Cottonwood Elementary

Summary:

Cottonwood Elementary is a public elementary school in Carlsbad, New Mexico, serving 760 students in grades 1-5. The school is part of the Carlsbad Municipal Schools district, which has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Cottonwood Elementary's academic performance lags behind the state averages and nearby schools like Monterrey Elementary, Ocotillo Elementary, and Sunset Elementary. In the 2022-2023 school year, Cottonwood's proficiency rates were 33% in Language Arts, 24% in Mathematics, and 27% in Science, compared to the state averages of 38%, 24%, and 34%. The school's performance varies significantly across different student subgroups, with higher rankings for male students and English Language Learners, but lower rankings for female students, Hispanic students, White students, special education students, and low socioeconomic status students.

Cottonwood Elementary has a relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 44.47% in the 2022-2023 school year, which is significantly higher than the nearby schools. The school's student-teacher ratio of 17:1 is also higher than the nearby schools. These factors, along with the school's lower academic performance compared to its neighbors, suggest the need for targeted interventions and support to address the challenges facing Cottonwood Elementary and improve educational outcomes for all students.


Detail:

Public K-5

 1609 W Lea Street
       Carlsbad, NM  88220


(575) 234-3304

District: Carlsbad

SchoolDigger Rank:
237th of 435 New Mexico Elementary Schools


Students who attend Cottonwood Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Carlsbad Sixth Grade Academy - Alta Vista Campus
High:    Carlsbad High

Student/teacher ratio:  17.0 Help
Number of students:  760

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
77.5%
White:
20.1%
African American:
1.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  44.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Cottonwood Elementary ranks worse than 54.5% of elementary schools in New Mexico. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 43.11. (See more...)
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Cottonwood Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Cottonwood Elementary 237th of 435 New Mexico public elementary schools. (See Cottonwood Elementary in the ranking list.)

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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 Cottonwood Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 24.33 314th 420 25.2%
2023 43.11 237th 435 45.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 75.05 48th 191 74.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 24.90 149th 165 9.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 20.53 314th 410 23.4%
2023 38.41 271st 426 36.4%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 21.63 30th 36 16.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 17.78 315th 395 20.3%
2023 32.22 268th 390 31.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 23.01 278th 392 29.1%
2023 50.51 191st 414 53.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 22.29 299th 389 23.1%
2023 46.64 203rd 395 48.6%
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Rank History for White students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NM State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 13.14 313th 325 3.7%
2023 37.48 253rd 413 38.7%
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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 Cottonwood Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2021 139 11 1 522 1 0 1 0 675
2022 149 15 4 537 3 1 3 0 712
2023 153 8 5 589 3 1 1 0 760

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 Cottonwood Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2021 675 38.5 17.5 62.8
2022 712 42.5 16.7 60.1
2023 760 44.6 17.0 44.5

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 Cottonwood Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2021 675 38.5 17.5 62.8
2022 712 42.5 16.7 60.1
2023 760 44.6 17.0 44.5

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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Frequently Asked Questions about Cottonwood Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 760 students attended Cottonwood Elementary.

Cottonwood Elementary ranks 237th of 435 New Mexico elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Cottonwood Elementary are 78% Hispanic, 20% White, 1% African American.


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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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