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What is a Charter School?

East Mountain High School is a charter school. A charter school is a public school developed by one or more parents, teachers or community members authorized by a local school board or the New Mexico Public Education Commission to provide an alternative educational setting to parents and students in the public school system. Charter schools provide an opportunity to create new, innovative and more flexible ways of educating children.

Charter schools must describe their goals and how they will meet them in their charter, a document which must be approved by a local or state board every five years. Charter schools are held accountable to meeting the goals set out in their charters. East Mountain High School’s fourth charter, governing the years 2015 – 2020, was approved by Albuquerque Public Schools in 2014.

Charter schools are not restricted by district boundaries and admit students regardless of where they live. They are funded by tax-payer dollars in ways similar to how traditional district public schools are funded. Although they are independent, charter schools are not private schools and do not charge tuition.


Mission

As a small regional school, East Mountain High School uses best practices to engage students in curricular programs, involve students in the community, and prepare students for success after graduation, including college, career and citizenship.

Adopted September 2014

Vision

East Mountain High School is a model college-preparatory school that provides outstanding learning experiences which engage, challenge and inspire each individual to achieve excellence.

Adopted March 2010

“East Mountain has a very vigorous curriculum, but with several opportunities for students to delve into a topic they are interested in further. Students work closely with CNM so we are able to take several online classes or have a college class on campus, thus allowing us to receive dual and regular credit. Most students can almost finish their first year of college before they graduate.”Student, Class of 2015

At a Glance

  • Public charter school
  • Admissions is offered through a lottery process; there are no qualifying tests and no tuition to pay
  • Accredited by the New Mexico Public Education Department
  • Founded in 2000
  • Grades 9 – 12
  • Principal: Monique Siedschlag

Enrollment

  • Current enrollment: no more than 400 students
  • Students of color: 25%
  • Students qualifying for free or reduced lunch: 19%
  • Student faculty ratio: 16:1 on average

Faculty and Staff

  • Total number of faculty and staff: 41
  • Total number of certified personnel: 30
  • Percentage holding a Master’s degree or higher: 63%
  • Number holding National Board Certification: 2

Dual Credit

  • Total number credits earned in 2014-2015: 1583
  • Total number of students taking a dual credit class in 2015-2015: 218
  • 76 students took one course
  • 61 students took two courses
  • 34 students took three courses
  • 29 students took four courses
  • 12 students took five courses
  • 5 students took six course
  • 1 student took ten courses

Athletics and Activities

  • Athletics Offered: Soccer, Cross-Country, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Bowling, Golf
  • Activities Offered: MESA, Speech & Debate, National Honor Society, Student Council, Model United Nations, Youth in Government, Natural Helpers, Anime Club, Literary Magazine, GLOW, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Class of 2015

  • 87 graduates
  • Percentage of students matriculating to a four year college or university: 80%
  • Average ACT Score: 22.8
  • College Credits Earned Through Early College Enrollment: 1325 credits / 15.2 per student on average
  • Percentage of Graduates Earning Timberwolf Diploma of Excellence: 90%
  • Number of Graduates Earning New Mexico Higher Education Department Scholar Award: 21
  • Top college destinations: Columbia University, University of Texas at Austin, Wheaton College, Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Fort Lewis College, Brigham Young University and Portland State University
  • Total Scholarship Dollars Awarded: $2.439 million
  • Other Honors: 2 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists, 1 UNM Regent’s Scholar, 5 UNM Presidential Scholars, 1 Prudential Spirit of Community Award