WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE SCHOOLS: DAYCARE - HIGH SCHOOL
By Will Borger
IntroductionSo you’ve just been assigned to White Sands Missile Range. There’s a ton of things for you to do, but if you’re a parent, one of the first things you need to do when relocating to a new area is figure out where your kids are going to go to school and what your options are when it comes to childcare. You’ve got several choices on and around White Sands Missile Range, whether you opt for public or private schools. Choosing the best school district is a big part of that.
Suggested Read:White Sands Missile Range: In-Depth Welcome Center
Schools in White Sands Missile RangeThere is one school that serves those who live on-post: White Sands School, which serves students from kindergarten through 8th grade. The school is apart of the Las Cruces School District, one of the largest school districts in New Mexico
Las Cruces School DistrictStudents who live in housing located on White Sands Missile Range will be a part of the Las Cruces School District. You can find their information below:
Las Cruces School District505 S. Main Street Suite 249 Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone:1 (575) 527-5800
White Sands Missile Range Elementary/Middle Schools
Phone:1 (575) 674-1241
White Sands Missile Range High SchoolsAll high schools are off post and listed in the districts below.
White Sands Missile Range Child CareThe on-post Thomas J.P. Jones Child Development Center provides care to children ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. The Center provides quality and affordable child care which is accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is fully certified by the Department of Defense. Thomas J.P. Jones Child Development Center is located in building 272. You can contact the Child Development Center by phone at 1 (575) 678-2059. Child & Youth Services (CYS) provides a diverse program of activities for eligible children, ages 4 weeks - 12th grade. CYS Services offers several different child care options and programs designed to promote leisure and social skills, life skills, citizenship and leadership. CYS Services programs also offer mentoring, intervention, and support services. Interested parties can call Parent Central Services at 1 (575) 678-2441 for more information. White Sands Missile Range also offers School Age Care (SAC). SAC offers supervised before and after school care for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th at the Alan A. Nord Youth Services Center, bldg 1316. The facility includes a gymnasium, sports complex, game room, snack bar lounge, multi-purpose room, art room, and homework lab/technology room.
Schools Near White Sands Missile RangeFamilies living off-base have several great schools and daycare facilities to choose from in Las Cruces and Alamogordo, as well as the greater White Sands area. Check out the websites below to get more information. Public school districts generally don’t allow out-of-district enrollment. There are four public school districts near White Sands Missile Range: the Las Cruces School District, Alamogordo Public Schools, Gadsden Independent School District, and Tularosa Municipal Schools.
1. Las Cruces School District505 S. Main Street Suite 249 Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone:1 (575) 527-5800 Las Cruces School District is the second largest school district in New Mexico, serving nearly 25,000 students and exploying 3,200 people. The school district is home to 40 schools: 24 elementary schools, 1 elementary and middle school, 8 middle schools, and 7 high schools.You can learn more about schools in the district by visiting the district’s website.
2. Alamogordo Public Schools1211 Hawaii Ave. Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone:1 (575) 812-6000 Alamogordo Public Schools is a smaller district. The district is spread across 1 pre-school, 9 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools. Their website includes a detailed directory with information on each school.
3. Gadsden Independent School District4950 McNutt Road Sunland Park, NM 88063
Phone:1 (575) 882-6200 Gadsden Independent School District is another smaller district. The district is spread across 24 schools, with 16 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 5 high schools. Their website also offers detailed information on each school. The website also has detailed information on school choice, transportation, and other resources available to families within the district.
4. Tularosa Municipal Schools504 1st Street Tularosa, NM 88352
Phone:1 (575) 585-8800 Tularosa Municipal Schools offers an elementary school, an intermediate school, a middle school, and a high school. Their website also offers detailed information on each school. The website also has detailed information for both students and parents.
Private Schools Near White Sands Missile RangeParents who opt to send their children to a private school near White Sands Missile Base will have no shortage of options. According to the Private School Review, there are 12 private schools in the area. While the majority are religiously affiliated, several are nonsectarian. Here are some of the best private schools in Doña Ana County.
1. Action Academy Mesilla Valley1730 Tierra de Mesilla Las Cruces, NM 88005
Phone:1 (575) 449-4796 Action Academy Mesilla Valley is a nonsectarian school that serves students from Kindergaten - 12th grade. The school serves only 80 students, but its average class size is pretty large at 25. The school is incredibly selective with low acceptance rates and a high number of faculty with advanced degrees.
2. Las Cruces Academy1755 Avenida de Mercado, Mesilla Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone:1 (575) 521-9384 Las Cruces Academy is a secular school that serves students from Kindergarten - 8th grade. The school is known for its advanced academics, safe and supportive environment, abundant teaching resources, Chinese and Spanish curriculum, Singapore math, and diverse student body.
3. Las Cruces Catholic School1331 N Miranda St. Las Cruces, NM 88005
Phone:1 (575) 526-2517 Las Cruces Catholic School is a Roman Catholic school that was founded in 1927. The school serves students in grades pre-K-12. Saint Mary’s serves nearly 300 students and class sizes are small, with an average of 15 students per class.
4. Calvary West Christian School7048 Mcnutt Rd. Anthony, NM 88021
Phone:1 (575) 589-1433 Calvary West Christian School is a nondenominational Christian school serving students from grades K-12. The school has a large population of students of color and a small student population of only 34 students. The small student population allows the school to keep the student to teacher ratio an impressive 4:1.
5. Cornerstone Christian Academy5301 Courtes Las Cruces, NM 88012
Phone:1 (575) 532-0902 Cornerstone Christian Academy is a Baptist school that serves students in grades pre-K-12 and has a population of 36 students. The school specializes in teaching young children to read.
Daycares Near White Sands Missile RangeMaking a decision about who should take care of your child can be hard. When you’re on the hunt for the right daycare facility or in-home daycare service, it helps to search for places like Care.com and Yelp for reviews. It also helps to visit any facilities you might be considering, as well.
ConclusionMoving is stressful, and finding the best school or daycare for your child can be a time-consuming process. Thankfully, there are plenty of options in and around White Sands Missile Range and the larger Doña Ana County area to make sure your child’s mental and physical well-being will be taken care of. We hope the above information helps make your search easier and allows you to spend more time with your family as you settle in.
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