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9-12
Public charter
Sandia Park, NM
Students enrolled: 380
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P.O. Box 340
Sandia Park, NM 87047

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(505) 281-7400
(505) 281-4173
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September 29, 2014
Excellent academically. There are wonderful connections between the teachers and the students, and every staff member makes us feel at home. I love this school because we are very open-minded, we give back to the community, and we are a family.

- submitted by a student
October 30, 2013
My daughter entered this school in her senior year, and is having a very good experience. Her teachers are kind and dedicated, the assistant Principal, Ms. Millea is a wonder ... We recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
My daughter is a freshman this year and she truly enjoys going to school at East Mountain High! I love the fact that there are smaller classes, the teachers are active in what the kids do, and the small community feel overall of the area is fantastic! We are very pleased with E.Mountain HS and are so thankful that our daughter made the lottery and was able to attend the school!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
I homeschooled my students before we found this high school. Academics is promoted here and there are a lot of activities. I especially like the golf team that gets to practice at Paako! I also like the speech and debate team because they have a great team. I'm happy with almost every part of this high school. I wouldn't sent my kids to Manzano.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
EMHS is a college prep school with 4 classes per semester. The students have an Advocacy period every day where they can ask their Advocate questions about anything. The Advocacy time is also constructively being used this year to study for the PSAT and ACT. I love that they're doing that! Students are constantly being given information about colleges that are presenting information sessions in the region. "College" is in the air at EMHS, which is why I send my student there!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
This is the answer to high school woes. The school has so many activities, interesting classes, and great teachers that our student has been very happy there. The school guidance counselors really care about the kids' emotional and physical safety. Every student is assigned an advocate their freshman year who stays with the student throughout the rest of high school. The students can ask this advocate ANYTHING and she will answer. During "Advocacy" every day, the students meet with their advocate. Prior to the PSAT and ACT, the time was used to study for the tests. Loved that! Also, we love the 4 class block system that most colleges use. Since this is a college prep high school, all college information is given out constantly. From FAFSA to visiting colleges every angle is covered. I also like that the school embraces diversity. Gay and lesbian students can feel at home here. Also, students of all races and religions are accepted. NO bullying is tolerated; as soon as a student reports something amiss it is taken care of. This is very important to our family. We want our children to be NICE people, even in high school!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
I am very pleased to have my child attend East Mountain School. I love the fact that it is a small school. The teachers are all very caring and proactive with any concerns that may arise. I also like the fact that there is plenty of opportunity for tutoring. There is also a high expectation for every child to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
Great charter high school that is focused on preparing students for college. Rated one of the best schools in NM due to demonstrated student outcomes, community involvement and family commitment. Recent visits from NM PED to learn more about how this school has beat the odds by delivering a high quality education to students while receiving less money per student than APS schools. The school puts its money where its goals are and spends money on the things that matter most. Very basic buildings, nothing fancy or frills- simply focus on education and the extra cirricular activities that drive results. I have two kids (senior and a junior) that attend this school- they love it and would not change if asked to do so. We are in the college search process with our senior and feel he is very well prepared to master college.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
great school. best teachers ever they really know their stuff and the campus is really nice and it is a great in the community.

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2013
EMHS has lived up to its fantastic reputation with our Freshman so far this year. The teachers are very supportive and the curriculum is advanced and thorough. I have no doubts my child will enjoy the next 4 years and be completely prepared for college. 2 hours of homework almost every night, but she feels challenged for the first time in a long time.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
This school is great because it focuses on the whole curriculum and is very concerned about each child and what they will do after high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
This is the fifth year at EMHS for our family. I already see our youngest being challenged as he has never been before. You hear so much about what a huge adjustment college is for many high school students, but our UNM freshman says it's business as usual. EMHS did such a great job of preparing him. I think there's a unique opportunity for each student to shine. I have been impressed with willingness of the staff at EMHS to go the extra mile for the kids. I would wholeheartedly recommend EMHS to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
This is a review of East Mountain High School (EMHS) in Sandia Park, New Mexico. This is simply the best college prep school in New Mexico hands-down. EMHS is a (tuition free) charter school with heavy emphasis on academics, offering several dual-credit (college/high school credit) right on campus. EMHS's science program has taken students to the Czech Republic to teach robotics to high schoolers and was recently awarded a $19,000 grant for robotics. The Speech and Debate Team is nationally ranked and has competed at Harvard and will go to Berkeley in 2014. EMHS promotes diversity in all of its classes and extra-curricular activities. Students are motivated to succeed and given the tools to do so through excellent teaching and exceptional resources. The staff and teachers are extremely high quality and the parents are heavily involved in all aspects of the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
The school has been a wonderfull help to our daughter. We love it. The small student body and student/staff ratio is a huge positive for us.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
We love having our daughter attend East Mountain High School because of the college focus and all the opportunities for dual-credit. We are a small community working together for the benefit of our students.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
this school is a perfect fit for my musical, involved honor student--we love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
EMHS is a great school. The cross country team rocks.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
East Mountain is one of the best high schools out there! They work so hard to ensure our children have the most opportunites to achieve greatness!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2010
I love East Mountain High because of the small size and the expectation for each student to do their best. The kids are able to do really cool discovery projects at the end of the year as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2010
East Mountain High was a great school for my son I belive that the small class help the students learn better bscause the can have more one on one with the teacher and the staff really make it feel like a family they are here there for the kids I love it so much that I am going to sign my daughter up and hope that she gets in.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
Strong academics, small class sizes, teachers are very supportive of the kids

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2010
Focus is on the students and preparing them for life. Community and family involvement is a big part of the program.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
I think our kids at East Mountain Get the personal attention to help them prepare for collage. EMHS is geared toward a college prep school. The teachers are wonderful, and The arts and music programs are Great too!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
I love East Mountain High School because my grandson is doing so well there and enjoys going there so very much.

- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2010
Teachers are great at motivating and encouraging students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2010
Extremely student-focused and committed to providing the best academic education they possibly can!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
East Mountain High is a wonderful school with caring teachers and administrative staff. They think outside the box and encourage multi-dimentional thinking and creativity. There is a small school feet to the community at the school with good rapport among the students. These enviroments create a great learning situation for all the students to thrive from.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2010
Parent student involvement

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2010
Excellent curriculum, small class size and advanced learning.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2010
At EMHS all the teachers, and staff members can call almost every student by name. Everyone is so friendly. Its more like a family gathering then going to school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 03, 2010
All of the kids get to participate in academic and athletic programs. Its located in one of the most beautiful places in New Mexico

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2010
The people there are all so nice and saportive of each other. It is a grate learning inviernment

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 03, 2010
EMHS is an exemplary college-preparatory, charter high school with some of the highest test scores in the state of New Mexico.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2010
small class size, emphasis on college preparation

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2010
Strong community support and interaction

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2010
I believe our school is Great because she is getting good academics and good interactiion with teachers and students! Most important a safe and beautiful environment small class and 100 percent college preparation!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2010
It's provided me with a excellent education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 03, 2010
Its in a beautiful setting in the mountains.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2010
I love the small classes and the care the teachers show to the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
Wonderful enviroment, challenging course load, friendly people

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 01, 2010
I love the Discovery projects and they have some of the best teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
Best high school in the state!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 28, 2010
The teachers really care about the progress and well being of students.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
Dedicated teachers, staff and volunteers working together to help each student achieves their maximum potential not only in high school but in their future endeavors.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 26, 2010
Love the small school atmosphere, the low student to teacher ratio and the preparation for college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2010
I love that the teachers are enthusiastic and innovative in their approach to teaching. They have a genuine intrest in each student as individuals.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2010
The school is focused on academics. The students WILL have homework. The students are encouraged to go to college.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
Curriculum is great and my son (the student) really likes it

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2010
As a former student, I appreciated the close-knit community that was the result of East Mountains small classes and excellent teachers!

- submitted by a community member
September 25, 2010
Caring teachers, fantastic administration, personalized instruction, great opportunities for the students

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2010
EMHS has a better academic program

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2010
I love East Mountain High because of the personal attention each student is able to receive, both academically and socially. The staff are committed to making sure each student reaches their full potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2010
I love East Mountain because it is focused on college and making sure the kids have what they need to reach their full potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
East Mountain High School has a wonderful curriculum and prepares students for college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
The staff is very committed to preparing the students for college and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
My granddaughter attends and loves everything about it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
East Mountain is a terrific educational school. They actually care about the students and their future. I consider my daughter extremely fortunate to be able to attend this school. Everything they do is geared toward a students successful future. Thank you for the opportunity to raise funds for this excellent school!-Sharon

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
They are very good in dealing with students and help my children prepare for college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
When we moved here from VA 2 years ago, EMHS was my 1st & only choice for my daughter to attend in this area. It was this school or we wouldn't live in the East Mtns. I appreciate how caring, competent & dedicated the teachers & staff are to the students and their families. The block schedule & ACT prep. are some of the many pros of preparing them for college. Go Timberwolves!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
Small classes, caring teachers who give individual attention, emphasis on preparing students for college, projects that teach students to give oral presentations, hands-on learning.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2010
We love the close knit unity, and understood discipline that EMHS offers. Our son is enjoying the interaction between both his peers and teachers. We see respect, and truly appreciate this gift, esp in today's society. We like that our child is entrusted to a staff that really cares about the child as a whole. We truly believe that he is receiving a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
Because it is smaller than regular High Schools, and EMHS is a college prep school, where all the teachers take an interest in the students. This school has excellent extra-curricular activites and programs.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
small class size, block scheduling, individualized attention.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
Educating many East Mountain young adults to go out and do something great!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2010
It's small. Students are real people not just a number or statistic. The community is part of the school familymand takes an active interest in and gives active support to the school. Teacher to student ratios are very good and one-on-one help is always available. It has a country setting that is tranquil and conducive to learning. EMHS has a great group of truely concerned educators who work cooperatively amongst themselves to give the kids every opportunity to succeed in their high school career. Giving them the best possible chance to suceed in college and beyond. There are very positive vibes all around this campus.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
They have very dedicated teachers and staff.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2010
the great community support and alternative school projects

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
My daughter has excelled there academically. They have helped her with college choices, scholarships, and general growing up to be a wonderful person.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
It has high standards and expect student to achieve their goals.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2010
I have two kids who graduated from East Mt. It's a great small school , small town atmosphere, yet still offers sports programs and really prepares the kids for college. I don't think my kids would be as successful as they are in college if it weren't for East Mt.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
MY DAUGHTER IS THE PROOF. Wow I can't even begin to explain, I do know that as a parent I would have never thought I would have been blessed with such a caring high school enviroment. From the staff to the students. These teachers really want these students to succeed. You don't find that at most of the public High schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
It's a wonderful environment and the teachers LOVE to teach. They're teaching these kids skills beyond just high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
I attended East Mountain High School for 4 years and can say with the utmost certainty that I would not have received a better high school education anywhere else in New Mexico. Senior classes were especially useful in preparing me for college and the smaller classes made for a much more personal experience.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2010
My daughter goes there and they are a great school

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
it is small, it has and enforces a good code of conduct, most of the teachers are wonderful and devoted to the students and it is solid academically

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
EMHS is a great school in many ways. They're dedicated to preparing the kids for the future. Teachers and staff are caring and concerned about the overall well being of the kids. The kids are very kind and supportive of each other

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
East Mountain High School is an amazing charter school and a fantastic place to work!!

- submitted by a teacher
September 21, 2010
I like the interest the staff has in the students. I also like the block schedule. My child does better with the longer class times and less subjects per semester.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
it is a school that cares that I succeed beyond high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
East Mountain High School gives students the opportunity to pursue their interests in a small-classroom setting that promotes academic excellence and achievement! It is an accepting & welcoming environmeny, and amazing for college prep!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2010
One of the top schools in NM. They have very innovative ways to get kids to learn.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Very educational oriented - scholastics is #1

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
I have hired my best emplyees from this school through the years! They produce kids with good work ethics- as well as parents who support them.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
East Mountain High School is a small, local, college prep charter school. What makes it special is the great teachers and staff that really care about the kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
The students receive a great education.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Small student body, Family atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
My children have gotten an outstanding education at East Mountain High School. I am pleased with the administrators, staff and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Great school & staff dedicated to every student.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2010
I love EMHS because of its focus on academics and colege prep!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 21, 2010
Love the small school atmosphere and the college prep curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
East Mountain High gives its students the foundation for college.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2010
East Mountain High School is a school with students who care about their education. The families of students care about their students' successes. The staff works to make EMHS an enriching environment for students. The size of the student population is small enough for a decent student-teacher ratio that provides opportunities for students to learn in smaller classes. The school also provides flexibility for my daughter to student in non-traditional ways. For example, she's taking a Japanese class online through another institution but works in a structured study hall to complete the course. This is an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
EMHS has high expectations for every student and for every teacher. The teachers aren't just going through the motions.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2010
As a parent, I appreciated not only the focus on academics but on leadership, life skills, and creative learning. The low student to teacher ratio makes for a more personal experience, no falling through the cracks. Seniors (and parents)are aided a great deal with the daunting task of applying for scholarships and college. EMHS is community oriented and is located in a beautiful mountain setting.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
I believe that East Mountain High School is the best High School in New Mexico mostly because of the highly motivated and involved teachers and parents. Teachers at East Mountain are dedicated to their students and see to it that each student succeeds to the best of their abilities. East Mountain students have incredible test scores, volunteer to make a difference in their community, and more importantly the students are happy, confident and proud of what they've accomplished throughout their high school years. I had three students graduate from East Mountain and I am very proud of the people they turned out to be and I have East Mountain High School to thank for that.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
The education is wonderful. The teacher and staff are fantastic. The parents are involved. The students are hard working. I love this school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Small class sizes and committed teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
East Mountain High School offers a broad range of education topics, activities and special interests. The teachers are interested and engaged with the kids and work effectively to help them succeed in their subjects.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
They really care about our students. The teachers are great and spend extra time with the students when needed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
I was a founder. My son graduated from this school as it's first Valedictorian. I love the inquiry-based, Socratic approach to education in a small-school environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
East Mountain High is a small school with a solid academic bent. While their sporting and music offerings are sparce, they provide their students with many academic opportunities that I don't see students getting in other schools. Each year they work on an inquiry project which they then present and defend before their peers. This is a challenging project that, yes, causes a lot of stress, but it prepares them for college as well as life. They also get the opportunity to participate in an organized "discovery" project at the end of each year. There are several projects offered by the school or they can propose their own. My students have participated in both kinds and when they are done right it is a learning experience that they can't get in a classroom.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2010
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April 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 23, 2007
The school has great teacher/student ratio and the teachers care about the students. Parent involvement is required and there is a variety of extracurricular activities available.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2007
Good academics, the teachers are mostly very fair and teach well, although they frequently are changing staff every year. The science program is great with Mr. Shulke's leadership. The Sports program is excelling very high in softball and soccer and improving in basketball and baseball. Parents are encouraged always to help and get involved and you are updated on your childs grades and actions always through the website. The graduating GPA average is around 3.0, and the small community is really a great enviorment.

- submitted by a former student
June 07, 2005
This school is awesome! Excellent teachers, administrators, students! The best HS in the state. My child just graduated, with honors.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
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East Mountain High School
P.O. Box 340, Sandia Park, NM  87047
(505) 281-7400
Last modified East Mountain High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
East Mountain High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 107 reviews. Top