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Rio Rancho Elementary School

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2011

THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SCHOOL!! THE TEACHERS ARE AMAZING, THE LEADERSHIP IS TOP NOTCH. WE HAVE A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD AND HE HAS JUST MADE HUGE ADVANCEMENTS SINCE ATTENDING RIO RANCHO ELEMENTARY. THE STAFF IS ENGAGED, NURTURING AND HAVE THE SKILL SET NEEDED EFFECTIVELY TEACH THE STUDENTS. HANDS DOWN ONE OF THE BEST SCHOOLS IN NEW MEXICO!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2009

Great staff, principle and administrators have really made a wonderful learning environment for my childs success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


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.

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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 51% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

123 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
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 45% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
61%
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 43% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

125 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
67%
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 Students54%
Female48%
Male59%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities27%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female68%
Male61%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities27%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
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 Students66%
Female77%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities27%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female69%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities0%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students70%
Female79%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities27%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
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 Students48%
Female53%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities10%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female66%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities33%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 44% 59%
White 44% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 10%
Black 4% 2%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 64%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4601 Pepe Ortiz SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Phone: (505) 896-0667

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