Comprehensive High School Redesign
AP (Advanced Placement) Expansion
AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Expansion
Freshman Summer Bridge Program
Freshman Academies
Programs of Study


AP (Advanced Placement) Expansion

Studies have shown that the rigor of a student's high school curriculum is the single best predictor of success in college. AP access will expand across campuses - offering more college-preparatory course offerings, and heightening the standard of instruction for all students. (See NMPED graduation requirements.)

For 2014-15, AP Psychology (currently offered at Santa Fe High School) will be offered to students for the first time at Capital High School. In addition, both Santa Fe High School and Capital High Schools will offer Saturday study sessions for AP students to provide additional support in preparation for AP exams.

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AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Expansion

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

To continue building and expanding the AVID program district wide, 1 addition AVID elective section will be added at Santa Fe High School, and 2 new middle school sections will be added at Capshaw Middle School.

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Freshman Summer Bridge Program

The Bridge program provides students with mentorship, guidance, and lessons in personal responsibility to ensure that every student succeeds in high school. 40 students participated in the pilot at Santa Fe High School in 2013. This summer, both Santa Fe High School and Capital High School will offer Bridge programs to incoming freshmen.

Activities include: Icebreakers, Campus Tour, Administration Meet and Greet, Scavenger Hunt, The AVID Binder, Organization, Goal Setting, Athletics and Activities Presentations, Snacks, Games, Performances, Navigating Your Schedule, Boy/Girl Pullout Sessions, Career Services, Learning Strategies, Award Ceremony, and much more!

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Freshman Academies


SFHS is moving next year to a Freshman Academy model that has proven successful across the nation. The model is an extension of the family model in middle school where a team of academic and elective teachers will be linked with a group of freshmen students. Freshman Academies will also continue at Capital High School.

The team approach keeps students on track academically and interested in school. Because each team is responsible for working with a set number of students, teachers have time to advocate for students academically and link them with support and services they need. More information Santa Fe High School's Freshman Academies.

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Programs of Study

Programs of study support rigor, relevance, and relationships within the high school learning environment. They explicitly teach 21st century skills essential to success in the ever-changing global economy such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking/problem-solving, and innovation/creativity.

Santa Fe High School staff and community members are working to develop programs of study that complement existing programs at Capital High School, giving students city-wide access to a broad range of interest-based coursework. The Academy for Sustainability Education at Santa Fe High School will be the first new program of study--opening as a pilot in 2014-15.

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