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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Rio Rancho Public Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Rio Rancho, NM. It has 17,535 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 29% of students are at least proficient in math and 40% in reading.

Rio Rancho Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
40%
Percent Proficient - Math
29%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1180
195 responses
Average ACT
24
586 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
17,535
Free or Reduced Lunch
41.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$49,899
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.9%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$9,826/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$63,014
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$949
Median Home Value
$184,600
National
$184,700

Rio Rancho Public Schools Reviews

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Love the school and teachers! You can tell especially during this hard pandemic crisis that the teachers genuinely care about the students and they are putting their best foot forward. I have learned so much more since moving from Bernalillo Public Schools to Rio Rancho. The programs are much more organized and information is expanded on enough for one to understand concepts. Rio Rancho public schools sees their importance in the community and strives to make a difference while teaching their students how to do the same. Teachers and staff have never been easier to contact and that gives me and a lot of other students a sense of security. I want to thank these schools for their assistance in getting me to this exact point in my life, preparing for college and a bright future ahead!
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I think as far as public schooling goes Rio Rancho is pretty good, the reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic was very good and responsible. Rio rancho public schools seem to be the best in the state. What I would like to see change has less to do with Rio Rancho public schools specifically and more to do with the overall education system in America. It is a very flawed system and needs to be reformed. If I were to reform the system I would base my system off of the Finland model because it is effective, healthy, and more considerate of the needs of the children.
Rio Rancho Public schools like to tell their students that they are amazing and that they will be ready for college, but after graduating from Cleveland high school and then attending a university out of the state I can tell you that they did little to nothing to prepare their students for the real world. The teachers have all but lost the true motivation to teach and let students slide by easily with packets and busy work, the longest paper being 3 pages. This is nothing like college, in college I've written multiple 5-page papers in less than a week, the labs are nothing like the simplicity of rrps provided. The schools and the district are completely average if not less than.