AVECHS - Where your future begins!

Thank you for your interest in Alta Vista Early College High School (AVECHS), one of the four high schools in the Gadsden School District.  AVECHS is a blend between a high school and a college in a rigorous yet supportive environment, compressing the time it takes to complete and graduate with a New Mexico high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree, or an Associate of Science or the first two years of college.   We are looking forward to working alongside you in accomplishing your educational goals.

AVECHS is built on the belief that high school students are ready and eager to do serious college work. However, we recognize that, in order for you to be successful, it is essential that we commit to providing you with the necessary resources and tools to achieve success. In return we ask that you and your guardian also commit to full participation in an academically rigorous program.

Who Can Apply?  AVECHS is open to all incoming freshmen students from the Gadsden District who have a sincere interest in academics, are highly motivated, and are willing to work hard to meet both the rigorous academic and behavioral expectations of AVECHS.

How do I apply?  Students who are interested in attending AVECHS will need to apply during the open application period in their 8th grade year.  The application opens November 2020 and closes February 2021. Students and parents will work together to complete the online application.  Students also need to identify three (3) core teachers to provide an Academic Recommendation for the student.


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