Best Schools in Rio Rancho

Best Schools in Rio Rancho

Posted on March 28, 2019

Finding the perfect school for your child can be extremely stressful, especially when there are so many options and types of schools available in Rio Rancho. The good news, Rio Rancho has some of the most highly ranked schools in New Mexico and there are nearly 20 different options within 15 miles of Mariposa.

The schools in New Mexico are graded on an A-F rating scale every year to determine the effectiveness of the school. Within the Rio Rancho area there are a dozen highly ranked schools that each provide great opportunities for academic and personal growth for your child.

Note: No one can recommend the perfect school for your individual child. We know that each child has specific interests and talents, so this list simply provides a variety of high-ranking schools for parents to consider. Nearly all are “A” schools based on the 2017-18 assessment.


Sandoval Community of Bilingual Education

Sandoval Community is the first dual language charter school in the Rio Rancho area. The mission of the school is to provide an education fully in the Spanish and English languages to produce biliterate students. Currently the school offers classes for kindergarten through sixth grade, but each year they add two classes for the next grade until 8th grade. Students attending Sandoval start fully immersed in the Spanish language and then eventually become proficient enough to use each language for 50% of the time in the classroom. The founders of the school were encouraged to begin this program because one in five people in Rio Rancho speak another language other than English in their homes.

Grades: K-6, with each year two classes of the next grade being added

Location: 4321 Fulcrum Way NE Suite A, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Distance from Mariposa: 9 miles

Sandia Vista Elementary School

Sandia Vista Elementary School is a part of the New Mexico Public Education System, serving students from grades kindergarten through fifth grade. This school provides different opportunities for education such as the option to enroll your student in the Montessori-styled classrooms. There are also classes offered for students who are accelerated learners, various options for physical education, as well as musical development and performance.

Grades: K-5

Location: 6800 Franklin Rd. N.E.  Rio Rancho, NM  87144

Distance from Mariposa: 9.7 miles

Enchanted Hills Elementary School

Enchanted Hills Elementary School is a busy school, home to kindergarteners through fifth graders. There are many opportunities for students and parents to become involved. For students, there are clubs ranging from student council, the Mustang chorale, and Young Marines and for parents there are opportunities to become involved with the PTO, mentor students and volunteer in the classroom.

Grades: K- 5

Location:  5400 Obregon Blvd. Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Distance from Mariposa: 10.2 miles

Rio Rancho Middle School

This award-winning middle school is home to sixth through eighth graders. Rio Rancho Middle School proudly represents the Phoenix as their mascot. The core classes are offered for students, but they will also be able to choose from a variety of interesting classes such as robotics, band, dance, orchestra, art and physical education. For students who are accelerated learners they will find classes tailored to their needs through the Cross Cats program, and athletes have plenty of after-school team sports to choose from.

Grades: 6-8

Location: 1600 Loma Colorado Blvd. NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Distance from Mariposa: 10.8 miles

Mountain View Middle School

Mountain View Middle School provides education and extracurricular activities for sixth through eighth graders. Students will find a wide selection of opportunities in order to tailor their education to their specific academic and personal goals. Classes such as Spanish, orchestra, band and robotics are offered, with clubs such as yearbook, and technology. If your student is an accelerated learner they will also have the opportunity to enroll in classes tailored to their needs.

Grades: 6-8

Location: 4101 Montreal Loop NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Distance from Mariposa: 7.8 miles

Rio Rancho Cyber Academy

Rio Rancho Cyber Academy provides a unique experience through an environment of blended learning. They combine practical in-person education with virtual learning opportunities. Students can tailor their education to what they need and want. As they learn time management and increase personal responsibility for their academic success.

Grades: 6-12

Location: 1330 Jackie Rd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Distance from Mariposa: 12.7 Miles

Sue Cleveland High School

At V. Sue Cleveland students are able to take the required courses needed to graduate while also making their high school experience what they’d like it to be. There are a wide variety of clubs such as JROTC, Skills USA, and Best Buddies, as well as the opportunity to receive a bilingual biliteracy seal on their diplomas. There are also numerous activities hosted by the student council, such as Prom, pep assemblies and sporting events to keep students engaged and supportive of one another.

Grades: 9-12

Location: 4800 Laban Road NE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87144

Distance from Mariposa: 5.6 miles

Paradise Christian School

Paradise Christian School is a private school that provides education for kindergarteners through seniors. Unlike public schools, students are able to gain an education while also practicing their religious beliefs. There are also numerous opportunities for extracurricular activities such as playing on a sports team, taking part in student conventions and serving within the community.

Grades: K-12

Location: 6013 Paradise Blvd. N.W.  Albuquerque, NM  87114

Distance from Mariposa: 14.3 miles

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