District Overview

Vision Statement

The Las Cruces Public Schools exemplifies a caring and equitable learning environment that provides all students their fundamental right to a high quality education.

Mission Statement

The Las Cruces Public Schools provides an equitable student-centered learning environment that cultivates civic engagement, promotes excellence, and celebrates diversity

Las Escuelas Públicas de Las Cruces proveen un ambiente equitativo centrado en los estudiantes, que promueve la participación cívica, la excelencia y la diversidad.

Value Statement

Our expectation is that our schools are diverse, equitable, and provide opportunities for the development of critical thinking and democratic ideals.


We believe in creating a safe, secure learning environment where respect, honesty, and appreciation of individual differences are fostered.


We believe cultivating and maintaining partnerships with parents, students, staff, and community members is essential and we embrace the power of collective impact for the betterment of our community.

High Expectations

We believe maintaining high standards and expectations for all students are key to academic excellence and lifelong learning.


We believe that motivating students to become independent learners leads to taking responsibility for their own learning.


We believe that personal and social circumstances such as gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or family background are not obstacles to achieving educational potential and fully participating in all educational opportunities provided by the District.


We believe in instilling a sense of pride in our schools and community.

About LCPS

Las Cruces Public Schools is located 45 miles north of the US-Mexico border in Las Cruces, New Mexico. With approximately 24,999 students and 3,200 employees, LCPS is the second largest school district in New Mexico.

LCPS serves a diverse population of approximately 91,000 people throughout the City of Las Cruces, the Town of Mesilla, the Village of Doña Ana, and White Sands Missile Range, and the middle third of Doña Ana County. The city’s largest employers include: New Mexico State University, White Sands Missile Range, Las Cruces Public Schools, and the City of Las Cruces.

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.