About Us

Rio Rancho Public Schools is located in Rio Rancho, NM with a current student population of nearly 17,000 students. Our staff of 2,300 is dedicated to graduating each student with an educational foundation for success. We work in many ways to constantly ignite student potential.

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Rio Rancho Public Schools  
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500 Laser Rd. NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Phone: 505-896-0667
Fax: 505-896-0662

Vision:  Find and develop the potential in every student

Mission:  Rio Rancho Public Schools is dedicated to graduating students who are  responsible, ethical, and productive citizens, equipped with a solid foundation for individual success.

Our District Profile

District Founded: July 1994

Enrollment: 17,306 (as of Oct. 2021)

Employees: 2,308 (as of May 2021)

Operating Budget: $171,334,663 (FY22)


  • Shining Stars Preschool (3 & 4-year-olds)

  • Twelve elementary schools (K-5), including the SpaRRk Academy virtual school

  • Four middle schools (6-8)

  • Two comprehensive high schools (9-12)

  • Independence High School (Alternative - grades 9-12)

  • Rio Rancho Cyber Academy (6-12)

Graduation Rate: (for 20-21 SY)

  • V. Sue Cleveland High School - 89.9%

  • Rio Rancho High School - 87.7%

  • District Wide - 87.1%

Students Qualifying for Special Education Services: 17.6%

Ethnicity pie chart for students at Rio Rancho Public Schools

Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education

  • Amanda J. Galbraith, President (District 2)

  • Jeffrey Morgan, Vice President (District 3)

  • Noreen A. Scott, Secretary (District 4)

  • Gary J. Tripp, Member (District 1)

  • Jessica A. Tyler, Member (District 5)

Superintendent of Schools:

  • V. Sue Cleveland, Ed. D.