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Dual-credit high school set to open

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Albuquerque Public Schools will open its new, dual-credit high school on Central New Mexico Community College’s campus for the upcoming school year.

The new school, which does not have a name yet, is a joint project between APS and CNM that aims to graduate high school students with an associate’s degree.

It is in part modeled after schools in Las Cruces and will seek funding from the Public Education Department. Its principal will be Liz Abeyta, who was most recently dean of the Career Enrichment Center. She has worked for APS for 24 years.

The high school will be open to up to 400 sophomores, juniors and seniors. It’ll be located in a CNM building that has 10 classrooms and an auditorium.

“This is one of those rare times where we have the demand for a new school, the resources to create it and a location for it,” APS Superintendent Winston Brooks said in a statement. “All these things are coming together at the right time, and I’m grateful to (CNM president Kathie) Winograd for the use of a campus building.”

“This new APS-CNM school marks a new milestone for education in our community,” Winograd said. “It’s going to allow more students to get on a faster, cost-effective track to achieving their college and career dreams. We’re going to help them pursue their passions by providing educational pathways that lead them to high-quality careers.”

Half of the curriculum will include high-school level courses, while the other half will be college level. The school will operate on trimesters and students will be expected to take summer courses.

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