Living in a good school district is important for many reasons. If you have school age children this it's no-brainer, but even if you don't, knowing the best school districts is one of the fastest and easiest ways to learn what the best neighborhoods are.

That's because the quality of schools goes hand-in-hand with the crime rates in the area and with property values too. Since picking a great neighborhood is important to all home buyers, I thought I'd share some of the information here.


As I was adding the school report card links to my website, I read each of the school report cards and made a list of the best schools based on the scores. Making the list confirmed what I already knew about Albuquerque schools, that the top three most desirable schools are in the northeast heights. That's one of the reasons why the NE Heights is the most popular part of town for home sales.

The two NW Albuquerque high schools fared well too. Here is a list of the top 5 high schools, in order according to the score they received:

  • La Cueva High School. No real surprise here, La Cueva is generally regarded as the top ranked public high school in town. Graduation rates, college and career  readiness and current student standing ratings were above average. Overall they scored a 76.3 and got an "A." See homes for sale in this district.
  • Eldorado High School comes in second on the list, with a score of 73.6, good enough for a "B" grade. College and career readiness, current standing and graduation rate were all above average. Overall they scored a 73.6 and got a "B" grade. Eldorado High Homes.
  • Sandia High School scored 72.4, good enough for third place on my list of best schools. They received "A's" in current student standing and college and career readiness, but C's in all other areas. Search Sandia HS homes for sale.
  • Volcano Vista High School and
  • Cibola High School, both in Northwest Albuquerque, come in 4th and 5th on the list respectively. Both schools received overall "B" grades with Volcano Vista edging out Cibola slighty with a higher score in College and Career Readiness. VVHS received an A in this important category. VVHS received an F however in the School Growth on Lower Performing Students category. View homes for sale in VVHS School District or Cibola High School.

The grades and score reported above are for the 2011-2012 school year, the most recent school year that is available. If you would like to read ther reports you can go here. While reducing the quality of a school to a letter grade is helpful, please keep in mind that it's only a start in how you should anticipate how valuable your childs education is going to be at one of these top schools. Each individual student's interests and experiences are going to be different.

Rich Cederberg, Albuquerque Real Estate Agent (505) 803-5012