The staff at PAPA celebrates student success in academics and the performing arts. Our faculty prides themselves in offering the very best  instruction available to public school students. Students are encouraged to select a rigorous set of courses. The more rigorous the course loads in high school, the more prepared students are for college and beyond. Teachers have high expectations, promote student accountability and responsibility, and provide support where it is needed. Students will achieve the highest level of success if they attend all classes, engage in instruction, and complete all assignments. Most of all, the staff wants to see each student develop talents and acquire skills that will prepare them for college and help them to become successful, productive adults.

Academic Numbers

Cohort Graduation Rate

2016 - 4-Year Rate
2015 - 5-Year Rate
2014 - 6-Year Rate
2013 - 6-Year Rate

College Exploration Opportunities

NMSU Aggie Experience October 20th and February 18th.  Visit for more info.


American Academy of Dramatic Arts Open House in Los Angeles November 3, 2018 and in New York November 10, 2018.  RSVP at or call 1-800-463-8990.

UNM Fall Preview November 3rd.  Visit to register.

NM Tech Exploration Day November 3rd.  Visit to register.

ENMU Senior Preview Day November 3, 2018. Register at

Fort Lewis College Visit at PAPA Tuesday, November 6, 2018 during High School lunch in Ms. Blackwell’s Room 9

NMHU Visit at PAPA Wednesday, November 7, 2018 during 6th period in Ms. Maestas’s office Room 24

ENMU Visit at PAPA Friday, November 9, 2018 during High School lunch in Ms. Blackwell’s Room 9


IAIA Open House in Santa Fe, Thursday, November 8th, 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Contact the admissions office at 505-424-2300 or at with questions.

NM Tech Research day February 18th.


Scholarship Information


Student Scholarships

LGBTQ+ Scholarships

College Board Big Future (must have College Board account)




Unigo Scholarships

Niche Scholarships



AXA Achievement Scholarship opens September 1, 2018 until 10,000 applications are submitted or December 14, 2018, whichever comes first

– $1,000-$25,000 awards

–  No minimum GPA requirement

– Must demonstrate ambition and self-drive in school, community or work-related activities
– Only the first 10,000 applications are accepted.

FAFSA Workshop Scholarship open Oct. 1, 2018 –  April 1, 2019 first come, first serve basis

– $500

– Must have filed your FAFSA at a workshop at PAPA or other venue

El Mezquite UNM Scholarship due October 3, 2018

– Must be attending UNM in Fall 2019

– 3.0 GPA

– Proficiency in the Spanish language and demonstrated leadership and commitment to advance the culture and economy of Mexico through a chosen career

– Low-income students demonstrating financial need

– Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate leadership within the Hispanic community

*Requires essay, two letters of recommendation and acceptance letter from UNM


AES Scholarship due October 6, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Fund due October 15, 2018

Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship due October 17, 2018
– 3.0 GPA
– Must be an athlete in school-sponsored sport

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway due Oct. 17, 2018 (must be 18)

ACT Student Champion Award due Oct. 31, 2018
 – 22 or higher composite score on ACT
– 3.0 higher GPA

Young Asian American Student Award open to 10th-12th graders with Asian heritage due October 22, 2018

Horatio Alger Scholarship due Oct. 25, 2018

Coca-Cola Scholarship due Oct. 31, 2018

2018 Prudential Comm. awards due Nov. 6, 2018 (OPEN TO ALL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!)
– Must have performed community service after September 1, 2017

Fisher and Talwar  Scholarship due Nov. 15, 2018
– Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

Daniels Fund Scholarship open Oct. 1 – Nov. 30, 2018 4:00 p.m. MST
– Must apply for FAFSA first
– Demonstrate financial need
– Earn a minimum SAT Math score of 470 and a minimum Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 450 or a minimum ACT score of 17 in each category (writing score not required) All scores must come from a single test. Super scoring is not accepted

Albuquerque Community Foundations Scholarships open Dec. 1, 2018


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship due Dec. 7, 2018
– 3.0 GPA
– performed community service
– demonstrate financial need

Law Office of David Gordon & The Jeffcoat Firm Scholarship Essay & Video Contests due Dec. 7, 2018
– Open to HS Juniors and Seniors
– Write 600+ word essay or create 2-minute video on drunk driving

$1,000 Healthy Lifestyle Scholarship due Dec. 31, 2018 OPEN TO ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
– no min. GPA
– 1,000-2,000 word essay on what it means to be healthy in 2018 (trends)


Nav Entrepreneur Scholarship due January 1, 2019
– $1,000 for two winners (selected on essay quality)
Preference will be given to students who run a business or have the desire to open a business.
More details about the scholarship can be found here.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program due January 4, 2019
– 3.0 GPA

Scholarships for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students due Jan. 10, 2019


One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest due Jan. 13, 2019 OPEN TO ALL AGES
– 3-8 min. film or 45 sec.+ animation on environmental/sustainability issue
– $1,000 Scholarship + $1,000 matching grant for Seniors; cash prizes + matching grant for all other age categories


American Chemistry Society Scholars Program

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation

American Physical Society Scholarships

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Association of American Indian Affairs

Casey Family Scholarship


Chicano Organization & Research in Education (CORE) Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships

Council of the Great City Schools

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Student Scholarship

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Scholarship Program

Horatio Alger Scholarship

Imagine America

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

National Co-Op Scholarship

National Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship

Proton OnSite Scholarship Program

Quest Bridge

Reagan Foundation Scholarship

Ron Brown Scholarship

SAE Scholarship Program

Scholarships for Students with Hearing Loss

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

NM School Scholarship Pages (including Bridge and Lottery information):

CNM Scholarship Page

UNM Scholarship Page

NMSU Scholarship Page

ENMU Scholarship Page

NM Tech Scholarship Page