Farmington school named best in New Mexico | KOB 4

Farmington school named best in New Mexico

Meg Hilling
October 25, 2018 05:22 PM

FARMINGTON – A group of students in Farmington is trying to change the face of education in New Mexico.


At first glance San Juan College High School seems like any other school.  But the free public high school is providing advanced students in the Four Corners a chance to push forward. Home to 80 students, it's now known as the top academic school in New Mexico.

"Growing up, I knew I needed something more. I didn't like just sitting in a classroom and finishing my work super-fast and then just sitting there waiting for the other kids to finish," Emma Cillesen, a student at San Juan College High School said.

Located on the campus of San Juan College, the school pushes students to succeed and to graduate with both a diploma, as well as an associates degree.

"When we see them making connections, thinking about things and deep knowledge about information and being able to apply, not only inside of one classroom, but many of our classrooms, that to us truly tunes out everything else negative that is going on," Robbin Lewis, a teacher at San Juan College High School said

The success of the school has caught the attention of Governor Susana Martinez.

"I brag about you all over the country. I talk about Farmington all over the country because you are showing the country how it can be done," Governor Martinez said.

The school has been open for three years, leaving teachers with high hopes for the future.

"I think the biggest thing that we are waiting for and excited about is to see where this first class is going to go from here," Lewis said.


Meg Hilling

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