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Rev: Nov. 7, 2022

The Early College Academy (ECA) is an APS magnet and sister high school of the Career Enrichment Center that focuses on college preparation.  Classes are offered to 200 students in a small school environment.  ECA classes are scheduled in the morning so that students may take a full load of CEC, UNM, CNM, or IAIA classes in the afternoon.  UNM and CNM classes may apply toward an associate or university degree.  ECA’s small-school environment offers students a personalized and rigorous college-readiness learning experience.  We believe in an academic focus, paralleling a college-level curriculum, and we encourage our students to start their post-secondary work while still in high school.

Is the ECA right for you?  The Early College Academy is a match if you have:

  • An interest in a challenging curriculum
  • A history of successful completion of Language Arts and Mathematics classes
  • A willingness to complete 2-3 hours of nightly study/homework
  • A preference for small class sizes
  • An interest in career exploration (internships, apprenticeships or vocational courses)
  • The drive to complete college coursework while still in high school
  • An interest in the individualization of a smaller school environment
  • A need for personalized college admissions support

Applications are being accepted now, and the deadline to apply is February 24th.  Interested families can apply online.  Fifty students are accepted at each grade level and grades do fill up - apply early. Lottery applications close on February 24th; applications submitted after that deadline will be automatically placed on the waitlist.  ECA holds its lottery on March 1st, 2023.  Families will be notified of an offer of admissions beginning March 3rd, 2023. Families will need to commit to offers by March 17th. 

For additional information, please call the school at (505) 247-3658.