Las Cruces Public Schools offer a wide variety of learning opportunities to more than 22,000 students it serves. With the district's 33 schools: 22 elementary schools, seven middle schools and four high schools-students have access to award-winning educators who teach them to become lifelong learners.
"Through the vision of the members of the Board of Education, the district is committed to enable students to increase student performance and academic achievement, and encourage higher self-esteem and respect for themselves and others," said Superintendent Jesse L. Gonzales.
The newest school is Cesar E. Chavez Elementary, a kindergarten to second-grade elementary school that provides 32 additional classrooms for the fast-growing population of the east side of Las Cruces. Its sister school, Sunrise Elementary, is a third-, fourth- and fifth-grade school.
The district is committed to continue its early-reading emphasis to help younger students master reading skills early on, enabling them to become better students overall. The district also boasts magnet schools that offer a specialized learning structure that enables students to take advantage of added resources and innovative techniques to focus on their special talent or interest, and provides them with essential hands-on learning experience. Sierra Magnet Program offers theater, communications and science components; Lynn Magnet Program offers engineering, mathematics and visual arts components, while Vista Magnet Program offers music technology, applied technology and enriched sciences. The district has renewed its focus to provide a alternative educational opportunities found at the San Andres Learning Centers, for student who have, for any reason, stopped attending school or who need an alternative setting for their education.
The public is invited to visit Las Cruces Public Schools and encouraged to get involved with their children's education. Parents are always welcomed to participate in their children's education and have available to them membership to the LCPS Parent Advisory Council (PAC).
The mission of the LCPS Parent Advisory Council is to get parents involved in schools. Other goals are to improve communication between the administration, schools, parents, and the School Board; provide an avenue in which to disseminate information regarding school issues; discuss educational topics of importance to parents and community; create awareness regarding school issues; and provide parents an opportunity to serve on district-level committees. Parents may call Jo Galvan at 527-5811 for more information.
The education curriculum is further strengthened by numerous offerings, including an Adventures in Supercomputing Program sponsored by the Department of Energy. Likewise, the Science Advisor Program is designed to augment math and science curriculums by fostering partnerships among the community's professionals, teachers and students. The volunteer Science Advisors dedicate about 8 to 12 hours each month to a specific school, providing valuable academic resources and role instruction to students.
Innovative programs for youth are sponsored throughout the community. Club Fusion provides a gathering place for middle and high school students to listen to music and dance. The Court Youth Center is an arts and activities program that has gained statewide recognition. The Border Book Festival also addresses the student population, offering scholarships to seniors and emphasizing the importance of books and stories throughout lifelong learning.
This year the Chamber initiated the Crystal Apple Award created to recognize exemplary school achievement. Hillrise Elementary School received the award in February.