Las Cruces Public Schools

LCPS at a Glance

Las Cruces Public School District is the second largest school district in New Mexico. Located 45 miles north of the Mexican border, it encompasses the City of Las Cruces, the villages of La Mesilla and Doña Ana, and covers the middle third of Doña Ana County.

The district has 40 schools: 24 elementary schools (pre-kindergarten-5th); one combined elementary and middle school (K-8th); eight middle schools (6th-8th); and seven high schools (9th-12th). Two of the seven high schools are early college high schools and are located on the campus of New Mexico State University. LCPS also has a Virtual Learning Academy, serving elementary through high school students.

The Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) district encompasses over 1400 square miles of the fertile Mesilla Valley along the Rio Grande—approximately the middle third of  Doña Ana  County. This region includes the City of Las Cruces as well as the villages of La Mesilla and Doña Ana. Lying 45 miles north of the Mexican border, wiith approximately 24,999 students and 3,200 employees, LCPS is the second largest school district in New Mexico.

LCPS is the third largest employer in Doña Ana County, following White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) with over 3600 employees including 2200 classroom teachers and educational assistants. Other large employers include Wal-Mart and Memorial Medical Center, marking the contrast between highly-skilled, technical labor and less-skilled, entry-level demands.

LCPS Student Population

Enrollment as of January, 2019 consisted of 24,863 students including:

  1. Hispanic: 75.9%
  2. Caucasian (non-Hispanic): 19.3%
  3. African-American, Native American, Asian, and other: 2.5% or less each

Over 76% of LCPS students receive a free or reduced lunch while approximately 40% of students speak a language other than English, usually Spanish, at home.

LCPS Challenges

The broad range of family income, education, culture, and use of English at home present unusual challenges for educators in meeting educational goals. Similarly, demands for distinctly “highly-skilled” and “less-skilled” labor as well as population surges further complicate educational demands as well as parental expectations. Funded Projects such as MC2 and the Borderlands Writing Project facilitated by the Educational Research and Budgeting Office at NMSU address many of these challenges through research and outreach.