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Yucca Elementary School

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Posted September 2, 2013

Our son attended Yucca Elementary from 2008 (K) to 2013 (5th grade). He was identified as being gifted in 1st grade and advanced a year ahead in 2012. He always enjoyed going to this school. Communication with teachers, principal and gifted program facilitators was excellent. We became part of an advisory board of parents that contributed to the gifted program. Our few concerns we had about some policies were addressed and taken seriously. Overall a very good experience with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

When we moved to Alamogordo, I was really worried about the quality of the schools. SInce there is little to no choice in terms of private schools (Unless you go for fundamentalist christian), my son has attended Kindergarten and first grade at Yucca - and I have been pleasantly surprised. He has loved his teachers, and is excited about going to school. He has done very well, and learned a great deal - more than I expected. I don't know who was principal when others made a negative review, but the current principal is GREAT! Very hands on and involved in all aspects of the school. Not only did the school recently win a 'best in the state' award, so did she.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Good school considering the area--my child has been personally assisted by teachers/principal to overcome behavioral problems. I wish NM would put more money into their schools though, I detest being bombarded with fundraising throughout the year. My child should be learning, not selling. I've seen better school districts in general, but Yucca is doing the best with what it's got. Not hard to believe they were awarded Best in NM education award.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Great school couldn't ask for anything better. We're going on our fourth child passing through them great halls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

staff are people friendly; works to get the best from each student; Principal, teachers, support staff all love the children; not willing to settle for less than best effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I have 4 children and they are spread apart by many years. My eldest son son attended Yucca from kinder to 6th grade. Son #2, kinder through 5th. That was the first year 6th grade was moved to the mid-high. Son #3, kinder through 5th. And now I have a daughter attending Yucca. She is presently in the 3rd grade. Even though some of the years overlap 23 years combined is alot of years and we love the school. There has never been any kind of issue with the school that could not be resolved. For the majority of the staff that has been at Yucca for the past decade, their hearts and hard work and their love for the school does not go un-noticed. My daughter will continue at Yucca through her 5th grade year unles for some reason the school gets mowed down. We love Yucca, GO SCORPIONS !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

Son tested for Gemini program which is for advanced placement. We had to complete the application twice, did not get tested until subsequent year, and now we are being told he is a 'guest' in the program. This being told to our son (10) and not to us. No accountability and poor, poor performance on the person who should be setting an example. Wife is very involved and its a good thing. Teachers are saddled with multiple behavioral issues and the kids that excel are left to fend for themselves. Hence, you would think a pullout program like the Gemini program would help, but alas, the instructor had another 'meeting' to attend. When they only meet once a week, on a Monday, you would think there would be better planning. Principal is not involved. Need to just keep as involved as possible and encourage your kid to excel. It won't happen otherwise.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

89 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

74 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students58%
Female57%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female53%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students74%
Female71%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female62%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students69%
Female65%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students62%
Female53%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female64%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 26%
Hispanic 34% 59%
Black 9% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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310 Dale Scott Blvd
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone: (505) 439-3270

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