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Posted: January 16, 2017

Getting Better

The 2016 graduation rate for Albuquerque Public Schools improved by more than 4 percentage points.

The graduation rate for Albuquerque Public Schools jumped more than 4 percentage points, from 61.7 percent in 2015 to 66 percent for the Class of 2016, according to statistics released by the New Mexico Public Education Department Monday. 

“The hard work and dedication of our students and staff are paying off,” said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy. “It feels like we’ve caught a wave of momentum in our schools and community, and while we’re not anywhere near where we want to be, we’re moving in the right direction. I know APS, and I’m confident the hard work will continue.”

The data showed encouraging progress in APS’ relentless effort to close the achievement gap. All demographic groups saw improved graduation rates, with the greatest gains made by English Language Learners, economically disadvantaged and Hispanic students.

Demographic Gains

  • Caucasian students, up 3.4 percentage points to 72 percent
  • African American students, up 2.7 percentage points to 54 percent
  • Hispanic students, up 6 percentage points to 66 percent
  • Asian students, up 5.5 percentage points to 80 percent
  • American Indian students, up 1.5 percentage points to 47 percent
  • Economically Disadvantaged students, up 6.2 percentage points to 61 percent
  • Students with Disabilities, up 2.4 percentage points to 62 percent
  • English Language Learns, up 8 percentage points to 61 percent.

All but two APS high schools saw an increase in their graduation rate, with seven schools improving by seven or more percentage points including the state’s largest high school, Atrisco Heritage Academy, which improved by 9.5 percentage points. Other schools that made great gains include Manzano, up by 8.4 percentage points; West Mesa, up by 7.9; and Highland – one of the most diverse schools in the state – up by 8.8. The only high schools that saw a slip in their graduation rates were Sandia, down 2.3 percentage points, and Early College Academy, down 1.9 percentage points.

High School Graduation Rates
APS High School2015 rate2016 rateDifference
Albuquerque High 66.9 70 3.1
Atrisco Heritage Academy 60.5 70 9.5
Cibola High 72.1 75 2.9
College and Career 92.9 More than 90 *
Del Norte High 52.4 55 2.6
Early College Academy 85.9 84 -1.9
Ecademy 17.6 23 5.4
Eldorado High 73.5 78 4.5
Freedom High 41.2 49 7.8
Highland High 49.2 58 8.8
La Cueva High 81.4 85 3.6
Manzano High 62.6 71 8.4
New Futures 25.5 29 3.5
Nex Gen Academy 64.2 70 5.8
Rio Grande High 58.7 66 7.3
Sandia High 76.3 74 -2.3
School On Wheels 30.7 48 17.3
Valley High 65 67 2
Volcano Vista High 75.3 80 4.7
West Mesa High 59.1 67 7.9

*The PED didn't provide an exact graduation rate for College and Career High School. 

The 66 percent graduation rate includes APS authorized charter schools. At this time the data isn’t available to extract charters from the district graduation rate. APS has limited academic oversight over charter schools, and its graduation rate is typically several percentage points higher when charters are extracted.