Apache Elementary School



Located in the high desert of Southeast Arizona, between the Peloncillo and Chiricahua Mountains, lies Apache Elementary School. One of four remaining one-room schools in the state, Apache Elementary provides K-8 education to the children of ranchers, farmers, and others in this sparsely populated area of Arizona.

Statement of Purpose

Apache Elementary School exists to provide quality educational experiences for this community’s children. The school staff and the Board of Education work together to define and implement quality educational practices. We are ever mindful that this school exists for children. Its purpose is to provide opportunity for children to develop skills necessary for productive lives. It is our mission to so arrange the school organization, its structures, rules, procedures, policies, and course of studies so that each child can learn at his or her maximum rate.

Contact the School

Head Teacher: Miss Loy Guzman         Teacher’s Assistant: Mr. Frank Zepeda
Business Manager:  Ms. Tamara Winkler


Press Release #3

Apache Elementary School Open House October 16, 2017

The Portal-Rodeo community celebrated their reconstituted one-room school house on October 16, 2017 with an open house to which the public had been invited.  There were at least 104 people who attended to show their support and enthusiasm for their local students. 

Besides the eight students, their teacher, Ms. Loy Guzmán, and Mr. Frank Zepeda, teacher’s aide, guests of honor included State Senator Gail Griffen; Ms. Ann English, Cochise County Board of Supervisors; Ms. Jaqui Clay, Cochise County School Superintendent; Mr. Jeffry St. Clair, Bowie Unified School District Superintendent; and Bowie School Board members Ms. Nancy Wilson and Mr. Jared Allred.

The event started at approximately 4:00 pm and lasted until 7:00 pm.  Side dishes were pot luck but Rob and Debbie Bernard manned the grill providing hot dogs and hamburgers for all.

A number of local experts in fields ranging from entomology to astronomy to artists signed up to volunteer as guest teachers.

Ms. Clay brought a number of classroom supplies and other surprises for the eight lucky students.

Dennis Hannisch and his local group (Spencer, Celia, and Christina) provided musical entertainment throughout the evening.

APACHE SCHOOL       10488 N. Skeleton Canyon Rd.     Douglas, AZ  85607

PO Box 16405         Portal, AZ 85632        
PHONE: 520-558-2364

FAX: 520-558-2410                   EMAIL: apacheelementary@gmail.com

© Howard Topoff 2011