School will accept 100 students for class of 2022

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FARMINGTON — Applications for incoming freshmen at San Juan College High School are due Wednesday. All current eighth-grade students throughout San Juan County are eligible to apply.

The early college high school will accept 100 students in the class of 2022, according to school’s Principal Don Lorett.

San Juan College High School is an accelerated high school and early-college program in which students who complete the four-year program earn a high school diploma and an associate degree, Lorett said. The school’s first class will graduate in 2020.

San Juan College High School is a public school and is free for students to attend, Lorett said.

“Really, you look at the cost for a student who graduates (high school) to come to San Juan College from housing and food and books and tuition, it’s about $30,000 for the two-year degree,” Lorett said at the school on Friday. “We tell (students), ‘This is basically a $30,000 scholarship.’ We want them to think of it that way, to appreciate it and to work hard toward that.”

The school accepts 10 students each from Aztec, Bloomfield and communities within the Central Consolidated School District, and 70 from Farmington. Lorett said the program is available to any eighth-grade student throughout the county, regardless of whether they currently attend a private or public school or if they are home-schooled.

Applications are available online and require both the student and their families to participate in the application packet and an in-person interview. Lorett said students are chosen to attend based on a lottery system and have a week to accept their spot before it is offered to a student on the waiting list, which is also decided by lottery.

Lorett said the application and notification process is meant to mimic the process to apply to a two- or four-year college program.

“Because the kids are actually entering college, we want them to have that experience and understand what it’s like to apply for a higher institution, so we formatted our online application similar to San Juan College’s,” Lorett said.

He said the school already has received approximately 110 applications since the registration period opened on Feb. 1, and the school has averaged between 120 and 150 student applications for the past two years. Notifications will go out in March. 

The school accepted 80 students in the class of 2020 and 100 students in the class of 2021, Lorett said. There are currently approximately 150 students enrolled in the school, and Lorett said the decline in student population is largely due to students whose families have moved out of the county.

More information is available at sjchs.sanjuancollege.edu.

Megan Petersen covers business and education for The Daily Times. Reach her at 505-564-4621 or mpetersen@daily-times.com.

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