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College and Career Resource Counselor- Kevin O'Sullivan

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2018 Graduation Ceremonies

Volcano Vista's graduation will be on Monday, May 10th, 2018 @ 6:30pm. The comprehensive high school graduations will be held at Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico This is an external link.(mapThis is an external link.), as they have been for the past few years.

Parking Information

Tingley Coliseum (mapThis is an external link.)

General parking can be accessed through Gate 7 located on Lomas and Gate 8 located on Louisiana.

Please be aware the far right-hand lanes eastbound on Lomas and southbound on Louisiana will be restricted to right turns only upon entering and exiting Gate 7 and Gate 8.

See diagram mapping entrances to general parking or view a map of the Fairgrounds.This is a link to a PDF file.

Handicap parking by permit only will be available in the Pavilion Parking Lot accessed through Gate 3 located on San Pedro and Copper (must have handicap parking permit to access lot)

National Hispanic Cultural Center
General parking is available on the north side of the building.

View map >>This is an external link.

Safety Tips

The following items will not be permitted into the graduation ceremony:

  • Food or drinks (including bottled water)
  • Balloons
  • Signs
  • Noisemakers (whistles, loudspeakers, foghorns, etc.)
  • No vases (floral arrangements in glass containers)

Guests wanting to bring bags for diapers, cameras, or medical needs will be searched before entering the building.

Event coordinators will be available at the event to guide guests and answer questions. Security will be present in the event parking lots.

VVHS Counseling Services

Volcano Vista High School Counseling Department

Mission Statement

The Volcano Vista High School Counseling Department's mission is to help all students to reach their utmost potential in academics, personal/social, and career development through a comprehensive counseling program. 


2017-18 Scholarship Bulletin

2017-2018 Fall Scholarship Information


Where do I find scholarships?

  • Try any of these scholarship search engines:                                                                                                                                                                                     


What do I need to know about scholarships?


1. They’re worth the effort!  Applying for scholarships can be time-consuming, especially during your busy senior year, but there is a LOT of money available to students who make the effort to search and apply for scholarships.  Set aside time weekly to work on searching for scholarships, preparing requirements (writing essays, obtaining transcripts, requesting letters of recommendation) and turning in top-quality applications.

2. Pay attention to deadlines.  Some scholarships require online applications; some must be mailed/postmarked by a set date or even hand-delivered.  Be sure to apply well in advance of the deadline.  Give your recommenders at least 2-3 weeks’ notice to write you letters, and provide a stamped, addressed envelope (if appropriate) or clear directions about how and when you’ll follow up.  Be sure to thank your recommenders with a nice card or note of appreciation.

3.  Consider what they’re looking for.  Each scholarship has different requirements, possibly including GPA, community service/volunteer work, leadership experience, and/or an essay.  Be clear on the requirements and complete all parts of the application.  Remember: the students you’re competing against will also have strong records; ask yourself what sets you apart, and make sure that comes across!

4. Essays:  Topics vary dramatically, and you want your essay to stand out from the crowd.  Tailor each essay to the individual scholarship.  Be sure to check your spelling AND proofread well.  Ask a trusted person to read over your application and give constructive feedback before you send it off.

5.  Scholarship Types: Scholarships break into two different types: instructional and private. Institutional scholarships are funded by the college or university and usually have requirements such as test scores and GPS. Private scholarships are offered by non-profit organizations or companies who fund a scholarship. Remember these can be national or local, while local scholarships may be less in amount they may also have less competition.

6.  Beware of scams!  Never release your Social Security number, credit card or bank information, or fall prey to “phishing” e-mails you may receive.  If it sounds too good to be probably is.




There are multiple scholarship opportunities at Visit this website for details. Scholarships range from students living in foster care, to those who have faced extraordinary life challenges, to students living in a mobile/manufactured home.

Scholarship/ Essay Contests

Varsity Tutors College Scholarship Contest              DEADLINE: Varies

Monthly scholarship essay contest. Check website for details.

Camino Real Council

Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a program with a Reading, Language Arts, English and/or ESL emphasis at a New Mexico college or institution of higher education. Preference for CRC membership but membership is not required.
Application: In order to be considered the application must include the following:
A letter of interest including information about how the scholarship will be used to further your growth in the area of literacy development.
Identifying information to include name, address, phone number, and current email address
Enrolled course of study
A letter of recommendation from a mentor and/or advisor employed by a New Mexico college or institution of higher education
Commitment to report back and attend the CRC Awards Banquet
Deadline: April 20, 2018
Send Applications to: MariSol Fraga, CRC Scholarship Chair
P.O. Box 35816
Albuquerque, NM 87176-5816
*please email to notify that it has been mailed
For further questions please feel free to contact MariSol Fraga at

The scholarship, $1,000- $2,000 will be awarded at the CRC Awards Banquet on Saturday, 

May 5, 2018

JUNIORS and Younger

B.Davis Scholarship                                                        

DEADLINE: May 22, 2018

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution. Write an essay (1000 word or less essay) about the following topic: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.  Your submissions must be sent to us by email at

Email your essay and other required information to

See website



2018 Chief Manuelito Scholarship

DEADLINE: May 11, 2018

The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance (ONNSFA) is requesting nominations for the 2018 Chief Manuelito Scholarship.  Navajo seniors must meet all eligibility criteria prior to their high school graduation date.  ONNSFA will review transcripts for GPA, corresponding ACT/SAT score, and must earn 1 unit of Navajo Language and .5 unit of Navajo Government (completed through CEC). Candidates must meet all eligibility requirements by June 25, 2018. 


Abbott & Fenner Scholarship                                        

DEADLINE: June 14, 2018

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words: Describe your educational career and life goals.  Explain your plan for achieving these goals.  Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

Your submissions must be sent to us by email at:


BigSun Scholarship 2018                                   

DEADLINE:  June 19, 2018

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do our part we are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.

How to Apply

Please send us a short essay (500 - 1,000 words) answering the following questions:

How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?

Has your participation influenced your career goals?

Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?


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Volcano Vista High School- School Profile


Volcano Vista High School Profile


CEEB code: 320122

Main office: (505) 890-0343

Principal: Dr. Vickie Bannerman

Assistant Principals:   Michelle Allen, Manuel Alzaga, Paula Nunez

Dean of Students: Billy Thiebaut

Athletic Director: Ben Brown

Activities Director: Susie Weidner

School Counselors: Lena Aragon, Dawn Cde Baca, Trisha Mertens, Bob Monclova, and Morry Roybal

College and Career Counselor:  Ruben Garcia

Registrar: Connie Ewing


The Community

Albuquerque is located near the center of New Mexico with a population of nearly one-half million people. The city sits in the beautiful Rio Grande river valley bordered by the Sandia and Manzano mountains. The residents of Albuquerque comprise a multi-cultural blend of Hispanics, Native-Americans, Asians, Blacks and Caucasians. The community is known for supporting the Arts and its focus on high tech research and development including major employers like Sandia National Labs, Honeywell, Intel and Kirtland Air Force Base. Albuquerque is also home to the University of New Mexico and the Central New Mexico Community College. As one of the largest school districts in the nation, Albuquerque Public Schools provides educational services to nearly 90,000 students across the metropolitan area. It is also the city’s second largest employer, providing jobs for more than 13,000 people. We are considered an urban-suburban-rural school district.


The School

Volcano Vista is a comprehensive four-year public high school enrolling 2200 students in grades 9 through 12.The school opened in the fall of 2007 and graduated its first class in the spring of 2010. Encompassing 500,000 square feet, Volcano Vista is the second-largest school in Albuquerque Public Schools. The campus includes four tennis courts, softball, baseball and soccer fields, a track, and a practice field. In addition, Volcano Vista has the only black box theater, as well as the only professional theater, in the state.


The Curriculum

Volcano Vista High School offers a standard curriculum designed to enhance the students’ individual interests. The rigorous curriculum prepares students for college and careers. Regular,Honors and Advanced Placement classes are available. Honors and Advance Placement classes, which grant weighted grades, are available at all grade levels. The academic program is organized on a modified rotating block schedule. Three and a half credits (3.5) is the maximum course load per semester: students take six block classes which meet every other day and one shorter class which meets daily. All classes are year-long.


AP courses are offered in World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Psychology, English Language, English Literature, Biology, Physics 1: Algebra Based, Environmental Science, Calculus AB and BC, Statistics, Spanish Language, Studio Art, Studio 2D and Studio 3D. AP is an open-enrollment program.


Honors classes are offered in English 9, English 10, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II/Trigonometry and Pre-calculus.


Students may also choose to enroll at local institutions of higher education to earn both high school and college credit through a dual-enrollment program.  Volcano Vista is accredited by the NCA-CASI and the State of New Mexico Public Education Department and holds membership in the College Board.


Volcano Vista offers a wide variety of electives courses. The Career and Technical Education Department offers five programs of study: Culinary Arts, Auto Tech, Computer-Aided Drafting in Architecture and Engineering, and Business and Marketing.  The state-of-the-art auto shop produced the second-place Ford AAA team in 2011. The Culinary Arts students have access to six modern residential kitchens and one commercial-grade kitchen. Our Business and Marketing program is affiliated with DECA, an international marketing association, and students gain practical experience by working in the school snack bar.  Spanish, French, German, are offered through the Modern and Classical Languages Department, with approximately 65% of the student body completing at least two years of language study.


The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps strives to “build better citizens for America” by focusing on a three-part curriculum: aerospace science, leadership training and physical fitness. Cadets may also participate in extracurricular activities, including Rocket Club, Academic Team, Drill and Marksmanship Teams. The Marksmanship Team holds the state title for 2011 and national title for 2010 and 2011.


Volcano Vista offers twenty-one interscholastic athletic programs and has competed at the varsity level since the 2008/2009 school year. Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball, Wrestling, Softball, Baseball and Boys’ Track have won district championships. Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer, Softball have won state championships, most recently the 2017 Boys’ Basketball team. 




Grading System

A-Excellent 90-100 (4.0)

B-Above Average 80-89 (3.0)

C-Average 70-79 (2.0)

D-Below Average 60-69 (1.0)

F-Failure 59 or below (0.0)



The following criteria are applied when determining class rank:

  1. the student has passed the New Mexico required assessment(s) for graduation or an alternative assessment; and


  1. the student has been enrolled in an APS high school for two (2) consecutive    semesters (excluding summer sessions).


GPA Calculation

GPA is computed using the above quality points. Beginning with grade 9, all subjects, whether passed or failed, are included in the computation. A minimum of 25 credits is required for graduation. AP and honors classes grant an additional 0.025 to the students’ GPA for each semester course completed successfully. Grades are recorded on the transcript and grade point average is computed in December and May.


Academic Profile

One of the highest graduation rates in Albuquerque Public Schools. 2013 Graduation rate information pending.


SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT mean score for New SAT administration for the class of 2017 was mean score of 1089 with a mean ERW score of 658 and Math score of 609.  The mean Composite ACT score for the graduating class of 2017 was 20.9


Advanced Placement Results

In May 2017, 202 students took AP Exams. A total of 302 exams were taken in 17 subjects. 55.4 Percent of students scored a 3 or higher on AP Exams in 2017.

Awards and Distinctions

3 National Merit Scholarship Program recognitions with commendations

1 National Achievement Scholarship Program Semi-Finalist, 2011-2012

3 National Hispanic Scholarship Program Semi-Finalists, 2012-13

3 National Hispanic Scholarship Scholars and 2 Honorable Mentions, 2014

3 National Hispanic Recognition Program 2015-2016

4 National Merit Scholarship Program recognitions 2016

1 National Merit Scholarship Winner 2016

1 National Merit Scholarship Semi- Finalist 2016-2017

2 National Merit Semi-Finalists 2017-2018

2 National Hispanic Scholars 2017-2018