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Posted: February 26, 2021

APS Makes Significant Gains in Graduation Rates

The Albuquerque Public Schools graduation rate for the Class of 2020 was 74.6 percent, an increase of nearly 5 percentage points in a year and 13 percentage points in six years.

For the fifth straight year, the graduation rate for Albuquerque Public Schools has improved, increasing to nearly 75 percent for the Class of 2020, the district’s highest graduation rate in more than a decade. 

The district’s 2020 graduation rate increased by almost 5 percentage points in a year and 13 percentage points in six years, going from 61.7 percent for the Class of 2015 to 74.6 for the Class of 2020. 

Eleven of the district’s 13 comprehensive high schools saw improved graduation rates in 2020, as did four of its six magnet schools. 

APS also made gains in every demographic group, with Native American students improving by 11.4 percentage points and African American students improving by 9.3 percentage points. 

Without charter schools, the 2020 graduation rate for APS increased by more than three percentage points in a year to 76.8%. APS has limited academic control over charter schools, and its graduation rate typically is several percentage points higher when they are extracted.

“When the pandemic closed our schools in March of last year, we didn’t give up on our seniors,” recalled APS Interim Superintendent Scott Elder. “We did just the opposite – taking extra care to make sure our students got the education and support they needed to earn their high school diploma. The hard work paid off. We are very proud of our students and thankful for the teachers and staff who stood by them.” 

Graduation Rates by High School

Graduation rates increased by more than 2 percentage points at eight of the district’s comprehensive high schools:  

  • Highland by 7.5 percentage points to 62.5%
  • Atrisco by 7.26 to 78.6%
  • Rio Grande by 6.9 to 70%
  • La Cueva by 6.4 to 91.3%
  • Sandia by 4.2 to 83.9%
  • Manzano by 3.9 to 76.1%
  • West Mesa by 2.5 to 71.6%
  • Cibola by 2.9 to 82.3%

Four APS magnet schools saw improved graduation rates as well:

  • School on Wheels by 14.7 percentage points (the district’s most significant gain) to 57.8%
  • New Futures by 13.2 to 37%
  • Early College Academy by 5.3 percentage points to an astounding 98.3% – the highest graduation rate among APS schools 
  • Nex+Gen by 4.4 to 92.4%

Graduation Rates by Demographic Groups 

All but one demographic group saw gains of 2 percentage points or more in 2020, and Native American students improved by double digits: 

  • Native American students by 11.4 percentage points to 67.5%
  • African American students by 9.3 to 68.5%
  • Caucasian students by 5.4 to 80.7%
  • Hispanic students by 3.8 to 73.1%
  • Economically disadvantaged students by 4.5 to 67.2%
  • English Learners by 3.6 to 73.8%
  • Special Education students by 2.2 to 64.9%

APS High School Graduation Rates 

APS High School 

2017 grad rate

2018 grad rate

2019 grad rate

2020 grad rate 

1-Year Difference

District w/ Charters 

67.9

69.6

70.1

74.6

4.46

District w/o Charters

72.6

72.9

73.7

76.8

3.11

Albuquerque High

70.1

72.8

76.6

74.3

-2.26

Atrisco Heritage Academy

70.8

70.8

71.3

78.6

7.26

Cibola High

78.1

82.4

79.4

82.3

2.9

College and Career

97.3

97.1

98.5

93.1

-5.4

Del Norte High

58.6

57.9 

56.9

56.7

-0.2

Early College Academy

90.6

89.9

93

98.3

5.3

Eldorado High

78.8

79.7

82.8

84.6

1.8

Freedom High

47.0

37.8

42.7

30.9

-11.8

Highland High

54.2

59.4

55

62.5

7.5

La Cueva High

87.4

88.5

84.9

91.3

6.4

Manzano High

75.8

72.0

72.2

76.1

3.9

New Futures

32.2

30.0

23.8

37

13.2

Nex+Gen Academy

83.9

95.5

88

92.4

4.4

Rio Grande High

61.0

61.0

63.1

70

6.9

Sandia High

79.2

77.3

79.6

83.9

4.2

School On Wheels

20.8

50.3

43.1

57.8

14.7

Valley High

75.2

67.6

72.8

72.1

0.1

Volcano Vista High

84.7

82.3

84.1

84.5

0.4

West Mesa High

63.8

67.9

69.1

71.6

2.5

APS Demographic Group Graduation Rates 

Demographic Group 

2017 grad rate

2018 grad rate

2019 grad rate

2020 grad rate 

1-Year Difference

Female

73

72.9

74

78.6

4.6

Male

63.1

66.4

66.4

70.7

4.3

Asian

83.3

84.5

84.4

85.1

0.7

African American

65.2

63.4

59.2

68.5

9.3

Native American

54.6

54.2

56.1

67.5

11.4

Caucasian

75.5

77.2

75.3

80.7

5.4

Hispanic

65.8

67.9

69.3

73.1

3.8

Economically Disadvantaged

61.6

62.3

62.7

67.2

4.5

English Learners 

69.4

67.8

70.2

73.8

3.6

Special Education

62.6

65.2

62.7

64.9

2.2