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Top 10 Best Las Cruces Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 47 public schools serving 24,539 students in Las Cruces, NM (there are , serving 1,186 private students). 95% of all K-12 students in Las Cruces, NM are educated in public schools (compared to the NM state average of 93%).
The top ranked public schools in Las Cruces, NM are White Sands Elementary School, Early College High School and Las Montanas Charter. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Las Cruces, NM public schools have an average math proficiency score of 22% (versus the New Mexico public school average of 25%), and reading proficiency score of 34% (versus the 34% statewide average). Schools in Las Cruces have an average ranking of 6/10, which is in the top 50% of New Mexico public schools.
Minority enrollment is 83% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the New Mexico public school average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Best Public Schools in Las Cruces, NM (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
White Sands Elementary School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1 Viking St White Sands Missil
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 674-1241
Grades: PK-8
| 300 students
Rank: #22.
Early College High School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
3400 South Espina St
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9540
Grades: 9-12
| 327 students
Rank: #33.
Las Montanas Charter
Charter School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1405 S. Solano Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 636-2100
Grades: 9-12
| 167 students
Rank: #44.
J Paul Taylor Academy
Charter School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
402 W. Court Ave Bldg 2
Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 652-4006
Grades: K-8
| 200 students
Rank: #55.
Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy
Alternative School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
950 South Walnut St
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-6059
Grades: 6-8
| 88 students
Rank: #66.
Sonoma Elementary School
(Math: 40% | Reading: 51%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
4201 Northrise Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88011
(575) 541-7320
Grades: PK-5
| 741 students
Rank: #77.
Desert Hills Elementary School
(Math: 34% | Reading: 56%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
280 North Roadrunner Pkwy
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9619
Grades: PK-5
| 581 students
Rank: #88.
Explore Las Cruces
Charter School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
900 N Telshor Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88011
(575) 888-4476
Grades: 6-8
| 94 students
Rank: #99.
Arrowhead Park Medical Academy
(Math: 20-29% | Reading: 50-59%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
3600 Arrowhead Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9540
Grades: 9-12
| 232 students
Rank: #1010.
Highland Elementary School
(Math: 34% | Reading: 42%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
4201 Emerald St
Las Cruces, NM 88012
(575) 527-9636
Grades: PK-5
| 776 students
Rank: #1111.
Monte Vista Elementary School
(Math: 31% | Reading: 45%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
4675 Peachtree Hills
Las Cruces, NM 88012
(575) 527-9490
Grades: PK-5
| 678 students
Rank: #1212.
Tombaugh Elementary School
(Math: 30% | Reading: 43%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
226 Carver Rd
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9575
Grades: PK-5
| 593 students
Rank: #13 - 1413. - 14.
Mesilla Elementary School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
2363 Calle Del Sur
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9566
Grades: PK-5
| 273 students
Rank: #13 - 1413. - 14.
University Hills Elementary School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
2005 South Locust St
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9649
Grades: PK-5
| 360 students
Rank: #1515.
Jornada Elementary School
(Math: 28% | Reading: 41%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
3400 Elks Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9536
Grades: PK-5
| 561 students
Rank: #1616.
Camino Real Middle School
(Math: 25% | Reading: 44%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
2961 Roadrunner Pkwy
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-6030
Grades: 6-8
| 983 students
Rank: #1717.
Mesilla Park Elementary School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
955 West Union Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9615
Grades: PK-5
| 363 students
Rank: #1818.
Alma D'arte Charter
Charter School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: 40-59%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
402 W Court Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 541-0145
Grades: 9-12
| 118 students
Rank: #1919.
East Picacho Elementary School
(Math: 30% | Reading: 32%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
4450 North Valley Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9516
Grades: PK-5
| 473 students
Rank: #2020.
Dona Ana Elementary School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
5551 Camino De Flores
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9506
Grades: PK-5
| 370 students
Rank: #2121.
Sierra Middle School
(Math: 23% | Reading: 35%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1700 E Spruce Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9640
Grades: 6-8
| 838 students
Rank: #2222.
Hillrise Elementary School
(Math: 24% | Reading: 32%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1400 South Curnutt St
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9666
Grades: PK-5
| 467 students
Rank: #23 - 2423. - 24.
Centennial High School
(Math: 17% | Reading: 44%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1950 S Sonoma Ranch Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9330
Grades: 9-12
| 1,642 students
Rank: #23 - 2423. - 24.
Central Elementary School
(Math: 20-24% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
150 North Alameda Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9496
Grades: PK-5
| 177 students
Rank: #2525.
Loma Heights Elementary School
(Math: 21% | Reading: 30%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1600 East Madrid
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9546
Grades: PK-5
| 476 students
Rank: #2626.
Mesa Middle School
(Math: 22% | Reading: 27%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
7225 Jornada Rd North
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9510
Grades: 6-8
| 800 students
Rank: #2727.
Raices Del Saber Xinachtli Community
Charter School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2211 North Valley Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88007
(575) 571-2177
Grades: K-3
| 93 students
Rank: #2828.
Conlee Elementary School
(Math: 15-19% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1701 Boston Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9656
Grades: PK-5
| 439 students
Rank: #2929.
Vista Middle School
(Math: 18% | Reading: 29%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
4465 Elks Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9465
Grades: 6-8
| 643 students
Rank: #3030.
La Academia Dolores Huerta
Charter School
(Math: 15-19% | Reading: 25-29%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1480 North Main
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-5800
Grades: 6-8
| 66 students
Rank: #3131.
Sunrise Elementary School
(Math: 15% | Reading: 28%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
5300 N Holman Rd
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9626
Grades: 3-5
| 363 students
Rank: #32 - 3332. - 33.
Columbia Elementary School
(Math: 10-14% | Reading: 25-29%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
4555 Elks Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 527-1561
Grades: PK-5
| 246 students
Rank: #32 - 3332. - 33.
Hermosa Heights Elementary School
(Math: 10-14% | Reading: 25-29%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1655 East Amador Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9530
Grades: PK-5
| 388 students
Rank: #3434.
Mac Arthur Elementary School
(Math: 15-19% | Reading: 20-24%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
655 N 4th St
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9556
Grades: PK-5
| 340 students
Rank: #3535.
Lynn Middle School
(Math: 15% | Reading: 25%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
950 South Walnut St
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 527-9445
Grades: 6-8
| 575 students
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Las Cruces, New Mexico Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
P.o. Box 7027
Las Cruces, NM 88006
(505) 541-0145
Grades: 9-12
| 163 students
Dona Ana Jdc (Closed 2007)
Alternative School
505 S Main,suite 249
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(505) 527-5800
Grades: 6-12
| 43 students
505 S Main,suite 249
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(505) 537-5807
Grades: PK-5
| 642 students
505 S Main,suite249
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(505) 527-5807
Grades: PK-9
| 6 students
505 S Main,suite 249
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(505) 523-5860
Grades: 7-8
| 31 students
Mesilla Valley Rtc (Closed 2021)
Special Education School
505 S Main,suite 249
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(505) 527-5972
Grades: 6-11
| 64 students
505 S Main,suite 249
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(505) 525-3166
Grades: 6-8
| 914 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Las Cruces, NM?
The top ranked public schools in Las Cruces, NM include White Sands Elementary School, Early College High School and Las Montanas Charter.
How many public schools are located in Las Cruces, NM?
47 public schools are located in Las Cruces, NM.
What percentage of students in Las Cruces, NM go to public school?
95% of all K-12 students in Las Cruces, NM are educated in public schools (compared to the NM state average of 93%).
What is the racial composition of students in Las Cruces, NM?
Las Cruces, NM public schools minority enrollment is 83% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the New Mexico public schools average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

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