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Las Cruces, NM
Students enrolled: 2,115

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5700 Mesa Grande Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88011

(505) 527-5800
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May 08, 2014
Onate has a dramatic clash of great students on their way to excellence in life, and gangster looking kids up to no good. There is almost no in-between - sort of like a normal high school. Join the band and sign up for honors classes, and you will have the best experience of your life. If your kid absolutely refuses to be a musician, then put them in track. The band directors there will take great care of your kids. There are teachers there whom I am still trying to please, years after graduation. They were very influential.

- submitted by a community member

February 04, 2014
Why is Mr. Armijo still at Onate High School? My older kids had him for Algebra and didn't learn a thing, came home more confused and my way of teaching wasn't the "right way". You need to participate in this class, it is not even a class. And yet you wonder why all the kids fail when they take a test. I cannot believe he is still there, isn't math a vital role to graduate? What is wrong with you????

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2012
I attend Onate High School during my freshmen year in 2010-2011. Giving my honest rating for this school, I did not had a happy experience in this school. First, I have to say if your very sensitive about what people think about you, you may struggle in this school because the students are the main downfall of this school. The students are disrespectful and rude to others, insulting other students on how they look like and making snide comments as you walk by. It's just like that high school that you would see in those movies. In the grade academics, the scoring is not the best . Most of the students couldn't even try or didn't even cared. The staff and teachers were lukewarm, the teachers were average at their lectures and the staff were not friendly. Of course, this is a high school, people will be mean, sometimes you have to understand their personalities and try to get through the year like I did. Those kid insulted and shoved me constantly, but I guess that's just real life. Again, if your a very sensitive person, you are not going to like this school. Don't expect the school to be friendly. It's not a good high school .

- submitted by a student

October 27, 2012
My son is a Freshman at Onate and we love it here! He has chosen the medical pathway and we are very excited about him graduating with his CNA and EMT certifications. I have gone to several pep rallies and also sold merchandise for the football team in the hallways. Every time I go the atmosphere is light hearted and the students are respectful and courteous. They have made great strides in education and athletics and we are looking forward to the next three years. Go Knights!

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2012
I have to agree that this school is horrible. I had all three of my children graduate from there and had no other choice due to the fact that we live in White Sands Missile Range as well. They have talked bad about how us military parents are and how we over react. I know this because i was there and my son when this was stated by the secretary. Also, I just love how they inforce the rule for clothes NOT!!! And they wonder why so many teens get pregnant. So sad that they leave out the kids that are HONOR ROLL ALL YEAR, Do not acknowledge them for never causing or getting into trouble. The only school I also know of that has a day care...Seriously?!?! And the involvement, I was told i couldn't even be at the meeting for seniors due to the fact my daughter had only me for transportation i had to wait for her. Parents are suppose to never be discouraged from being there or supportive of their child.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2010
My kid has been at Onate for 2 years. We are military. The military kid is right...they don't respect the teachers at all in this school. Even the Honors kids are rude to the teachers. And yes, they are rude about Soldiers as well. They have kids who don't speak english in class, and they get a translator the sit in the class with them and when they translate it is loud, distracting, and makes it hard for the other students to hear the teacher. Calling the school and getting an answer is like the search for the Holy Grail...except eventually you may find the Grail. You might get a rude call back if you are very pushy. The secretary in the front office is beyond rude. I shake my head after I interact with her, and tell my kid to just try to be polite.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2010
I am a freshman at this school. Some kids are indeed disrespectful, some teachers we can do without and yes, our test scores are down because at the end of the day with all the knowledge we have people who just do not try. Go figure, it seems like a regular high school. The rude kids, well most of that starts at home, and how they see the world. If you stay in the right groups you will never have an issue of bullying and many people are there to make friends, we are very individualized but excepting. With the teachers sadly every student finds one that they do not exsactly like. This is normal, this is part of growing up and working with different personalities while trying to succeed. There are students who try and students who slack. It's their life. It's a nice school.

- submitted by a student
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March 21, 2010
I am a freshman at this school. I am a military child. Onate is HORRIBLE. Don't get me wrong, the teachers and staff are very respectful and such but the students have very poor attitudes. They dont care about there grades much and they are very dis respectful. Some dont even stand up for the pledge of alliciance and they make rude comments about some of our soldiers. I hate this school.

- submitted by a student

October 07, 2009
This is my third high school and it is the worst one. More than half the kids are below average in all subjects. the student are at fault to a point but most of the blame lies on the teacher and their teaching skills don't get me wrong most of the teachers are good, but there are a few teacher that the school would be a lot better without. if they got rid of them and changed there teaching styles the test scores would go up.

- submitted by a student

August 21, 2009
This school is one of the greatest I love it! I ve been there 3 years I m on my last now, I wouldn t change anything about it. There are wonderful, friendly teachers & administrators around every corner ready and willing to answer any questions you may have. The student s are friendly as well all grades hang out freshmen and seniors sophomores and juniors any way you can mix it!

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 10, 2009
My daughter is a sophomore at Onate High School. She loves her school. She is in Honors classes and I feel she will be well prepared for college. Onate has alot of kids in the Honors Programs.

- submitted by a parent
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February 09, 2009
My daughter is a freshman at Onate School and was doing great until now. She was always involved in sports, but was cut from the volleyball team because she wasn't good enough. This has had a devastating effect on her and now she is hanging around with the wrong crowd & skipping class. I have tried over and over to get the principal to call me only to leave numerous messages with no response. I send her to school everyday, yet the school cannot keep her. This to me is unacceptable especially when most parents do not care. As a parent, I would not recommend this school for your child. The old saying is so true, doesn't matter what you know, it is who you know. I have no other choice but to take her out and send her back to Tularosa as maybe there, she will be able to play.

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2008
I love this school. The teaches in my physics and calculus class are amazing, the Band is A TON of fun, our coach for Cross Country and Track and Field is reknowned for his expertise within the State, and I've come to learn a lot when attending this school. The teachers are great, and the friends I have here are some of best I've ever made.

- submitted by a student

July 26, 2008
Onate is a much stronger school than anyone gives it credit for being. Excellent teachers!

- submitted by a community member
no rating
November 26, 2007
Safety - if there was a negative rating, I would give it. As it is, safety rating is 0. Teacher quality is a 5. Extracurricular activities: drama and band are wonderful, sports activities seem fun. Parents are not encouraged to be involved other than band. Principal leadership is abysmal.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2007
Great high school, newest so far in las cruces with great and freindly teachers who cares much about there students.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2007
If you're seeking a quality education for your children, don't send them to this school. The quality of teachers is sub-par at best. They are interested in their paycheck, nothing more.

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2006
Lots of extracurricular events and the school is beautiful but there seems to be very little control over the teachers and the core curriculum. I don't feel that my daughter is being well-prepared for college in the least.

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2005
The attendance policy at this school is a joke! There is no policy. How can we as parents trust that the teachers in the schools are able to educate the children when the administrators do not do anything to help the teachers make sure that the children are in class? I was at the school the other day and I saw many children roaming the halls when they were supposed to be in class. My son told me that no one cares if they are sent to the office because they do not do anything to them there and they can go back to class and laugh about being sent to the office. What kind of administration is at this school? Thank you teachers for trying, but with no support I know you are fighting a loosing battle.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2005
OHS academics focuses a lot on the achievement of its students. The school strives for its students to take harder & more advanced classes. It's cool that it's availible, but sometimes you get put in a class you know you won't do well in; that's due to the lack of communication between students & their counselors. There's a lot of extracurricular activities: the same as any school. There are a lot of clubs you can join, most you never hear about because they're so small. I wouldn't know much about parental invovlement. I'd say O ate is your typical well-off public high school. Like the movies, only real.

- submitted by a student

December 06, 2004
We carefully researched all 3 highschool in Las Cruces before choosing Onate. First impressions are always important and the poor conditions of the buildings of both LCHS and Mayfield is a definite turn-off. Also the amount of traffic and ease of off-campus forays available at LCHS was unacceptable. Speaking with the Principals we were most impressed with Mrs. Aranda who is a truly dedicated and professional individual. Our sons AES councelor Mrs. Rocks is also a true gem and we feel very fortunate to have her looking out for our teenager. The Band has been the best part of our experience at Onate and feels like an extended family. Thank you so much Onate for making High School the best part of growing up!

- submitted by a parent

December 06, 2004
My son is a Junior at Onate High and I have been nothing but pleased with the school and faculty. He is an AES student and the conselors have beeen extremely helpful. He plays with the band that has not only fine directors but a parent support group that has been absolutely the best. He also participates in JROTC where again I have been nothing but pleased. This is my 3rd and youngest child and I have had experience with schools in ElPaso, TX and also Arlington, TX. Believe me Onate beats any other High School I have had contact with. As with any school it had it's problems but I find the administration caring and more than willing to try to work things out and do what's best for all the students.

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2004
I currently have a daughter at OHS and I host exchange students that also attend this year and the way counselors talk to the students {demeaning,loud etc.}they should be educated on being professional,these boys and girls are in High school, not elementary and we want them to become productive educated adults,quit treating and talking to them like 5 year olds in the way you handle these high school students. Counselors and teachers alike need to show these kids you care and maybe we wouldn't have such a high rate of dropouts and teen pregnancy. Lets face it, they spend more hours a day at school than they do at home.

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Onate High School
5700 Mesa Grande Dr, Las Cruces, NM  88011
(505) 527-5800
Last modified Onate High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Onate High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top