College & Career High School Only High School in New Mexico to Earn All 'A' Grades

Aug. 25, 2016 -- The College & Career High School, a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and Central New Mexico Community College, was the only high school in the state to earn “A” grades in all eight categories of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s annual school grading report that was released last week.
August 25, 2016

Among the individual categories are career and college readiness, graduation rate, opportunities to learn and performance improvements among both the highest performing and lowest performing students.

It’s the third time in the three-year existence of the school that it has received an “A” grade in the annual rankings.

CCHS, which allows students to complete their high school diploma while earning college credits toward a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree, opened to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in August 2013. There are currently 145 students attending CCHS, which just began its fourth year.

In the spring, 52 CCHS seniors graduated with 2,000 college credit hours, an average of 38.5 college credit hours. Eleven students graduated with a CNM certificate or a CNM associate degree.

The CCHS students typically spend half of their day taking APS classes, and the other half taking CNM classes. Tuition is free for CCHS students, and so are CNM textbooks, allowing the students and their families to save time and thousands of dollars on a college education.

Many CNM classes are transferrable to state universities. And some CCHS students have graduated from the high school with enough college credits to enter a university as a junior.

CCHS is located on CNM’s Main Campus and CCHS students have access to the same student support systems as all of CNM’s students, such as free tutoring, libraries, academic advising and achievement coaches.

CNM and APS plan to continue expanding the school in the years ahead.