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Alamogordo High School

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Posted May 23, 2014

Alamogordo High School has been a bad experience for my kids. Caring teachers but completely disrespectful principal. This school does not support activities many were cut for next year such as music and choir. School admin doesn't think it is important for children's educational needs. The Directors of schools and Curriculum were no help either. When was the last time anyone at the district office was in a classroom? Thankfully, my husband has orders to move and our two children will no longer have to go to AHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2011

My son went to AHS and he liked it & didn't get in trouble. This school has a lot to offer and lots to do. However, each child has decisions to make; good or bad choices; and most of the time they set their own path. As parents, we just hope we've laid good values and the rest is up to them.....we just need more parents to get involved as our children continue to mature.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2011

Terrible school !!! This Highschool don't care about the students ! No one cares when your child have problems ! They don't even listen to parents. It was better a couple of years ago with a different principal. But since 2010/2011 it's getting worse... BEWARE of this school and the "system" they have !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

I really enjoyed my senior year. The school had a lot of extracurricular activities and also a decent teacher to student ratio.


Posted October 12, 2009

Having sent two children through AHS, I chose to send my youngest child to NMMI (New Mexico Military Institute - a very prestigious college prep high school) rather than go through Alamogordo's school system again. During all of those years, I dealt with very few faculty that I considered to be worth their pay (administration, not teachers). The teachers that I met and dealt with were kind as a whole, but overwhelmed in a system completely lacking in common sense (see the old block-scheduling). Many attempts of mine to inject common sense into situations and/or conversation were met with puzzled silence, incoherent statements, or illogical arguments by administration. Depressing. Because my youngest child is very smart, I did not feel that I could risk my child's developing intelligence to an inadequate school system. How do I feel in a nutshell? I (personally) wouldn't send my dog there, to be honest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

We are a militairy family traveledall over the world my boys have been in international schools and are now sophomore and juniors this year.Both are doing well good grades made a lot of friends in school very active in sports. some very good teachers and some that could be replaced. Overall we are very pleased with AHS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

I am a sophmore going to Junior for the year of 2009-2010. I feel there are good atributes to the school, the principles are good at leading. The teachers are not so good. I feel us students are not yet being prepared enough for after High School. Don't get me wrong they do everything they can, but I think there is a big majority of teachers who need to be replaced. Overall it's an Ok School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2008

Just an update. The school no longer has block scheduling. It is a seven period day now. Coming to this small town 3 1/2 years ago, I heard horror stories about this school such as drugs, thugs and alot of pregnancies, and my oldest was only in 6th grade at the time. She has already completed one succesful year at the HS and is about to start her second. As long as the parents stay involved in their child's acedemics and activities they will be fine. The teachers were very easy to communicate with. My daughter never had a problem at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

As a parent I feel my children came out equipped to attend college. The school has the dual credit program, which is extremely good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2008

i have a son who attends AHS and I am so disappointed in his education. I fear he will be far behind his freshman year of college. The staff and parent advisory council are awesome, but I have to say that the future is bleak for the students that actrually graduate from here. My advice would be to make sure the students are in AP classes and do several extracurricular activities. They will have to work alot harder than their peers, but it gives them a chance. Oh, and let's not over look that there is NOTHING to do in this town, lots of drugs, thug wannabees, and teen pregnancies!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2008

I am a student at AHS and I feel that some of the teachers here aren't focused on getting us the quality education that is needed to be successful in our world today. I believe that new more qualified teachers need to be hired to help us reach our acedemic goals.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2007

Education and discipline is very poor. They focus on dress more than academics. Unruly classrooms and new superintendent is terrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2006

I was a teacher in the high school and a parent so 4 children who graduated from AHS. As a parent, I was usually pleased with the academics received and the level of concern for my children. As a teacher, I was very pleased with the level of academics required to deliver. I currently teach in Florida, and looking back the grass was greener at AHS. My children are pleased to have been part of the academic, sports and music world. They were part of award winning programs and have positive memories. In the small school environment and community, they always felt safe, were given opportunities that may not have been given in a larger school/town, and have a high self esteem to carry forward. As for admin, I served under a principal who truly cared for the kids, and showed his emotions freely, with out embarrassment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 30, 2005

The school is fair. I would rate it as a C-. The one teacher I met explained why she was sending her child to NMMI for a good education. My child never felt safe and always felt threatened by the thugs. The 4 by 4 block kills those transferring to and from the district. Why they did this new schedule in a military town is beyond me. Not a good learning environment for those who desire to succeed and excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2005

As a teacher at the high school, let me assure you that athletics among the staff is not the priority. That is an unfortunate exaggeration. The kids at this school are probably the best in the state - as a whole. This is the first large school in new mexico...since i have been teaching, that is not gang run. The students that i have in my classes are well behaved and enjoy learning. It is a great place to teach...i do agree that a more communicative and courageous administration is needed - as a rule - the teaching staff keeps the school going and they take great pride in teaching. They do a great job! It is an honor to be a part of the staff! You won't find a better school in new mexico for child safety...high security...and academic achievement.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 16, 2005

From what I have seen so far, AHS is an 'OK' but not the best school for my child to be attending. Compared to other schools, this school does rank to be better than most others in the academic field. However, like most of the other reviews, the faculty and staff seem to be paying more attention to sports activities than anything else. I feel the faculty should focus more on other things as well, including music, arts, as well as club programs, which the school totally lacks. I do enjoy seeing that the crime-rate is at a minimum at this school, but that doesn't mean I see fights now and then. By the way, I have no idea who the principle is...? --concerned
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

With the new 4 by 4 scheduling, the arts, music, sports and ROTC are really suffering. Also it doesn't allow students to explore extra activities like languages or arts programs. THey must only take their core classes, I think the students really don't have an opportunity to grow with other opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

The school provides a good selection of courses for its students but fails to provide good counseling advice for new students or ongoing ones. Teachers are excellent primarily the English and Math, good departments, gifted program is not up to par, it doesn't provide much to these gifted kids and could be improved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2005

The art programs at this school are far better than I have seen at other schools,their are so many people here to help and give you techniques to improve!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2005

The music program at the High School boosted my attitude on acamedics. Since I have been in Orchestra, my grades have improved some. But the school officials seem like they dont support any of the music programs at the High School at times.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
37%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 40% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students34%
Female35%
Male33%
African American9%
Asian71%
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female53%
Male37%
African American23%
Asian71%
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students52%
Female47%
Male56%
African American23%
Asian25%
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female76%
Male64%
African American48%
Asian58%
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female53%
Male65%
African American29%
Asian42%
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2011.

399 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

399 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2011.

398 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
41%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 47% in 2011.

398 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students42%
Female43%
Male41%
African American36%
Asian55%
Hispanic30%
Native American36%
White51%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female71%
Male50%
African American52%
Asian55%
Hispanic51%
Native American46%
White69%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students52%
Female49%
Male54%
African American36%
Asian55%
Hispanic40%
Native American46%
White62%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students56%
Female56%
Male55%
African American52%
Asian55%
Hispanic42%
Native American64%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 26%
Hispanic 26% 59%
Black 8% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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103 Cuba Ave
Alamogordo, NM 88310
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Phone: (505) 439-3270

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