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Welcome to Cibola High School's Counseling Department. We look forward to working with all students and parents at Cibola for the 2008-2009 school year. We have included important information on our web pages. Check back frequently for new and updated information. To schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor, please call the counseling secretary at:
897-0110 x-20250

Cibola High School 1510 Ellison Dr., Albuquerque, NM 87114

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Graduate Requirements

| Class of 2013 and beyond | College Requirements | AP Classes | Correspondence Classes | CNM Concurrent Enrollment | Early Graduation | Senior Failure Policy | Competency Exam | Credentialing | Next Step Plan

To receive a diploma from Cibola High School the student must :

  • Earn the specified minimum number of credits in the required courses
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in elective courses
  • Pass all parts of the Standards Based Assessment

The Class of 2013 and beyond

The Class of 2007 must earn a total of 25 credits which includes the following:

English 4 credits
Math 4 credits
Science (lab) 3 credits
U.S. History 1 credit
World History 1 credit
Government .5 credit
Economics .5 credit
New Mexico History .5 credit
Health .5 credit
P.E. 1 credit
Fine Arts/Practical Arts 1 credit
Electives 8 credits


*Student must pass Algebra I, Geometry, Algebraic Models or Algebra 2, and a fourth year of Math.

**Student must take Biology, Chemistry, Physics

All Students:

  • One-half credit is granted for each class at the end of the semester. Credits are granted with passing grades (A, B, C, D, or E). Credit is not granted for (F, I, or W/F).
  • If a course is repeated, the higher grade will be recorded in the GPA (grade point average).
  • Students who drop a course after the second week of enrollment will receive a W/F (withdrawal/failure).
  • Students can only earn one elective credit for student aide.
  • Students who fail a course must repeat the course in summer school, evening school, or in an alternative program outside of the regular school day.
  • We encourage students to take concurrent enrollment at UNM or CNM.

The Next Step Plan

The New Mexico Public Education Department has designed the Next Step Plan (NSP) document to meet the legislative requirements of HB522. This is a living, working document that will begin in the spring of a students 8 th grade year, be reviewed and updated yearly, and culminate in a transition plan during his/her 12 th grade year for a post-secondary future.

The purpose of the NSP, through involvement of the student, the student's parent(s)/ guardian(s), school counselor, school advisor and other pertinent people is to work together assisting the student in developing his/her goals and plans in a conscientious manner for their career and personal future.


Each senior at Cibola High School is to present a portfolio as part of the graduation requirements. The portfolio has two components: #1) pre-determined student documents organized in a notebook and #2) an oral presentation.

The portfolio is a reflection and presentation of the student's academic and personal growth while attending high school. The student will receive a grade in his/her English 12 class for the portfolio. Cibola staff will grade the notebook portion and the oral presentation will occur with the student's advisor and parents present.


The class of 2008 will be the first graduating class of students to be credentialed at Cibola High School . This means that in addition to earning the required credits for graduation, the student will have met and sometimes exceeded the standards that the Cibola staff has determined to be important in the areas of academic excellence, career awareness and employability skills. The credentialing occurs throughout the students high school experience and will be reviewed and updated yearly at advisory meetings with the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s). A credentialed graduate will receive a seal/stamp on their diploma along with a printed document showing the credentialed areas and the standards that were met or exceeded.

College Requirements:

College admission requirements vary greatly across the nation. It is advisable to inquire about the entrance requirements and admission procedures for specific schools. Start asking questions during your sophomore year. Make sure to schedule regular appointments with your counselors. Generally, students who take the following college preparation courses will be prepared for most colleges.


Regular or Honors English 4 credits
Math 4 credits
Science (lab) 4 credits
U.S. History 1 credit
World History 1 credit
Government .5 credit
Economics .5 credit
Foreign Language (same language) 2 credits
P.E. 1 credit
Fine Arts/Practical Arts 1 credit


Several factors, such as class rank, cumulative grade point average, college admission test scores, extracurricular activities, community service, difficulty of high school courses, and number of Advanced Placement courses, are taken into consideration during the college admissions process.

AP Classes

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Based on their performance on rigorous AP examinations, students can earn credit, advanced placement, or both for college. Students are not required to take the Advanced Placement Tests, and Colleges look favorably at transcripts that have AP courses. Teachers in the program attend AP workshops to provide the nationally recognized program for our students. An increasing number of parents, students, teachers, high schools, colleges, and universities are turning to AP as a model of education excellence. Albuquerque Public Schools only allows weighted credit for all levels of honors English and Math, but it is still an advantage for students to take Advanced Placement Courses in all Academic Areas. We offer Advanced Placement courses in U.S. History, World History, Language and Composition, Literature and Composition (senior level), Psychology, Statistics, Calculus, Government/Economics, Studio Art, Chemistry and Music Theory. A recent Department of Education study reports that participation in AP courses is one of the strongest predictors of college success. For more information, contact the Curriculum Assistant Principal at 897-0110 ext. 20277.

Correspondence Classes

The Assistant Principal will grant correspondence course credit towards graduation upon student request. These credits can be earned only from an accredited school. CHS reserves the right to evaluate a course before credit can be given. Please see the Curriculum Assistant Principal before registering for correspondence classes.

CNM Concurrent Enrollment

Cibola students have the opportunity to take concurrent enrollment courses from CNM. CNM concurrent enrollment allows students to earn college credit and high school elective credit simultaneously. Tuition is free for students taking concurrent enrollment. The students do have to pay for books and a small registration fee. Many courses at CNM require a specific Accuplacer score or ACT score. The main campus at CNM offers Accuplacer Testing at the Student Services Center , Room 204 at 900 University Blvd. SE. on Monday-Thursday from 8:00a.m.-6:00 p.m., Friday from 8:00a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. A photo I.D. is required to take the placement test. Testing is free and students are tested in Math, English, and Reading . The test takes about 1-2 hours. They request that testers do not bring children, books, calculators, or dictionaries. For more information, call 224-3244. The Westside Facility does offer testing as well; call 224-5301 for testing times.

Early Graduation

Students completing graduation requirements at mid-year must notify their counselor of his/her plans regarding continuation of class enrollment.  Diplomas are only ordered once a year.  Students completing graduation requirements at mid-year and not continuing to take classes at CHS may participate in spring commencement ceremonies and receive his/her diploma at that time.  Diplomas are not issued at mid-year.

Senior Failure Policy

Parents/guardians and seniors shall be notified as soon as the information is available to the school administration if a student is in danger of meeting graduation requirements established by the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education.  All major projects must be completed by April 30.  All finals must be completed on the senior final days.  Since the score on the final has a major affect on the final grade in a class, some students will be notified after finals if they do not meet graduation requirements due to the failure of a class.

Parents/guardians and seniors are cautioned about spending money toward graduation if there is a possibility the senior may not meet graduation requirements.

New Mexico High School Competency Examination

The New Mexico State Board of Education requires that all graduating students are to take the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) beginning in their sophomore year.

Students must pass the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) in order to receive a valid high school diploma at graduation.  Those students who have not passed the test but have passed the required credits will receive a certificate of attendance.