

Racial breakdown:

White:
77.5%
Hispanic:
9.9%
Asian:
7.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  6.8%

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Compare Details Cherokee Elementary School ranks better than 98.4% of elementary schools in Arizona. It also ranks first among 17 ranked elementary schools in the Scottsdale Unified District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.74. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (77.5%), Hispanic (9.9%), Asian (7.3%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cherokee Elementary School is 14.5. 11 elementary schools in the Scottsdale Unified District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Cherokee Elementary School is $7,105. 14 elementary schools in the Scottsdale Unified District spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2022 Rankings:

Cherokee Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Cherokee Elementary School 13th of 796 Arizona public elementary schools. (See Cherokee Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Scottsdale Unified District:

SchoolDigger ranks Scottsdale Unified District 57th of 232 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Cherokee Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 91.35 31st 1062 97.1%
2010 95.20 7th 1090 99.4%
2011 91.89 32nd 1075 97.0%
2012 88.67 48th 1141 95.8%
2013 90.28 33rd 1158 97.2%
2014 93.15 25th 1079 97.7%
2015 91.68 56th 955 94.1%
2016 95.73 24th 1079 97.8%
2017 94.04 48th 1106 95.7%
2018 94.18 41st 1109 96.3%
2019 91.35 67th 1039 93.6%
2021 97.72 7th 790 99.1%
2022 95.74 13th 796 98.4%

Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Open Quote excellent public school great and dedicated teachers. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Open Quote Excellent public school, catering to the different needs of all students. Excellent and dedicated teachers and staff. Very involved parent group! Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, March 3, 2017

Open Quote Great school and great community . Teachers, staff, parents, and APT all work hard to make this a real success. Couldn't be happier with the choice we made for our two kids. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Open Quote Cherokee Elementary is more than just a top rated, excelling school. This school is a welcoming community that makes each child feel loved and safe while at the same time meeting their individual academic needs. Year after year they show growth even though they are already excelling. The faculty is warm and inviting, the students are kind and inclusive, and the scores are off the charts in regards to state and district averages. This school is a well oiled unit that uses all of its resources for the sole benefit of its students. They consistently do whats best for the child and their scores and climate reflect that. As a parent there is no other school in the valley I would rather send my child to. I am a proud parent who is fortunate to have my children at a school that is focused on the career readiness of an ever changing world. Thank you Cherokee faculty, staff, and APT for creating the very BEST elementary experience for our family. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, February 20, 2015

Open Quote LOVE it! We've had kids here since 2008. Our 4th & 1st graders have had tremendous success after starts in the Early Learning program there and and are challenged appropriately and supported where they need extra help. Our 4th grader's math scores are almost off the charts on state testing and both kids are at or above their target goals in all other areas. Our 3rd child started in the Early Learning Center this year. She's not quite 2 yet, but is learning numbers, knows her animals and is learning colors too. Cherokee has a tremendous community of highly-credentialed teachers and staff. But hands down, the families make this school what it is! I highly recommend it- regardless of what your child's needs are. Cherokee has solid programs for every kid! Really- come see it for yourself!! I think you'll be quite pleased. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Open Quote Great school full of great teachers, students and staff. Out of this world principal and vice principal. Has active and involved PTO and parents who care about education and it shows. Cherokee has many extras like pre-k program, full time PACT, lots of volunteers and aids - which all help bring standard class sizes down. Could not be happier, highly recommend this school! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Cherokee Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1046 7 16 33 2 n/a n/a -41 1063
1989 1047 8 14 36 2 n/a n/a -473 634
1990 630 8 12 24 n/a n/a n/a -21 653
1991 659 6 14 14 0 n/a n/a -6 687
1992 653 14 21 16 2 n/a n/a 1 707
1993 741 7 22 16 2 n/a n/a 0 788
1994 790 11 20 21 1 n/a n/a 0 843
1995 766 13 19 22 0 n/a n/a 0 820
1996 766 13 19 22 0 n/a n/a 0 820
1997 775 10 19 28 1 n/a n/a 0 833
1998 780 7 18 24 0 n/a n/a 0 829
1999 777 9 15 16 0 n/a n/a 0 817
2000 728 8 19 13 0 n/a n/a 0 768
2001 689 7 21 13 0 n/a n/a 0 730
2002 670 11 23 9 4 n/a n/a 0 717
2003 670 11 23 9 4 n/a n/a 0 717
2004 606 7 15 7 3 n/a n/a 0 638
2005 559 6 14 10 2 n/a n/a 0 591
2006 558 11 21 9 2 n/a n/a 0 601
2007 478 11 17 13 2 n/a n/a 0 521
2008 494 10 23 17 2 n/a n/a 0 546
2009 504 10 25 21 2 n/a n/a 0 562
2010 516 21 23 26 2 n/a n/a 0 588
2011 512 15 30 27 1 0 0 0 585
2012 487 9 27 45 2 0 9 0 579
2013 465 10 27 47 2 0 13 0 564
2014 444 11 33 42 1 1 19 0 551
2015 391 6 31 53 5 0 14 0 500
2016 428 6 40 62 3 0 8 0 547
2017 478 9 41 67 5 1 8 0 609
2018 486 22 51 59 7 2 9 0 636
2019 518 24 53 71 6 3 7 0 682
2020 536 19 54 75 5 0 7 0 696
2021 424 20 40 54 4 0 5 0 547

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 Cherokee Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1063 58.0 18.3 n/a
1989 634 37.3 16.9 n/a
1990 653 36.3 17.9 n/a
1991 687 31.9 21.5 n/a
1992 707 34.7 20.3 n/a
1993 788 36.2 21.8 n/a
1994 843 41.2 20.5 n/a
1995 820 41.3 19.9 n/a
1996 820 41.3 19.9 n/a
1997 833 41.4 20.1 n/a
1998 829 42.8 19.4 n/a
1999 817 41.6 19.6 n/a
2000 768 42.5 18.1 n/a
2001 730 40.3 18.1 n/a
2002 717 37.0 19.4 4.5
2003 717 37.0 19.4 4.5
2004 638 34.4 18.5 2.5
2005 591 34.1 17.3 3.2
2006 601 34.5 17.4 2.3
2007 521 36.7 14.2 3.3
2008 546 44.5 12.3 4.4
2009 562 37.9 14.8 5.3
2010 588 39.3 14.9 2.7
2011 585 38.0 15.3 7
2012 579 44.5 13.0 6
2013 564 37.2 15.1 7.8
2014 551 37.5 14.6 8.3
2015 500 32.0 15.6 7
2016 547 39.0 14.0 8.2
2017 609 38.4 15.8 11.5
2018 636 39.8 15.9 6.9
2019 682 43.1 15.8 6.7
2020 696 42.4 16.4 6.8
2021 547 37.5 14.5 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Cherokee Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1063 58.0 18.3 n/a
1989 634 37.3 16.9 n/a
1990 653 36.3 17.9 n/a
1991 687 31.9 21.5 n/a
1992 707 34.7 20.3 n/a
1993 788 36.2 21.8 n/a
1994 843 41.2 20.5 n/a
1995 820 41.3 19.9 n/a
1996 820 41.3 19.9 n/a
1997 833 41.4 20.1 n/a
1998 829 42.8 19.4 n/a
1999 817 41.6 19.6 n/a
2000 768 42.5 18.1 n/a
2001 730 40.3 18.1 n/a
2002 717 37.0 19.4 4.5
2003 717 37.0 19.4 4.5
2004 638 34.4 18.5 2.5
2005 591 34.1 17.3 3.2
2006 601 34.5 17.4 2.3
2007 521 36.7 14.2 3.3
2008 546 44.5 12.3 4.4
2009 562 37.9 14.8 5.3
2010 588 39.3 14.9 2.7
2011 585 38.0 15.3 7
2012 579 44.5 13.0 6
2013 564 37.2 15.1 7.8
2014 551 37.5 14.6 8.3
2015 500 32.0 15.6 7
2016 547 39.0 14.0 8.2
2017 609 38.4 15.8 11.5
2018 636 39.8 15.9 6.9
2019 682 43.1 15.8 6.7
2020 696 42.4 16.4 6.8
2021 547 37.5 14.5 n/a

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 Cherokee 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 $163 (56.0%) $54 (18.6%) $380 (130.6%) $29 (10.0%) $46 (15.8%) $74 (25.4%) $291
2020 $42 (0.6%) $127 (1.8%) $210 (3.0%) $6,399 (90.1%) $537 (7.6%) $6,936 (97.6%) $7,105

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Cherokee Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
Ranks 67th of 1039 Elementary schoolsRanks 13th of 796 Elementary schools
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Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students682547
 19.8%
African American2420
 16.7%
American Indian64
 33.3%
Asian5340
 24.5%
Hispanic7154
 23.9%
Pacific Islander30
 100%
White518424
 18.1%
Two or More Races75
 28.6%




Frequently Asked Questions about Cherokee Elementary School

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

Middle : Cocopah Middle School
High : Chaparral High School

Yes! Cherokee Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 13th of 796 Arizona elementary schools.

Students at Cherokee Elementary School are 78% White, 10% Hispanic, 7% Asian, 4% African American.

In the 2020-21 school year, 547 students attended Cherokee 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. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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