Welcome to Capitan Municipal Schools

We welcome you to the Capitan Municipal Schools District website and on-line home of the Fighting Tigers. Famously known as the birthplace of Smokey Bear, the Village of Capitan is Located in Lincoln County, near the heart of New Mexico. Our village is set in the temperate mountain climate between the Capitan and Sacramento mountains of New Mexico. Founded in the harsh frontier days of 1891, we have grown in numbers while retaining our small town country flavor.

The Capitan Municipal Schools District is honored to serve and guide our most precious assets: our children. We know that these young learners represent us – and our future.

We are an educational community with a mission that values and strives to empower young learners in a safe and nurturing environment. We invite you to browse our website and learn about the remarkable students, staff, and community that make us unique.


A Message from our Superintendent

The Board of Education has made the decision to move forward with the construction of a new high school rather than try to renovate the current high school. The steering committee for this project has had its first "get acquainted" meeting and will be meeting again in early March to discuss recommendations to bring to the board for consideration. Such recommendations to be considered at this point include the direction to give our design professional about programming and a determination to be made about the construction oversight method we want to use for the new building.

Switching to testing - we are all delighted with the scores our schools have earned in the past, and we know that our students will continue to perform well. Raising and maintaining school grades is a community effort, and our congratulations go out to our students, faculty, administration, and parents for all of the hard work that goes into making this one of the finest school districts in the state. Get involved and be knowledgeable about testing going on in your district (SBA, Discovery, Edmentum, DIBELS, etc.) Ask questions about your student's test scores, what these scores mean, and how we can partner to address areas where there may be weaknesses or areas where we need to encourage enrichment activities.

We continue to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in all grades. Successful implementation will fall on all of us as we work to meet the goals of the CCSS. More about these standards is available for you on the PED website. Click on the “A-Z Directory” then go to “Common Core Standards.” We encourage you to become familiar with the CCSS and to communicate regularly with your student’s teacher(s) to help us monitor and work with your student’s progress to meet these more rigorous standards.

We encourage you to visit your child’s classrooms. If you have the time, we are always in need of substitute teachers – or perhaps you might like to volunteer some each week. Your partnership helps our schools become even stronger.



Shirley Crawford