Empire High School

Public 9-12

 10701 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way
       Tucson, AZ  85747-8995


(520) 879-3000

District: Vail Unified District

SchoolDigger Rank:
41st of 469 Arizona High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,261 Help


Feeder schools for Empire High School:

Elementary:    Cottonwood Elementary School
    Ocotillo Ridge Elementary
    Senita Valley Elementary School
    Sycamore Elementary School
Middle:    Corona Foothills Middle School
    Desert Sky Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  20.7 Help
Number of students:  876

Racial breakdown:

White:
54.1%
Hispanic:
31.8%
Two or more races:
6.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  20.9% Help


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Compare Details Empire High School ranks better than 91.3% of high schools in Arizona. It also ranks first among 5 ranked high schools in the Vail Unified District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 89.23. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Empire 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: White (54.1%), Hispanic (31.8%), two or more races (6.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 20.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Empire High School is 20.7. 4 high schools in the Vail Unified District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Empire High School employs 42.2 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Empire High School is $6,261. 4 high schools in the Vail Unified District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Empire High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Empire High School 41st of 469 Arizona public high schools. (See Empire High School in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Vail Unified District:

SchoolDigger ranks Vail Unified District 69th of 540 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Empire High School

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Rank History for all students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 89.46 39th 395 90.1%
2010 92.41 28th 403 93.1%
2011 88.78 43rd 397 89.2%
2012 91.71 25th 471 94.7%
2013 92.81 17th 491 96.5%
2014 93.37 13th 394 96.7%
2015 67.49 53rd 261 79.7%
2016 89.98 28th 406 93.1%
2017 87.66 32nd 416 92.3%
2018 86.72 27th 420 93.6%
2019 85.45 22nd 285 92.3%
2021 93.91 33rd 509 93.5%
2022 88.23 42nd 464 90.9%
2023 89.23 41st 469 91.3%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 76.55 68th 374 81.8%
2022 71.42 66th 282 76.6%
2023 85.20 12th 199 94.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.98 32nd 155 79.4%
2021 63.51 70th 422 83.4%
2022 57.38 76th 380 80.0%
2023 68.13 33rd 172 80.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.55 16th 253 93.7%
2023 81.48 35th 347 89.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.58 21st 354 94.1%
2019 88.89 21st 247 91.5%
2021 94.95 32nd 492 93.5%
2022 87.81 39th 456 91.4%
2023 91.66 25th 406 93.8%
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Rank History for Foster Care students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 83.16 3rd 25 88.0%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 65.37 28th 102 72.5%
2022 64.75 41st 125 67.2%
2023 67.47 14th 74 81.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.15 53rd 370 85.7%
2019 81.88 30th 238 87.4%
2021 89.40 40th 492 91.9%
2022 84.97 54th 455 88.1%
2023 84.45 54th 429 87.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.24 10th 83 88.0%
2021 75.10 57th 231 75.3%
2022 65.13 83rd 238 65.1%
2023 81.35 20th 146 86.3%
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Rank History for African American students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 62.95 79th 306 74.2%
2022 39.04 150th 301 50.2%
2023 50.87 86th 201 57.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.93 19th 311 93.9%
2019 92.39 5th 183 97.3%
2021 84.14 46th 479 90.4%
2022 69.39 86th 441 80.5%
2023 71.09 77th 379 79.7%
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Rank History for Native American students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 30.29 115th 256 55.1%
2022 25.05 150th 255 41.2%
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Rank History for White students at Empire High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.19 37th 291 87.3%
2019 82.13 26th 217 88.0%
2021 91.95 32nd 448 92.9%
2022 88.83 26th 409 93.6%
2023 89.91 29th 371 92.2%
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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 Empire High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2006 259 10 7 50 1 n/a n/a 0 327
2007 413 21 16 97 2 n/a n/a 0 549
2008 533 25 25 145 6 n/a n/a 0 734
2009 583 31 27 147 4 n/a n/a 0 792
2010 579 41 36 158 1 n/a n/a 0 815
2011 554 34 43 167 4 0 0 0 802
2012 575 41 21 161 19 0 1 0 818
2013 506 39 30 156 7 2 12 0 752
2014 497 35 23 177 6 2 17 0 757
2015 494 32 26 202 6 1 15 0 776
2016 491 32 26 237 4 0 13 0 803
2017 502 37 36 226 2 1 13 0 817
2018 434 30 37 197 1 2 6 0 707
2019 498 36 39 229 2 3 26 0 833
2020 503 36 39 250 4 4 32 0 868
2021 490 37 32 259 6 2 36 0 862
2022 489 27 31 261 6 2 45 0 861
2023 474 28 30 279 6 1 58 0 876

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 Empire High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2006 327 21.5 15.2 13.5
2007 549 26.2 21.0 15.8
2008 734 41.1 17.9 12.5
2009 792 48.6 16.3 11.9
2010 815 46.3 17.5 15.8
2011 802 39.0 20.5 15.2
2012 818 38.9 21.0 14.3
2013 752 39.8 18.8 15.8
2014 757 36.4 20.7 16
2015 776 39.0 19.8 16.5
2016 803 45.0 17.8 n/a
2017 817 44.2 18.4 16
2018 707 44.0 16.0 14.9
2019 833 43.8 18.9 13.8
2020 868 45.1 19.2 15.9
2021 862 40.4 21.2 n/a
2022 861 39.8 21.6 7.1
2023 876 42.2 20.7 20.9

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 Empire High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2006 327 21.5 15.2 13.5
2007 549 26.2 21.0 15.8
2008 734 41.1 17.9 12.5
2009 792 48.6 16.3 11.9
2010 815 46.3 17.5 15.8
2011 802 39.0 20.5 15.2
2012 818 38.9 21.0 14.3
2013 752 39.8 18.8 15.8
2014 757 36.4 20.7 16
2015 776 39.0 19.8 16.5
2016 803 45.0 17.8 n/a
2017 817 44.2 18.4 16
2018 707 44.0 16.0 14.9
2019 833 43.8 18.9 13.8
2020 868 45.1 19.2 15.9
2021 862 40.4 21.2 n/a
2022 861 39.8 21.6 7.1
2023 876 42.2 20.7 20.9

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 Empire 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 $245 (2.8%) $80 (0.9%) $571 (6.5%) $7,241 (82.7%) $1,191 (13.6%) $8,433 (96.3%) $8,758
2020 $215 (2.6%) $107 (1.3%) $537 (6.4%) $6,988 (83.3%) $1,078 (12.9%) $8,066 (96.2%) $8,388
2021 $92 (1.6%) $05 (0.1%) $190 (3.2%) $5,424 (91.4%) $413 (7.0%) $5,837 (98.4%) $5,934
2022 $70 (1.1%) $00 (0.0%) $142 (2.3%) $5,777 (92.3%) $413 (6.6%) $6,190 (98.9%) $6,261

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Empire 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

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 22nd of 285 High schoolsRanks 41st of 469 High schools
 1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students833876
 5.2%
African American3628
 22.2%
American Indian26
 200%
Asian3930
 23.1%
Hispanic229279
 21.8%
Pacific Islander31
 66.7%
White498474
 4.8%
Two or More Races2658
 123.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients13.8%20.9%
 7.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Empire High School

Yes. Empire High School ranks in the top 8.7% of Arizona high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 876 students attended Empire High School.

Students at Empire High School are 54% White, 32% Hispanic, 7% Two or more races, 3% Asian, 3% African American.


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