Sunset Elementary

Summary:

Sunset Elementary is a public elementary school in Carlsbad, New Mexico, serving 356 students in grades 1-5. 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.

Sunset Elementary consistently outperforms the state average in proficiency rates for Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science across all grades. In the 2022-2023 school year, Sunset had a 54% proficiency rate in Language Arts, compared to the state's 38%, and a 38% proficiency rate in Mathematics, compared to the state's 24%. The school's diverse student population, with 39.61% White and 56.74% Hispanic students, is higher in racial diversity than nearby schools like Desert Willow Elementary and Ocotillo Elementary. However, Sunset Elementary's Special Education students rank in the bottom 1% of New Mexico elementary schools, indicating an area for improvement.

Sunset Elementary has steadily improved its statewide ranking, moving from 148th out of 383 New Mexico elementary schools in 2017-2018 to 92nd out of 435 in 2022-2023. This consistent improvement is reflected in the school's increase in SchoolDigger star rating, from 3 stars in earlier years to 4 stars in the most recent two school years. While Sunset outperforms many nearby schools, such as Cottonwood Elementary, its relatively low percentage of free and reduced lunch recipients suggests it may not be serving the most economically disadvantaged students in the area to the same degree as some other local schools.


Detail:

Public K-5

 923 North Walter St
       Carlsbad, NM  88220


(575) 234-3300

District: Carlsbad

SchoolDigger Rank:
92nd of 435 New Mexico Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,498 Help


Students who attend Sunset Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Carlsbad Intermediate School - Pr Leyva Campus
High:    Carlsbad High

Student/teacher ratio:  16.4 Help
Number of students:  356

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
56.7%
White:
39.6%
Asian:
1.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  31.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sunset Elementary ranks better than 78.9% of elementary schools in New Mexico. It also ranks 2nd among 4 ranked elementary schools in the Carlsbad School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 76.58. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (56.7%), White (39.6%), Asian (1.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 31.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Carlsbad School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sunset Elementary is 16.4. 2 elementary schools in the Carlsbad School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sunset Elementary is $8,498. 3 elementary schools in the Carlsbad School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sunset Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Sunset Elementary 92nd of 435 New Mexico public elementary schools. (See Sunset Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary 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 Sunset Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Sunset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 91.59 19th 389 95.1%
2006 86.65 36th 390 90.8%
2007 79.25 57th 398 85.7%
2008 80.95 55th 405 86.4%
2009 70.64 102nd 411 75.2%
2010 79.38 61st 419 85.4%
2011 74.29 83rd 402 79.4%
2012 66.36 117th 398 70.6%
2013 61.84 135th 412 67.2%
2014 64.59 136th 442 69.2%
2015 52.27 164th 421 61.0%
2016 44.83 202nd 410 50.7%
2017 50.94 156th 374 58.3%
2018 53.52 148th 383 61.4%
2019 42.41 212th 396 46.5%
2022 62.79 114th 420 72.9%
2023 76.58 92nd 435 78.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Sunset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 69.90 32nd 203 84.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Sunset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 19.47 131st 132 0.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sunset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.54 170th 356 52.2%
2019 39.62 217th 361 39.9%
2022 41.66 189th 410 53.9%
2023 76.92 89th 426 79.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Sunset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.18 160th 339 52.8%
2019 42.05 187th 343 45.5%
2022 39.86 202nd 395 48.9%
2023 68.16 114th 390 70.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Sunset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 52.80 130th 333 61.0%
2019 40.70 185th 337 45.1%
2022 73.24 58th 392 85.2%
2023 80.41 73rd 414 82.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Sunset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.72 151st 329 54.1%
2019 40.15 193rd 320 39.7%
2022 57.46 104th 389 73.3%
2023 77.37 80th 395 79.7%
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Rank History for White students at Sunset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.35 128th 187 31.6%
2019 26.17 158th 199 20.6%
2022 37.68 215th 325 33.8%
2023 76.05 89th 413 78.5%
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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 Sunset Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1990 274 4 7 122 2 n/a n/a 0 409
1991 311 7 3 145 0 n/a n/a 0 466
1992 305 8 4 133 0 n/a n/a 0 450
1993 286 4 3 103 0 n/a n/a 0 396
1994 255 4 3 103 1 n/a n/a 0 366
1995 251 5 5 107 3 n/a n/a 0 371
1996 251 5 5 107 3 n/a n/a 0 371
1997 227 4 3 103 5 n/a n/a 0 342
1998 237 3 3 101 2 n/a n/a 0 346
1999 235 4 6 85 0 n/a n/a 0 330
2000 239 3 3 107 3 n/a n/a 0 355
2001 241 4 1 118 3 n/a n/a 0 367
2002 211 2 1 121 4 n/a n/a 0 339
2003 211 2 1 121 4 n/a n/a 0 339
2004 211 1 0 135 2 n/a n/a 0 349
2005 218 1 1 122 0 n/a n/a 0 342
2006 216 3 2 140 4 n/a n/a 0 365
2007 210 3 4 143 8 n/a n/a 0 368
2008 206 6 5 136 8 n/a n/a 0 361
2009 221 10 4 158 5 n/a n/a 0 398
2010 212 6 3 162 6 0 0 0 389
2011 252 7 2 174 3 0 0 0 438
2012 248 8 1 195 4 0 2 0 458
2013 270 9 3 208 4 0 3 0 497
2014 245 8 3 181 4 0 2 0 443
2015 221 14 3 189 3 1 0 0 431
2016 186 14 4 212 3 0 0 0 419
2017 171 9 4 198 2 0 0 0 384
2018 177 7 6 203 2 0 1 0 396
2019 178 7 5 213 9 0 3 0 415
2020 187 2 2 199 6 0 2 0 398
2021 178 2 3 226 3 0 1 0 413
2022 153 2 2 199 3 0 3 0 362
2023 141 1 5 202 2 0 5 0 356

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 Sunset Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1990 409 17.8 22.9 n/a
1991 466 22.0 21.1 n/a
1992 450 22.0 20.4 n/a
1993 396 19.0 20.8 n/a
1994 366 18.5 19.8 n/a
1995 371 20.5 18.1 n/a
1996 371 20.5 18.1 n/a
1997 342 19.5 17.5 n/a
1998 346 20.0 17.3 n/a
1999 330 18.8 17.6 47.3
2000 355 20.8 17.1 51
2001 367 20.5 17.9 62.9
2002 339 22.3 15.2 57.2
2003 339 22.3 15.2 57.2
2004 349 20.7 16.9 62.2
2005 342 21.1 16.2 56.4
2006 365 21.0 17.4 56.4
2007 368 21.1 17.4 57.6
2008 361 20.4 17.7 55.7
2009 398 23.3 17.1 53.5
2010 389 23.3 16.7 54.8
2011 438 24.8 17.6 54.1
2012 458 24.4 18.7 52.6
2013 497 25.2 19.7 53.5
2014 443 26.0 17.0 51.2
2015 431 24.0 17.9 53.8
2016 419 24.0 17.4 52.3
2017 384 22.1 17.3 54.9
2018 396 21.2 18.6 57.3
2019 415 21.5 19.2 45.1
2020 398 20.8 19.0 39.7
2021 413 21.2 19.4 37.8
2022 362 20.7 17.4 35.6
2023 356 21.6 16.4 31.7

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 Sunset Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1990 409 17.8 22.9 n/a
1991 466 22.0 21.1 n/a
1992 450 22.0 20.4 n/a
1993 396 19.0 20.8 n/a
1994 366 18.5 19.8 n/a
1995 371 20.5 18.1 n/a
1996 371 20.5 18.1 n/a
1997 342 19.5 17.5 n/a
1998 346 20.0 17.3 n/a
1999 330 18.8 17.6 47.3
2000 355 20.8 17.1 51
2001 367 20.5 17.9 62.9
2002 339 22.3 15.2 57.2
2003 339 22.3 15.2 57.2
2004 349 20.7 16.9 62.2
2005 342 21.1 16.2 56.4
2006 365 21.0 17.4 56.4
2007 368 21.1 17.4 57.6
2008 361 20.4 17.7 55.7
2009 398 23.3 17.1 53.5
2010 389 23.3 16.7 54.8
2011 438 24.8 17.6 54.1
2012 458 24.4 18.7 52.6
2013 497 25.2 19.7 53.5
2014 443 26.0 17.0 51.2
2015 431 24.0 17.9 53.8
2016 419 24.0 17.4 52.3
2017 384 22.1 17.3 54.9
2018 396 21.2 18.6 57.3
2019 415 21.5 19.2 45.1
2020 398 20.8 19.0 39.7
2021 413 21.2 19.4 37.8
2022 362 20.7 17.4 35.6
2023 356 21.6 16.4 31.7

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 Sunset Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $8,498

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sunset Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 212th of 396 Elementary schoolsRanks 92nd of 435 Elementary schools
 32.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Language Arts (Sunset Elementary)3236.5
 4.5%
   3rd Grade Language Arts (Carlsbad)3433.8
 0.2%
   3rd Grade Language Arts (New Mexico)3031.8
 1.8%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Sunset Elementary)1935.1
 16.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Carlsbad)2823.9
 4.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (New Mexico)3222.5
 9.5%
4th Grade Language Arts (Sunset Elementary)3138.9
 7.9%
   4th Grade Language Arts (Carlsbad)3327.1
 5.9%
   4th Grade Language Arts (New Mexico)3035.2
 5.2%
4th Grade Mathematics (Sunset Elementary)1328.8
 15.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Carlsbad)2424.3
 0.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Mexico)2724.5
 2.5%
5th Grade Language Arts (Sunset Elementary)3844
 6%
   5th Grade Language Arts (Carlsbad)3640.4
 4.4%
   5th Grade Language Arts (New Mexico)3335.7
 2.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Sunset Elementary)1436
 22%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Carlsbad)2237.2
 15.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (New Mexico)2430.7
 6.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students415356
 14.2%
African American71
 85.7%
American Indian92
 77.8%
Asian55
Hispanic213202
 5.2%
Pacific Islander00
White178141
 20.8%
Two or More Races35
 66.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients45.1%31.7%
 13.3%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 356 students attended Sunset Elementary.

Sunset Elementary ranks 92nd of 435 New Mexico elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Sunset Elementary are 57% Hispanic, 40% White, 1% Asian, 1% Two or more races.


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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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