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Rio Rancho High School

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Posted July 18, 2014

I am an RRHS Alum from the class of 2010. The AP classes at RRPS helped me prepare for college and helped me earn enough credits to start as a sophomore. It was a great place to learn and grow


Posted September 25, 2009

I'm a junior, brand new to New Mexico, and RRHS is by the far the nicest high school campus I've ever seen. It's like a little college. My two AP teachers definitely challenge me, but compared to Colorado, classes like US History and math are embarrassingly easy. The dress code is enforced occassionally. But the principal is extremely involved, parents always know what's going on, and I'm really glad I got the chance to be a Ram.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2009

My 9th grader loves it. He likes his teachers, the challenge, the campus and I really like how all the teachers and counselors have been so accessible and willing to work with me (as a parent).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2009

My son just graduated from RRHS and I also had an exchange student attend RRHS. It is a great school and much better the ABQ. My daughter attended ABQ and her school work was a piece of cake. When we moved to RR my son learned very quick that he had to actually put forth effort in RR to get decent grades. As far as the dress code it is a piece of cake as well. There were times where I thought my exchange student should have been sent home for the way she dressed however; she never was sent home. I specifically had our home built in RR so my son could attend RRHS. I do not regret it for a moment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

This school only cares about dress code and issues are not addressed. I hate this district from the superintendant down and these schools with the midhigh being the worst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2009

great school. Your Child's experence here will well perpair them for colledge
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

I am currently a junior attending Rio Rancho High School. I have no skepticism regarding the teaching skills of the instructors there, however I have recently found the dress code quite irrational. Before I moved to New Mexico I was attending Upland High School in California. The dress code there was pretty lax, and even while this lax dress code was in effect, the school recieved no major problems as a result of the dress code. Therefore, I find no justification for the dress code at the high school. Now, don't misunderstand me, the dress code now in effect does help promote a cleaner and more comfortable learning environment, but it's to the expense of the students' individual expression. I think that the people who establish the dress code for RRHS don't take under consideration the wardrobe of the majority of students, which consists of number of textiles that violate code.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2009

We've been very pleased with RRHS. The teachers are outstanding, the education is top-quality, especially the AP curriculum, and the extracurriculum activities are diverse. The students complain about the dress code, which has recently been relaxed, but as parents, we're glad to have some restrictions to what can't be worn to school. Overall, a top-notch school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

Rio Rancho High School is an excellent center to attend. I spent my entire high school career at Rio Rancho Mid-High and High School and I have nothing to complain about. Great choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2008

As I begin my senior year at Rio Rancho I have found it to be nothing less than a pool of opportunities, full of diversity and enrichment. Contrary to what many reviews have said, I have found all of my teachers at RRHS to be outstanding. They all take an interest in the learning of each student, and with over 3,000 students enrolled in just grades 10-12 that is remarkable. Also, with such a large student body they are doing a great job with communication with parents. My own parents can contact my teachers during the school day, the same thing applies to my siblings who attend Rio Rancho Mid High and Rio Rancho Elementary. This type of communication needs effort, and lacks if a parents is not willing to put forth this effort. Would you like to contact 3,000 parents on a weekly basis and jeopardize your childs learning?
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2008

I've been going to this school since 2007 (I'm now a junior). All I can say is, you haven't been to high school if you haven't been to Rio Rancho High School. The school pushes the use of computers in many classrooms.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2008

This High School Is one of the best in the state. It is far advanced than the other schools in the surrounding area. The school really pushes the use of technology and new teaching methods. With programs ranging from microbiology and epidemiology to music theory there are advanced and enriching classes for every interest. Definitly considering sending your child here. The level of academics and teachers is by far superior.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2008

I was an exchange student in NM and i loved this school. a little bit strict. but it has a good environment to study!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2008

We just transferred here from Colorado and I am very impressed with what the school offers to their students, however, I am not at all impressed on how they (the staff) treat new families that come to the area. With us coming from out of state, the curriculums are so different and nothing, and I mean nothing, was explained to my kids or myself. I am here 6 months and couldn't tell you anything that is happening. I get grades and behavior, but that is if I inquire. I don't know anything about the classes and what each class entails. With them offering so much, they should give you more info than what they do. Needless to say we are moving back to Colorado in a month. With all that said, I felt the staff to be rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

My son attends RRHS as a sophomore. We moved to NM July 06 and looked at schools in APS & RRPS closely. We were very impressed with RRPS, especially the dress code. We are very happy with Rio Rancho HS and everything it has to offer. The only things that I wish were different are I feel that there should be better communication between the school & the parents. Most of the time we don't even hear about events unless we happen upon from other people/parents and secondly, I have noticed over the last 18 months that the dress code is becoming more & more relaxed. The number one reason we chose RRHS over other high rankng schools in APS was the strict dress code. It makes our school stand out above the rest and statistically it has been proven that children perform at a higher level when uniforms are required.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2007

I am a sophomore at Rio Rancho school, and I can't say that I am not dissapointed. The education is lacking, and as an enriched student I can't find a class that challenges me like I need to be. My parents insist that I look for the good in the situation, but i have yet to find it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2006

There are many good and bad things about this school. I have read other reviews and agree with most of them, except for the fact that all of the students that go there only say the good things that go on. First of all, The school itself is fair. The dress code, although serving as an 'equalizer', is not exactly a 'thumbs up'. And the discipline is unreasonable. However, there are good things about the school, too. There are many extra-curricular activities, and the school offers Pre-AP and AP courses, in which a student can earn college credit. In conclusion, the school does offer many good 'extras'. However, the students themselves don't always choose to involve themselves in disciplinary activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2006

My daughter went to this school from Freshman to Junior year. We moved to Rio Rancho from Albuquerque for her to attend the new school. We also, we sold on the fact that this school was the best in public school in NM. We purchased a home less than one mile away. While she did enjoy the extracurricular activities, she and us did not enjoy the freedom of expression that young people should have at that age. The dress code being one problem, and the freedom of speech being the other. My daughter finisher her Senior year at another Hogh School because of this problem. You should really think about other alternatives than RRHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2006

The quality of the academic programs is really bad. The aviability of the sports is ok for some but for others who like doing rodeo and other things they are out of luck. Parent envolvement is good if only the school would actaully listen to what parents are telling them about their kids. To me it seems like the most important thing to them is their dress code. The teachers dont take the time to help the students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 29, 2005

As a current student at this school, i find there are many oppurinities given to students to excel. The academic programs are excellent, as a ninth grader they offer Pre-AP Geometry and Pre-AP English. There is Biology and Intergeted Science also. We had computer and tech labs. Our school has an award winning choir and marching band. And award winning athletics. In all it is an excellent Public School that encourages and engages students to do well.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

656 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

656 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
49%
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.

536 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

535 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 40% in 2013.

532 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%
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 Students40%
Female40%
Male41%
African American32%
Asian69%
Hispanic32%
Native American42%
White49%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities7%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited40%

Reading

All Students61%
Female67%
Male55%
African American56%
Asian77%
Hispanic55%
Native American69%
White67%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities15%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited52%
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 Students61%
Female57%
Male64%
African American36%
Asian75%
Hispanic55%
Native American64%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities15%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited64%

Reading

All Students80%
Female86%
Male76%
African American68%
Asian87%
Hispanic76%
Native American72%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited83%

Science

All Students73%
Female67%
Male77%
African American56%
Asian78%
Hispanic65%
Native American71%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities21%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited72%
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.

453 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

453 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2011.

453 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
51%
Social Studies

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

453 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
63%
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 Students49%
Female45%
Male54%
African American50%
Asian82%
Hispanic32%
Native American27%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners21%

Reading

All Students58%
Female65%
Male52%
African American63%
Asian64%
Hispanic45%
Native American37%
White69%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learners21%

Science

All Students62%
Female56%
Male68%
African American53%
Asian64%
Hispanic53%
Native American40%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners14%

Social Studies

All Students62%
Female56%
Male68%
African American73%
Asian36%
Hispanic55%
Native American37%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learners7%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 44% 59%
White 43% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 10%
Black 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 Laser Rd NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Phone: (505) 896-0667

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