Desert View Elementary School – Sunland Park, NM

Award Year 2017

Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools

Desert View Elementary School

1105 Valle Vista Drive
Sunland Park, NM, 88063-0000

(575) 589-1180

Mr. Jorge Araujo, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Gadsden Independent School District

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Student Demographics

  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 99%
  • ELL: 55%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 100%


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Desert View Students hard at work!

Desert View Students hard at work!


The mission of Desert View is to provide opportunities for every student to reach his/her potential through a quality educations. Our vision is to, along with the community, provide opportunities for students to be lifelong learners and productive members of society.

The community is comprised of over a 98 percent Hispanic population whose first language is Spanish. Desert View is a kindergarten through 6th grade school with a strong bilingual program which includes a newcomer program for 4th through 6th grade students who arrive not speaking English. The median income household is estimated to be below $29,000. annually. The school is located in the southern part of the state in the small city of Sunland Park, New Mexico, which borders Texas and Mexico.

Practices that have worked for academic achievement have been the Balanced Literacy approach to language art, and using technology programs to learn math. Technology plays such an important role in today's society. Therefore integrating it into the classrooms is essential. The technology that is available to teachers today provide learning opportunities that were once impossible. Technology plays an integral part in our students' daily schedule here at Desert View. Technology is now embedded into every component of our curriculum. Currently, the school has three running computer labs which makes technology accessible to all of the students. .

The community contributes to the well being of the school by donating goods and sometimes funds to support things such as the school community garden and to pay for buses to take field trips. The following are some consistent community partners to the school: Price's Creameries, Santa Teresa International Business Accelerator, Rotary Club of West El Paso, Coca Cola Company, Althouse Restore, Peter Piper Pizza, Little Ceasar's Pizza, McDonalds, Rio Bravo Construction, Sonic Burgers, and Lenmark Construction. The school is also registered to be part of the Little Free Library (#1170) an International Program that includes the community of readers. Most importantly, the school is comprised of beautiful hard working students and teachers.