College & Career High School Ranks 4th in State in Annual School Grading Report

Aug. 29, 2017 -- The College & Career High School (CCHS), a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and Central New Mexico Community College, posted the fourth best score in the state and the highest score among APS in the New Mexico Public Education Department’s annual school grading report that was released last week.
August 29, 2017

CCHS’s 92.9 score was the highest among all APS schools and placed the school fourth on PED’s list of “Highest Performing 100 Schools.” The rankings encompass all of the state’s elementary, middle and high schools. It’s the fourth time in the four-year existence of the CCHS that it has received an “A” grade in the annual rankings. Last year, CCHS was the only school in the state to receive “A” grades in all eight categories of the PED 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 160 students attending CCHS, which just began its fifth year.

The CCHS students typically spend half of their day taking APS classes, and the other half taking CNM classes that count for both college credit and high school elective credit. 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 an associate degree and 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 academic coaches.

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