How to Earn a RRHS Diploma

Rio Rancho High School Diploma Requirements:

 Rio Rancho Public Schools Standard Diploma– requires completion of 26 credits
-4 English credits – English 9, 10, 11, 12
-4 Social Studies credits – 0.5 NM History, 0.5 World Geography, 1.0 World History, 1.0 US History, 0.5 Economics, 0.5 Government
-4 Science credits – Must include two of the following (from 2 of the 3 different disciplines): Chemistry or Chemistry in the Community, Biology, or Physics, as well as two additional science electives.
-4 Math credits - including Algebra II (its equivalent or higher)
-1 World Languages or Career Cluster or Workplace Readiness credit
-1 Physical Education credit
-0.5 Health Credit 
-0.5 Technology credit
-0.5 Fine Arts credit
-6.5 Elective credits
-Students must take one high school credit of a distance learning, OR AP (Advanced Placement), OR dual enrollment college class

-Demonstrate competency in all 5 subject areas of reading, math, science, writing, and social studies.  For reading, writing, math, and science, students must take at least two administrations of the PARCC graduation assessments and SBA Science before using an ADC. Students who complete credit requirements but do not meet assessment requirements are eligible for a Certificate of Completion.
If you are in need of credit recovery, please talk to your counselor about evening credit recovery offered at Secondary Learning Center or Summer School.  





























 

Diploma of Distinction Requirements: 

Rio Rancho Public Schools Diploma of Distinction Program is an initiative that encourages students to take challenging courses while in high school. This course of study gives students the foundation they need to succeed in a technical school, community college, university, the military, or industry. In order to be recognized with a Diploma of Distinction, students need to meet the requirements listed below: 

Rio Rancho Public Schools Diploma of Distinction requires completion of 28 credits with no grade lower than a C. Weighted course letter grades will not be adjusted. 

• 4 *English credits – English 9, 10, 11, 12 
• 4 *Social Studies credits – NM History/Geography, World History, US History, Economics/Government 
• 4 *Science credits – Must include: Earth & Space/Conceptual Physics**; two of the following: Chemistry, Biology, or Physics: as well as one additional science elective. 
• 4 *Math credits – Must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Trigonometry equivalent or higher. (Financial Algebra, or Everyday Stats does not qualify) 
• 2 World Language credits in the same language 
• 1 Physical Education credit 
• 0.5 Health
• 0.5 Technology credit 
• 0.5 Fine Arts credit 
• 7.5 elective credits 
• Students must have a 3.0 GPA at the end of semester 7 (the fall semester of the senior year) 
• Students must take two credits of AP (Advanced Placement) courses. 

*AP (Advanced Placement) or Pre-AP courses may be substituted for standard level courses (i.e., AP English 12 may be substituted for English 12). 
**An alternate 9th grade science course may be substituted for incoming transfer students.

Testing Requirements:

Demonstrating Competency in Science

Step 1:

The primary method students demonstrate competency in science is to pass the NMSBA (New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment)/HSGA with a score of 1138 or higher.  Must attempt the test twice before qualifying for the ADC (Alternative Demonstration of Competency). 

There are two options available for the Alternative Demonstration of Competency in science

Step 2:

Those students who do not pass the SBA/HSGA retake may then enter the “Alternative Demonstration of Competency” track to demonstrate that they qualify for a diploma.

  • A student may demonstrate competency by passing a state-approved assessment in science. State-approved EoCs are available to students during winter and spring finals and also during retake windows set by NMPED

Step 3:

If a student is not able to demonstrate competency through the EoC, they may do so through one of these methods approved by the RRPS Board of Education:

  • Pass a state-approved national exam in science including the science portion of the ACT, SAT subject test, an approved Advanced Placement exam, or other approved exam
  • Successful completion of an RRPS-approved, credit-bearing core science class at an institution for higher education
  • ACT Work Keys Applied Technology score of 3 or higher
  • Student has taken the ASVAB and has a preliminary acceptance letter from a branch of the military for a full-time position

Demonstrating Competency in Reading

Step 1:

Students are expected to demonstrate competency by achieving a passing score (reading subscore of 42) on the English Language Arts (ELA) PARCC assessment

Fourth year high school students who do not pass the ELA portion of the PARCC may retake that portion of the PARCC during the fall semester.

Those students who do not pass the PARCC retake may then enter the “Alternative Demonstration of Competency” track to demonstrate that they qualify for a diploma.

Step 2:

A student may demonstrate competency by passing a state-approved English 11 – Reading End of Course (EoC) assessment. The End of Course assessment will be given when students complete the course and the students’ scores will be banked for Alternative Demonstration of Competency purposes.

Step 3:

If a student is not able to demonstrate competency through the EoC, they may do so through one of these methods approved by the RRPS Board of Education:

Passing a state-approved national exam in reading.  Approved exams include the reading portions of the ACT, the SAT, the PSAT, an appropriate Advanced Placement exam, or other approved exam

Successful completion of a RRPS-approved credit-bearing core English class at an institute for higher education

ACT Work Keys Reading for Information score of 5 or higher

Student has taken the ASVAB and has a preliminary acceptance letter for a full-time position from a branch of the military

Demonstrating Competency in Math

Step 1:

Earn a qualifying score of 725 or above on the PARCC Algebra II or Geometry assessments. Must attempt the test three times before implementing the ADC.

Fourth year high school students who did not pass the Algebra II or Geometry portions of the PARCC may retake the test during the fall semester.

Those students who do not achieve a passing PARCC score on the retake may then enter the “Alternative Demonstration of Competency” track to demonstrate that they qualify for a diploma.

Step 2:

Pass an approved End of Course assessment in Math. Both RRPS and State EoCs are available to students during winter and spring finals and also during retake windows set by NMPED.  Certain EoC scores in math count only if a student also passes the Algebra ll course.

Step 3:

If a student is not able to demonstrate competency through the EoC, they may do so through one of these methods approved by the RRPS Board of Education:

Achieve a minimum score on an approved Advanced Placement (AP) exam, ACT, PSAT, or SAT math, or other approved exam.

Successful completion of a RRPS-approved, credit-bearing core mathematics class at an institute for higher education

If a student receives credit for the CNM FIN 1010 financial algebra course, can also use the state EOC for financial literacy (The dual portion does not count, as a stand-alone students must pass the EOC)

ACT Work Keys Applied Mathematics score of 5 or higher

Student has taken the ASVAB and has a preliminary acceptance letter from a branch of the military for a full-time position

 

Demonstrating Competency in Social Studies

There is no High School Graduation Assessment given in social studies.  Students must demonstrate competency through the following two steps. 

Step 1: 

Pass a state-approved U.S. History End of Course assessment (EOC) in New Mexico History, World History, U.S. History, Government, or Economics.  Students have three attempts to pass the EoC per course.

Step 2:

If a student is not able to demonstrate competency through the EoC, they may do so through one of these methods approved by the RRPS Board of Education:

Passing a state-approved national exam in social studies.  Approved exams include the ACT, PSAT, SAT subject test, an appropriate Advanced Placement exam, or other approved exam.

Successful completion of a RRPS-approved credit-bearing social studies course at an institute for higher education

Student has taken the ASVAB and has a preliminary acceptance letter for a full-time position from a branch of the military

Demonstrating Competency in Writing

Step 1:

Students must earn a qualifying writing score on the PARCC English Language Arts Assessment: 725 in ELA III or a writing subscore of 31 on PARCC

Those students who do not pass the PARCC retake may then enter the “Alternative Demonstration of Competency” track to demonstrate that they qualify for a diploma.

Step 2:

Pass an approved End of Course (EoC) assessment. The End of Course assessment will be given when students complete the course and the students’ scores will be banked for Alternative Demonstration of Competency purposes.

Step 3:

If a student is not able to demonstrate competency through the EoC, they may do so through one of these methods approved by the RRPS Board of Education:

Achieve a minimum score on the ACT, the SAT, the PSAT, an appropriate Advanced Placement exam, or other approved exam.

Successful completion of a RRPS-approved credit-bearing core English class at an institute for higher education

ACT Work Keys Business Writing score of 3 or higher

Student has taken the ASVAB and has a preliminary acceptance letter for a full-time position from a branch of the military

Bilingual-Biliteracy Diploma Seal: 

Students must:

  1. Meet all NM PED and RRPS graduation requirements
  2. Earn 4 units of credit on transcript in the same language with a C or better (may be from other institutions and may include a Dual Credit experience to get the 4th credit)
  3. Earn a score of 3 or higher on one of the following AP exams: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature – in addition, students will be encouraged by their Language teacher to take the STAMP or AAPPL exam and earn an Intermediate High or higher on either of those exams. 

Implementation:

  1. Counselors, Aps, and language teachers will work collaboratively to identify students who meet the requirements of the Seal.
  2. Seniors who qualify with AP scores will get seal on diploma.
  3. 8th grade Spanish 1 does not earn a credit, therefore that course is not a part of the 4 credits required.
  4. Language teachers and administration at school site will be in charge of administering STAMP or AAPPL tests. Students will pay for exam.