Grading and Ranking: All classes offered for credit are given a letter grade. GPA is calculated with semester grades only and includes all classes. Students earn an additional 0.25 for each AP and/or Honors course he or she successfully completes with a grade of C- or better, which is added to the total cumulative GPA. MHS ranks students by GPA. 

Graduation Requirements: The class of 2014 must earn 27 credits, one of which must be AP, Honors, Dual Credit, or Distance Learning. 

Advanced placement: MHS currently offers six AP courses: AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, AP Calculus AB, and AP US Government and Politics. 

Honors and Advanced Courses: Students enrolled in honors or advanced courses have the option of earning college credit from Mesalands Community College: Honors Senior English IV, Honors Government and Economics, Advanced Animal Studies, (advanced), Advanced Agricultural Leadership 

Dual Enrollment: Starting the summer before their sophomore year, students may begin taking college courses through Central NM Community College and the University of NM as long as they meet the pre-requisites set by those institutions. Students may also take specific courses on campus from MHS instructors that earn them college credit from Mesalands Community College or Central NM Community College. Those courses are listed above in the Honors section and also include welding, CAD, finance, business math, college math survey, computer modeling, and woodshop. 

Virtual Academy of Learning: Students have the opportunity to take courses through VAL, which uses the online curriculum provided by Edgenuity as well as “direct instruction.” Although the majority of the work is completed from a computer at home, students meet on campus one day a week to receive assistance from an on-site instructor. 

Special Programs: MHS offers student support for those students who have a SAT, 504, or IEP. Gifted programming is also available to those who qualify. 

Honors Diploma Program: All students are invited to participate in the MHS Honors Diploma Program in which they can earn honors at graduation by completing 14 requirements in addition to the standard graduation requirements. The additional requirements include a minimum GPA, participation in extra-curricular activities, community service, work experience, academic enrichment, portfolio creation, Capstone project completion, and adherence to an honor code. Much like the Latin-based honors system used at the university level, MHS offers three levels of honors to accommodate students of all abilities. For more information, please visit the following website./