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Ruidoso High School has one of the most beautiful natural settings
and one of the finest physical plants available to any high school,
The school occupies three structures.
The main building houses administration offices, library, cafeteria,
gymnasium, and basic classroom units. Two specialized buildings
house Fine Arts and Industrial Arts complexes. The school's exterior
design and finish is in keeping with traditional New Mexico and
To ensure that the instructional program
is unlimited by faculty size, the school endeavors to use every
staff member's unique talent to expand curricula. Opportunities
provided to students in academic subjects include arts, vocational
training, and physical education. Students are allowed to maximize
their talents through remedial, regular, enriched, and advanced
programs. Students are assisted in making cholces by a concerned
counseling staff. A successful athletic program offers students
the opportunity to attain competitive goals they may set for themselves.
With community partnership, the school
assumes responsibility for educating its students in citizenship,
leadership, vocational competencies, economic understanding, and
creativity. There is an emphasis on encouraging students to learn
through active participation, while requiring adherence to and
respect for the rules and regulations of society.
Ruidoso Middle School is home to the district's seventh and eighth
graders. The goal of the administration and faculty is to ease
the transition from elementary to high school and to guide students
through this special and sometimes overwhelming time in their
The school's instructional programs include
math, science, social studies, language arts and reading. The
school also provides a wide variety of exploratory classes. These
include physical education, conditioning, life management, life
skills, Spanish, publications, art, band, guitar, and choir.
Often at this age, students begin to
exhibit more success in competitive activities. Physical abilities,
as the student matures, lend themselves to organized sports activities.
Ruidoso Middle School has addressed this by offering intra-district
competitive athletic programs. Basketball, track, and football
each receive equal emphasis.
Ruidoso Middle School is dedicated to
the process of preparing students for the passage into the upper
White Mountain Intermediate houses the fifth and sixth grade students of
the district and serves as a stepping-stone in the educational
journey, assisting students with the difficult transition from
the self-contained elementary to the more independent secondary
The team concept is used at both grade
levels. Dedicated teachers ensure a nurturing environment where
students are provided with a rich and demanding curriculum where
they learn to handle the responsibility that accompanies the freedoms
The school's instructional program is
enhanced through exploratory or supplementary classes such as
band, choir, drama, Spanish, physical education, and dance. Students
have access to the most current technology and telecommunications.
Multimedia is incorporated into many classes. Special programs,
such as Chapter 1 in mathematics and language, bilingual studies,
library, and enrichment programs address the special needs of
White Mountain Elementary School is the Ruidoso facility for the third and fourth
grade children of the district. With its campus located next to
Sierra Vista Primary, this school has regular classroom teachers
delivering reading, math, language arts, spelling, social studies,
and science curricula to the children.
The faculty is assisted by Subject Area
Assistants in music, art, science, physical education, computer
lab, library, speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy,
inclusion classes, instructional support, Chapter 1 reading, and
Sierra Vista Primary School, Ruidoso's newest campus, opened in August 1994
after many months of planning by a group of teachers, parents,
and administrators. The school is home for first and second graders,
and its enrollment during the first year was approximately 375
Curricula at Sierra Vista emphasizes
the development of strong reading and math skills, with an emphasis
on social skills, respect, and responsibility. It also provides
instructional support programs including Chapter 1 reading and
math, instructional computer lab, library, physical education,
occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech, inclusion, bilingual
education, Title VII, and gifted education. The school has a part-time
counselor and a Native American Liaison.
Sierra Vista offers an Extended Day Program.
Parents may bring their children to school before regular school
hours, and may choose to have them stay after school hours. Children
are under the supervision of certified teachers. The program has
proved to be safe, nurturing, and enriching for the children.
Nob Hill Early Childhood Center provides an environment where young children
and their families begin the educational experience.
The Center's curriculum includes Headstart,
Kindergarten and a program for three and four year old children
with developmental disabilities. Students have opportunities
to experience learning using developmentally appropriate materials
and strategies. Thematic learning, using ideas important to young
children, is emphasized at the Center. Each child has the opportuninty
to learn through active participation in hands-on activities
Family is an important concept at Nob
Hill. The professional staff recognizes that the family is the
primary teacher in a child's life, and the Family Center provides
resources, materials, training information, workshops, and collaboration.
Family members are encouraged to become involved in their child's
At Nob Hill, teachers and specialists
work together to provide optimal education opportunities. Speech/language
pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, a
bilingual staff and counselors work closely with the teaching
staff to provide a well-rounded early childhood curriculum.
Gavilan Canyon School is an alternative, day treatment program for students age 11 through 18.
The goal of the program is to establish and meet high expectations for each student,
resulting in a positive transition back to the regular public school program.
The school provides an appropriate educational program, therapies,
and rehabilitative services to those students who, because of significant emotional
disturbances, problematic behavioral patterns, socially unacceptable behaviors, or prolonged
academic underachievement, demonstrate needs that are not currently being met within the
general education programs of the Ruidoso schools.
The curriculum emphasizes basic skills in reading, writing, math,
and communications along with personal management and leadership. Technology is integrated
within the curriculum and advanced computer skills are stressed. Outdoor education,
community service, and work-study programs are designed as appropriate for each student.
The school is located at 819 Gavilan Canyon Road and is separate
from general education facilities. A multidisciplinary team of teachers, counselors,
instructional assistants, social workers, and volunteers provide for a 1:4 staff-to-student
ratio. Parent training and participation are highly emphasized.
This information presented
by Ruidoso Municipal Schools. Sponsorship support from Century
21, GSV Title Services, Inc., Bill Pippin Real Estate, The Title
Company, Inc., Lela Easter Realtors, Coldwell Banker, and the
Ruidoso Board of Realtors. Adapted for the internet by Story Book