About Us (HRES)

School Stats

Hillrise Elementary School
1400 S. Curnutt St.
Las Cruces, NM 88011
(575) 527-9666
School Opened: 1984
Grade Levels: K-5th

School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Our School

School Colors: Blue & Gold (Yellow)
School Mascot: Suns (Stallions)
School Motto: "We Believe We Can Shine"
School Theme: The Solar System
Math Curriculum: Math EnVisions
Reading Curriculum: Common Core
Spelling/Word Study: Words Their Way
Science Curriculum: NGSS/SBA   Foss Science

7-Habits / Character Counts!

We follow the 7-Habits of Happy Kids:

Habit 1 — Be Proactive

You're in Charge

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind

Have a Plan

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3 — Put First Things First

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4 — Think Win-Win

Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Listen Before You Talk

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6 — Synergize

Together Is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw

Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.


6-Pillars of Character:

1. Citizenship
2. Respect
3. Responsibility
4. Fairness
5. Caring
6. Trustworthiness

Additional information

Parents now have a new and improved way to communicate with schools! ParentVUE is available to all LCPS parents via the Internet. (This new communications system replaced TeacherEase.) With ParentVUE, parents can review grades, communicate with teachers, review their child's immunization records, and so much more (Note: Please use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox web browers when accessing ParentVUE as Safari and Google Chrome are not supported).


APECHS is the fourth school in the Las Cruces district to earn the Blue Ribbon Award since the program’s inception in 1982.  Past local recipients are: Las Cruces High School – 1985; Hillrise Elementary – 1990; and Loma Heights Elementary – 1992.


National Blue Ribbon School Program

School Administration

Karin Hite


Assistant Principal
Angela Armstrong
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School Resources

Supplemental Information:

MobyMax finds and fixes learning gaps with the power of personalized learning. MobyMax's adaptive curriculum creates an individualized education plan for each student, allowing gifted students to progress as quickly as they like while simultaneously ensuring that remedial students get the extra instruction they need.

 Hillrise is participating in the Cooking with Kids curriculum which introduces healthy foods into the classroom in order to increase children's awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of healthy eating. Ask your child or teacher about it...further information can be located at: http://www.cookingwithkids.net/

Front Row Education

Front Row Assessments are designed with the SBAC and PARCC tests in mind. Familiarize students with testing formats by practicing on Front Row. Assessments can test anywhere from a single standard or all grade-level domains to easily adapt to teachers' needs!

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PARCC | Practice Tests

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PARCC Math Practice Test

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English Language Arts

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Anti-bullying: Hillrise Elementary School
The Las Cruces Public Schools (along with Hillrise Elementary School) continues to encourage awareness about and the prevention of bullying. This video, produced by the media students at San Andres High School, is part of the ongoing efforts to help students understand the impact of bullying. See the anti-bullying video.