A little-known public high school in Albuquerque that is a partnership between Central New Mexico Community College and Albuquerque Public Schools this year earned the top grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department – an A across the board
Just as College and Career High has every year since it opened in 2013.
It was the only public school in the state this year to earn top marks in all eight areas that make up the final grade. The categories include graduation rate, opportunities to learn and improvements for both highest-performing and lowest-performing students.
And like other schools that allow students to complete some college courses while in high school, it is a smashing success for students who want to learn and get a head start on their careers and on life.
College and Career High is located on CNM’s main campus. Its students simultaneously work toward an APS high school diploma and a CNM associate degree.
If they are successful, they can go on to earn a four-year degree at a university or college or go right to work in a career field of their choice. Students have access to about 100 CNM programs, including electrical trades, biology, welding and political science.
And it’s a bargain: Textbooks and classes are free, worth $6,000 if an associate’s degree is earned.