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General Information

Critical Response / Fire Drills

DNHS has established a critical response plan (located in the Main Office) for various types of campus emergencies.

For the safety of our students and staff these evacuation procedures will be rehearsed throughout the school year. When the fire siren sounds, students should move immediately to an open area which is 50 feet away from the buildings. They will take direction from their teacher. The “all clear” signal (three long rings) will indicate when it is safe to return to the building.

Fire lanes on the campus grounds have been clearly marked, and fire lane violations will result in fines by city officials or APS Security during school hours and at school events.


To maintain a safe campus food deliveries to students are not allowed during school time.

Disclosure Exemption

Military recruiters, universities and other post-secondary institutions may request that the school or district provide them with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of enrolled high school students. All names will appear on the requested list unless parents, or students who are 18 years old or older, complete and submit a Disclosure Exemption form (available in the office) requesting that their name be removed from the list.

Final Exams

Final exams are required by state law and calculated into the semester grades for all high school students. Final exams will be administered the last days of each semester. Attendance is mandatory. Students and parents may not request exemptions to the final exam schedule. The final exam grade is recorded on the semester report card.


Fines include activities, athletic, library and textbook. The fine list is posted around campus the last two weeks of each semester. Failure to clear fines by the end of the school year will result in the loss of the right to receive school records or register for classes for the upcoming school year. All fines are paid in the Bookroom.

Flag Ceremony And Pledge

Every morning, during the announcements, everyone should stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. During assemblies, games, or other events where the colors are presented, all persons should stand. This position should be held during the National Anthem and continued until the colors leave the floor or are posted.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements are determined by the State of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools. Next Step plans are developed annually in partnership with students, parents and faculty advisors. Specific questions regarding appropriate course work and requirements should be directed to your counselor. Students are required to pass a a standards based assessment.


As per the APS district guideline J.14 hazing will not be permitted as a condition of membership in any group or organization connected with the Albuquerque Public Schools. Hazing is defined as:

  1. To harass by exacting unnecessary, disagreeable, or degrading tasks or activities which may result in harm or bodily injury to an individual.
  2. To play abusive and humiliating tricks on an individual by way of initiation.

Inductions may be formal/informal—hazing is NOT allowed!


Completing homework and contacting teachers about make-up work is the student’s responsibility and part of the educational process. Teachers will provide the deadline for completion of assignments. Students should request make-up work for short term illness. See page 10. If a student is ill and will obviously be absent several days, his/her parents should request homework assignments through their Counselor.

Honor Societies

Del Norte has several honor society organizations. See page 35. Qualification for membership includes a required grade point average and service requirements to be fulfilled. The various honor societies are listed in the Student Involvement: Activities and Athletics section under Organizations - Academic.

Students must be in compliance with state law regarding immunizations in order to attend DNHS. Students without current immunization will not be admitted to Del Norte High School. Questions should be directed to the school nurse.


Academic Award Letter: The DNHS Academic Letter was established to reward demonstrated excellence in academics. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better for three semesters. These semesters do not need to be consecutive. A minimum of at least one semester must be while in attendance at Del Norte. Academic Letter applications are available in the Activities Office, and are awarded at a special assembly early in the spring semester.

Activity Award Letter: All students at DN are eligible to earn an Activity Letter by participating in student activities that are non-athletic. Participation is based on earning 12 points in the current school year by participation in a variety of clubs, or by meeting strict requirements from only one organization if approved by the Activities Office. Official Activity Letter forms are available in the Activities Office mid-March. They are awarded at the Recognition Assembly in the spring.

Athletic Award letter: Varsity participants are eligible to earn an Athletic Letter. Letter requirements are set and approved by the head coach of each sport and the Athletic Director. All athletes must fulfill expectations and finish the season in good standing. Athletic Letters are awarded at the end of the sports season.


The office staff is unable to deliver messages to students except in the case of emergency. Student emergency messages must go through the front office secretaries.

Parent Involvement

Opportunities for parent involvement are numerous. Parents may volunteer for activity and athletic booster clubs; the Parent Advisory which focuses on school- wide issues and school support; and the Instructional Council which is the instructional leadership committee and addresses planning for the future. Parent volunteers are welcomed. Contact the Principal’s Secretary.

Parent Involvement Program (PIP)

The Parent Involvement Program (PIP) is a special program designed to serve as an alternative to long-term suspension when a student is involved in a drug or alcohol violation. PIP is designed to educate both the parent and student on topics such as teen issues, communication, problem solving, and provide information about drugs and alcohol. Participation in PIP requires that both student and parent sign a contract, and attend four two-hour sessions once a week for four weeks. Contact the Crossroad Counselor or school administrator for information.


Student parking is provided in the designated student parking lot on the north side of the campus. Parking in the student lot will require a current parking sticker that will be visibly displayed in the front window of the vehicle.

A New Mexico driver’s license, proof of insurance for each vehicle, registration for each vehicle and a current Del Norte student I.D. card are required to purchase the current year parking sticker in the Activities Office at a cost of $30.00.

The student parking lot will be monitored during the regular school day. APS and DNHS do not guarantee that losses will not occur, nor will they be responsible for damages to or loss of personal items or vehicles.

Students who park in other areas will be towed at their expense.


No tape, pins, tacks, etc. may be used. Posters and advertisements must have the approval of the Activities Director. Normally, a maximum of three large posters for an individual event may be posted; special needs will be considered. Approval to hang up posters must go through the Activities Office. Posters and signs will be removed by the sponsor the day after the activity. Posters/Flyers must be posted in approved areas only.

Progress Reports

Students are encouraged to discuss their academic progress with their teachers. Students and parents can request progress reports on an individual basis through the Counseling Office and I-Parent.

Report Cards

Report cards are issued every six weeks. Report cards are distributed on campus. The report card indicates the total number of days absent in each class for that six-week grading period, the letter grade earned and appropriate teacher comment. The final exam grade and the number of earned credits are listed at the end of each semester on the student’s report card. At the end of the second semester only (spring), report cards will be mailed home. If students do not receive their report card, they should contact the Del Norte High School office.

Schedule Changes

Students have been given all possible assistance in selecting courses. A four-year plan has been approved by the parent and counselor. If at any time it is necessary for a student to drop a course, it is dropped with a “WF” after the first 10 days of the semester. Schedule changes will not be made after the first 10 days of the semester.

School Pictures

Life Touch National School Studios has been selected by the school to photograph all Del Norte students for the yearbook. Seniors have their yearbook portraits taken by appointment at the photographer’s studio in the summer. Photographs of juniors, sophomores and freshmen will be taken at Del Norte in the early fall. Students may order photographs when they are taken, and payment is required when the order is placed. All senior pictures must be taken at Life Touch by Mid-October to be included in the yearbook.

Life Touch National School Studios 1453 Wyoming Blvd. NE 237-1957

School Records

When a student registers, forms will be completed requiring the student’s legal name. Del Norte is happy to use a nickname, but for accuracy, data processing, and efficiency, the student’s legal name must be used. Any change of address/telephone number/legal name/or guardian status must be recorded with the Data Processing. Release of student information will only be allowed to legal parent or guardian.

School Trips

The school administration must approve all trips which are part of the activities of a class or club. The Principal approves club trips and class-related trips. Athletic team travel is approved by the Athletic Director. Parents must give written permission for such trips. Each school-related absence is a Knight absence. Parent volunteers must be cleared through the APS volunteer process.

Sportsmanship / Character Counts

All DN students and parents have a responsibility to show respect and consideration for their opponents, coaches, and officials as well as to demonstrate enthusiastic support of the Knights! All spectators and fans are expected to exercise good sportsmanship.

  • Booing or razzing the opposing team or officials represents poor sportsmanship.
  • Demonstrate respect for all private and community property.
  • Unnecessary litter creates additional work for stadium and gymnasium maintenance people and does little to show respect for the athletic teams.
  • Cheerleaders, athletes or any other student must not throw anything into the stands at/to the fans.
  • All athletic events are school sponsored activities; therefore students are expected to follow the Knight Code.
  • Spectators and fans must remain in designated areas at all times.

Student Drop-Off / Pick-Up Locations

Safety is our #1 concern. Parents are encouraged to drop off/pick up students in the student parking lot on the North side of the campus. Students may also be dropped off/picked up on the north side of the gymnasium off of Senior Lane.

Student Elections

All student elections are coordinated through the Activities Office. Students are encouraged to run for student office, to vote in student elections, and to take elections seriously. Student ID is required to vote.

Student I.D.

Student I.D. cards are issued to every student at registration. I.D. cards must be carried at all times and must be presented to any staff member upon request. Bar codes are necessary to check out textbooks and library books and purchase food from the cafeteria. Replacement I.D. cards will be made only during passing periods or at lunch at a cost of $5.00 for the first replacement, $7.00 for the second replacement. Proof of attendance at Del Norte is required.

Student Insurance

Accident insurance is made available through the Albuquerque Public Schools by a local insurance agency. Del Norte assists by offering the application forms at the beginning of school. The insurance plan provides good coverage (both school time and full time). For information or verification of grades for good-student insurance discounts, the student or parent should see the school nurse.


Del Norte students participate in a number of district, state and national testing programs. It is essential for a student to expend maximum efforts on these tests as results become part of the student’s permanent high school record.

The State Department of Education requires that all students pass a standards based assessment or a competency exam. Each test is designed to measure skills in reading, writing, English, math, science and social studies. Specific questions regarding testing and/or graduation requirements should be directed to your counselor.


All visitors must check in to the Main Office and pick up a visitor ID card. Non- Del Norte students, especially younger children, are prohibited on campus during the school day due to safety and liability concerns. Student guests are not permitted unless it is for a Del Norte sponsored activity.