Rio Rancho Profile

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Rio Rancho Public School System

The RRPS is the state’s newest and sixth largest based on enrollment. The district was founded in 1994 and comprises about 147 square miles making it the third smallest in size in the state. Total RRPS enrollment for the school year 2005-2006 is 13,611 students with a district growth rate of about 9 percent. The district is comprised of twelve schools:

The pupil teacher ratio for elementary schools is: 14.5 to 1.

There are eight elementary schools (grade K-5) including: Colinas del Norte Elementary, Enchanted Hills Elementary, E. Stapleton Elementary, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, M. Cordova Elementary, Puesta del Sol Elementary, Rio Rancho Elementary and Vista Grande Elementary.

The pupil teacher ratio for middle schools is 15.9 to 1.

Three middle schools (grades 6 – 7): Eagle Ridge Middle, Lincoln Middle, and Mountain View Middle School; and one mid-high school (grades 8 and 9), Rio Rancho Mid High.


The pupil teacher ratio for high school is 16.1 to 1.

One high school (grades 10 – 12), Rio Rancho High. The district also has a Cyber Academy that offers core courses online such as Math and English, as well as college-level concurrent enrollment and advanced classes, and remedial/make-up classes. The district also has an alternative high school (grades 9 – 12), Independence High School, for special social and educational needs.

RRPS recently acquired 150 acres of property from the New Mexico State Land Office and $47 million from the New Mexico State Legislature for the construction of a new high school. The high school will be located just northwest of  the intersection of Idalia and Iris Roads and construction is expected to be complete by 2009. For more information on the RRPS see the district’s website at and/or visit the New Mexico Department of Education website at www.ped.state.nm.



Many post-secondary educational institutions exist within the Albuquerque MSA including the University of New Mexico (UNM), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), New Mexico Highlands University, and the University of Phoenix. UNM has also announced plans to construct the University of New Mexico West Campus on the eastern boundary of Rio Rancho’s City Centre.  For more information, visit the New Mexico Higher Education Department website located at