High Schools

V. Sue Cleveland High School

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01 Project Overview
V. Sue Cleveland High School is a showcase for the latest research on how to positively affect student learning and teaching methods.

Designed as a series of six schools-within-a-school, the building supports learning academies for Liberal Arts, Environmental Studies and other career paths. Each academy is self-contained and equipped with its own administrative offices, guidance areas, restrooms, teacher planning areas, group areas, lockers and computer labs. A 1,000-seat Concert Hall is part of a Performing Arts Center that serves the school’s Academy of the Arts, as well as community organizations. Learning areas throughout are flexible and include movable furniture to support unlimited teaching configurations.

Associate firm: Van H. Gilbert Architects


High Schools


Rio Rancho Public Schools


Rio Rancho, NM


410,848 New SF


Develop small learning communities to support academy approach to instruction

Provide flexibility for future changes in enrollment and approach to curriculum

Achieve LEED Silver Certification

03 Services & Recognition

V. Sue Cleveland High School offers endless opportunities to engage in true 21st century learning and teaching via comfortable sun-lit classrooms and breathtaking views.

Scott Affentranger, Principal
V. Sue Cleveland High School
Rio Rancho, NM
Services Provided



Awards & Recognition

Project of Distinction
Council of Educational Facility Planners International

Citation Winner
National School Boards Association Exhibition of School Architecture

Citation of Excellence
Learning By Design

Silver Citation Winner
American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase

Judges’ Choice, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Award
School Planning & Management