Carlsbad Early College High School

Carlsbad Municipal Schools

Carlsbad Early College High School (CECHS), a freestanding school in the Carlsbad Municipal School District located on the New Mexico State University-Carlsbad (NMSU-C) campus, 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 school year 2017-18, all 241 students in grades 9-12 were enrolled in a tuition free career pathway/postsecondary program of study, while enrollment for school year 2018-19 was 233 students.

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 register junior and senior level students in the One-Stop system. During the spring semester of 2019, all junior level students participated 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.


Physical AddressPrincipal
1500 University Drive, Carlsbad, NM 88220Lesley Galyas
Mailing AddressSchool Counselor
1500 University Drive, Carlsbad, NM 88220Maaike Thomas


Physical AddressSuperintendent
408 North Canyon Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220Dr. Gerry Washburn
Mailing AddressCounty
408 North Canyon Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220Eddy


ECHS Model2015-2016 Initial Year Enrollment

Grade 9 = 65
Grade 10 = 61
Grade 11 = 59
Grade 12 = 54

Postsecondary Partners2018-2019 Enrollment
New Mexico State University-Carlsbad

Grade 9 = 47
Grade 10 = 65
Grade 11 = 62
Grade 12 = 59

Additional PartnersCurrent Enrollment
Mosaic, Carlsbad Medical Center, Nuclear Waste Partnership, Chevron, Kodiak Oilfield Services, US Forest Service

Grade 9 = 52
Grade 10 = 47
Grade 11 = 59
Grade 12 = 57

Postsecondary Certificates/Degrees 
Associate of Arts and General Studies
Associate of Applied Science-Digital Media Technology
Associate of Early Childhood Education
Associate of Education
Associate of Pre-Business
Associate of Science (Pre-Med studies)
Associate of Arts (Pre-Nursing studies)
Associate of Social Work
Associate of Criminal Justice
Associate of Science in Engineering


Completed ECHS Application (ECHS Executed Agreement)
Radio Ad for ECHS in Carlsbad
Executed Business Agreement – Carlsbad Medical Center (RFA)

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