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Graduation Requirements & Your GPA

School Code 320-120

ECA Course of Study

Planning for the future through
ECA-typical* course of study

9th Grade schedule

  • Algebra I: Regular or Honors
  • Health/ New Mexico History (each 1 semester)
  • English 9: Regular or Honors
  • Biology
  • Phy Ed
  • Electives (usually computer applications)

10th Grade schedule

  • Geometry: Regular or Honors
  • World History: Regular or AP
  • English 10: Regular or Honors
  • Chemistry
  • Electives (usually a foreign language)

11th Grade schedule

  • Alg II: Regular or Honors  
  • US History: Regular or AP
  • English 11: Regular or AP
  • Physics: AP available through CEC
  • Electives (minimum 2.0 credits at CEC or CNM/UNM)

12th Grade schedule

  • College Readiness Math, Pre-Calculus or AP Calculus
  • Economics/ Government (each 1 semester): Regular or AP
  • English 12: Regular or AP
  • Electives (at CEC or CNM/UNM)

*This is a typical course of study for students entering ECA in the 9th grade but is subject to change based on student needs and requirements for graduation.

Graduation Requirements

On track to graduate Spring Semester (2013+):

English 4.0
Math 4.0
Science 3.0
New Mexico History 0.5
Government 0.5
US History 1.0
World History 1.0
Economics 0.5
Health 0.5
PE 1.0
Foreign Language 2.0
Dual Credit Course 1.0
Electives 6.0
Total* 25

*Students MUST also pass state mandated tests in areas of Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Grading Policies at ECA
  • Report cards with progress grades are issued every six (6) weeks.
  • A semester consists of three (3) 6-week grading periods. Semester grades are posted on a student’s permanent record (transcript).
  • The final examination may count for no more than 20% of the final semester grade.
  • Credit is granted for successful completion of each class at the end of the semester.  Credits are granted with passing grades: A, B, C, D, or P. Credit is not granted for grades of F, I (Incomplete), N (No credit) or W/F (withdrawal with the grade of F).
  • A weighted grade/percentage (.025) is added to a students’ GPA for each honors/AP course after the GPA is calculated.
  • 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 F 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 and Institute of American Indian Arts) 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- even if a grade of an F is earned.
Grading Scale:
Percentage Letter Grade
90% - 100% A
80% - 89% B
70% - 79% C
60% - 69% D
0% - 59% F


AP vs. Regular Classes
Academic Classes Advanced Placement Classes
Teachers tend to provide more direct instruction. Students are generally self-motivated.
The teacher’s role is primarily as facilitator of learning.
Homework is assigned regularly and is collected for a grade.
Students complete homework generally in order to earn or maintain a grade in addition to reinforcing information covered in class.
Homework is assigned, but not all may be collected or graded. Quizzes may be daily.
The purpose of homework is to reinforce classroom activities and to fill gaps in knowledge. In addition, homework is to prepare students for discussion.
Students may be tested on information not specifically covered during class time, but was discussed in assigned readings.
The course may resemble traditional high school classes. An AP course may resemble what is seen in university classrooms.
Students are provided a college-level textbook and supplemental readings.
New Mexico Standards are adhered to; however, expectations that go beyond these standards may vary depending on the course and material. Students are consistently held to standards of evaluation and achievement that go beyond what is expected from the New Mexico Standards. These standards are consistently enforced as a way to prepare students for real-world demands and the demands of a collegiate setting.


What is the difference between AP and Academic courses?

AP Courses:

  • AP courses equate to a first-year college course; therefore, a student may earn college credit for the course.
  • In AP classes students are expected to read and write at an advanced level.
  • The work load is much heavier in AP classes (2-3 hours a night)
  • There is an emphasis on outside reading of college level primary source documents.
  • AP  courses typically involve a lot of discussion and are writing intensive.


  • Students are expected to read and write at grade-level.
  • While the content is similar, readings are differentiated.
  • Discussions are guided by the teacher, however, as students progress, they become more student-led.

AP Classes: To take or not to take?


Calculating Your Core GPA

A Core GPA is becoming increasingly needed:

  • UNM Admissions currently requires a 2.5 Core Curriculum GPA
  • UNM Bridge Scholarship requires a 2.5 Core Curriculum GPA; all UNM scholarships are calculated using their Core GPA formula
  • NCAA Clearinghouse uses Core GPA (in order to play a sport in college)
  • Using Core GPA for admissions and scholarships is a growing trend nationwide

This type of GPA does not include elective classes and has the potential to be significantly different from the Cumulative GPA and Weighted GPA listed on a student’s high school transcript.


UNM’s Core GPA Formula

NOTE:  UNM recommends that students wanting to know their Core GPA, as calculated by UNM, contact the UNM Admissions Office:  277-8503 or

Eldorado’s UNM Admission Representative is Jarred Panger:

Here is how to calculate a basic Core Curriculum GPA for UNM.  (Each college, university or organization that evaluates a student on Core Curriculum GPA will have a different list of classes they will include in the calculation):

Classes with these grades will be used to calculate the GPA:

A = 4 grade points

B = 3 grade points

C = 2 grade points

D = 1 grade points

F = 0 grade points

WF = 0 points --- A “WF” grade is included in the GPA. WF means withdrew from the class, failing.

Classes with the following grades will NOT be used in GPA calculation:

P = 0 grade points – no grade/no credit is granted, P means pass

N = 0 grade points – no grade/no credit is granted, N means no grade

I = I means incomplete and is not included in the GPA until the final grade is posted

Students should go through their transcript (any counselor can print an unofficial copy) and highlight all of their core courses based on the list of UNM required courses below*. Highlight only those classes completed to date (do not need to worry about courses not yet completed/taken).


*UNM ADMISSIONS MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS for Freshmen entering Fall of 2013:

English 4 units with at least 1 unit earned in the 11th and the 12th grade in composition

4 units from the following: Algebra 1, Alg. II, Geometry, Trigonometry, or higher math.  (UNM verbally confirmed they have approved Alg. Models as a 4th math)

Social Science 3 units, one (1) of which must be US History
Natural Science 3 units, two (2) of which must be laboratory science in Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Foreign Language    

2 units of a single language other than English.  (For students who can demonstrate fluency in a language other than English, UNM offers a waiver of the foreign language requirement.)

Next to each core course, calculate the amount of grade points earned for each course. To do this, use the grade point scale above and multiply the number of credits associated with the course times the number of grade points earned.


Algebra 1 .5 credits x     4(A) = 2 grade points earned
Biology .5 credits x     3(B) = 1.5 grade points earned
English 9 .5 credits x     2(C) = 1 grade point earned
TOTAL 1.5 credits   = 4.5 grade points earned

Add up the number of credits for all highlighted core courses that have grades of A, B, C, or D. Then add up all the grade points earned.  In order to get the GPA, divide the total grade points earned by the total number of credits earned:  4.5/1.5 = 3.0 Core Curriculum GPA

Adding Weight to the UNM Core GPA Calculation:

  • UNM grants weighted (additional) credit for each Honors, AP or Dual Credit class within the Core Curriculum in which a student receives a “C” or higher. 
  • For Honors, they add an additional ½ point to the grade points earned; for example, a “B” in Honors Algebra class becomes a 3.5 instead of a 3.0. 
  • For an AP or Dual Credit course, UNM adds 1 full point to the grade points earned; for example, a “B” in AP English 11 would be worth 4.0 instead of 3.0.

APS Weighting System:
For every class a student takes which is Honors or AP, the student should add .025 to the final calculated GPA. For instance, if the student has a 3.0 unweighted GPA and has taken Honors or AP classes the GPA would be:

  • For one Honors or AP = 3.0 + .025 = 3.025
  • Two Honors or AP = 3.0 + .025 + .025 = 3.05
  • Three Honors or AP = 3.0 + .025 + .025 + .025 = 3.075

Remember…the weight is added to the final calculated GPA.