Montezuma Creek School

Summary:

Montezuma Creek School is an elementary school in Montezuma Creek, Utah, serving grades PK-6 with 285 students, the majority of whom are Native American. The school faces significant challenges, including consistently low academic performance and a ranking among the lowest-performing elementary schools in the state.

Montezuma Creek School stands out for its exceptionally high percentage of Native American students, ranging from 95% to 99% over the past three years, which is significantly higher than the nearby Bluff School at 89.87%. However, the school's academic performance, as measured by RISE test scores, is consistently lower than the state and San Juan District averages. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, only 28.5% of 6th-grade students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state average of 45.3%.

Montezuma Creek School has consistently ranked in the bottom 10% of Utah elementary schools, with rankings ranging from 399 out of 498 in 2007-2008 to 551 out of 551 in 2021-2022. Additionally, the school has an exceptionally high rate of free and reduced lunch recipients, ranging from 99.65% to 100% over the past three school years, indicating that the majority of the student population comes from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. While the school's spending per student is relatively high, this does not seem to translate into improved academic outcomes, suggesting that the unique challenges faced by the school may require targeted interventions and support.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 1466 Hwy 162
       Montezuma Creek, UT  84534


(435) 678-1261

District: San Juan District

SchoolDigger Rank:
503rd of 561 Utah Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,571 Help


Students who attend Montezuma Creek School usually attend:

High:    Whitehorse High

Student/teacher ratio:  16.2 Help
Number of students:  285

Racial breakdown:

American Indian:
96.5%
Two or more races:
1.4%
White:
1.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  99.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Montezuma Creek School ranks worse than 89.7% of elementary schools in Utah. It also ranks last among 3 ranked elementary schools in the San Juan District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 12.05. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: American Indian (96.5%), two or more races (1.4%), Hispanic (1.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 99.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the San Juan District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Montezuma Creek School is 16.2. 3 elementary schools in the San Juan District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Montezuma Creek School is $15,571. 3 elementary schools in the San Juan District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Montezuma Creek School:

SchoolDigger ranks Montezuma Creek School 503rd of 561 Utah public elementary schools. (See Montezuma Creek School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


Low Socio Economic Status students:
Native American students:


San Juan District:

SchoolDigger ranks San Juan District 83rd of 100 Utah school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Montezuma Creek School

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Rank History for all students at Montezuma Creek School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2008 28.77 399th 498 19.9%
2009 20.94 435th 509 14.5%
2010 12.83 484th 518 6.6%
2011 3.47 560th 563 0.5%
2012 7.09 564th 579 2.6%
2013 18.70 513th 576 10.9%
2022 1.75 551st 551 0.0%
2023 12.05 503rd 561 10.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Montezuma Creek School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 11.28 110th 111 0.9%
2023 51.10 51st 132 61.4%
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Rank History for Native American students at Montezuma Creek School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 29.08 1st 1 0.0%
2023 62.59 1st 1 0.0%
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Data source: test scores: Utah State Board 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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Data source: Utah State Board of Education

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Enrollment information for Montezuma Creek School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 11 0 6 0 198 n/a n/a 0 215
1989 13 0 4 0 202 n/a n/a 0 219
1990 8 0 4 0 207 n/a n/a 0 219
1991 8 0 4 0 223 n/a n/a 0 235
1992 9 0 0 0 253 n/a n/a 0 262
1993 9 0 1 0 258 n/a n/a 0 268
1994 8 0 1 0 288 n/a n/a 0 297
1995 8 0 0 3 309 n/a n/a 0 320
1996 8 0 0 3 309 n/a n/a 0 320
1997 17 0 0 2 351 n/a n/a 0 370
1998 15 0 2 2 322 n/a n/a 0 341
1999 16 0 0 1 272 n/a n/a 0 289
2000 4 0 0 1 256 n/a n/a 0 261
2001 3 0 0 1 248 n/a n/a 0 252
2002 1 0 0 0 207 n/a n/a 0 208
2003 1 0 0 0 207 n/a n/a 0 208
2004 0 2 0 0 192 n/a n/a 0 194
2005 0 0 0 0 183 n/a n/a 0 183
2006 4 0 0 0 232 n/a n/a 0 236
2007 5 0 0 0 213 n/a n/a 0 218
2008 8 0 0 1 238 n/a n/a 0 247
2009 8 0 1 0 205 n/a n/a 0 214
2010 8 0 1 1 174 n/a n/a 46 230
2011 5 0 0 5 186 0 0 0 196
2012 8 0 0 1 170 0 0 0 179
2013 3 0 0 2 212 0 0 0 217
2014 1 0 0 0 219 0 0 0 220
2015 6 0 0 2 240 0 2 0 250
2016 4 0 0 0 262 0 2 0 268
2017 3 0 0 0 285 0 1 0 289
2018 4 0 0 0 283 0 0 0 287
2019 4 0 0 0 277 0 0 0 281
2020 3 0 0 1 281 0 0 0 285
2021 0 0 0 0 304 0 2 0 306
2022 6 0 0 5 288 0 4 0 303
2023 3 0 0 3 275 0 4 0 285

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 Montezuma Creek School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 215 16.0 13.4 n/a
1989 219 15.7 13.9 n/a
1990 219 11.7 18.7 71.2
1991 235 14.0 16.7 71.9
1992 262 16.0 16.3 69.1
1993 268 16.0 16.8 71.6
1994 297 15.0 19.8 78.5
1995 320 20.5 15.6 70.3
1996 320 20.5 15.6 70.3
1997 370 24.5 15.1 75.7
1998 341 22.8 15.0 83
1999 289 22.8 12.7 89.6
2000 261 22.0 11.9 78.5
2001 252 19.0 13.3 86.9
2002 208 15.3 13.6 98.6
2003 208 15.3 13.6 98.6
2004 194 15.2 12.8 97.4
2005 183 13.6 13.5 98.4
2006 236 17.0 13.9 87.3
2007 218 15.8 13.8 98.6
2008 247 12.0 20.6 n/a
2009 214 12.1 9.6 84.1
2010 230 11.0 20.9 121.2
2011 196 10.5 18.5 98.5
2012 179 10.2 17.3 93.9
2013 217 10.4 20.7 98.6
2014 220 12.0 18.3 93.6
2015 250 n/a n/a 98.8
2016 268 n/a n/a 98.9
2017 289 12.0 24.0 99.7
2018 287 n/a n/a 99.7
2019 281 17.0 16.5 100
2020 285 17.4 16.3 100
2021 306 n/a n/a 100
2022 303 18.0 16.8 99.7
2023 285 17.4 16.2 99.6

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 Montezuma Creek School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 215 16.0 13.4 n/a
1989 219 15.7 13.9 n/a
1990 219 11.7 18.7 71.2
1991 235 14.0 16.7 71.9
1992 262 16.0 16.3 69.1
1993 268 16.0 16.8 71.6
1994 297 15.0 19.8 78.5
1995 320 20.5 15.6 70.3
1996 320 20.5 15.6 70.3
1997 370 24.5 15.1 75.7
1998 341 22.8 15.0 83
1999 289 22.8 12.7 89.6
2000 261 22.0 11.9 78.5
2001 252 19.0 13.3 86.9
2002 208 15.3 13.6 98.6
2003 208 15.3 13.6 98.6
2004 194 15.2 12.8 97.4
2005 183 13.6 13.5 98.4
2006 236 17.0 13.9 87.3
2007 218 15.8 13.8 98.6
2008 247 12.0 20.6 n/a
2009 214 12.1 9.6 84.1
2010 230 11.0 20.9 121.2
2011 196 10.5 18.5 98.5
2012 179 10.2 17.3 93.9
2013 217 10.4 20.7 98.6
2014 220 12.0 18.3 93.6
2015 250 n/a n/a 98.8
2016 268 n/a n/a 98.9
2017 289 12.0 24.0 99.7
2018 287 n/a n/a 99.7
2019 281 17.0 16.5 100
2020 285 17.4 16.3 100
2021 306 n/a n/a 100
2022 303 18.0 16.8 99.7
2023 285 17.4 16.2 99.6

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 Montezuma Creek School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $3,605 (23.2%) $11,966 (76.8%) $15,571

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Montezuma Creek School

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Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students281285
 1.4%
African American00
American Indian277275
 0.7%
Asian00
Hispanic03
Pacific Islander00
White43
 25%
Two or More Races04
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients100%99.6%
 0.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Montezuma Creek School

Montezuma Creek School ranks in the bottom 10.3% of Utah elementary schools.

Students at Montezuma Creek School are 96% American Indian, 1% Two or more races, 1% White, 1% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 285 students attended Montezuma Creek School.

Students who attend Montezuma Creek School usually go on to attend:

High : Whitehorse 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 Utah State Board of Education.

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