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Published on August 13, 2019
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How strong are the public high schools in Albuquerque?

With a fresh school year around the corner, we analyzed newly released data from, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to identify those schools that made the biggest strides last year, and those that top the city's best public high school rankings.

Atrisco Heritage Academy High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Albuquerque, rising from a C+ to a B-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 10800 Dennis Chavez Blvd. SW, enrolls 2,507 students. Atrisco Heritage Academy High School serves a diverse population: 91% of students identify as Hispanic. Niche gave the school mixed grades: C+ on an A-D scale for academics, C+ for administration and A for clubs and activities.

The overall ranking comes from Niche's proprietary algorithms. A school's ranking might change due to many factors, including the relative rankings of similar schools and whether a school gained or lost peers due to openings or closings. Other numbers come from current public data from the U.S. government.

Academically, 9% of Atrisco Heritage Academy High School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 25% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 20% in math and 35% in reading. The school's improved rating is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 37% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Cibola High School saw its overall rating improve from a B to a B+. The school is located at 1510 Ellison Drive NW and is a bit smaller, currently serving 1,952 students, of whom 58% identify as Hispanic and 27% identify as white.

Niche gave Cibola High School mixed grades: B on an A-D scale for academics, C- for administration and B- for clubs and activities. Cibola High School's latest math proficiency was at 24%, and reading proficiency was 41%.

Eldorado High School also improved, from an A- to an A. The school is located at 11300 Montgomery NE and has 1,848 students currently enrolled, of whom 48% identify as white and 38% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave Eldorado High School mixed grades — A- on an A-D scale for academics, B- for administration and B for clubs and activities. Eldorado High School's latest math proficiency was at 34%, and reading proficiency was 50%.

While some public high schools are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • La Cueva High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Early College Academy, with an A rating overall.
  • College & Career High School, rated A overall.

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