Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Middle College High School Receives An “A”

The Middle College High School, a unique charter school housed on the UNM-Gallup Campus, announces it received an overall rating of “A” on its 2014 school report card as issued by the New Mexico Public Education Department.  The Middle College High School serves 68 students in grades 10-12 and operates in partnership with UNM-Gallup to provide a seamless educational continuum that benefits students as they move from high school to post-secondary education. 

The collaboration with UNM-Gallup allows high school youth an opportunity to self –direct their learning with the support of an enriched curriculum and  individual programs of study based on their aptitudes and interests.  The MCHS mission is to support the educational goals of students by easing the transition to higher education and career technical education.

According to Middle College High School Principal and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Walter Feldman, “This is the second year in a row we have received an A for our school.  We would like to thank all of the UNM-Gallup faculty and staff for their hard work in teaching and providing services for our students.  It is through the dedication of the UNM-Gallup branch that our students are getting a heads-up on their education and receiving a first class education.”

The Gallup McKinley County School District is the charter school authorizer for the state of New Mexico.  Through a unique combination of high school and college level coursework, students are able to complete requirements needed to receive their high school diploma while working towards a certificate or degree from UNM-Gallup.  One third of the graduating class of 2014 received both a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree.

The charter school is directed by a governing board consisting of President Tony Major and members Laverne Chischilly, Lisa Bracken, Dale Buser and Tara Lucio.  Mr. Feldman is assisted by Assistant Principal Connie Torres and instructors Joanne Snowdon,  Francis Pawlowski,  Gwen Carla, and Mike Starr.   

The New Mexico Public Education Department scores all public schools based on performance indicators such as subject area proficiency, graduation rates, college and career readiness and student growth.  Schools receive a grade in sub-categories as well as an overall grade.  Mr. Feldman noted that in addition to an overall grade of “A” they also received an “A” in the subcategory of “Growth of Highest Performing Students.”  For more information, please call (505) 722-9945 or visit the website at http://www.mchsgallup.com/.