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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
La Cueva High School is a top rated, public school located in Albuquerque, NM. It has 1,784 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 44% of students are at least proficient in math and 64% in reading.
Address
7801 Wilshire NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122
Telephone
(505) 880-3744
Website
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La Cueva High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
44%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1330
100 responses
Average ACT
27
290 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$65,556
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$962
National
$949
Median Home Value
$226,445
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
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  • Anything that matches my interests
    25%
  • Football Games
    23%
  • Any sporting event
    19%
  • School Dances
    13%
  • Teddy Bear Tree, hosted by NHS
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    4%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,784
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,849
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.1%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.52 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.52 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.52 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,221/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.59 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.59 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.59 responses
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I had a great high school experience! I had several teachers that I felt genuinely cared about me and my well being. During my senior year, I joined the Ultimate Frisbee club. My Government teacher was the coach. Teaching was more than just a job for him. He even taught a driver's education course that allowed me to get my permit and begin driving! He really ignited a fire in each of his students and encouraged us in all of our endeavors.

La Cueva had many intricate clubs and areas of interest. There was something for everyone! Throughout my high school career, I participated in Drama, Choir, Culinary Arts, Ceramics, Tennis, Volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee. I was also a member of the National English Honor Society and lettered in Project Peacepal. Project Peacepal was a nonprofit organization that raised awareness of other countries through penpals and service projects that raised money.
I am still friends with many of the people I met in high school!
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La Cueva High School, located in Albuquerque, was recently ranked as one of the best public high schools in the United States. But, one may ask, what exactly makes this school so special? As a freshman who dreaded the start of high school, I too pondered this question. After attending a freshmen orientation filled with smiling administrators and upperclassmen who genuinely cared about my questions and concerns, the answer to this question became very clear. La Cueva is different from most schools because of its strong sense of community. Every sporting event that my school competes in is met with pep-rallies and bleachers that are quite literally overflowing. For any fundraiser that my school holds we exceed initial expectations and sometimes even double our goals. The La Cueva community knows how to take care of its members and even those in its cluster. The atmosphere at La Cueva creates a sense of belonging that encourages students and teachers alike to strive for their best.
La Cueva high school is a great environment for students to experience new activities. it’s one of the only schools that offer AP Seminar and Research to earn an AP Capstone diploma. The athletic program excells with many state championships. And State championship show choir, band, and successful orchestra and drama program. La cueva offers many Honors courses and academic clubs like, English, Math, and Spanish Honors society. Students are encouraged to support sports with spirit weeks, student sections, and themed games. However, La Cueva could improve its support for the arts, by encouraging students to attend these events. Secondly, students need freedom to express themselves, a strict dress code is enforced that limits the individuality students express through there clothing. Students also put on assemblies that have to be approved by administration and very few ideas are approved therefore, have little say in how they want the school to come together as a whole.