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eCADEMY High School - ConnectED, Independent Program and Hybrid/BlendED Learning Studio  


Eastside Campus
5300 Cutler NE, Albuquerque, NM  87110
505-247-4209

Westside Campus
6440 Western Trails NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120
505-247-4209

A Journey Individually CraftED

VISION: eCADEMY High School is a premier alternative high school offering quality education to meet the learning needs of a diverse student population while adhering to standards of excellence.

MISSION: eCADEMY celebrates diversity by providing a strong foundation for all students preparing to enter the workforce or continue their education in an ever-advancing, connected and technological world.eCADEMY High School is an APS magnet school of choice, offering four different programs to meet individual student needs, both in-person and online. eCademy High School supports students grades 9-12 in completing coursework that meets New Mexico high school graduation requirements. See below for descriptions of each program:

Part-Time/ConnectED (Concurrent) Program Features: All of the courses at eCademy High School are offered online using Edgenuity. Teachers are available onsite at each traditional high school for students needing additional help during 6th and 7th periods. Courses can be taken as credit recovery, credit enhancement or credit advancement with priority given to seniors.

Students enroll through their counselor at their high school in up to 2 classes at a time. There is a non-refundable registration fee of $25 per semester if the student takes the class outside of the school day. Students may be enrolled in eCademy lab during their school day at their home high school and will not be charged the $25 fee.

Full-Time — Face-to-Face/eCademy Program Features: eCademy High School provides a full-time, blended, online and face-to-face learning components in which students attend four days a week working on collaborative, inquiry-based learning projects. This program requires students to attend face-to-face, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Monday through Thursday for elective classes. Students are required to complete core classes using Edgenuity online to fulfill graduation requirements. There are no fees for this program.

Full-Time/Independent Program Features: eCademy High School provides a full-time online learning option for students and families who need more flexibility in their educational schedule. All courses, core and elective, are taught through Edgenuity. Students complete their courses asynchronously, with support from qualified teachers in each subject. There is a $25 fee for the school year to attend the Independent program.

eCADEMY High School will enroll out-of-district transfer students that reside in the greater Albuquerque Metro Area as defined below if space is available.

  • Rio Rancho
  • Los Lunas
  • Belen
  • Edgewood
  • Moriarty
  • To'hajiilee
  • Pueblo communities in the greater Metro area

Full-Time/TradeED Program Features: eCademy High School provides a program in partnership with CNM utilizing the Dual Enrollment opportunity with APS called TradeEd. Students will have the ability to earn certifications in on of these four major areas:

  • Automotive (3 CNM terms to complete)
  • Welding (3 CNM terms to complete)
  • Electrical (3 CNM terms to complete)
  • Carpentry/Construction (2 CNM terms to complete)

For more information please visit us at ecademy.aps.edu or call 505-247-4209

Grading Policies

Full-Time Students

Grades are posted on a student's permanent record (transcript) every quarter or within a 9 week grading period. Progress grades are updated regularly in StudentVUE/ParentVUE. The Cumulative Exam may count for no more than 15% of the final semester grade. For the most up to date progress grades in online classes check Imagine Edgenuity

ConnectED Students

Grades are posted on a student’s permanent record (transcript) at the end of the semester. Progress grades are submitted at the quarter or within the 9 week grading period. Progress grades are also updated regularly in StudentVUE/ParentVUE. The Cumulative Exam may count for no more than 15% of the final semester grade. For the most up to date progress grades in online classes check Imagine Edgenuity

Percentage — Letter Grade

90% - 100% — A

80% - 89% — B

70% - 79% — C

60% - 69% — D

0% - 59% — F

Credits are granted with passing grades: A, B, C, or D. Credit is not granted for grades of “F”, “I” (Incomplete) or “W/F” (withdrawal with the grade of F).  Course work must be completed by the end of the semester following the semester in which the “I” (Incomplete) is posted. If a grade is not assigned for the Incomplete within the next semester, a grade of F will be assigned. If a course is repeated, the higher grade will be recorded and computed in the student’s grade point average (GPA); however, the initial/original grade remains on the transcript.  Duplicate credit will not be granted for a course that is repeated. 

Dual credit (courses taken at Central New Mexico Community College/University of New Mexico/Institute of American Indian Arts or SIPI) grades are included on the transcript and calculated in the GPA.  It is a state requirement that dual credit grades be posted on the high school transcript. 

Transcripts

APS uses Parchment to send official and unofficial copies of transcripts.  For information about processing transcripts, or go directly to parchment.com to create a profile.

Official transcripts will be sent electronically, securely and confidentially to the colleges, universities or organizations you designate. Students can track the status of their request online and immediately see if it is "Pending," "Sent" or "Delivered.”  Official transcripts are primarily for college applications, scholarships, employers and the military.  Currently enrolled students can request unofficial transcripts from Parchment for personal use. Unofficial transcripts can be useful information in educational planning and can also be found by going to ParentVUE/StudentVUE, click on Course History tab.

Graduation Information

To earn a diploma, graduates require a 25 Credit Plan 

Course — Credits Required

English — 4.0

Mathematics — 4.0

Laboratory Science (See science section) — 3.0

United States — 1.0

World History & Geography — 1.0

Government — 0.5

Economics — 0.5

New Mexico History — 0.5

Health — 0.5

Physical Education — 1.0

Electives* — 9.0

Total — 25.0

*Students must successfully complete:

  • one credit of an Advanced Placement or honors or dual credit or distance learning course
  • one unit of a career cluster course or workplace readiness course, or a language other than English. (Most colleges and universities require 2-4 credits of the same modern, classical, or native language.)

Dual Credit (Courses taken at CNM, UNM, SIPI or IAIA) 

Dual Credit is one of the options for meeting a state graduation requirement.  Dual credit provides students with the opportunity to experience a college course and earn both college and high school credit. 

The Dual Credit Program at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit and, at the same time, high school credit. The University of New Mexico (UNM), Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) offer the same dual enrollment advantages to qualified juniors and seniors.  Students must be officially enrolled in APS at least half-time to qualify for dual credit enrollment.  APS pays for most required textbooks (which MUST be returned to the high school bookroom upon completion of the course). 

Not all CNM, UNM, SIPI, and IAIA courses qualify as dual credit courses. Check with your Professional School Counselor or College and Career Readiness Counselor. Remedial and non-APS approved courses are not tuition-free, textbooks are not provided for these classes, and they do not count for dual credit.  

For more information about Dual Credit: 

 

Honors and Advanced Placement Contract

The Honors and Advanced Placement Program is the most academically challenging curriculum that our district offers. These courses are available to all students. Honors courses in the freshman and sophomore years prepare students for Advanced Placement (AP) classes, most of which are offered at the junior and senior levels. AP courses are based on guidelines from the College Board and have been approved by the College Board.  These courses expose students to college-level curriculum, emphasize critical thinking skills, and provide preparation for the Advanced Placement examination. Students who earn a qualifying AP score on the Advanced Placement examination may earn college credit (credit varies among colleges). Advanced Placement examinations require separate registration in the fall and are administered in May of each year.  Taking the Advanced Placement examination is highly recommended.  

Most AP courses require an average of 1-2 hours of homework every night. Students should carefully consider their overall academic load when making course selections. All Honors and Advanced Placement courses will be awarded a weighted grade.  An extra .025 will be added to the cumulative GPA for each semester of an Honors or Advanced Placement class successfully completed. 

The following steps will assist students in making appropriate course selection:

  1. Read about the course description  in the course catalog
  2. Talk with your current teachers and get their recommendation.
  3. Talk with Honors and AP teachers about their course, course requirements, and work expectations. 
  4. Consider next year’s work load, extra-curricular activities, and family obligations.
  5. Review the College Board information about the Advanced Placement Courses.
  6. Please contact the help desk at ecademyhelpdesk@aps.edu if you have questions.

The Next Step Plan

Completion and annual revision of a Next Step Plan (NSP) is a New Mexico Public Education Department graduation requirement. The purpose of the Next Step Plan is to involve pertinent people in each student’s life (i.e., parent(s)/guardian(s), school counselor, school advisor, and others as appropriate) who work collaboratively with the student in developing goals and plans that prepare the student for a prospective career and personal future. The NSP is a living, working document, reviewed and updated annually, culminating during the 12th-grade year in a transition plan for a post-secondary or career-related future.

Grade Level Classification

Students must earn a set number of credits before they are classified at the next grade level. The following table illustrates the number of credits required for classification at each grade level.

To Be Classified — Credits Needed:

9th Grade — < 6

10th Grade — 6

11th Grade —13

12th Grade — 19

Graduate Grade — 25

Every semester, the district reclassifies or promotes students who have not earned/earned enough credits to move to the next grade.

Waivers of PE Graduation Requirement for Marching Band and J.R.O.T.C.

Students completing two years of JROTC or two consecutive fall semesters of Marching Band may apply for a waiver for PE. All eighth-grade students who wish to fulfill the Physical Education graduation requirement through Band or ROTC will need to obtain and sign the “PE Graduation Requirement Waiver for Marching Band and JROTC” form no later than the first week of May during their eighth-grade year. If a student chooses to participate in PE at the time of pre-registration and later decides to waive the PE credit, the student and parent will need to schedule an appointment with their counselor within the first ten days of the school year to fill out the form and obtain a schedule change. Students will be scheduled into elective classes based on availability. If a student decides to withdraw from the Band or JROTC program before the completion of two years, they will need to arrange to take PE prior to graduation.

Early Graduates

Students who wish to graduate before their graduating class should be aware of the following requirements:

  1. Students must declare their plans to their school counselor during the period of time between the beginning of their sophomore year and before the start of the second semester of their junior year.
  2. Students must enroll in senior classes (English 12, a fourth math course, government and economics) during their graduating (3rd) year. Failure to do so will jeopardize their plans for early graduation. Core courses within the same content area cannot be taken concurrently.
  3. Early graduates must take all high school assessments, as required by the Public Education Department, to earn a diploma. Early graduates will be classified as juniors until the diploma is granted.
  4. Students completing graduation requirements at mid-year may participate in the spring commencement and receive their diplomas at that time. Diplomas are not issued mid-year.

Class Ranking

After grade point averages (GPAs) are calculated for all students, the students in each graduating class are ranked in order and assigned their class rank. The student with the highest GPA in a class is ranked number one in the class, the student with the next highest GPA is ranked number two, and so on. Students with the same GPA receive the same rank. The preliminary ranking for seniors is usually available shortly after October 1st. The official ranking occurs after the 8th semester. If you are applying for early college admission, simply indicate that official ranking will be available at a later date.

Diplomas

Your legal name should appear on your school records and your diploma.  If your name is incorrect or misspelled in StudentVue, please notify the registrar.  Diplomas are ordered at the end of the first semester of the senior year. Students are responsible for verifying that their names are correct in StudentVue prior to ordering. 

Testing Information

To graduate from a New Mexico public high school, students must meet both coursework and assessment requirements. Currently, New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) establishes the standards-based assessment in mathematics, language arts, and science as the primary demonstration of competency for graduation. 

Students who do not demonstrate competency through the primary assessment requirements, may demonstrate postsecondary and/or workforce readiness from a menu of options provided by the NM Public Education Department or district designated demonstrations. 

For the most complete and up-to-date information on Assessment and Graduation requirements, please visit the APS Assessment website

ACCESS: If your child is learning English, he/she will take the ACCESS test once a year, which takes about an hour. This assessment is required by the federal government and is used to determine your child's progress in English.

Other Assessments

All students are expected to participate in Final Exams for each course. The final examination may count for no more than 15% of the final semester grade. Other assessments of scholastic aptitude and vocational interests are available through the counseling office.

Special Education IEP/504

Students with an IEP or who have a 504 Accommodations Plan have many testing accommodations available to them. Graduation requirements, including passing scores on the exit exams, may vary for students with an Individualized Education Plan. Contact our school’s Special Education Department or 504 Department Chair for more information. Parents and teachers should discuss what is best for each student.

College Information

Admission requirements vary widely among colleges and universities; consequently, students and their parents are urged to research entrance requirements for specific institutions. For example, some universities require a fine arts credit for admission; some colleges and universities calculate grade point average (GPA) for core courses only. School counselors are helpful in providing college information. Students and parents are encouraged to visit the Counselor's College Information webpage on the school website for more information.

College Preparation and Advancement Opportunities

Students should obtain information from their prospective college to determine whether the school participates in and awards credit through the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. Professional School Counselors and College and Career Readiness Counselors have more information on both programs. 

Many colleges and universities participate in the College Board Advanced Placement Program.  The program grants advanced standing in courses and credit for college courses through AP examinations administered at our school in May of each year. Students may receive Advanced Placement Credit from a participating college or university based on their examination performance.  

New Mexico Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships

Several state Grants and Scholarships are available to New Mexico residents to help pay for college. Unlike loans, grants and scholarships do not need to be repaid. However there are conditions for eligibility such as established need, a minimum GPA or required number of completed credit hours per semester.

The New Mexico State Lottery Scholarship is a tuition scholarship for New Mexico high school graduates attending a New Mexico public postsecondary institution of higher education.  The Lottery Scholarship covers tuition.  It is available for up to seven consecutive semesters or until the student graduates, whichever comes first.  Only four semesters may be used at a two-year institution.  In order to qualify for the Lottery Scholarship. You must (at minimum): 

  • be a resident of New Mexico. 
  • have completed high school at a public or accredited private New Mexico high school, graduated from a public or accredited private New Mexico high school or received a high school equivalency credential while maintaining residency in New Mexico. 
  • enroll at a public postsecondary educational institution in New Mexico within sixteen months of graduation or receipt of a high equivalency credential. 
  • enroll in and earn 15 credit hours per semester at a four-year New Mexico public university or 12 credit hours per semester at a two- year New Mexico public community college. 
  • maintain a 2.5 or greater cumulative grade point average (GPA) each semester of enrollment. 

Students will earn the Lottery scholarship in their first semester in college by completing the required number of credits and earning a 2.5 GPA. There is no application for this scholarship.

The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship is available to help pay for the first semester tuition and fees and once the student earns the Lottery Scholarship (which pays tuition) the Opportunity Scholarship will cover fees. Students who complete the required number of credits (15 credit hours at a four-year college or 12 credit hours at a two-year college) the Lottery and Opportunity Scholarships will cover all tuition and fees. 

Go to Reach Higher New Mexico for more information on the Lottery Scholarships

National Collegiate Athletic Association — NCAA

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requirements apply to students who plan to participate in athletics at the college level. The NCAA was established in 1906 and serves as the athletics governing body for more than 1,300 colleges, universities, conferences and organizations. The national office is in Indianapolis, but the member colleges and universities develop the rules and guidelines for athletics eligibility and athletics competition for each of the three NCAA divisions: Division I, Division II, and Division III. One of the differences among the three divisions is that colleges and universities in Division I and II may offer athletic scholarships, while Division III colleges and universities may not. NCAA guidelines specify which courses qualify as NCAA core courses and what college entrance scores and grade-point averages are required to participate in college athletics. Not all Math, online, virtual, software-based credit recovery, independent study and correspondence courses meet NCAA guidelines in order to qualify as NCAA core credit. Students are responsible for adherence to NCAA course guidelines. Athletes should consult with the Athletic Director or school counselor for assistance. For more information, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website

eCADEMY’S NCAA Approved Courses

ENGLISH

AP English Language Composition 11
AP English Literature Composition 12
English 9
Honors English 9
English 10
Honors English 10
English 11
English 12

SOCIAL SCIENCE

AP US Government 
AP US History
AP World History/Geography
Economics
Ethnic Studies
Government
NM History
Psychology
Sociology
US History/Geography
World History/Geography

MATH

Algebra I
Algebra II
AP Calculus AB
AP Statistics
Geometry
Honors Algebra I
Honors Algebra II
Honors Geometry
Pre-Calculus
Probability & Statistics

NATURAL/PHYSICAL SCIENCE

AP Biology
AP Environmental Science
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Introduction to Forensics
Physics

ADDITIONAL CORE COURSES

Computer Science Programming I 
French 1
French 2
Latin 1
Latin 2
Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3

Additional Educational and Activity Opportunities

Work Experiences

To prepare students for work after high school, our school offers work programs in the 11th and 12th grades.  Work programs enable students to have work experience with a potential employer while earning high school credit.  Through work experiences, as supported by a portfolio, the student explores personal and career interests, aptitudes and abilities.  Personal management of time, health and finances are also addressed.  The necessary components of a productive and successful career are examined:  technical knowledge, responsible and ethical behavior, and goal setting. In addition to working the required hours, students are required to produce a portfolio to receive credit.  Work experience programs are available through the Career and Connected Learning Programs Of Study, Special Education Programs (inclusive of the Gifted Program) and as an option for students in the Regular Program. 

Participation in Extracurricular Activities and Athletics

APS Comprehensive High School have a broad range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities as well as athletic programs. The intertwined structure of student government provides an umbrella for student organizations and activities, which complement the academic program.  Clubs will be added and removed as student interests vary, and any student is free to organize a club and seek recognition by the student government. Groups include honorary societies, clubs associated with academic programs, performing groups, spirit groups, service clubs, recreational groups, and special interest clubs. 

Participation in extracurricular activities is governed by the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) which specifies that students meet and maintain the following requirements: 

  • Students must be enrolled in a minimum of four classes and not fail one class per previous semester. 
  • Students must attain and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Students must maintain excellent attendance. 
  • Students may not have any Fs. If a student does not meet and maintain these requirements, he or she will be ineligible for participation in extracurricular activities, including athletic participation, for the following nine-week grading period. Eligibility can be regained at the end of a nine-week period if previous requirements are met.

Students attending a School of Choice are only allowed to participate in athletics and NMAA-sanctioned competitions with the high school in their attendance area.