Top 10 Best Santa Cruz County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 24 public schools serving 9,885 students in Santa Cruz County, AZ (there are 4 private schools, serving 622 private students). 94% of all K-12 students in Santa Cruz County, AZ are educated in public schools (compared to the AZ state average of 94%).
The top ranked public schools in Santa Cruz County, AZ are Mexicayotl Charter School, Nusd Online and Patagonia Union High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Santa Cruz County, AZ public schools have an average math proficiency score of 14% (versus the Arizona public school average of 31%), and reading proficiency score of 26% (versus the 39% statewide average). Schools in Santa Cruz County have an average ranking of 2/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Arizona public schools.
Minority enrollment is 97% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Arizona public school average of 64% (majority Hispanic).

Best Santa Cruz County Public Schools (2024)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Mexicayotl Charter School
Charter School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 55-59%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2059 N Grand Ave
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 624-4018
Grades: K-8
| 167 students
Rank: #2 - 42. - 4.
Nusd Online
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
451 N Arroyo Blvd
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 287-0915
Grades: K-12
| 135 students
Rank: #2 - 42. - 4.
Patagonia Union High School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
200 Naugle Avenue
Patagonia, AZ 85624
(520) 394-3000
Grades: 9-12
| 74 students
Rank: #2 - 42. - 4.
Pierson High School
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
451 N. Arroyo Blvd
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 287-0915
Grades: 9-12
| 142 students
Rank: #55.
Elgin Elementary School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
23 Upper Elgin Rd
Elgin, AZ 85611
(520) 455-5514
Grades: PK-8
| 124 students
Rank: #66.
Little Red Schoolhouse
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
7 Duquesne Rd
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 287-0737
Grades: K-8
| 180 students
Rank: #77.
Francisco Vasquez De Coronado Elementary School
Math: 22% | Reading: 40%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
2301 N Al Harrison Rd
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 377-2885
Grades: K-5
| 502 students
Rank: #88.
Montessori De Santa Cruz - St. Ann's Hall
Charter School
Math: 11-19% | Reading: 40-49%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2231 E Frontage Rd
Tubac, AZ 85646
(520) 398-0536
Grades: K-8
| 57 students
Rank: #99.
Patagonia Elementary School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
Highway 82
Patagonia, AZ 85624
(520) 394-3000
Grades: PK-8
| 107 students
Rank: #1010.
Robert Bracker Elementary School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 30-34%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
121 Camino Diez Mandamientos
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 377-2886
Grades: K-5
| 267 students
Rank: #1111.
Patagonia Montessori School
Charter School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
500 N 3rd Ave
Patagonia, AZ 85624
(520) 394-9530
Grades: K-8
| 26 students
Rank: #1212.
Coatimundi Middle School
Math: 16% | Reading: 32%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
490 Avenida Coatimundi
Rio Rico, AZ 85648
(520) 375-8800
Grades: 6-8
| 467 students
Rank: #1313.
Mary L Welty Elementary School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 20-24%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1050 W Cimarron St
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 287-0880
Grades: K-5
| 343 students
Rank: #1414.
Desert Shadows Middle School
Math: 14% | Reading: 25%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
340 Blvd. Del Rey David
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 377-2646
Grades: 6-8
| 722 students
Rank: #15 - 1615. - 16.
Calabasas School
Math: 11% | Reading: 25%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1374 W Frontage Rd
Rio Rico, AZ 85648
(520) 375-8600
Grades: PK-8
| 1,067 students
Rank: #15 - 1615. - 16.
Lincoln Elementary School
Math: 10-14% | Reading: 20-24%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
652 N Tyler Ave
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 287-0870
Grades: PK-5
| 403 students
Rank: #1717.
San Cayetano Elementary School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: 30-34%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1412 W Frontage Rd
Rio Rico, AZ 85648
(520) 375-8300
Grades: PK-5
| 404 students
Rank: #1818.
Rio Rico High School
Math: 13% | Reading: 21%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
590 N. Camino Galindo
Rio Rico, AZ 85648
(520) 375-8700
Grades: 9-12
| 1,319 students
Rank: #1919.
Challenger Elementary School
Math: 11% | Reading: 22%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
901 E Calle Mayer
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 377-0544
Grades: K-5
| 365 students
Rank: #2020.
Nogales High School
Math: 13% | Reading: 19%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1905 N Apache Blvd
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 377-2021
Grades: 9-12
| 1,800 students
Rank: #2121.
Mountain View School
Math: 6-9% | Reading: 15-19%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1374 W Frontage Rd
Rio Rico, AZ 85648
(520) 375-8400
Grades: K-5
| 379 students
Rank: #2222.
Wade Carpenter Middle School
Math: 7% | Reading: 15%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
595 W Kino St
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 287-0820
Grades: 6-8
| 541 students
Rank: #2323.
A J Mitchell Elementary School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: 10-14%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
855 N Bautista St
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 287-0840
Grades: K-5
| 294 students
590 Camino Lito Galindo
Rio Rico, AZ 85648
(520) 375-8700
Grades: K-12
| 0 students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Santa Cruz County, AZ

Santa Cruz County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
1260 N Hohokam Dr
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 375-8193
Grades: 3-12
| n/a students
1250 N Hohokam Dr
Nogales, AZ 85628
(520) 761-7869
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
310 W Plum St
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 287-0800
Grades: Inquire with school
| 58 students
P.o. Box 254
Patagonia, AZ 85624
(520) 394-3000
Grades: 6-8
| 45 students
131 Camino Maricopa
Rio Rico, AZ 85648
(520) 281-8282
Grades: PK-5
| n/a students
3241 N. Grand Ave. 1
Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 287-2188
Grades: 5-12
| n/a students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Santa Cruz County, AZ?
The top ranked public schools in Santa Cruz County, AZ include Mexicayotl Charter School, Nusd Online and Patagonia Union High School.
How many public schools are located in Santa Cruz County, AZ?
24 public schools are located in Santa Cruz County, AZ.
What percentage of students in Santa Cruz County, AZ go to public school?
94% of all K-12 students in Santa Cruz County, AZ are educated in public schools (compared to the AZ state average of 94%).
What is the racial composition of students in Santa Cruz County, AZ?
Santa Cruz County, AZ public schools minority enrollment is 97% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Arizona public schools average of 64% (majority Hispanic).

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