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About This School

Cottonwood Elementary School is a public elementary school in Hesperia. The principal of Cottonwood Elementary School is Sue Knuth, who can be contacted at sue.knuth@hesperia.org. 920 students attend Cottonwood Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 33% of the Cottonwood Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 70% of the 920 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cottonwood Elementary School is 20:1. Mesquite Trails Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 62% 56%
Asian 3% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 30%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 8%
Unspecified 0.9% 3%
Filipino 0.8% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.5%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 23343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70% 57%
Limited English proficiency 33% 23%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Parents are not notified of anything. It's just terrible to know that faculty are just there for a pay check and not for children education.

  • (1 year ago)

    Because of this school my daughter got a perfect 600 on her state test in math

  • (1 year ago)

    Not enough parents appreciating what a great job is being done at this school...it has really improved in the 2 years that Mr. Mauger and Mr. Sheffield have been there!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Cottonwood Coyote's Rocked the State Test "791" . Now who's talking. Thanks to our great Principal and Vice Principal who have came in and changed a few things for all the better. THANK YOU!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been attending Cottonwood for the past two years and This year there has been GREAT Improvement. I have found the staff to be warm and welcoming. The Principals this year have changed the ciriculum and are engaging with the staff and students. They have implemented programs this year that not only engage the students but they actually wish to participate. I have seen a greater parent involvement this year as the parents help their children earn participation points and get rewards. (In the long run the reward is a better education). I do not think that a school should be rated overall on the few who make you mad but the many that make the students want to learn. I have found this at Cottonwood. My child is happy and shows me that she enjoys her classes and schoolwork. And I know first hand that there are teachers there who do care about their students and go the extra mile to help ensure not only thier learning but their safety in and out of the classroom. I feel that there is still a stronger need for parent pariciation but They school this year is much improved on using all outlest of communicating with the parents and getting them involved.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a mother of three children whom have all attended cottonwood. I have had nothing but a pleasant experience. Whenever I have had an issue arise it has always been addressed and handled in a timely manner. As every school there are always going to be a few people you may not like or get along with. However you should not judge the school on their behavior. I love cottonwood and wouldn't be prouder my children are and were coyotes.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have gone to this school from kindergarden to 5th grade and let me tell you this school is horrible the kids are not nice there is gossip going from kid to kid... The procters do not care there is one really good procter but the other ones not so great.. as the other review said it wouldnt hurt to smile. The subjects they teach are not callenging at all... A great school would have 1. Ecellent teachers. 2. Strong principal 3.Challenging academic programs.. I would say that this school has 1.5 of these things and if they did work on somethings I would have them work on the respect for staff/students getting more involved and making it more of a challenge on work.. ! That would make this school at least decent...

  • (4 years ago)

    I've dealt with this school for the past 3 years and let me tell you i wouldn't recommend it to noone. Only a couple good teachers and not challenging at all. Education doesn't seem to be a priority for this school. Most teachers are slackers in this school and staff are there to cover them up. Principal is a nice person but makes bad choices on who she has working under her. Parking is very dangerous and PTC leaders simply don't care in even trying to seek options. Its definetly graded a 3. Very well deserved.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a terrible school! Parents are not notified of anything. Children are either disciplined in a very unreasonable manner or not disciplined at all. The children are not challenged. My child's test scores and acamedic performance dropped significantly after attending this school. It's just terrible. Some things going on in the classroom have nothing to do with education or meeting state standards.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is now in the 4th grade and has been struggling since she started kinder.Test scores have been low and she continues to struggle up to date tutoring has been offered after school but due to no transportation it is not possible for her to attend.Her grades are very low and as a concerned single parent I asked why she wasn't being held back a grade since I've noticed it's getting more and more challenging for her. I was advised it would be in her best interest to keep her on track with her other classmated since she is so tall for her age.I'm even more concerned & have mixed emotions about this choice.I feel my daughter is not getting the attention she needs and her grades reflect it.Also I agree office staff(attendance)needs to learn to be more professional but I can't deny my daughter is a proud Cayote.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children have been going to Cottonwood for 5 years now. The school has been changing alot each year. The front office staff needs to learn to be more friendly smile it doesn't hurt. The principal can't stand on her own. Get some guts. The teachers are fabulous!! They just need to get more involved in the after hour activities the school has for fun.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am proud to say that my son started @ Cottonwood elementary for the 07-08 school year and we both loved it. Me as a parent got to interact a lot with the students and the teachers it was great! he will be starting 1st grade in august and will definately be attending cottonwood. Not to mention the rest of the staff is very nice and they are all angel fan's wich is a plus. Go Coyotes!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school fails to challenge their students.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a parent of a student who has attended Cottonwood since Kindergarten. She is now in 5th grade. Cottonwood is an awesome school! They do everything they can to help your child succeed. I feel they are the best elementary school in Hesperia. they encourage parent involvement. They keep parents in the loop with their childs progress. Academic programs are great. If your child is struggling in an area the teachers are there to help 100%. I am a happy parent with no complaints at all!

  • (9 years ago)

    Great teachers!! they take time to meet your childs educational needs.

  • (10 years ago)

    My children have done very well at Cottonwood. I think the class size for the 4-6 grades is too high. I was surprised to read that Cottonwood is below average for the testing scores. My kids are all happy to be 'Coyotes'.

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