Education & Academics
Finding The Right Schools and educational opportunities for each family member is an important part of any move. This chapter outlines Curry and Roosevelt counties’ public schools system, private schools, charter schools and home schooling criteria, as well as local libraries and higher education institutions. To be enrolled in a New Mexico school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. For more details on New Mexico’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at www.nmhealth.org. Check with the school for additional requirements.
In 2010, New Mexico, along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity, adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics though New Mexico has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.
Choosing a School
Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about a school district’s statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.
If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.
Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.
Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a list of charter schools in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department’s website at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/charter-schools.
For an introduction to home schooling in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department’s website at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/options-parents-families/home-schools. Here you will find home-school rules and regulations and notification forms as well as other information.
To search for local private schools in New Mexico, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at https://tinyurl.com/ybhpwoyt. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.
Clovis Municipal Schools
1009 Main St.
Clovis, NM 88101 575-769-4300
Clovis Municipal Schools is the major district for Curry County, serving more than 8,000 students. The district has two preschool and family literacy units, 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and two secondary schools.
Portales Municipal Schools
501 S. Abilene Ave.
Portales, NM 88130 575-356-7000
Portales Municipal Schools is the major district in Roosevelt County, with an enrollment of nearly 3,000. The district has an early childhood center, three elementary schools, one junior high school and a senior high school.
Other Nearby Districts
There are other, smaller school districts near Cannon AFB that you may want to explore as an option for your child. You can reach each school district by calling or visiting its website, which will provide enrollment information, district boundaries, schools and programs offered.
Dora Consolidated Schools
100 School St.
Dora, NM 88115 575-477-2211
Elida Municipal Schools
103 N. Church St.
Elida, NM 88116 575-274-6211
Floyd Municipal Schools
1564 New Mexico 267
Floyd, NM 88118 575-478-2211
Grady Municipal Schools
100 Franklin St.
Grady, NM 88120 575-357-2192
Melrose Municipal Schools
100 E. Missouri Ave.
Melrose, NM 88124 575-253-4269
Texico Municipal Schools
520 N. Griffin St.
Texico, NM 88135 575-482-3801
Curry and Roosevelt counties offer opportunities for continuing education. Eligible residents of New Mexico may utilize the Legislative Lottery Scholarship Program. This program awards a portion of tuition to students who attend New Mexico public universities and community colleges. For more information on this program, eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the New Mexico Higher Education Department at www.hed.state.nm.us/students/lotteryscholarship.aspx.
Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.
Clovis Community College
417 Schepps Blvd.
Clovis, NM 88101 575-769-2811
Eastern New Mexico University
1500 S. Avenue K
Portales, NM 88130 575-562-1011
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
110 W. 21st St.
Clovis, NM 88101 575-218-3690
Wayland Baptist University
810 E. 21st St., Suites 4 and 6
Clovis, NM 88101 575-763-0535
Public libraries in Curry and Roosevelt counties offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. The New Mexico State Library, www.nmstatelibrary.org, supports libraries in the state with resources, interlibrary loan and other assistance.
Residents can enjoy and make use of several academic and public libraries in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’ websites. For a full list of libraries in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico State Library website.
Clovis-Carver Public Library
701 N. Main St.
Clovis, NM 88101 575-769-7840
The Clovis-Carver Public Library has a wealth of services for its users, including internet access, electronic databases and a large collection of books, videos, music, e-books and more. For more information on the library’s services and events, visit the website.
Portales Public Library
218 S. Avenue B
Portales, NM 88130 575-356-3940
The Portales Public Library’s online card catalog allows users to browse through 45,000 available titles. The library’s computer lab offers high-speed internet access and online databases for a variety of subjects. For more information on programs, services and events, visit the library’s website.