Carlsbad Early College High School

Carlsbad Municipal Schools

Carlsbad Early College High School (CECHS), a freestanding school in the Carlsbad Municipal School District that is located on the New Mexico State University-Carlsbad (NMSU-C) campus and offers students the opportunity to graduate with a New Mexico High School Diploma of Excellence and up to two years of college credit, a certificate or an Associate’s Degree in various career pathways. Beginning in school year 2014-15, the CECHS has received its own school grade from the PED accountability system. In SY017-18, all 241 students in grades 9-12 were enrolled in a tuition free career pathway/postsecondary program of study; enrollment for SY2018-19 is currently at 233 students, grades 9-12.

The CECHS offers programs of study in seven of the 16 National Career Cluster areas. Stars course numbers and dual credit course are identified on the Next Step Plans
The CECHS has partnered with the local Workforce Connections Office (WCO) to resister junior and senior level students in the One-Stop system. During the spring semester of 2019, all junior level students will participate in ACTs WorkKeys assessments for Reading, Writing and Mathematics which will lead to the attainment of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Since all incoming seniors have taken the WorkKeys assessments, they will have the Spring (SY2018-19) to improve their scores to attain a higher level recognition. The goal of the CECHS is that all students graduate with a high school diploma, an associate’s degree or certificate from NMSU-C, and the NCRC issued by ACT.

Contact Information

Physical Address Principal
1500 University Dr, Carlsbad, NM, 88220 Jesse Fuentes
[email protected]
Mailing Address School Counselor
1500 University Dr, Carlsbad, NM, 88220 Maaike Thomas
[email protected]
Phone Website

Carlsbad Municipal Schools

Physical Address Superintendent
408 N Canyon, Carlsbad, NM 88220 Dr. Gregory Rodriguez
Mailing Address County
408 N Canyon, Carlsbad, NM 88220 Eddy
Phone Website

ECHS Overview

ECHS Model Enrollment – Initial Year

Initial Year Enrollment 2017-2018
Grade 9 = 65
Grade 10 = 61
Grade 11 = 59
Grade 12 = 54

Postsecondary Partners Enrollment – Previous
New Mexico State University-Carlsbad

Previous Enrollment 2017-2018
Grade 9 = 65
Grade 10 = 61
Grade 11 = 59
Grade 12 = 54

Postsecondary Certificates Enrollment – Projected
New Mexico Common Core

Projected Enrollment 2018-2019
Grade 9 = 47
Grade 10 = 65
Grade 11 = 62
Grade 12 = 59

Postsecondary Degrees - Associate’s
Art; Applied Science in Digital Media Technology; Pre-Business or Applied Science in Business; Education or Early Childhood Education; Science (Pre-Med); Art (Pre-Nursing); Social Services; Criminal Justice; Engineering or Science (general)

ECHS Designation Status Documents

Completed ECHS Application (ECHS Executed Agreement)
Radio Add for ECHS in Carlsbad
Executed Business Agreement - Carlsbad Medical Center (RFA)

ECHS Toolkit


Guidance for school districts for the development of Early College High Schools

ECHS Best Practices


View Best Practices of current participating Early College High Schools in New Mexico

ECHS Collaboration


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