Desert Star Elementary School

400 S Washington Ave
Alamogordo, NM 88310
(School attendance zone shown in map)
8/
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Top 30%
Serving 484 students in grades Kindergarten-5, Desert Star Elementary School ranks in the top 30% of all schools in New Mexico for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 30%, and reading proficiency is top 50%).
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 34% (which is higher than the New Mexico state average of 21%). The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 36% (which is higher than the New Mexico state average of 33%).
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is higher than the New Mexico state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 70% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the New Mexico state average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 484 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 21:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 70%
  • : 34%
  • : 36%
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NM Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Desert Star Elementary School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in New Mexico for:

School Overview

Desert Star Elementary School's student population of 484 students has declined by 14% over five school years.
The teacher population of 23 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-5
Total Students
484 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
23 teachers
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School Rankings

The diversity score of Desert Star Elementary School is 0.64, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School
State Level (NM)
(18-19)
34%
21%
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(18-19)
36%
33%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
21:1
14:1
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American Indian
2%
12%
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Asian
2%
1%
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Hispanic
51%
62%
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Black
7%
2%
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White
30%
21%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
8%
2%
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All Ethnic Groups
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0.64
This chart display the diversity score of Desert Star Elementary School and the public school average diversity score of New Mexico by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
100%
74%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (17-18)
7%
3%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Desert Star Elementary School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in New Mexico by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NM Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What schools are Desert Star Elementary School often compared to?
Desert Star Elementary Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Sunset Hills Elementary School, Sierra Elementary School by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
34% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 21% NM state average), while 36% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 33% NM state average).
How many students attend Desert Star Elementary School?
484 students attend Desert Star Elementary School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
51% of Desert Star Elementary School students are Hispanic, 30% of students are White, 8% of students are Two or more races, 7% of students are Black, 2% of students are American Indian, and 2% of students are Asian.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Desert Star Elementary School?
Desert Star Elementary School has a student ration of 21:1, which is higher than the New Mexico state average of 14:1.
What grades does Desert Star Elementary School offer ?
Desert Star Elementary School offers enrollment in grades Kindergarten-5
What school district is Desert Star Elementary School part of?
Desert Star Elementary School is part of Alamogordo Public Schools School District.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 484 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 21:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 70%
  • : 34%
  • : 36%
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NM Dept. of Education

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