New Mexico
Early College High School

Educator Toolkit, Research, and Best Practices

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View descriptive surveys and reports from the Early College High Schools


Early college high schools use a transformational strategy of bringing college into high school by simultaneously offering a high school diploma and a college-level credential and/or degree. The schools are tuition-free and expose all students to rigorous academics and career technical education coursework. They focus on low-income youth, first-generation college-goers, English Language Learners, ethnically diverse students, and other young people underrepresented in higher education. Programming includes meaningful work-based learning experiences that align to dynamic sectors of New Mexico’s economy and a structured CTE sequence that leads to credentials recognized by business and industry.

Early College High Schools Research Brief—July 12, 2019

Program Evaluation Unit / New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee


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  • Nov. 11, 2019 — ECHS-NM Engagement Webinar (Register)
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  • Oct. 15, 2019 — ECHS, Carlsbad NM (Agenda)


This manual reviews information pertaining to early college high schools from a national and state perspective. An examination of past practices is outlined that leads into current approaches to early college high school models and terminology. State-specific procedures for developing an early college high school are described with additional information on state-based business and community partnerships that have been established within the New Mexico Early College High School system.  Included in this Manual:  

  • History and Purpose of Early College High Schools 
  • The Language of Early College High Schools 
  • How Well Early College High Schools are Doing Nationwide 
  • Best Practices Nationwide 
  • New Mexico’s Early College High Schools 
  • Beginning an Early College High School in New Mexico 
  • Business and Community Partnerships 
  • College and University Community Partnerships 
  • New Mexico – The Podcasts

New Mexico Career Pathways Resources

New Mexico Career Pathways displays regional labor market information for school districts organized around the National Career Clusters Framework. Access simple interactive tools that can be used to explore population data for each district and identify local high-value career destinations for students. To assist with the use and application of labor market information, multiple professional development resources are offered that outline basic labor market terms and strategies in the context of educational processes.

NM - Career Pathways

An innovative approach to labor market information for educators

Regional Quarterly Reports

Quarterly reports on local labor market trends and their relevance to the state’s education system

Explore Your Region

Gain awareness of the top career clusters and pathways that offer high-value career destinations for student

ECHS - Podcasts

Early College High School Model and how it is being implemented in New Mexico

ECHS Interest Profiler

Discover your interests by completing a profile survey of career activities

Explore Career Clusters

Preview the 16 Career Clusters and the local regional labor market dynamics within your school district

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