FAQ

What is the New America School’s mission?

The mission of The New America School is to empower new immigrants, English language learners, and academically underserved students with the educational tools and support they need to maximize their potential, succeed and live the American dream.

 

Who does New America Schools serve?

The New America Schools is a system of fully accredited public charter high schools dedicated to serving English Language Learners, non-traditional students, and traditional students seeking a more personal atmosphere that fits their learning needs.  Students ages 14 and over are welcome.

 

How much does it cost to attend the New America School?

The New America Schools are public charter high schools.  Tuition is free!

 

When and where can applications in Las Cruces be picked up?

Applications can be picked up at 207 S. Main St. from 7:30 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday.

 

I am 18, can I apply by myself? 

Yes, if you are 18 and over, you may apply by yourself. 

 

I am under 18, can I apply by myself?

No, if you are under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you do not live with your parents, or they do not live in the US, another adult may accompany you with a notarized letter of guardianship.

 

When are classes held?

NAS-LC offers a full class schedule day and night, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Students under the age of 18 must attend between 8am and 5pm.

Classes are scheduled four days per week, Monday – Thursday to accommodate working students and parents.

 

What documents are required to apply?

  • Picture ID (Parent/Guardian ID if student is under 18 years of age.)
  • Birth Certificate, Passport, Visa for verification.
  • Proof of New Mexico residency: Utility bill, cellular phone bill, etc.
  • Proof of immunization
  • Transcripts from former high school.

 

Who do I contact for more information about how to apply?

 

Who are the New America School’s founders?

The New America School was founded in 2004 by philanthropist and educational activist Jared Polis, along with several leaders in the metro Denver community: Alby Segal, Allied Jewish Federation; Rick Garcia, Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition; Susan Lythgoe, The Learning Source for Adults and Families; Harry Chan, Jamaican Elementary School; Chris Romer, State Senator; Lisa Finkelstein, Jared Polis Foundation currently with FullCircle Fund; Michael Huttner, Progress NOW; Katie Williams.

 

 Do you provide transportation?

No, we do not provide transportation. But our schools are located close to bus lines and are very easy to access. We do offer City of Las Cruces bus passes for students to ride to school on the city bus route (as an incentive for good grades and high attendance rates).

 

Do you have a cafeteria?

Yes, NAS-LC will offer free breakfast and lunch to AM students, up to age 18, who qualify.  Students 18 and over who wish to participate in the school breakfast/lunch program will need to purchase meal ticket.

IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE LUNCH FORM IN THE REGISTRATION PACKET.

How long will it take me to obtain my high school diploma?

That depends on what grade you will be in. But generally, you are able to attend as long as it takes you to earn your diploma. The Guidance Counselors will be able to give you an approximate graduation date after they evaluate your transcripts and test scores.

 

I want to attend college and need a quality education. Will The New America School prepare me for college?

We offer all the classes you will need in order to attend college. Many NAS students are taking classes at the community colleges and college and doing well. Our instructors are all experienced teachers who are fully licensed in the State of NM. Most of our teachers are endorsed to teach multiple subjects (such as Math and Science, or Social Studies and English). 

NAS-LC has a dual enrollment agreement with Dona Ana Community College (DACC) and NAS students can enroll in DACC courses free of charge! Please speak to the Guidance Counselor for information on DACC dual enrollment courses.

 

What kind of regular high school classes do you have?

We offer all classes required to earn your high school diploma in the State of New Mexico. We follow the state guidelines and required credits and assessments for graduation.
We offer all cores subjects such as: math, science, English, literature, social studies, history, and physical education/health. We also offer electives such as: Honors Spanish for Spanish Speakers, math and reading intervention courses, creative writing, journalism (newspaper and yearbook) and student government.

 

I attended high school for a while in my country. I do not know what grade it will correspond to in the American school system.  What should I do?

We will evaluate your transcripts and you will be tested and placed in the proper grade. You will take all the required classes you need in order to earn your diploma from the State of New Mexico.