Ocotillo Elementary

Summary:

Ocotillo Elementary is a public elementary school in Carlsbad, New Mexico, serving 708 students in grades K-5. As part of the Carlsbad Municipal Schools district, Ocotillo consistently outperforms the state average in academic proficiency, with particularly strong results in 5th-grade Language Arts and Mathematics.

Ocotillo's diverse student population includes a higher percentage of Hispanic students compared to the state average, and the school excels in supporting its English Language Learner (ELL) students, ranking 6th out of 191 New Mexico elementary schools in this subgroup. However, the school faces challenges in supporting its Special Education students, ranking 157th out of 165 in this category. Additionally, Ocotillo's performance with low-socioeconomic status students has declined in recent years, an area that warrants further attention.

Compared to nearby schools, Ocotillo outperforms most in the Carlsbad Municipal Schools district, particularly in academic proficiency. Schools like Sunset Elementary and Monterrey Elementary also demonstrate strong academic performance, suggesting that Ocotillo could learn from their best practices to further enhance its already impressive results.


Detail:

Public K-5

 2106 Captain Williams Ln
       Carlsbad, NM  88220


(575) 628-4498

District: Carlsbad

SchoolDigger Rank:
128th of 435 New Mexico Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,453 Help


Students who attend Ocotillo Elementary usually attend:

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

Student/teacher ratio:  17.7 Help
Number of students:  708

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
54.0%
White:
40.8%
Asian:
2.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  25.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ocotillo Elementary ranks better than 70.6% of elementary schools in New Mexico. It also ranks 3rd 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 69.77. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (54%), White (40.8%), Asian (2.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 25.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ocotillo Elementary is 17.7, which is the highest among 5 elementary schools in the Carlsbad School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ocotillo Elementary is $8,453, which is the lowest among 5 elementary schools in the Carlsbad School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ocotillo Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Ocotillo Elementary 128th of 435 New Mexico public elementary schools. (See Ocotillo 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 Ocotillo Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Ocotillo Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 79.51 55th 396 86.1%
2022 76.99 67th 420 84.0%
2023 69.77 128th 435 70.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ocotillo Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.97 12th 83 85.5%
2019 83.12 6th 98 93.9%
2022 68.65 34th 203 83.3%
2023 98.94 6th 191 96.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ocotillo Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 20.28 157th 165 4.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ocotillo Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.47 78th 356 78.1%
2019 63.90 96th 361 73.4%
2022 51.03 148th 410 63.9%
2023 40.60 261st 426 38.7%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Ocotillo Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 26.70 27th 36 25.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Ocotillo Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.26 50th 339 85.3%
2019 77.16 51st 343 85.1%
2022 72.23 62nd 395 84.3%
2023 71.69 101st 390 74.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Ocotillo Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.53 63rd 333 81.1%
2019 72.26 62nd 337 81.6%
2022 71.19 65th 392 83.4%
2023 62.95 140th 414 66.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ocotillo Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.58 88th 329 73.3%
2019 65.63 82nd 320 74.4%
2022 65.29 76th 389 80.5%
2023 65.25 125th 395 68.4%
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Rank History for Native American students at Ocotillo Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 55.76 38th 99 61.6%
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Rank History for White students at Ocotillo Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.28 52nd 187 72.2%
2019 65.89 56th 199 71.9%
2022 63.06 98th 325 69.8%
2023 63.40 134th 413 67.6%
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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 Ocotillo Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2017 281 4 7 267 2 2 3 0 566
2018 322 3 5 315 4 4 2 0 655
2019 333 1 4 345 5 4 4 0 696
2020 326 5 3 298 7 3 3 0 645
2021 260 6 3 270 7 3 3 0 552
2022 252 2 6 278 8 2 2 0 550
2023 289 9 15 382 6 3 4 0 708

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 Ocotillo Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 566 35.9 15.7 54.2
2018 655 37.5 17.4 49.8
2019 696 37.5 18.5 39.8
2020 645 36.6 17.6 31.8
2021 552 35.8 15.4 37.1
2022 550 33.1 16.6 39.6
2023 708 39.8 17.7 25.3

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 Ocotillo Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 566 35.9 15.7 54.2
2018 655 37.5 17.4 49.8
2019 696 37.5 18.5 39.8
2020 645 36.6 17.6 31.8
2021 552 35.8 15.4 37.1
2022 550 33.1 16.6 39.6
2023 708 39.8 17.7 25.3

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 Ocotillo Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $8,453

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ocotillo Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 55th of 396 Elementary schoolsRanks 128th of 435 Elementary schools
 15.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Language Arts (Ocotillo Elementary)5444.3
 9.7%
   3rd Grade Language Arts (Carlsbad)3433.8
 0.2%
   3rd Grade Language Arts (New Mexico)3031.8
 1.8%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Ocotillo Elementary)4930.3
 18.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Carlsbad)2823.9
 4.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (New Mexico)3222.5
 9.5%
4th Grade Language Arts (Ocotillo Elementary)2942.9
 13.9%
   4th Grade Language Arts (Carlsbad)3327.1
 5.9%
   4th Grade Language Arts (New Mexico)3035.2
 5.2%
4th Grade Mathematics (Ocotillo Elementary)4448
 4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Carlsbad)2424.3
 0.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Mexico)2724.5
 2.5%
5th Grade Language Arts (Ocotillo Elementary)4962.6
 13.6%
   5th Grade Language Arts (Carlsbad)3640.4
 4.4%
   5th Grade Language Arts (New Mexico)3335.7
 2.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Ocotillo Elementary)3950.5
 11.5%
   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 Students696708
 1.7%
African American19
 800%
American Indian56
 20%
Asian415
 275%
Hispanic345382
 10.7%
Pacific Islander43
 25%
White333289
 13.2%
Two or More Races44
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients39.8%25.3%
 14.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ocotillo Elementary

Students at Ocotillo Elementary are 54% Hispanic, 41% White, 2% Asian, 1% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 708 students attended Ocotillo Elementary.

Ocotillo Elementary ranks 128th of 435 New Mexico elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Ocotillo Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Carlsbad Intermediate School - Pr Leyva Campus
High : 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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