Desoto School District

For the 2022 school year, there are 11 public schools serving 4,614 students in Desoto School District. This district's average testing ranking is 1/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public schools in Florida.
Public Schools in Desoto School District have an average math proficiency score of 40% (versus the Florida public school average of 59%), and reading proficiency score of 35% (versus the 56% statewide average).
The top ranked public schools in Desoto School District are Memorial Elementary School, West Elementary School and Desoto Secondary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking. Desoto School District has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Florida.
Minority enrollment is 64% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is equal to the Florida public school average of 64% (majority Hispanic).

Overview

School District Name
Desoto School District
School District Website
School District Phone Number
School District Grades Offered
PK - 12
2020-2021 School Year Data
This School District
This State (FL)
# Schools
11 Schools
4,227 Schools
# Students
4,614 Students
2,780,879 Students
# Teachers
251 Teachers
159,765 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
17:1
17:1

District Rank

Desoto School District, which is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 73 school districts in Florida (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-2019 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 71% has increased from 61% over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School District
State Average (FL)
Overall District Rank
#71 out of 73 school districts
(Bottom 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Desoto  School District, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
40%
59%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Desoto  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of FL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
35%
56%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Desoto  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of FL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Graduation Rate
71%
87%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Desoto  School District and public school graduation rate of FL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

Diversity Score
0.62
0.70
# American Indian Students
11 Students
7,455 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
n/a
# Asian Students
25 Students
78,578 Students
% Asian Students
1%
3%
# Hispanic Students
2,251 Students
972,305 Students
% Hispanic Students
49%
35%
# Black Students
517 Students
597,476 Students
% Black Students
11%
22%
# White Students
1,680 Students
1,012,885 Students
% White Students
36%
36%
# Hawaiian Students
6 Students
4,724 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
124 Students
107,216 Students
% of Two or more races Students
3%
4%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
66
49,807
# Students in K Grade:
311
185,693
# Students in 1st Grade:
340
199,777
# Students in 2nd Grade:
346
201,264
# Students in 3rd Grade:
330
205,847
# Students in 4th Grade:
449
214,317
# Students in 5th Grade:
406
207,383
# Students in 6th Grade:
370
215,808
# Students in 7th Grade:
349
222,751
# Students in 8th Grade:
355
220,002
# Students in 9th Grade:
351
227,502
# Students in 10th Grade:
323
218,869
# Students in 11th Grade:
332
208,803
# Students in 12th Grade:
286
203,056
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $11,057 in this school district is less than the state median of $11,996. The school district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $10,845 is less than the state median of $12,834. The school district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
This School District
This State (FL)
Total Revenue
$51 MM
$143 MM
This chart display total revenue of Desoto  School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in FL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Spending
$50 MM
$153 MM
This chart display total spending of Desoto  School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in FL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$11,057
$11,996
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Desoto  School District and median value from average revenue per public school student of all school districts in FL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Spending / Student
$10,845
$12,834
This chart display average spending per public school student in Desoto  School District and median value from average spending per public school student of all school districts in FL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.

Best Desoto School District Public Schools (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Memorial Elementary School
Math: 51% | Reading: 39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
851 E Hickory St
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 494-0755
Grades: PK-5
| 886 students
Rank: #22.
West Elementary School
Math: 44% | Reading: 44%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
304 W Imogene St
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 494-3155
Grades: PK-5
| 767 students
Rank: #33.
Desoto Secondary School
Alternative School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
318 N Wilson Ave
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 494-9303
Grades: K-12
| 73 students
Rank: #44.
Desoto Middle School
Math: 36% | Reading: 35%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
420 E Gibson St
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 494-4133
Grades: 6-8
| 989 students
Rank: #55.
Nocatee Elementary School
Math: 38% | Reading: 29%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
4846 Sw Shores Ave
Nocatee, FL 34268
(863) 494-4511
Grades: PK-5
| 498 students
Rank: #66.
Desoto County High School
Math: 34% | Reading: 30%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1710 E Gibson St
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 494-3434
Grades: 9-12
| 1,169 students
Rank: n/an/a
310 W Whidden St
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 993-1333
Grades: K-12
| 222 students
Rank: n/an/a
310 W Whidden St
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 993-1333
Grades: K-12
| n/a students
Rank: n/an/a
Hospital And Homebound
Special Education School
494 N Manatee Ave
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 494-0261
Grades: K-12
| 3 students
Rank: n/an/a
Reduced Services
Alternative School
310 W Whidden St
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 993-1333
Grades: K-12
| 7 students
Rank: n/an/a
310 W Whidden St
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 993-1333
Grades: PK
| n/a students

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Desoto
  • 530 LASOLONA AVE, ARCADIA, FL, 34266-4911
  • (863) 494-4222
  • desotoschools.com
  • Grades: PK - 12
  • Students: 4,614 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 17:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 64%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 71% (Btm 50% in FL)
  • Overall District Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 40% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 35% (Btm 50%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.62

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