Carlsbad High

Summary:

Carlsbad High School is a public high school in Carlsbad, New Mexico, serving 1,551 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Carlsbad Municipal Schools district, which is ranked 75 out of 119 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Carlsbad High School's academic performance, as measured by state assessment proficiency rates, lags behind the state averages and the nearby Carlsbad Early College High School. In the 2022-2023 school year, Carlsbad High had proficiency rates of 28% in Language Arts, 10% in Mathematics, and 31% in Science, compared to the state averages of 38%, 24%, and 34%, respectively. In contrast, Carlsbad Early College High, a school within the same district, had significantly higher proficiency rates of 62% in Language Arts, 53% in Mathematics, and 64% in Science. Carlsbad High School's statewide ranking has also declined over the years, from a high of 47th out of 163 New Mexico high schools in 2011-2012 to its current ranking of 107th out of 170 high schools in 2022-2023.

The analysis of Carlsbad High School's performance across different student subgroups reveals significant disparities, with Hispanic, low-socioeconomic status, and students with disabilities performing significantly worse than their peers. Additionally, Carlsbad High School has a relatively high percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 26.82% in 2022-2023 to 37.59% in 2020-2021, which may be a contributing factor to the school's lower academic performance. These findings highlight the need for the school and district to implement targeted interventions, address achievement gaps, and explore successful practices from other schools, such as the nearby Carlsbad Early College High School, to improve the educational outcomes for all students at Carlsbad High School.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 3000 West Church
       Carlsbad, NM  88220


(575) 234-3300

District: Carlsbad

SchoolDigger Rank:
107th of 170 New Mexico High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,383 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  21.5 Help
Number of students:  1,551

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
61.1%
White:
34.2%
African American:
2.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  26.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Carlsbad High ranks worse than 62.9% of high schools in New Mexico. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 30.02. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (61.1%), White (34.2%), African American (2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 26.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Carlsbad High is 21.5. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Carlsbad High is $10,383.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Carlsbad High:

SchoolDigger ranks Carlsbad High 107th of 170 New Mexico public high schools. (See Carlsbad High in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Carlsbad:

SchoolDigger ranks Carlsbad 75th of 119 New Mexico school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Carlsbad High

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Rank History for all students at Carlsbad High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 62.06 43rd 129 66.7%
2006 73.60 32nd 134 76.1%
2007 62.56 53rd 150 64.7%
2008 75.58 31st 146 78.8%
2009 72.15 36th 151 76.2%
2010 54.93 63rd 154 59.1%
2011 61.11 56th 157 64.3%
2012 65.79 47th 163 71.2%
2013 61.57 56th 177 68.4%
2014 50.87 97th 198 51.0%
2015 40.62 92nd 193 52.3%
2016 30.56 124th 185 33.0%
2017 16.09 145th 158 8.2%
2018 21.36 147th 182 19.2%
2019 25.96 134th 181 26.0%
2022 19.56 132nd 177 25.4%
2023 30.02 107th 170 37.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Carlsbad High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 25.27 50th 62 19.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Carlsbad High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.36 146th 164 11.0%
2019 18.60 145th 161 9.9%
2022 13.13 125th 154 18.8%
2023 14.04 144th 157 8.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Carlsbad High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.09 128th 145 11.7%
2019 22.82 117th 144 18.8%
2022 19.00 133rd 157 15.3%
2023 22.33 109th 143 23.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Carlsbad High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.99 47th 51 7.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Carlsbad High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.23 126th 143 11.9%
2019 25.54 113th 151 25.2%
2022 16.64 148th 159 6.9%
2023 32.61 99th 146 32.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Carlsbad High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.72 116th 133 12.8%
2019 16.22 133rd 139 4.3%
2022 13.40 144th 150 4.0%
2023 22.10 110th 132 16.7%
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Rank History for White students at Carlsbad High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 10.49 109th 115 5.2%
2019 19.90 93rd 109 14.7%
2022 12.06 122nd 133 8.3%
2023 25.06 116th 157 26.1%
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Data source: test scores: New Mexico Public Education Department, 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: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Enrollment information for Carlsbad High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1990 787 32 8 462 0 n/a n/a 0 1289
1991 789 36 18 470 2 n/a n/a 0 1315
1992 821 37 14 512 0 n/a n/a 0 1384
1993 839 43 16 566 0 n/a n/a 0 1464
1994 821 38 7 607 1 n/a n/a 0 1474
1995 1154 56 21 906 18 n/a n/a 0 2155
1996 1154 56 21 906 18 n/a n/a 0 2155
1997 1204 49 21 909 15 n/a n/a 0 2198
1998 1200 38 10 909 14 n/a n/a 0 2171
1999 1209 43 15 894 15 n/a n/a 0 2176
2000 1130 40 18 849 6 n/a n/a 0 2043
2001 1106 35 10 823 16 n/a n/a 0 1990
2002 1008 37 13 820 15 n/a n/a 0 1893
2003 1008 37 13 820 15 n/a n/a 0 1893
2004 941 29 11 830 17 n/a n/a 0 1828
2005 852 38 14 800 19 n/a n/a 0 1723
2006 889 42 9 816 19 n/a n/a 0 1775
2007 853 33 16 795 19 n/a n/a 0 1716
2008 826 31 15 776 17 n/a n/a 0 1665
2009 826 25 18 798 8 n/a n/a 0 1675
2010 771 25 18 835 4 0 0 0 1653
2011 724 26 14 839 7 0 0 0 1610
2012 741 28 14 825 7 0 1 0 1616
2013 736 28 12 866 7 2 1 0 1652
2014 712 31 14 904 12 1 0 0 1674
2015 703 35 13 919 14 0 0 0 1684
2016 639 31 9 865 13 1 0 0 1558
2017 666 40 8 846 11 1 2 0 1574
2018 633 36 10 846 9 1 5 0 1540
2019 610 41 13 906 9 3 8 0 1590
2020 619 38 12 964 10 4 6 0 1653
2021 546 24 14 850 9 6 6 0 1455
2022 515 26 9 836 7 6 6 0 1405
2023 530 31 15 947 8 6 14 0 1551

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 Carlsbad High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1990 1289 64.6 19.9 n/a
1991 1315 62.4 21.0 n/a
1992 1384 64.3 21.5 n/a
1993 1464 63.5 23.1 n/a
1994 1474 71.6 20.6 n/a
1995 2155 101.8 21.2 n/a
1996 2155 101.8 21.2 n/a
1997 2198 108.6 20.2 n/a
1998 2171 102.5 21.2 n/a
1999 2176 109.5 19.9 27.4
2000 2043 104.7 19.5 20.5
2001 1990 107.7 18.5 26.2
2002 1893 99.3 19.1 41.2
2003 1893 99.3 19.1 41.2
2004 1828 96.6 18.9 49.1
2005 1723 93.9 18.3 44.6
2006 1775 97.7 18.2 45.6
2007 1716 102.9 16.7 45.9
2008 1665 96.2 17.3 40.9
2009 1675 94.6 17.7 38.7
2010 1653 93.2 17.7 38.8
2011 1610 89.6 17.9 45.4
2012 1616 82.4 19.5 44.2
2013 1652 81.4 20.2 46.3
2014 1674 85.2 19.6 44.1
2015 1684 83.0 20.2 45.3
2016 1558 83.0 18.7 49.8
2017 1574 84.0 18.7 48.3
2018 1540 81.5 18.8 47.5
2019 1590 81.0 19.6 32.3
2020 1653 80.0 20.6 30.6
2021 1455 73.7 19.7 37.6
2022 1405 73.5 19.1 35.7
2023 1551 71.9 21.5 26.8

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 Carlsbad High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1990 1289 64.6 19.9 n/a
1991 1315 62.4 21.0 n/a
1992 1384 64.3 21.5 n/a
1993 1464 63.5 23.1 n/a
1994 1474 71.6 20.6 n/a
1995 2155 101.8 21.2 n/a
1996 2155 101.8 21.2 n/a
1997 2198 108.6 20.2 n/a
1998 2171 102.5 21.2 n/a
1999 2176 109.5 19.9 27.4
2000 2043 104.7 19.5 20.5
2001 1990 107.7 18.5 26.2
2002 1893 99.3 19.1 41.2
2003 1893 99.3 19.1 41.2
2004 1828 96.6 18.9 49.1
2005 1723 93.9 18.3 44.6
2006 1775 97.7 18.2 45.6
2007 1716 102.9 16.7 45.9
2008 1665 96.2 17.3 40.9
2009 1675 94.6 17.7 38.7
2010 1653 93.2 17.7 38.8
2011 1610 89.6 17.9 45.4
2012 1616 82.4 19.5 44.2
2013 1652 81.4 20.2 46.3
2014 1674 85.2 19.6 44.1
2015 1684 83.0 20.2 45.3
2016 1558 83.0 18.7 49.8
2017 1574 84.0 18.7 48.3
2018 1540 81.5 18.8 47.5
2019 1590 81.0 19.6 32.3
2020 1653 80.0 20.6 30.6
2021 1455 73.7 19.7 37.6
2022 1405 73.5 19.1 35.7
2023 1551 71.9 21.5 26.8

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 Carlsbad High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $10,383

Data source: New Mexico Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Carlsbad High

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 134th of 181 High schoolsRanks 107th of 170 High schools
 11.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade Language Arts (Carlsbad High)2423.4
 0.6%
   11th Grade Language Arts (Carlsbad)3026.3
 3.7%
   11th Grade Language Arts (New Mexico)4033.1
 6.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Carlsbad High)56.9
 1.9%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Carlsbad)79.6
 2.6%
   11th Grade Mathematics (New Mexico)1015.9
 5.9%
11th Grade Science (Carlsbad High)2421.5
 2.5%
   11th Grade Science (Carlsbad)2729.4
 2.4%
   11th Grade Science (New Mexico)2540.2
 15.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students15901551
 2.5%
African American4131
 24.4%
American Indian98
 11.1%
Asian1315
 15.4%
Hispanic906947
 4.5%
Pacific Islander36
 100%
White610530
 13.1%
Two or More Races814
 75%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients32.3%26.8%
 5.5%


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Students at Carlsbad High are 61% Hispanic, 34% White, 2% African American.

Carlsbad High ranks 107th of 170 New Mexico high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,551 students attended Carlsbad High.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the New Mexico Public Education Department.

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