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Albuquerque, NM
Students enrolled: 1,875

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1510 Ellison Dr NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114

(505) 880-3744
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June 15, 2015
As a mom to upcoming freshman who will be attending Cibola High School coming up in this Fall 2015 and I won't let any negative ratings affect with the decisions. I prefer to see it with my own eyes regarding with the educations. If there is any problems, then it can request a transfer to another high school.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2015
Worst school ever. The school is more focused on testing, testing and testing the children to death and not teaching the materials. Good teachers are few and far between. My son went from being an honors student to failing at this school. Very teacher orientated rather than student orientated.

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November 27, 2013
In three states and four high schools, Cibola was by far the very worst high school our child ever attended. To say that the teachers are centered around themselves rather than the students is an understatement. It is a school of the teachers, by the teachers, and for the teachers. Your student's education is far down on the list of school priorities. In fact, several teachers actually have a vested interest in your child failing. We could get absolutely no help for our child and ultimately pulled our child from the school. If you need a great high school near Albuquerque, move to Rio Rancho and attend Rio Rancho High School! Cibola is just another inner-city concrete prison, with the least caring administration we have ever encountered. If you send your child there, you do so at the risk of your child's education. If we could give this school and its teachers zero stars, we would.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013
Terrible school. Other comment is correct...very teacher centered, rather than student centered. If you go to the staff with a concern, you will be made to feel like YOU are the one with the problem. Principal is rude. This school is overcrowded and the kids aren't welcoming to newcomers.

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December 22, 2012
Priorities are wrong...it is teacher centered rather than student centered. If your child has a learning disability or needs special help...don't expect much support.

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no rating
July 21, 2009
Ny daughter graduated in 2008 and has gone on to be very successful in college. The teachers gave her every opportunity to advance and excell, but they also made her responsible for her own learning. What better way to help her succeed in@a the real world. Cibola Rocks!

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July 17, 2009
I went to Cibola all four years of high school and just graduated in 2008. Yes it does have its share of problems but it is was of the best schools you can go to. Most of the teachers care about their students, My senior year is the year that changed my life. My teachers helped me get my career started as a student teacher coming this fall. I hated school for the longest time but its because of my teachers that I stayed in school. I would pick Cibola for my kids to go to and I think you wont be disappointed.

- submitted by a student

October 12, 2008
I attended Cibola High School, and even though I took honors and advanced classes I was still behind in many things when I attended college. The teachers do not focus on the things actually needed for college and later in life.

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2008
This school provides your child with a great mix between school and sports. While it is large in numbers the opening of Valcano Vista should rduce the size of Cibola tremendously

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September 21, 2007
Cibola high school is a marvelous school. It is very large in numbers but makes up for it with its wonderful teachers and administration. The school spirit is very high great location!!!!!!!!!!!

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no rating
September 10, 2007
Cibola is the best High school in Albuquerque. The principle is Amazing adnd the school sets the standards in every area.

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no rating
September 09, 2007
Cibola is a amazing school with teachers who care and kids who are great. Test scores are great and dropout rate very low the best in NM

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December 01, 2006
Cibola High School has been a terrible experience for my daughter. It is so overcrowded that even if you do find a good teacher, they do not have time to care about the students or their future. My daugher (previasly a happy straight A student) was miserable and was ready to quit school all together. After many attempts to try to communicate with the teachers, I finally decided to pull my daughter out of this school. It was the best thing I could have done for her. She is now happy and doing very well in a much smaller school with teachers who really care.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2006
I've had two children at Cibola (so far), one recently graduated,and one is a Junior.Cibola is the largest HS in the state and yes,there are issues with overcrowding.Hopefully that will be alleviated when the new NW high school opens in two years. As in any school, there are mediocre teachers, incredible teachers who genuinely care about students,and unfortunately, teachers who don't like kids and make no bones about it.I've dealt with them all,admired some tremendously and butted heads painfully with others. Overall, I truly believe Cibola is trying, and generally succeeding..their scores are among the highest in the state,their drop out rate among the lowest. Its not a private school..if your child needs one on one you might think of a different school. But life is about figuring out systems, isn't it? Might as well start in high school.

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2006
Cibola is an awefull school. Its overcrowded with well over 3,300 students and the teachers don't help the students learn. I do not reccomend this school at all. My daughter goes there and is so unhappy. I wish the school would do something to help the students out, as they are paid to do.

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February 04, 2005
My two sons graduated from Cibola High School in 1999 and 2002. Our sons, my husband and I had an absolutely wonderful experience at CHS. From the administration to the teachers to the remainder of the staff, we found our experiences with everyone extremely rewarding. As it certainly takes a village to raise a child, we as parents can't take full credit for the success of our children. I feel confident in saying that everyone at CHS provided numerous positive contributions to helping raise them to be the fine young men they are today. I am so proud to be associated with Cibola HS. We still enjoy lasting realtionships with many of the dedicated staff and coaches. I tell people all the time that Cibola High School is APS's best kept secret! We were active in our childrens' education from K on, and Cibola and the staff are simply the BEST!

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2005
The 2004 JV football team was the best I've ever witnessed in my 28 years of head coaching. Go cougars!

- submitted by a student

July 21, 2004
This school is so overcrowded that the kids get shuffled through the system. The counselors are assigned 500 kids each! Forget any help getting into college or even getting the kids up to speed on when ACT/SAT tests are offered. I went to teacher conferences where the teacher wanted to know why I was there (after all my kid had higher than a 'C' average and wasn't in trouble). Administration wants no parental input. It's all up to parents to help the kids figure it out...

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2004
The school has good teachers, but they seem not to care about the students, they all seem to be numbers. My student was a straight 'A' student, but not because she went to the teacher or counselors, she did it because she had her parents.

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March 29, 2004
It was a good school for my child, even though he was there for a little while.

- submitted by a student

February 23, 2004
I'm actually a parent volunteer at Cibola and feel there is a lot going for the school. Our Principal, Grace Brown, has been instrumental in adding AP classes which will help students as they apply for college. We also have a small core of parents (could be larger though) who are working for the betterment of the school. Cibola is a model of good communication between parents and the school. They provide a newsletter (mailed home), a parent e-mail list, and parent/teacher conferences (almost unheard of at the high school level). The number of students attending is a negative (CHS is the largest in the state--and is overcrowded), but that is because the city of Albuquerque has allowed west side city sprawl without providing infrastructure to support it (i.e. too many kids, not enough schools!). I've loved the counselors (gifted) my son has worked with. They've helped tremendously as he prepares to apply to colleges. Our sports teams are usually in the hunt for state championships which helps with school spirit. There are always things schools can do to improve; I feel the administration is working to make such improvements at Cibola.

- submitted by a parent

January 05, 2004
Cibola has become very overcrowded. There are sometimes up to 40+ kids to a class room. If you need to transfer your child out of a class, you can just forget it, the administration won't budge. My son hated Cibola even though the teachers and counselors were not too bad. They were always willing to meet with me. My son was eventually pulled out of this school and placed in a charter school(SW learning center) which he is doing very well and absolutely loves! I would not recommend Cibola to anyone.

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Cibola High School
1510 Ellison Dr NW, Albuquerque, NM  87114
(505) 880-3744
Last modified Cibola High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cibola High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top