McCurdy School was started in 1912 when United Brethren Deaconess Mellie Perkins went to Velarde, New Mexico. The school opened on October 21, 1912 with four students. At that time the mission was the only school of any kind in the Española Valley.
For financial and stewardship reasons, as McCurdy Schools of Northern New Mexico entered its second century, the decision was made to apply to open a K-12 public charter school on the McCurdy campus. The charter application was accepted by the State of New Mexico and in August of 2012 McCurdy Charter School opened and now has 543 students in grades K-12 on the McCurdy campus. The charter school continues important McCurdy values by emphasizing academic excellence, character, and service to the community.
Having turned over the education of K-12 grades to the charter school, McCurdy Schools of Northern New Mexico has gone through a visioning process to determine, “What is God calling our United Methodist ministry in Española to do in this time?” Out of this prayerful process it was determined that McCurdy Schools would begin using a new trade name, McCurdy Ministries.
McCurdy Ministries seeks to surround the students and families of the charter school with every kind of ministry possible to help students succeed in their education and in life. McCurdy Ministries is also the landlord for McCurdy Charter School.
McCurdy Ministries continues to offer many of the signature programs of McCurdy School including: Project Cariño, a mental health counseling program, McCurdy Preschool, After School Care and Camp Stars a summer camp combining VBS with STEM education, to McCurdy Charter School students. McCurdy Ministries is the landlord for the charter school and the vendor for their breakfast and lunch program. A few facts about the Española Valley:
- It is 85% Hispanic
- 2010 census shows 19.7% of population below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under 18 and 18.3% of those 65+.
McCurdy Ministries is a United Methodist mission. We at OUMC help support the ministries with our Box Tops in Education (used to purchase vans for various school field trips and summer programming trips) and by our gifts to Mission Challenge. Thank you for the ways you care!