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The NMMI High School Program
“A Solid Academic Preparation”

Academic Programs

The high school program is a college preparatory course of study. Twenty-three units are required for a diploma, to include four years of English, four years of Mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry/Trigonometry/Algebra III), three full years of Laboratory Science, two years of the same foreign language, three years of social sciences including World History, U.S. History and one semester each of American government and economics. Other requirements include one semester each of communications, computer literacy and practical or fine arts. No adaptive programming or services, curricular adaptation or special education alternative programming are provided.

Students are also required to take the ACT Exam before graduating from high school. Prep courses for both the ACT and SAT exams are available. The New Mexico Military Institute has a total of seventy-five full-time faculty, academic disciplines include: English, foreign language (Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic), social science, business administration, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, physics, biology, art, music and physical education. Challenge examinations are available and count for graduation requirements. Qualified students may be permitted to take college courses while in high school.

Academic Facilities

New Mexico Military Institute has some of the finest academic facilities available. The Toles Learning Center houses the library and its 68,000 volume collection, learning resource center, academic computer center, 200 seat lecture hall, classrooms and the Student Assistance Center. Available to cadets is an on-line catalog. Also located in the Toles Learning Center is the Computer Services Center.

College Placement

100 percent of NMMI high school graduates are accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college. New Mexico Military Institute is represented in the major colleges and universities throughout the United States. Some of the colleges and universities our graduates are attending are: Boston University, Embry Riddle, University of Nebraska, California State Colleges, Colorado State University, Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, West Point, Southern Methodist, Tulane, University of Texas, New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech.

Academic advisors are available to provide students with assistance in college exploration and selection. A computerized college scholarship search program is available in the Student Assistance Center for cadet use. NMMI is a regional test center for ACT, SAT, TOEFL and GRE. Additionally, New Mexico Military Institute has a liaison officer whose duties include working with and assisting students interested in attending the national service academies.

Student Assistance Center

The Student Assistance Center (SAC) provides academic, career and personal counseling. Student progress is monitored closely and there is close communication with the parents and guardians of cadets. Five high school counselor/advisors in the SAC work closely with the teaching faculty, guiding their assigned students through the academic program, supporting and encouraging good study habits, proper behavior and overall academic achievement and growth.

Student Body – Corps of Cadets

Social and cultural diversity are hallmarks of an New Mexico Military Institute education. The corps of cadets is comprised of students from forty five states and thirty five countries!

New Mexico Military Institute has its own cadet chain of command which is responsible to the Commandant of Cadets and his staff. He and his staff are responsible to the Superintendent for the organization, control, discipline, training, health and welfare of the Corps of Cadets.

The Corps of Cadets is organized as a regiment of cavalry, emanating from the school’s cavalry tradition. The Regiment consists of four squadrons and a Headquarters Troop/Band. Each squadron has five troops with two platoons of three to four squads each. All cadet officers are college cadets.

The Corps has an honor system and strives to instill in every cadet the highest standards of personal integrity. The system belongs to the Corps of Cadets, but operates under the sanction of the Commandant of Cadets.

High School cadets entering the Corps of Cadets for the first time are new cadets for two semesters. The new cadet environment is stressful, formal, strict and just. All cadets are held strictly accountable for their actions.

NMMI operates with a Cadet Honor Code that states a cadet will not “Lie, Cheat, or Steal, or Tolerate Those Who Do.”Every cadet is obligated to support and enforce the Honor System. Any cadet, staff, or faculty member who believes an honor violation has occurred is responsible to report violations that come to their attention. The incidents are to be reported to the Commandant. The Honor Board, acting on behalf of the Corps of Cadets and with the approval of the Commandant of Cadets investigates alleged violations of the Honor Code. The Honor Code is contained in the NMMI Blue Book and is distributed annually to each cadet. Honor education occurs throughout the school year with emphasis on developing ethical behavior in all aspects of life.

Boarding and General Facilities

Cadet barracks are organized by troop with two or three cadets of the same status in each room. Rooms are subject to inspection at all times by both cadet officers and noncommissioned officers, and by uniformed members of the Commandant’s staff.

All student rooms have heating and air conditioning. Each room is wired for cable TV and a campus computer network, which includes Internet access. Information on computer systems at NMMI can be obtained by calling NMMI Information Services.

The dining hall seats the entire Corps of Cadets for meals. There is a student union complex with a snack bar, barber shop, game room, bowling alley, reading room and a ballroom.

There is also a thirty-six bed infirmary on campus. The cadet chapel is nondenominational and services are available for all principal faiths. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available. There is a 1,400-seat auditorium with a band practice annex.

Safety and security procedures can be obtained upon request.


All cadets take physical education with an emphasis on life-time sports. All cadets not out for a varsity or club sport participate in intramurals two times a week, generally competing on their troop team.

New Mexico Military Institute has excellent athletic facilities and athletic playing fields. They include a physical education building, The Godfrey Athletic Center,  with four regulation basketball courts, four handball/racquetball courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool with sunning decks, and state-of-the-art exercise equipment. A separate building houses the varsity team locker and weight rooms, and gymnasium for varsity basketball games.

The playing fields include tennis courts, a baseball diamond, running tracks (quarter-mile and half-mile), football and soccer fields, and an eighteen-hole golf course.

High school sports include football, soccer, cross country, basketball, wrestling, swimming, track, tennis, golf, baseball, girls volleyball and basketball, and club sports such as rifle and precision drill teams.

Intramural sports include flag football, racquetball, volleyball, tennis, basketball, and softball.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Extracurricular activities involve seventy five percent of the Corps of Cadets. Activities include jazz combo, string ensemble, color guards, rifle, and drill teams.

Cadets may also participate in the Pre-Med Club, Drama Club, Chess Club, Phi Theta Kappa, speech and writing contests, Shakespeare Festival, German, Mexican and Polynesian Clubs, African American Student Alliance, Astronomy Club, Ski Club, HAM Radio Club, Bataan Memorial Death March, Centennial Flame Guard, Leadership Education and Development, Spirit Squad, Hiking Club, Fencing Club, Character Counts, Paint ball and National Honor Society.