Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Las Cruces High School

Public | 9-12 | 2351 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

Sweep tile
No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on April 1, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 on April 30, 2014 (the “Promotion Period”). Open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C., 13 years and older. Each school that receives a new, published review will get one (1) entry into the sweepstakes, up to ten (10) entries throughout the Promotion Period. See the Official Rules for details. Sponsor: GreatSchools, 1999 Harrison St., Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612.

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

12 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted May 23, 2013

I graduated from Las Cruces High School in 2012 after transferring from a rather affluent school in Albuquerque where I had been mercilessly harassed and bullied. I absolutely adored Cruces and to this day am thankful that I attended there. Although the school has a (somewhat deserved) reputation for being "ghetto", all of the kids were always extremely friendly. The Teachers were for the most part good. There is a lot of school spirit among the students. This school is also very diverse. I had several classes where I was the only white student and those classes were some of my favorite. The AES/Gifted program is absolutely fantastic. The facilitators of AES are underpaid but still do their job incredibly well. The sports teams are stellar. The punishments for the students are very reasonable. The point of high school is to prepare you for the real world both socially and academically and Cruces High does that fantastically.


Posted October 27, 2011

I have a gand daughter and a newphew who attend LC High School. From the newphew and his parents they are very satisfied with the teachers and classes. I would like to know if Las Cruces High has a remeidal reading and math class? My grand daughter is in special ed and she has been left behind. Special ed children from what I understand are not allowed to leave their circle or have lunch with other children if invited. She has mentioned that she is very unhappy and the teacher only said "Poor baby". I know that her parents only found out about this but I just thought maybe I could get a few questions answered. If you have remedial reading and math can she put in these classes with a request from her parents. They all know the principal, she was a student at Zia. She is slow but capable. Please forward this to the principal and possibly he will email me back. I do not expect this to be posted. Just a very concerned grandmother.


Posted May 5, 2010

LCHS is an obvious choice. The student body is well diverse and cliches didn't exclude students in any way from socialization. Teachers are very helpful in showing students options for college; such as AP exams, submittal letters to colleges, course options. Extracurricular activities are amazing.


Posted October 22, 2007

This school has an outstanding wrestling program and excellent academics
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2007

I think this school has low quality academics and high quality academics, with absolutely no in-between. Their extracurricular activities are excellent however.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2006

LCHS is one of the best academically based high schools I have been too. They are really into helping their students get to college, no matter what kind of back ground they have. They really encourage us to further our education and help us understand the real world. LCHS has helped me in so many ways. From how to study and take exams, to how to stay organized. This is a really great school, with friendly staff members and a lot to offer any student. I really recommend this school. --Shawna
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 5, 2006

Basically most of the teachers there go to just eat their lunch and make a paycheck, parents are never involved or informed of anything ever, extracaricular activities are few,the schedule is horrific, hallways are always jammed, the school is poorly maintained, dicipline is a joke, security is a joke. but most of all the education is poor, they don't teach anything hardly, now some teachers do but most don't. this school tried to get better when they hired Ms.Haines as principle but few things have improved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 6, 2005

Las Cruces High School provides students with overstuffed, unproductive classes and debilitating schedule problems. The modified AB block schedule benefits the science department and none other. The building is decrepit and badly maintained. Also, the administration enforces useless policies regarding entry of the school building while ignoring the problems that must be enforced. On another note, the LCHS Fine Arts programs are routinely ignored and funding is quickly sent to the Athletic Departments. There is no emphasis on sending school funding into academics, but rather into the comfort of the administration.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 13, 2004

LCHS has been the best experience of my life...and I now have no idea why we need to bring in a new schedule. Academics have always been high for Cruces and no one can honestly deny that. We are able and with our test scores have proven that LCHS is the Best School. We can win on the field, the court and in the Classroom. That should be what the New Principal and the New Superintendent should see. Look at AP test scores, look at attendance, look at testing in general and see how we compare to the rest of the district; even to the rest of the state...and you want us to change our schedule. Mr Hartshorn had a great school to beguin with, don't fix what isn't broken.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2003

LCHS is a great school with wonderful teachers. A student will surely find his or her niche at this large school with over 2,400 students, there is always something to do. Academics have often been overlooked, but with the new principal, they have finally been placed at the number one priority. Sports are dominant, but the educational side of high school is turning out to be better cared for.


Posted August 19, 2003

Las Cruces does not offer an atmosphere for college preperation. Examples: Failure to inform parents about their students academic grades, failure to change classes in a timely manner, failure by the school counselors to inform parents concerning their students personal problems or in any way offer them adaquate guidance for college admition or the application process.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2003

Student business, scheduling, discipline, personal issues are all handled via a dean which deals with a specific alphabetical group. Deans are hard to reach because they often have other responsiblities within the school, ie. coaching, traveling, off campus games. Often times I waited for return calls for two to three days.


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
35%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 40% in 2013.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students37%
Female31%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities16%
English Language Learner Current10%
English Language Learner Exited29%

Reading

All Students49%
Female54%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities26%
English Language Learner Current10%
English Language Learner Exited36%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students52%
Female48%
Male56%
African American23%
Asian80%
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities24%
English Language Learner Current11%
English Language Learner Exited38%

Reading

All Students63%
Female68%
Male59%
African American54%
Asian80%
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities21%
English Language Learner Current26%
English Language Learner Exited52%

Science

All Students45%
Female42%
Male48%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities18%
English Language Learner Current6%
English Language Learner Exited14%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2011.

483 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

482 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2011.

482 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
42%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 47% in 2011.

483 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
52%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students41%
Female37%
Male46%
African American13%
Asian87%
Hispanic32%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learners17%

Reading

All Students56%
Female66%
Male46%
African American40%
Asian73%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learners10%

Science

All Students43%
Female40%
Male47%
African American7%
Asian73%
Hispanic33%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learners7%

Social Studies

All Students57%
Female54%
Male60%
African American33%
Asian73%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learners13%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 71% 58%
White 23% 25%
Black 3% 2%
Asian 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school community.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

1750 El Paseo Rd
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: (505) 527-5800

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT