Advanced Placement (AP) Courses are designed to prepare students
for the rigor of college coursework. AP is in place to support and help
accelerate student critical thinking, analysis, reading, and writing
skills. Currently, Capital offers AP courses in English Language and
Composition, English Literature and Composition, World History, U.S.
History, U.S. Government/Economics, Biology, Spanish Language, and
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is designed to
support a college going culture at Capital High. Students learn study
skills includingWriting-Inquiry-Collaboration-Reading (WICR),
Interactive Notebooks, and Cornell Notes. Students also participate in
leadership initiatives and activities designed to support college
eligibility. Capital High has been named the 118th AVID National
Demonstration School out of 4500 participating school worldwide, and the
first school in NewMexico to achieve this status.
Athletics and Activities promote positive youth involvement in
the school community. Capital offers Football, Boys and Girls Soccer,
Softball, Baseball, Cheer,Wrestling, Volleyball, Swimming & Diving,
Boys and Girls Basketball, Golf, Cross Country, Track & Field,
Tennis, National Honor Society, Student Government, Student Council,
JuniorMedical Reserve Corp, Distributive Education Clubs of America
(DECA), StudentWellness Action Team (SWAT),Model Legislature,
Supercomputing Challenge, Habitat for Humanity, Chess Club, Jag
Newspaper/Yearbook, and Interact Club.
Bilingual Programming at Capital High offers bilingual
maintenance and enrichment programs for students learning English. ESL
and Spanish for Native Speakers courses directly support students in
bilingual proficien- cy as well as academic achievement in other
coursework and assessments. Capital High currently has six teachers
serving over 250 students in this program.
College and Career Center assists students in preparing for work
in high school and beyond as well as college readiness, scholarships,
and academic support. Capital High also offers Dual Credit in various
subject areas to students by the Santa Fe Community College. Dual credit
allows opportunities for students to accelerate their learning in
alignment with career goals.
Senior Seminar is provided to seniors who need additional
academic support in order to meet acceptable levels of proficiency on
ACT for college entrance requirements. Capital required elective
Freshman Seminar for all freshmen who are not already enrolled in AVID.
The curriculum includes AVID study skills, Career Choices, ASCA
counseling support, employability skills, content recovery, service
learning, as well as the use of student data folders and student
facilitated tutorials to support success and achievement throughout the
high school experience.
Houses and Career Academies supporting Capital High’s redesign
efforts are focused on improving student achievement by implementing a
schools-within-a-school model. Based on the continuous cycle of improve-
ment, teachers meet daily in collaborative learning communities to
develop engaging and relevant instructional activities centered on
student interests in career pathways. Learning strategies such as
Answer-Cite-Explain are built in school wide, and Capital’s seven-period
modified schedule allows students greater access to engaging elective
coursework as well as more opportunities to earn credit throughout their
high school experience.
Career Academy Capstone Mentorships provides students the
opportunity to get to know a mentoring professional each week to discuss
topics related to the mentor’s particular field of experience to help
students refine career interests and related skills.
NewMexico Gear-Up sponsors programs and activities designed to
increase the number of low-income stu- dents who are prepared to enter
and succeed in postsecondary education. The activities include student
recognitions, motivational speakers, college visits, parent nights,
hands-on project-based learning experiences, summer leadership camps,
self-empowerment student groups and much more. Gear-Up has also provided
full scholarships for credit recovery after school and summer school
for students to earn credits they have lost.
Teen Court is run for teens by teens. Teen Court offers services
that keep teens out of Children’s Court and out of the Youth Detention
Center and can save lives. There are also Teen Attorneys who volunteer
their time to work at Teen Court.
Teen Health Center provides confidential mental health services including family and substance abuse counseling.