Schools of Choice
Education is no longer one size fits all, so Albuquerque Public Schools is offering more and more choices for our students, including several magnet schools and alternative programs. Registration is going on now. Contact the schools or programs for more information.
College & Career HS -- Virtual High -- IB Diploma Programme -- nex+Gen Academy -- eCADEMY -- Career Enrichment Center -- Early College Academy -- -- School on Wheels -- -- Elementary School Programs -- APS Charter Schools
APS has joined with the Central New Mexico Community College to 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.
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.
Incoming freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be allowed to enroll in the school in 2014. While much of the classwork will be completed online, students will be required to spend some time on campus, for example, for science labs. The school is on a trimester schedule.
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.
nex+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.
The 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.
The 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
The 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 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.
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 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.
Elementary School Programs
, Fine Arts and Literacy
Eubank Elementary is an inclusive creative community in which students, staff and families strive for academic excellence through infusion of the arts. Students and staff are empowered learners, demonstrating pride in and ownership of a diverse learning community. Eubank incorporates Fine Arts, GLAD strategies and the Common Core State Standards to achieve student success. All students are exposed to art, music and drama on a weekly basis.
eubank.aps.edu (505) 299-4483 [email protected]
, Science and Technology
Inez Elementary, located in the Sandia High School cluster, is a science and technology focus school which strives to promote in each student lifelong learning and skillful participation in a changing world, with an emphasis on science, technology and their applications. Students participate in science-related curriculum experiences which include the annual Science Expo and weekly hands-on science and technology curriculum in the Scantek lab which encourages students to reach their highest potential and builds the scientists of tomorrow.
inez.aps.edu (505) 299-9010 [email protected]
& Language Immersion
Coronado Elementary and Longfellow Elementary are dual-language magnet schools that strive to enrich the community and our world by ensuring success as bi-literate, life-long learners. “We believe in the power of two languages – Creemos en el poder de dos Idiomas”
[email protected] (505) 843-8283 [email protected]
[email protected] (505) 764-2024 [email protected]
Emerson Elementary is a a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade magnet school in the heart of the International District emphasizing community, Common Core State Standards and support for English Language Learners. The Emerson staff believes that families work in concert with the school to support learning. The school has a core instructional program based upon the common core standards using an inquiry-based approach with highly qualified teachers, a challenging curriculum and high standards and expectations for students. Students are motivated and engaged in learning – both in school and in community settings with the Boys and Girls Club and Albuquerque Parks and Recreation partnerships. Adults take part in the PTA, attend GED preparation classes and ESL classes after the school day. Emerson Eagles SOAR by practicing Safety first; being Organized and responsible; Acting with compassion and Respecting our community!
[email protected] (505) 764-2024 [email protected]
Zuni, Technology & Communication
Zuni Elementary School serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The school's focus on using technology is two-fold; technology as a tool for learning and technology as a tool to communicate learning with others. The National Educational Technology Standards form the basis of the school's curriculum as teachers work to develop each child's capacity to thrive in an ever-changing world. Zuni fosters the joy of learning through Project Based Learning, which builds collaboration and communication skills as students learn digital citizenship through creating digital and hands-on projects. Tours are available.
[email protected] (505) 881-8313 [email protected]
Duranes, Career Awareness & Readiness
Duranes Elementary School is MicroSociety magnet school. MicroSociety is a highly successful researched-based education program that provides a real-world context for academic learning. Traditional academic subjects will be studied, then applied “on the job” during program activities. The foundation for the academic program will be the Common Core State Standards which will be applied to real life and real world learning. Students will collaborate with business volunteers and teachers to create a functioning “micro” community. Students will spend time each day in their jobs, earn paychecks, where they will learn to run their own businesses called venture in which students will write resumes, dress for success, and apply for the jobs. They will make and sell products to other micro-citizens, have their own banking system, apply technology, and develop their own government, police and social agencies. Gradually, students will become immersed in the realities of a free-market economy with taxes, property concerns, income issues, and politics. [email protected] (505) 764-2017 [email protected]
Family SchoolDesert Willow Family School is a K-8 program that combines public school classes with home-based instruction. This unique arrangement helps parents take an active role in the education of their children. Students develop their own knowledge by actively engaging in problem solving land community activities.
dwfs.org (505) 888-1647 [email protected]
APS authorizes 19 charter schools that make up a versatile portfolio of educational opportunities for students. These schools operate independently from the district but are held accountable by APS.