Award Year: 2020

Pima Butte Elementary School

42202 W. Rancho El Dorado Parkway
Maricopa, AZ, 85138-1904

(520) 568-7150

Mr. Randy Lazar, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Elizabeth Allison, Current Principal

Title I School

Maricopa Unified School District

School Website


Our mission is to ensure all students achieve excellence by preparing them to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens who value innovation and global diversity.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 14%
  • White: 44%
  • Hispanic: 31%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Two or more races: 8%
Second grade in action

Second grade in action

Pima Butte Elementary School, home of the Mustangs, opened in the fall of 2005 and is one of nine schools that make up the Maricopa Unified School District. The District has six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Pima Butte is a Title I School-Wide School. Forty-one percent of our students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunches.

At Pima Butte, the retention rate among staff and families helps increase the longevity and consistency, which also builds a more cohesive family feel. Many of our students have started kindergarten and remain here through 5th grade. As a result, our teachers truly know most students, and are able to help support not only students in their own class, but others as well. Pima Butte has been a school of excellence for a number of years. Teachers have high expectations for ALL students. Our teachers spend whatever time is needed to help bring their students to mastery. In the spring of 2019, Pima Butte was designated an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Pima Butte would not be at the present level of success if it wasn't for the supportive and involved families that we have in our community. In addition, the Maricopa community has played a key role in our school as well. The Pima Butte Parent and Teacher Organization (PTO) conducts various fundraising activities at the school in order to provide our school and our teachers with the resources we need for our students. Pima Butte has a partnership with the City of Maricopa - Recreation Department. Every other Thursday, Recreation staff come to our campus to work with our students during lunch recesses. The Maricopa Fire Department sends firefighters to our school to work with our students on fire safety. The Maricopa Police Department sponsors an annual Shop with a Cop program during the holiday season. Our Physical Education (PE) teacher has an arrangement with the American Heart Association (AHA) to conduct the annual Kids Heart Challenge to promote healthy hearts and to raise money for the AHA. Treasured Smiles Children's Dentistry conducts an annual food drive for the Maricopa Food Bank.