Award Year: 2018
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.
- Black/African American: 1%
- White: 66%
- Hispanic: 25%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- Asian: 4%
- Native American: 2%
- Two or more races: 1%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 21%
Presentation of "A" banner from NM Secretary of Education Ruszkowski
East Mountain High School is a college preparatory school located in Sandia Park, New Mexico, approximately 30 minutes east of Albuquerque in a rural, mountainous community. The 26-acre school campus is located on the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway and is home to breath taking views of the Sandia Mountains. Founded in 1999, East Mountain High School was one of the first charter schools established in the state of New Mexico. From the beginning, the founders of EMHS envisioned a local high school that would challenge students to think on a deeper level and engage them in hands on learning opportunities. On any given day, visitors to the school might find students sitting on the front lawn composing music for recording arts, sketching the idyllic scenery, or collaborating on a group project.
The school embodies the word community. Students are accepting of their peers and establish a culture of looking out for one another. With a low student-teacher ratio, relationships between the staff and students are rich and provide students with a strong support system. Teachers, administrators, parents, and community members are all invested in seeing our students and school be successful. The vision of EMHS is to provide outstanding learning experiences which engage, challenge and inspire students to achieve excellence. We work on this every day. With a foundation of family and caring about one another, students and staff respect what each person brings to the table. All stakeholders contribute to making East Mountain High School a remarkable school.