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The district is committed to creating an environment of collaboration and accountability that ensures our students:

  • Achieve personal goals and academic growth
  • Are invested in success for their future
  • Attain high levels of literacy and 21st century skills
  • Are engaged in active citizenship
  • Learn in a safe and healthy school environment


Montezuma Cortez RE-1 is committed to ensuring all our students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college and career. MCSD recently adopted a three-year strategic plan with key goals focused on achieving Academic Excellence, Building a Team of Effective Educators, Inspiring Community Support, and Student-Centered Budgeting. We're proud of our diverse community and rich heritage. Located in the Four Corners, our district borders three states and encompasses the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal reservation, the town of Cortez, and the farm and ranch communities of Lewis, Arriola, and Pleasant View.


Montezuma Cortez RE-1 has 6 schools: 1 preschool, 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school. In addition, we authorize 4 charters: Battlerock Charter SchoolChildren's Kiva Montessori SchoolSouthwest Open School, and Pleasant View Charter School. Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 is privileged to serve a diverse population of 2,550+ students.

  • 22% Latino
  • 49% Caucasian
  • 26% Native American
  • 60% of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch
  • 100% amazing students with the potential to change the world!

 Click here to see our Career & Technical Education offerings!


Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 departments include:

  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction
    • (Includes: Special Education, Gifted and Talented, English Language Learners)
  • Human Resources Department
  • Health and Nursing Services
  • Safety
  • Nutrition Services
  • Transportation
  • Facilities and Maintenance
  • Finance Department
  • Office of the Superintendent


We know that clear communication is the bedrock of trust and student success - and it’s also key to smooth functioning and transitioning this year. We will use every channel available to convey general and urgent communication to our community as soon as it becomes available.

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These channels include the district and school websites, school newsletters, Facebook, emails, autodialer voicemails and texts, livestreamed town halls and board meetings, radio, newspapers, public television, and publications like our staff handbook, student handbook, and Citizen's Guide. Like us on Facebook and download our new app, as these are the quickest ways to receive updates.

Important and urgent updates will go out via multiple methods: MCSD new App, website posts, social media, email, letters home, text, and voicemail.


Many programs in our schools and community seek to address these gaps and challenges. Please click the buttons below to visit our page dedicated to listing community resources and student support. And don’t forget - your school counselor is ready to talk as well.

Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 Statement of Nondiscrimination: 


Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to participation or admission. The following staff have been designated to handle inquiries regarding our nondiscrimination policies: 

Title IX Coordinator and Compliance Officer (Title II/ADA, Title VI)

Cynthia Eldredge, Executive Director of Human Resources

400 North Elm Street, Cortez, CO 81321, 970-565-7522 ext. 1135,  

504 Compliance Officer (Section 504) 

Lisa Megel, 504 Compliance Officer

400 North Elm Street, Cortez, CO 81321, 970-565-7522 ext. 1118,  

M-CSD RE-1 School Governance Policies can be found on our website at: 



El Distrito Escolar Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, discapacidad o edad. La falta de habilidades para hablar inglés no será una barrera para la participación o admisión. El siguiente personal ha sido designado para manejar consultas sobre nuestras políticas de no discriminación:

Coordinador del Título IX Oficial de Cumplimiento (Título II/ADA, Título VI)

Cynthia Eldredge, Directora Ejecutiva de Recursos Humanos

400 Calle Elm Norte, Cortez, CO 81321, 970-565-7522 extensión 1135,  

504 Oficial de Cumplimiento (Sección 504)

Lisa Megel, Oficial de Cumplimiento 504

400 Calle Elm Norte, Cortez, CO 81321, 970-565-7522 extensión 1118,  

Las políticas de gobierno escolar de M-CSD RE-1 se pueden encontrar en nuestro sitio web en:

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