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About Our School


About Our School

College & Career High School is operated through a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and Central New Mexico Community College. CCHS provides students with a unique opportunity to begin their college experience while in high school and earn college credits toward an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or certificate. The high school is open students in grades 9 - 12.

CCHS students typically spend half of their day taking high school classes, and the other half taking CNM classes. All of these classes count toward their high school diploma. All classes that are taken at CNM count toward their high school diploma AND a college degree and/or certificate. Tuition at CNM is free for CCHS students. CNM textbook costs are covered by APS, allowing students and their families to save thousands of dollars on a college education. Many CCHS students have graduated from the high school with a CNM associate degree and enough college credits to enter a university as a junior.

CCHS, which opened on CNM’s Main Campus in 2013, is located in a brand new, state-of-the-art learning facility on CNM's Main Campus. In every year of its existence, CCHS has earned an “A” rating in the New Mexico Public Education Department’s school grading report. In 2020, CCHS scored second highest in the state among all public high schools, and third highest when charter schools were included.

Since CCHS is located on CNM’s Main Campus, CCHS students have access to the same student support systems as all of CNM’s students, such as free tutoring, libraries, academic advising and academic coaches.

Classification and Course Requirements

All students are classified in a specific grade. Every semester, the school reclassifies students (keeps them in the same grade) who have not earned enough credits to move to the next grade. CCHS does not have the capacity to repeat grades as there is an entire new group of lottery students coming in the next year. If a student does not have 6 credits by the end of summer term after their 9th grade year, their status at CCHS is subject to disenrollment.

Below is a list of classification and the minimum amount of credits required for each grade.

9th Grade  - less than 6 credits

10th Grade - 6 - credits

11th Grade - 13 credits

12th Grade - 19 credits

A total of 25 credits are required for graduation.