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East Mountain High School

Charter | 9-12 | 380 students

East Mountain High School is best known for college preparatory academics.

 
 
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5 stars

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2013:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 10, 2010

this school is a perfect fit for my musical, involved honor student--we love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

EMHS is a great school. The cross country team rocks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 6, 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 40% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%
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 Students51%
Female45%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female73%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged65%
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 Students72%
Female75%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female88%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students62%
Female60%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged67%
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.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
58%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
66%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 26%
Hispanic 17% 59%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 10%
Black 0% 2%
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 17%N/A68%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Roosevelt Middle School
Edgewood Middle School
Prince of Peace Lutheran School / Homeschool
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 15% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 75% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 5% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of New Mexico
Out of State Schools
Other New Mexico Universities
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • U.S. News & World Report Bronze Star School (2014)
  • U.S. News & World Report Bronze Star School (2013)
  • Newsweek Best High Schools (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:35 pm
School Leader's name
  • Monique Siedschlag
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (505) 281-4173

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Dual Credit
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Vista Grande Community Center
  • Central NM Community College
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Debate
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Gardening
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Roosevelt Middle School
Edgewood Middle School
Prince of Peace Lutheran School / Homeschool

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of New Mexico
Out of State Schools
Other New Mexico Universities
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 15%
4 year college - 75%
Military - 5%
Workforce - 5%
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P.O. Box 340
Sandia Park, NM 87047
Website: Click here
Phone: (505) 281-7400

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