Rooted in STEM
With four school districts, Sandoval County boasts some of the best schools in the state. In fact, three of the high schools in Rio Rancho Public Schools – Rio Rancho and V. Sue Cleveland high schools and Rio Rancho Cyber Academy – reside on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best High Schools, placing in the top 15 schools in the state.
The county’s schools have invested heavily in technology and STEM-related programs to help prepare students for careers in the region’s growing high-tech industries.
The ASK Academy, a grade 6 through 12 charter school in Rio Rancho, ranked No. 10 on the U.S. News & World Report list. ASK Academy focuses its curriculum on science and technology, steering students toward biomedical sciences, engineering and design career pathways.
In designing its curriculum, the academy conducted market research and studied projections for job offerings for the next 20 years.
“On the engineering side, we have national laboratories and high-tech firms, such as Intel, that will be looking for engineers and designers,” says Paul Stephenson, ASK Academy co-founder and director of engineering and design career pathways.