Our District

Capitan Municipal Schools District Number 40 is located in rural Lincoln County, NM. Lincoln County is near the center of the state, covering 663.46 square miles of land area. The district population of 4,230 is served by three schools housing students in Pre-K through grade 12. With total district enrollment of just over 500 students, we are small in numbers but big on education.

We are proud of our district's rankings in the state of New Mexico where we have earned a spot in the top 11% based on our standardized test scores. Our high school received the distinction of being awarded a rating of 10 out of 10 by greatschools.org. Our middle and elementary schools consistently receive superb ratings in the top 10% of the state. Because of our small size, we are able to provide our students a personalized school setting with a low student-to-teacher ratio of 13.3, while still being big enough to offer a variety of extracurricular programs and sports.

Our Mission

Capitan Schools: A community where everyone is valued, safe, and nurtured, and where learners are empowered.

Our Vision

The purpose of the Capitan Municipal Schools is to educate all students. All other purposes are in support of this and are secondary. The schools are responsible for providing the atmosphere and instruction, so students can master learning objectives, acquire skills and knowledge, and display desirable personal qualities and values.

The Beliefs

  • Relevant learning experiences best prepare students for their adult life.
  • Everyone has value.
  • Everyone learns differently.
  • Everyone learns best in safe, nurturing communities.
  • Expectations affect achievement.
  • Success motivates.
  • Learning never ends.
  • Our highest priority is teaching students to use their minds well.

NMPED District Report Cards

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