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New Mexico is a popular tourist destination for those seeking the truth about extraterrestrial life. It’s also home to several out-of-this-world school districts that are teaching students to reach for the stars and achieve their dreams.

At the top of the list is Albuquerque Public Schools in New Mexico’s largest city. This large school district performs above the state average in standardized testing at all grade levels. This district is also home to both the girl’s and boy’s state basketball championship teams.

Los Alamos Public Schools in Los Alamos County rank next on the list. This district reports math, science, and reading proficiency levels that well outpace the state average. Graduation rates are also above 90% in Los Alamos Public Schools.

In 3rd rank is Cloudcroft Municipal Schools in Otero County. This expansive district covers a wide area full of natural beauty and is home to the Bears athletics programs.

4th place goes to Dora Municipal Schools in Roosevelt County. Dora schools have regularly earned “A” ratings from the department of education and Dora Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon School.

Rounding out the top 5 rankings is Las Cruces Public Schools. This unique district has seen students perform at Carnegie Hall, a prestigious appearance to be sure.

Top School Districts in New Mexico, 2019

RankSchool DistrictCountyCityState
1Albuquerque Public SchoolsBernalillo CountyAlbuquerqueNew Mexico
2Los Alamos Public SchoolsLos Alamos CountyLos AlamosNew Mexico
3Cloudcroft Municipal SchoolsOtero CountyCloudcroftNew Mexico
4Dora Municipal SchoolsRoosevelt CountyDoraNew Mexico
5Las Cruces Public SchoolsDoña Ana CountyLas CrucesNew Mexico
6Rio Rancho Public SchoolsSandoval CountyRio RanchoNew Mexico
7Gadsden Independent SchoolsDoña Ana CountyAnthonyNew Mexico
8Tatum Municipal SchoolsLea CountyTatumNew Mexico
9Artesia Public SchoolsEddy CountyArtesiaNew Mexico
10Capitan Municipal SchoolsLincoln CountyCapitanNew Mexico
11Hobbs Municipal SchoolsLea CountyHobbsNew Mexico
12Silver Consolidated SchoolsGrant CountySilver CityNew Mexico
13Mora Independent SchoolsMora CountyMoraNew Mexico
14Estancia Municipal SchoolsTorrance CountyEstanciaNew Mexico
15Fort Sumner Municipal SchoolsDe Baca CountyFort SumnerNew Mexico
16Clovis Municipal SchoolsCurry CountyClovisNew Mexico
17Cobre Consolidated SchoolsGrant CountyBayardNew Mexico
18Lordsburg Municipal SchoolsHidalgo CountyLordsburgNew Mexico
19T Or C Municipal SchoolsSierra CountyT Or CNew Mexico
20Cimarron Municipal SchoolsColfax CountyCimarronNew Mexico
21Farmington Municipal SchoolsSan Juan CountyFarmingtonNew Mexico
22Los Lunas Public SchoolsValencia CountyLos LunasNew Mexico
23Santa Fe Public SchoolsSanta Fe CountySanta FeNew Mexico
24Lovington Municipal SchoolsLea CountyLovingtonNew Mexico
25Loving Municipal SchoolsEddy CountyLovingNew Mexico


The following contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, teacher quality, school funding, student to teacher ratio, standardized test results (reading and math; the percentage of students scoring at or above state proficiency level). Data from a total of 10,728 school districts had sufficient values for the variables above.

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