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Rio Rancho, NM
Students enrolled: 705

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4601 Pepe Ortiz SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

(505) 896-0667
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July 31, 2014
My daughter has been attending this school for the past four years, and while no school is perfect, it has been a good experience for us. What I have experienced is that the teachers are mostly very caring, and if there are any missteps, the principal and vice principal are very quick to address any concerns. In my opinion, a successful school happens when parents are involved with what their kids are doing, and are involved in their child's school. What I have noticed is the vast majority of parents are waiting for someone else to start that after school club, someone else's dad to be a watch dog (playground presence to curtail bullying), or someone else's mom to help the PTA. If you really want an awesome school, you are part of making that happen. You can "chase" the best schools in any school district, but those best schools were created by parents who took the time (even small chunks) to make their school great.

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March 25, 2014
This is an awful school, a lot of communication break downs, inconsistencies, double standards, and zero accountability. The bullying is horrendous, the children are not very safe safety guidelines are not enforced there are children on campus as early as 8:00 AM with no supervision and while this also is an issue with the parents, nothing is said or done about it. You can never get a strait answer for anything it seems the teachers don't look happy to be there it's overall a piss poor environment and an awful place to send your child. I switched my kids as fast as possible with no looking back. Spare yourself the headache and choose another school.

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January 09, 2014
I have had three kids attend this school and my last one will not go here. The bullying at this school is ridiculous, although with the new principal and assistant principal it does seem a bit better. The old principal did not give a hoot about the bullying problems within her school. The majority of the teachers that were amazing at this school have left and been replaced with teachers that could care less about actually teaching their students but rather how high their test scores can be. If your child has a learning disability and cannot test very well forget it. There is limited help and they will just keep pushing your kid along until you intervene. Unfortunately most parents do not intervene which doesn't help with the bigger problem. If you do not put in a 100% effort at home helping your child along the way they will get lost in the shuffle at this school. The after school activities stink and there is only two to choose from while the other elementary schools in Rio Rancho have lots to choose from. This school needs some serious help. It used to be halfway decent with small classes and great staff but has since been replaced with the bottom of the barrel.

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January 06, 2014
Horrible, horrible, horrible!!!!!!! They started to alow my daughter to fall through the cracks and not help when she began I all back on certain subjects. Her teacher was very unhelpful and condescending. No help from other educators. Had to switch schools.

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September 10, 2013
Our experience here is just dreadful. Teachers seem uninterested and oblivious to the problems. Bullying is out of hand here. Children are very poorly supervised and that in turn contributes to the bullying problem. There is a lack of true care and concern for children from teachers and staff. It is much more babysitting than any academics. My child is not learning anything at all.

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August 24, 2013
I do not recommend this school. Bullying is a problem and is not addressed even when you complain about it. Some teachers are completely blind to what is happening in their own classrooms and in fact discourage kids from reporting bullying. We moved cross country for work and chose Rio Rancho for the "best" schools in the area. We were severely disappointed. We moved our son to private school this year and he is so much happier and in one week has learned more than he did in months at this school. Do not send your kids here!

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April 19, 2013
This school is just terrible! There is NO leadership, no communication from the teachers or administration to the parents. The PTA is not active at all, the functions are very poorly run and in turn poorly attended. Very few afterschool activities or clubs. I know of some clubs that tried to get in to offer different activities and they were turned away- but are welcomed at the other Rio Rancho schools with open arms. They are VERY unwelcoming to volunteers. The teachers we have encountered have very low standards and seem to really dislike children or be completely burnt out or made miserable by the principal. A miserable experience!!

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January 07, 2013
I was very disappointed in this school We moved here from a long distance away. We are very concerned with the education our our children, two of which are special needs. We were told Rio Rancho had the BEST schools in the area. So working in Santa Fe and living here seemed worth it. We were certainly disappointed in THIS school. We were made to feel unwelcome by the principal, specifically. Made to feel like criminals in our beliefs. Fortunately all of our children are beyond the grade school level and the middle school and high schools have been much nicer to work with. I believe that this elementary school could be much better with different leadership. The majority of teachers that I have dealt with were caring and polite.

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May 03, 2012
The principal is very rude and out of touch with the students and staff at this school. Her ethics are very questionable. The only good thing is the teachers. Hope the district makes the change at the principle level.

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August 31, 2009
I was a bit disenchanted with the quality trust and relationships between not only the student and teacher, but with my spouse and I as well. There was a sense of being unwelcome as a volunteer parent and a lack of sincerity in getting to know the family in order to create a strong team. The principal talks to parents as though they are children. All in all a very poor environment for my son and us to excel in.

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August 07, 2009
Great staff, principle and administrators have really made a wonderful learning environment for my childs success.

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January 30, 2008
I love this school! Although it is a public school, it's a lot more like a private school, without the hefty cost. They need to in uniform, and they have a lot of rules to keep them on track. My daughter has become so independent and responsible, and loves going to school. Parent involvement in the classroom is encouraged, and I am very happy to send my son there next year as well!

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September 18, 2006
I love this school. I have a 4th grader with ADHD and a slight learning problem - they have done everything in their power to help him, every year. The teacher's put in extra effort with him, and the school is always putting him in extra programs to help. This year I also have a kindergartener who is quite advanced, and her teacher is finding her additional things to do to keep her engaged - with kids on both sides of the spectrum, I can honestly say this is a great school.

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April 09, 2005
One of the reasons our family moved to this school district is because there is a dress code. Too many schools in this country allow the students to wear whatever they please. I applaud the district's policy and am pleased to see it carried all the way to the high school level.

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March 13, 2004
1st grade is treated more like college prep and there are simply too many rules for 6 and 7 year old 1st graders to follow. There is an air of criticallness there even toward the parent and a I do not have the feeling that it is 'our' school that I would like. As a parent I feel rather unwelcome and my daughter's needs/feelings rather disregarded or brushed aside. I think it's great that 1st graders can have an advanced curriculum but I do not think can be expected to take everything SO seriously. They are still practically toddlers. I will say that I have never had a safety concern there which is a big deal to me. There is a dress code there and I am not thrilled about that either. I just wish there was a more inviting atmosphere there and less rigidity.

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August 25, 2003
RRES is an amazing school! The principal encourages parental involvement and communication. The teachers are excellent. They are caring, compassionate and have high standards for the students. This is the best elementary school in the district!

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Rio Rancho Elementary School
4601 Pepe Ortiz SE, Rio Rancho, NM  87124
(505) 896-0667
Last modified Rio Rancho Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rio Rancho Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top