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From preschool to higher education, Las Cruces offers the full gamut of educational opportunities—and there’s even a brand new medical school in town! Whether you have children or you’re looking to take the next step in your own education, there’s an option just right for you.

Preschool Programs

Las Cruces Public Schools offers a Head Start program at 12 area elementary schools for 3 and 4 year olds with priority given to military families and families who are homeless or have income within the U.S. Poverty Guidelines.

Myrna’s Children’s Village, on the NMSU campus, offers early care and education programs for NMSU students, faculty, staff, and community families and children, six weeks to five years of age.

There are also numerous other quality private and church-based childcare and preschoolprograms throughout the community.


Public Schools

With 25 elementary schools, 1 combined elementary/middle school, 8 middle schools, and 7 well-respected high schools, your kids don’t have to travel far to get a fantastic education with the Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) system. Two of the high schools are early college high schools located on the NMSU campus. LCPS also has a virtual learning academy, serving elementary through high school students.Optimized educ2 LCHS


Charter Schools

Charter schools are a unique sector of public schools that create more opportunities for families. I believe everyone should have a choice in schools, not just those that can afford private school,” says Eric Ahner, the principal at J. Paul Taylor Academy, a charter school for grades K-8 focused on project based learning and a Spanish Acquisition program. Other charter schools in the area include Las Montañas High School and Alma d’arte Charter School, a secondary school that integrates visual, performing, literary, and culinary arts into academic content areas. The New America School is geared towards recent immigrants and students (including adults of all ages) who want to learn or perfect English and earn a high school diploma.

Private Schools

Faith-based private schools in the area include Mesilla Valley Christian School (grades K-12), Las Cruces Catholic School (Preschool-12), Mission Lutheran School (Preschool-5), and Desert Springs Christian Academy  (K-5).  

Other private options include Las Cruces Academy which is geared toward gifted and advanced students. All students take Spanish and Mandarin. At Acton Academy, the city’s newest private school, curriculum follows the Socratic Method and no homework, other than reading, is assigned.

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Higher Education

Students who want to jump right into a career should check out Vista College for programs of study in business management, healthcare, criminal justice, information technology, cosmetology, and more.

Dona Ana Community College has two campuses in Las Cruces, one on the NMSU campus and another in the Sonoma Ranch area. They offer more than 40 areas of study from culinary arts, early childhood education, and electrical programs to library science, nursing, paralegal studies and everything in between.

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive research land-grant university excelling in teaching, research and public service. This well-respected university offers almost 100 areas of undergraduate study, 27 doctoral degrees, 56 master’s degrees, and 11 graduate certificates.

Las Cruces now has a medical school! The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine officially opened its doors in 2016 with an inaugural class of 162 students. The school is focused on increasing diversity in the physician workforce and addressing the needs of the Border, Hispanic, and Native American populations.