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ECA Boasts One of State's Highest Grad Rates

Early College Academy is one of many high school choices in APS.

At the Early College Academy, 90.1 percent of students graduated in 2013 -- the highest graduation rate in the district.

As the sister school to the Career Enrichment Center, ECA’s small classes are set up to allow students to complete their core high school coursework in the morning and then take either CEC career focused classes or college coursework in the afternoon.

“I’ve been able to really grow here and thrive as a person and as a student.” said senior Ben Lubiak.

In addition to taking college courses, students also receive individualized guidance with college applications and career exploration including internships, apprenticeships or vocational courses.

“I like the direct teacher interaction, and I also like the small community feel of it," Lubiak.

With approximately 200 students, ECA provides a community setting to the learning environment. Three fourths of the student body participate in Senate, and dozens of students continue to participate in extra-curricular activities at their home high school.

ECA is one of many schools of choice aimed at helping students find their fits.

APS is the right fit for me: Early College Academy (ECA) and Career Enrichment Center (CEC) from APS in Motion on Vimeo.

Here's a glimpse at some of high school choices APS has to offer:

College & Career HS -- Virtual High -- IB Diploma Programme --  nex+Gen Academy -- eCADEMY -- Career Enrichment Center -- Early College Academy -- Freedom High -- School on Wheels -- New Futures

College & Career High School

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APS has joined with theCentral New Mexico Community Collegeto develop a dual-credit school on the main CNM campus that allows students to complete their high school diploma while earning a two-year college degree, certificate or credits towards a bachelor's degree. College & Career High School opened in the fall of 2013 to sophomores, juniors and seniors from across the greater Albuquerque community. Students pay no tuition for college classes or textbook fees, and they get a jump on their college education.

More about College & Career High School.

APS eCADEMY Virtual High School

APS now has a full-time virtual high school that  blends online classes with face-to-face instruction. There is no tuition or textbook fees for students. While much of the class work will be completed online, students will be required to spend some time Monday through Thursday on campus though they can choose the time.

More about eCADEMY Virtual High School.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

IB official logo Sandia High School is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School, offering the academically rigorous Diploma Programme. Students who will be juniors in 2014-15 can apply for the program now by downloading an application here.

Though it is housed at Sandia, all qualified students from around Albuquerque are invited and encouraged to participate in the program. Students enter the two-year program as juniors.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepare students for success at the university level and beyond. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

More about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

nex+Gen Academy

NexGen logoforweb.jpgnex+Gen Academy is a small community school with a capacity of 400 students in grades 9-12 and a unique culture of trust, respect and responsibility. Students at nex+Gen are expected to demonstrate independence in learning, self-motivation and autonomy.

Emphasizing project-based learning and located just north of Del Norte High School, nex+Gen offers unique academic opportunities provided by a collaborative working environment. Students are expected to build and demonstrate mastery of standards in core content through dynamic collaboration and technology integration. Technology is viewed as a professional tool to advance student work.

APS is the right fit for me: Nex+Gen Academy from APS in Motion on Vimeo.


ECADEMY CAPS.jpgThe mission of eCADEMY is to provide alternative education opportunities through a variety of electronic delivery methods that promote independence and excellence in learning. eCADEMY works with parents and the community to help students develop creativity, personal responsibility, cooperation, and critical thinking skills.

All core courses and some elective courses are offered for credit recovery or accelerated learning. Computers and other technological support for students are available at eCADEMY’s new facility and at four partner high schools. Teachers are available to help students from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every school day. All classes incorporate an element of face-to-face instruction with the teachers and peers. The meetings are held at a variety of flexible times to accommodate the students’ school and work schedules.

Career Enrichment Center (CEC)

CEC LOGO.jpgThe Career Enrichment Center is a magnet school that provides opportunities for advanced, in-depth learning. Students from all Albuquerque high schools can choose unique courses from a variety of career areas, including medicine, computers, engineering, health, languages, business, and CTE courses including vocational classes. CEC’s distinctive programs attract a wide variety of students from all geographic areas and socioeconomic groups in Albuquerque. The blending of strong academic, career, and technical classes enhances the education of all our students.

Did you know:

  • CEC classes count toward full-time enrollment at your home school
  • CEC classes count toward athletic/academic eligibility
  • Dual Enrollment (or AP/Honors or online) courses are a graduation requirement for the Class of 2013 and beyond
  • CEC has many dual enrollment classes available to help you meet this requirement
  • Students can receive certification from the Nursing, EMT, and Autos Programs upon successful completion of course requirements
  • We offer AP Physics C and AP Chinese
  • We offer specialty classes for Native American students from across the district.
  • CEC classes are free and transportation is provided

Early College Academy

ECA LOGO.jpgThe Early College Academy (ECA) is a college-prep magnet high school and sister school to the Career Enrichment Center (CEC) that focuses on college preparation. Classes are offered to 200 students in a small school environment. ECA classes are scheduled in the morning so that students may take CEC, UNM, or CNM classes in the afternoon. UNM and CNM classes may apply toward an associate or university degree.

ECA’s small-school environment offers students an intimate and personalized college-readiness learning experience. We believe in an academic focus, paralleling a college-level curriculum, and we encourage our students to start their post-secondary work while still in high school.

Is the ECA right for you? The Early College Academy is a match if you have:

  • an interest in a challenging curriculum
  • a history of successful completion of Language Arts and Mathematics classes
  • a willingness to complete 2-3 hours of nightly homework
  • a preference for small class sizes
  • an interest in career exploration (internships, apprenticeships or vocational courses)
  • the drive to complete college coursework while still in high school
  • an interest in the individualization of a smaller school environment
  • an interest in personalized college admissions support

Freedom High School

freedom logo.jpgFreedom High School is a diploma-granting, accredited high school that utilizes an advisement system that has students meet daily with a mentor. These mentors work closely with parents from enrollment to graduation to support students in graduating from high school with a plan for their future. The advisement program allows students to earn credit for work or volunteering and enjoy job-shadowing experiences in line with their career interests.

Freedom’s academic program provides educational services for students in grades 10-12 who have determined they may benefit from a personalized small school setting. Students come to Freedom having faced a variety of barriers to earning their high school diploma, but all have a determination to graduate. The program is semi-self-progress and allows students to recover credits, move forward, and in many cases graduate on time or early.

Students must be a sophomore or higher in credits to enroll at Freedom High. The enrollment process starts with a placement exam to determine reading and math skills and the need for support classes in these content areas. Students and their parents are then scheduled to come to an interview and orientation where they can further discuss the student’s needs, school policies, and determine if the school is a fit for them. Call the school office for placement exam times, further information, or to begin the enrollment process.

School on Wheels

SOW_logo_1.jpgSchool on Wheels is a school-to-work program that allows students to earn a high school diploma along with marketable job skills.

The school recently partnered with the Albuquerque Job Corps, providing students with an opportunity to enroll in pre-apprentice vocational programs while getting a high school education. Some of the trades offered include welding, carpentry, facility maintenance, masonry, plumbing, electrical and office administration.

Students can earn elective credit for hours worked.

School on Wheels has two campuses in the South Valley and West Side. Enrollment is limited in an effort to keep classes small.

New Futures

New Futures New Futures School (NFS) is an APS School of Choice for pregnant and parenting students. It offers an environment that promotes rigorous learning as well as provides essential services that support and foster good parenting practices. New Futures is committed to the needs of the whole student, offering a learning environment that creates autonomous life-long learners who are prepared for post-secondary education and successful futures.

The curriculum at New Futures is comprehensive, culminating in the acquisition of a high school diploma. It is aligned with APS graduation requirements. New Futures offers AP classes, opportunities for dual-credit and distance education. Classes are small so students have the opportunity to work closely with their teachers, receiving individual attention. NFS students receive a lot of direct support in their post-secondary planning.

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