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500 Laser Rd NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

(505) 896-0667
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October 25, 2014
Horrible place to work. The high number of new staff members should have been a clue. Principals provide zero leadership and are just looking to pass the buck and disengaged. If you are a special ed students there is no desire to provide any meaningful support. A moment that made me sick was during a presentation on bullying kids actually got bullied. When I mentioned it to the person leading the presentation she just threw her hands up and said oh well those two are like that. If you have a special ed child this isn't the place to enroll your child. A heartbreaking soul crushing place to work.

- submitted by a teacher
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

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February 15, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
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
no rating 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
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
June 09, 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
April 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
great school. Your Child's experence here will well perpair them for colledge

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April 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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
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
January 23, 2009
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December 30, 2008
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December 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
no rating 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
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
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
July 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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
September 20, 2005
I am very pleased with Rio Rancho High School. The program offerings are excellent. The teachers are always willing to help in whatever way possible. The administration is fabulous. We are so blessed to be able to attend such a great school!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
Rio Rancho High School is AWESOME! This school really preps you for college and I should know due to the fact that I graduated Class of 05! I had excellent teachers along the way and it was really 4 great years of my life. It is a great honor to have graduated from this School and trust me I would know coming from where I came from...This school rocks! GO RAMS!!

- submitted by a former student
May 10, 2005
I have been a parent of an RRHS student since it began. It started out as a wonderful school but since has gone down hill. The best teachers have left or are leaving, the administration is unattentive to the needs of the students. Most of the kids I talk to are VERY unhappy there. You need to conform to the Master Degree bound college student or you have no chance. With that being said understand that my oldest is going for her Masters in Business, so I'm not just someone complaining because my children can't do it. They are all different and what works for one doesn't work for another. I am very disappointed and am grateful that this is the last year I will have a child there!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 21, 2005
RIO RANCHO HIGH SCHOOL ROCKS! The band won state, and is the best in New Mexico!! The teachers are amazing, the unique campus layout is amazing, everything is just great! The BEST school you could go to in New Mexico!! Although the school is crowded it's a great environment! GO RRHS!

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2004
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- submitted by a student
November 12, 2004
1. There is no way to contact a main numbner without going through endless 'prompts' and then, eventually, getting voice mail! 2. This Veterans Day, a tribute program was conducted...and 'Optional'! This is a mixed and wrong message to send to our children and I am extremely annoyed that this was the school's way of 'honoring' veterans...especially when we have a 'war' going on! 3. Last year, parents received fairly regular (many once a week) progress reports via email. That was great and an active way to see performance and work. That stopped this year (I guess it was 'too much' work?) RRHS has the potential to be a leader in secondary education...however; it seems direct contact is not encouraged (just try calling the school...you'll see what I mean).

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2004
We have lived here 4 years. In the past 2 years we have seen an alarming trend. Many excellent teachers are quietly leaving and the quality of education is declining. There is a great PR system in place that paints a picture of this school and the entire district that is not totally accurate. We bought into this image and have been sadly disappointed. There is not a Language Arts textbook in the entire district at any level. There are no textbooks for science or social studies at the elementary level. The math program has major shortcomings. The administration from the district level down has begun to take the attitude that the children need to be controlled before they can be taught. So lanyards with ID's for each student are used at the high school. Non-compliance means detention even if lanyards are forgotten or stolen. Think again before moving here.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2004
This high school is unique because it is truly a College Prep high school. The students must determine their primary interest and declare it, like a student would in college, i.e. business, science, etc. It is a very well rounded school with a good balance between sports and academics. The test scores are consistantly high. If you are considering sending your son or daughter to this school you should make sure to visit its campus. You will immediately understand the difference between this school and any other school in New Mexico. Also, there are over 900 computers in this school. What other high school offers this advantage?

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Rio Rancho high is an awsome school! Most of the teachers are wonderful and help the students a lot. I agree though, that there are twice as many students per teacher. This doesn't seem to affect the quality of Rio Rancho High School though. Great job RRHS!!

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
I am a student at RRHS and its put together very good, and is almost never dirty. The teachers try to give a good education by giving information to us by explaining it in relation to the real world we live in, and considering how many students most teachers have, they're doing very well. I do think there is a problem with an over population of students. During passing period its very hard to get from one building to the next, and during lunch I may stand in the lunch line for 20 minutes.

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2003
RRHS is a great high school. I am impressed with the school layout and the composition of the courses offered. My son attends and is involved in the athletic department. I believe we made a very good decision to have our children attend Rio Rancho public schools, especially Rio Rancho High.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
Its a great school for anyone who is involved with sports. Over all there is a broad curriculum which should interest most students.

- submitted by a former student
August 11, 2003
This High school Rocks! No doubt about it, all they need is an off campus lunch for the seniors and it would be ultimate. One thing wrong w/ the school though is its lack of involvment w/ the educational interests of the vocational field, like Auto Mechanics, and Metal/Wood Shop, etc. They support nothing close to something as basic as those subjects like any other normal High school would.

- submitted by a teacher
August 10, 2003
A school that is six years old and very much pushing the limits in what a school should be for kids. The quality of teachers sets this school apart from the rest. The course offerings are diverse and deep in addition to the broad selection of core subjects. The long standing committment to hold all students to 4 math and 4 science credits to graduate exceed the state's low expectation make this environment a leading example of what you can get by expecting it! Great job RRHS.

- submitted by a parent
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Rio Rancho High School
500 Laser Rd NE, Rio Rancho, NM  87124
(505) 896-0667
Last modified Rio Rancho High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rio Rancho High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top