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Graduation Information

Graduating with Distinction

Our school offers students an opportunity to earn special recognition and honor at graduation. In order to receive the cord that distinguishes this special honor, a student must meet the following requirements.

Requirements for the nex+Gen Distinguished Graduate Honor

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Complete all course requirements over the course of four years in the Program of Studies, plus:
    • Two Dual Credit Courses successfully completed
    • Two Years Foreign Language
    • Complete One Career Exploration Experience (Mentorship, Internship, or Academic Inquiry) in the Junior Year
    • Complete with Proficiency a Senior Project that includes a business/community mentor
    • Present a Senior Portfolio that successfully meets the proficient score of the assessment rubric

How nex+Gen Requirements Differ

While graduation requirements remain the same for nex+Gen Academy as for all other APS high schools, most students follow the nex+Gen Academy Program of Studies which includes an additional lab science, two years of a foreign language, an additional dual credit course, and a senior project. We feel that this more rigorous course of study better prepares students for college and career.

Nex+Gen vs. APS Graduation Requirements
Course areas APS Graduation Credits nex+Gen Graduation Credits
English 4 4



Lab science 3
Social studies



Health 0.5


Physical education 1



Students must take:

  • 1 credit of an AP or honors or dual credit or distance learning course
  • 1 unit of a career cluster course or workplace readiness course, or a foreign language.


Total 25 27


Program of Study & Corresponding Course Titles

nex+Gen Program of Study

nex+Gen Corresponding Course Titles


  • Concentric Democracy
  • World Studies
  • American Studies
  • American Political and Economic Studies


  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Environmental Science and Statistics
  • Algebra I, Pre-calc, or Calculus

Lab Science

  • Integrative Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics or AP Physics
Social Studies
  • Concentric Democracy (NM History)
  • World Studies (World History)
  • American Studies (US History)
  • Global Comparative Studies (Government)
  • Global Comparative Studies (Economics)



Physical Education

Integrative Biology


  • Foreign language (2 courses): French or Spanish
  • Computer graphics
  • Art I
  • Dual Credit (2 courses)
  • Senior project
  • Ecobiology: Environmental Science and Statistics
  • Elective choice (2.5)
  • Social Studies Skills: Concentric Democracy