See below for information on our Early College Program
with UNM WEST. We are also offering two CTE programs to the Class of 2018: AAS in Nursing
and Fire Academy
program through CNM. See below for more information.
Early College Program for Class of 2019 Only!
Applications due no later than March 15th
1. Students may apply to the Early College Program (ECP) the spring semester of their sophomore during the normal high school registration process. Students may not start the ECP until the first semester of their Junior or Senior year.
2. Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher at their home high school with no grade below a C minus.
3. Students must score a 4 or 5 on the PARCC test in English Language Arts and Math.
4. Students must have a score of 22 or higher on the ACT in math in order to take a College Math Class.
5. Students must have completed or be in the process of successfully completing Algebra 2 before the end of their sophomore year.
6. Students not scoring a 22 on the ACT in math must take the Accuplacer test. This test will be administered by UNM West in May after the application has been submitted. Students will have to make arrangements with UNM West to take this test.
7. Students must take a math class at their home high school their junior year unless approval is obtained from their high school principal.
8. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher at their high school to stay in the ECP.
9. Students must not have any grade in their ECP classes below a C. This includes grades of a C-, D+, D, D- or NC.
UNM West Early College Program Shows Early Success
February 27, 2017
By Daniel Garcia, UNM West Webmaster
High school students Nathan Nguyen, Katherine Fernandez, and Iris Gonzalez are discovering first-hand what college will be like.
UNM West’s Early College Program, which began in the fall of 2016, is tailor-made to Rio Rancho Public School students who are looking for opportunities to begin the next step of their academic career as early as their junior year in high school. “Freedom” and “responsibility,” say its participants, are among the traits that differentiate it from their high school classrooms.
The Early College Program offers UNM core classes to accepted students, allowing participating students to complete all of the UNM core requirements by graduation. By taking four classes at their high school campus and the three at UNM West, students acquire informed perspectives on the world of academia and a glimpse into the college lifestyle. To ensure that students applying are truly interested in participating, they must be pre-screened by their high schools and admitted to the program by UNM West. Minimum requirements include a 3.0 GPA, 22 Math ACT score, and completion of Algebra II.
First semester program data shows a 100% completion rate for fall 2016 courses, with a pass rate of 92% and an average GPA of 3.11. This success stems from many factors, one of which is the community-driven, localized education that professors at UNM West provide. Average class sizes are comparable to a high school classroom, instead of hundreds of college freshmen in a lecture hall. “When taking courses at UNM West you get to know the advisors and the people who work there” says Nathan Nguyen, from Rio Rancho High School. This small community allows for a “comfortable environment” for taking classes, says Nguyen. With a 100% completion rate, participating students are on track to receive all 37-credit hour, UNM core requirements by graduation, something that Katherine Fernandez, of V. Sue Cleveland High School says has helped her immensely. Katherine defines herself as “someone who plans to go to college and stay there for a while to get my desired degree” so, naturally having the opportunity to complete prerequisite level courses at a very little cost “has definitely helped prepare me.”
And then there’s the cost-savings. UNM West offers these courses to students for no cost, excluding course-specific fees. Textbooks are paid by the Rio Rancho Public School District. Iris Gonzalez of Rio Rancho High School says, “I like getting all the prerequisite classes out of the way, expense free, so it will be easier to go straight into a degree when I do become a full-time student after high school.”
UNM West’s Early College Program is a superb tool for any RRPS student that is interested in continuing their schooling, experiencing a new side of school or even just making their lives easier by removing the burden of general education courses when they begin college full-time. Recruitment for the 2017-2018 cohort has begun at both high schools. For more information about the Early College program contact your high school counselor.
Applications due no later than March 15th
Nursing (AAS) Program – New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium – CNM
Mission: To give students an advantage in starting the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree. Students will not finish the degree in high school, rather this program will provide students an opportunity to finish the majority of the prerequisites for the Associate Degree while in high school. Thus moving these students closer to engaging in field that they feel passionate about.
Degreed Program - CNM’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree is a 68 – 69 credit hour six (6) Term (semester) program.
Criteria for Entry - The following Criteria must be met before students can enter the Nursing Program;
a. Students must be a senior attending a Rio Rancho Public School.
b. Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher.
c. Students must have a grade of a B or higher in Biology and Chemistry or a C or better in AP Biology or AP Chemistry.
d. Students must have a 3 or higher on the most current PARCC tests available.
e. Students must take the Accuplacer for CNM in April of their junior year.
f. Students must take the Biology Placement Exam for CNM in April of their junior year. The Biology Placement Exam is intended for students with significant prior experience in chemistry and biology. Students must pass this exam with a score of 64 or higher to enter this program. This will waive the prerequisites for BIO 2110/BIO 2192, BIO 2210/BIO 2292 and NUTR 2110. This waiver is only for the AAS Nursing Program.
g. Students must have taken or be taking Algebra 2.
h. Students must have a 95% attendance history at their home school.
i. Students must fill out an application with counselors’ signature.
j. Students and parents must sign commitment agreement to the program.
k. Students must have 21 credits at their home school to apply for this program.
Criteria to stay in the Nursing Program
a. Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 at their home school
b. Students will take their core classes at their home school. These include Math, Science, English and History.
c. Students will take the program classes with CNM and maintain a C or better in all Dual Enrollment classes.
d. Students abide by all points on the commitment agreement.
e. Student must maintain a 95% attendance record with no unexcused absences.
f. Student must be on time for classes. Tardies are not acceptable.
g. Students must not have any level 2 or 3 discipline infractions and no more than a total of 2 level 1 referrals.
h. Students suspected of a drug impairment, will be dealt with according to CNM policies while on the CNM campus.
i. Students are CNM students as well as RRPS students. CNM rules and regulations as well as RRPS rules and regulations apply to all students in the Nursing Program.
The Fire Academy Program
For Class of 2018 Only!
Applications due no later than March 15th
Mission – The fire service career field is expanding due to an emphasis on fire safety, fire prevention and Emergency Medical Services which has created a need for trained, skilled, and knowledgeable firefighters with Emergency Medical Service training. The mission for the Fire Academy is to give students the opportunity to start a career in Fire Fighting while continuing their high school education. Students will gain nationally recognized certificates as well as CNM certificates that will work towards employability after graduation from high school.
Criteria for Entry:
1. Students must be a senior in high school attending a Rio Rancho Public School. Juniors attending a Rio Rancho Public School will be allowed into the program on availability of openings.
2. Students must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher.
3. Students must have taken or be taking Algebra 2.
4. Students must have a C or higher in Biology and Chemistry.
5. Students must have 95% attendance history at their home school.
6. Students must be able to commit to some Saturday activities.
7. Students must take the Accuplacer for CNM. Accuplacer should be taken in April of their junior year. Students must have an Acculplacer score in combined reading skills of 125 or higher and a math score of 41 or higher.
8. Students must have a Doctor’s physical on file before entry into the Fire Academy. Physical must be on file by May 1st of their junior year.
9. Student must be in good physical condition. Students must be able to use hand tools and other equipment for extended periods of time.
10. Students must have 21 credits at their home school to apply for this program.
Criteria for Staying in the Fire Academy:
1. Students must maintain an overall C average or better in all home high school classes to remain in the Fire Academy.
2. Students must maintain a C or better in all Dual Enrollment classes to remain in the Fire Academy.
3. Student must have 95% attendance with no unexcused absences. Certificates are earned by proficiency and hours attended. Attendance is mandatory. Students may not have any unexcused absences in the CNM classes.
4. Student must be on time for classes. Excessive tardiness will be cause for dismissal from the program.
5. Students must not have any level 2 or 3 discipline infractions and no more than a total of 2 level 1 referrals.
6. Students suspected of a drug impairment on the CNM campus or during the CNM classes, will be dealt with according to CNM policies.
7. Students are CNM students as well as RRPS students. CNM rules and regulations as well as RRPS rules and regulations apply to all students in the Fire Academy.
Navajo I- NAVJ101- A dual credit course offering 3 college credits and 1 high school credit
Our first Native language course is off to a great start! On January 17, 2017, RRHS held its first language class on campus with an enrollment of 20 students. The course introduces Navajo speech forms, metalinguistic skills, the Navajo alphabet, vocabulary and the grammatical structure of simple and complex sentences. Class is held twice a week with the instruction of M. Chiquito.
For more information on the Navajo DC course, please email email@example.com or contact the counselor of your student.
Each student is allowed no more than two Dual Credit Courses during their four years of high school to count on their transcript, unless they are part of the UNM West/RRPS “Early College Cohort” or CNM CTE programs, which requires students to submit an application to participate with parent approval. The cohorts consist of: the returning 2016-17 cohort, and the 2017-2018 cohort which could consist of another 30 students (15 from each school)
It is imperative that students understand that if they do not obtain approval to take a course by counselor and administration using the district Dual Credit Course Authorization Form, they will not receive credit and their book(s) will not be paid for by RRPS.
Students may decide on their own to take more than two courses at CNM or UNM, but they will not be given high school credit and students will be responsible for the cost of books and tuition.
As of this semester, we have expended all funding provided by the PED for the purchase of college textbooks due to the efforts we have taken to expand opportunities for students. Because of this, RRPS will no longer cover the cost of books for the 2017 summer session.
Click here for a list of approved dual credit courses!