East Mountain High School
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East Mountain High School is a small charter school in Sandia Park, New Mexico near Albuquerque. EMHS has grades 9–12 and is best known for its small class size, academic program and Inquiry based learning. Being a charter school, EMHS focuses on college preparation.[by whom?]
East Mountain High School was founded in 1999 as one of the first charter schools in the state of New Mexico.
After ten years, East Mountain High School claims a record of success.
- EMHS was recognized as a Bronze Star School by U.S. News & World Report for the last two years, one of only 17 schools in New Mexico to receive such recognition.
- EMHS is the ONLY Albuquerque-area school to have met adequate yearly progress (AYP) goals for the last five consecutive years.
- Over the past five years, over 75% of students scored proficient or above in reading and over 65% of students scored proficient or above in math.
- EMHS’ graduation rate is over 95% and more than 85% of students go on to college after graduation.
- EMHS teachers have received some of the honors in the profession, including the American Stars of Teaching Award and National Board Certification.
- EMHS has received over one million dollars in grant funding from such foundations as the Walton Family Foundation, the Albuquerque Community Foundation and the Daniels Fund.
The campus comprises four green buildings and two portable buildings. The school shares a gymnasium, a soccer field, baseball fields, a cross-country course, and softball fields with Vista Grande Community Center. EMHS focuses on environmentalism and community centrism. Power for the school is partially given through a solar array and wind turbines. These two systems are an ongoing project, the ultimate goal of which is to take the campus off the grid completely. An algae produced biodiesel system is not in the early stages of development. The school is located in the Pakko Ridge community, and the golf team uses the Pakko golf course to practice.
There are currently 42 members of the faculty. 55% of faculty hold Master's degrees or higher. Two members of the faculty hold National Board Certification.
Principal Doug Wine was named one of New Mexico's Top CEO's by New Mexico Business Weekly.
Extracurricular Activities and Sports
The activities and sports that East Mountain High School has to offer include the Speech and Debate team, Basketball, Bowling, MESA (a team that competes in mathematical, scientific, and engineering based challenges, standing for Math Engineering Science Achievement), National Honor Society, Youth and Government, and Model UN. EMHS offers most sporting activities to all students, with the exception of a football team. The girls' cross country team is currently ranked 2nd in the state, and the bowling and baseball teams are both ranked first in the state. Other clubs are also available to students including the Anime Club, FCA and Natural Helpers. Besides these activities, East Mountain High School lacks many extracurricular activities and sports that most schools offer such as a choir, band, dance, DECA, and the before mentioned football. This is because of the limited size of the staff and student population.
Speech and Debate
Speech and Debate is the largest activity at East Mountain High School, with one out of every five students competing. This is partially a result of the small population of students and the limited variety of other extracurricular activities. The team is also one of the top programs in the country. Within six years of its creation, the team has secured three consecutive state championships (2011-2013). However, at the 2014 New Mexico Speech and Debate Tournament, East Mountain lost to historical champion Albuquerque Academy. Speech and Debate teaches lifelong skills: public speaking, critical thinking, research, and reasoning. College admission officers consistently rank Speech and Debate as the top extra-curricular activity for high school students. EMHS has qualified more students to the National Forensic League National Tournament than any other high school in the state of New Mexico for the past three years, though a portion of these students end up competing only once before they become inactive in the team. The 2012 National Forensic League National Student of the Year was Quinlan Cao of EMHS. The team recently placed third in the world at the International Public Policy Forum in New York City. Coach Trey Smith has been named Speech Coach of the Year and Debate Coach of the Year numerous times. He was also named one of the 40 under Forty by New Mexico Business Weekly, the only educator to receive the honor. The team consistently places high at the National Tournament, the Harvard National Forensics Invitational, and the IPPF. The National Forensic League ranks EMHS Speech and Debate in the top five percent of teams nationwide. 
Each freshman, sophomore and junior completes a Discovery Project annually. Teachers develop the projects in an area of expertise, and students sign up to participate in the project they find most interesting.
In previous years, students have worked with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to rehabilitate a home in the East Mountains, built a peace garden on the EMHS campus, studied human physiology while earning their scuba diving certification, traveled to Spain to immerse themselves in a foreign culture and language, designed their own video games and wrote and illustrated their own children’s books. Recent graduates cite Discovery Projects as among the most valuable, and challenging, components of their EMHS education.
- "About Us » At a Glance". East Mountain High. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
- "More on Speech and Debate".
- "More on Discovery Projects".