EMHS was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School, the highest designation awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. EMHS was the only high school in New Mexico to receive the honor in 2018.

To read more about this designation, please click here.

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.


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


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


  • Current enrollment: no more than 400 students
  • Students of color: 32%
  • Students qualifying for free or reduced lunch: 21%
  • Student faculty ratio: 16:1 on average

Faculty and Staff

  • Total number of faculty and staff: 41
  • Total number of certified personnel: 29
  • Percentage holding a Master’s degree or higher: 69%
  • Number holding National Board Certification: 4

Dual Credit

  • Total number credits earned in 2017-2018: 1,591
  • Average number of college credits per student: 18.7
  • Percentage of students with AP pass rate: 60%

Athletics and Activities

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

Class of 2019

Class of 2019 Academic Profile

Total Scholarships Offered: $3,095,969

The Timberwolf Diploma of Excellence is awarded to a graduate who earned 2 additional credits in any content area. For the Class of 2019:
17 earned Fine Arts T.D.E.
13 earned Foreign Language T.D.E.
27 earned Humanities T.D.E.
10 earned Math T.D.E.
1 earned Physical Education T.D.E.
3 earned Science T.D.E.

Ryan Chavez and Vincent Romero were named National Merit Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

1,359 college credits earned (an average of approximately 19.1 college credits per senior), with one student earning an Associate’s Degree: Deanna Caward

Earned over 70 college credits: Harrison Kuszmaul
Earned over 60 college credits: Ryan Chavez
Earned over 50 college credits: Hannah Linder
Earned over 40 college credits: Tiffany Delgado, Jianna McGregor, Clare Ray, Vincent Romero
Earned over 30 credits: Sarah Bell, Ryan Lesperance, Aaron Talamante, Jesse Turley, Isabel Weisberg

16 students attending out of state colleges:
Arizona State University
Bowdoin College
California State University
Ft. Lewis College
Kalamazoo College
MESA Community College
Purdue University
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Shawnee State University
Texas State University
University of Alaska
University College Dublin
West Texas A&M University

One student planned to participate in collegiate athletics Cheyenne Gonzalez Dodson in Rodeo.