LCSN: Early College High students return to classes today

July 1, 2012. Retrieved online July 2, 2012 from Sun-News report, Las Cruces Sun-News

Arrowhead Park Early College High School students Carlos Morones, left, and Rene Plancarte head home at the sound of the school bell last year. (Robin Zielinski/file photo)

Arrowhead Park Early College High School students Carlos Morones, left, and Rene Plancarte head home at the sound of the school bell last year. (Robin Zielinski/file photo )

LAS CRUCES — After ending its second year without a single dropout, Arrowhead Park Early College High School hopes to continue that level of participation as classes resume today.

“This summer proves to be an exciting one, with approximately 360 students on our campus,” Arrowhead Principal Jennifer Amis said in a news release. The campus will eventually reach full capacity at 500 students in the 2013-2014 school year.

The school, which opened its doors to its first incoming freshman class in July 2010, is located on an eight-acre campus at 3600 S. Arrowhead Drive on the New Mexico State University campus.

According to the Bridge of Southern New Mexico, the organization behind the school, Arrowhead is New Mexico’s first early college high school, which allows students to graduate with a high school diploma while earning a college associate’s degree or credits toward a bachelor’s degree.

“I like that we’re a small community and we all know each other,” student Marina Calderon said last summer of the school’s dynamic. “We’re like a big family.”

This year’s juniors are all enrolled in two college courses, taught by personnel with the Doña Ana Community College. The courses are general requirements for an associate degree, with some specialty courses in engineering, Amis said.

With the addition of about 120 students, new staff members were also added to teach college-level classes.

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