Award Year: 2014

Dora Elementary School

100 School Street
Dora, NM, 88115-0327

(575) 477-2211

Mr. Brandon Hays, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Dora Consolidated Schools

School Website


Dora Elementary will ensure student success by creating a positive, actively engaging environment that is responsive to each individual students needs.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 71%
  • Hispanic: 24%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Fourth grade students working collaboratively to identify textual evidence.

Fourth grade students working collaboratively to identify textual evidence.

As part of a PreK-12th grade environment, Dora Elementary prides itself in its family atmosphere and commitment to student achievement. The staff is comprised of strong, experienced teachers, many of whom have lived their entire lives within the local community and are therefore personally invested in seeing the school succeed. The small school structure allows the staff to personally understand the students’ needs and provide targeted intervention in a timely manner.

Dora Elementary has become a data driven school that provides additional time and support for any student that has not mastered a specific skill. This practice is applied from the lowest achieving student to the highest achieving student within the school. The staff at Dora Elementary quickly embraced the changes brought with the introduction of the new Common Core Standards. The ability of the school to effectively communicate vertical alignment allowed the school to begin to realign its curriculum with the new standards during the 2011-2012 school year.

Over the last three school years, Dora Elementary has seen its percentage of students meeting proficiency on the NMSBA increase 14% in Reading and 22% in Math. In addition, the Economically Disadvantaged subgroup has increased their proficiency rates by 29% in Reading and 23% in Math. The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has recognized Dora Consolidated Schools as a "NMBEST" school and will be highlighting the school's best practices as a model for other schools within the state.