St. Pius X High School's academic program is rigorous and prepares students for a life of inquiry, for a life of decision making, and for a life of learning.
With a strong foundation in religion and history, in math and in science, in English, languages and the arts, a student explores diverse course offerings and comes to read more closely, think more carefully, and write more clearly. This leads students in finding support for faith in their lives.
Education is enhanced at St. Pius with small classrooms, a wide range of honors and advanced placement course offerings, teachers with advanced subject area degrees, and special facilities dedicated to learning from computer rooms to art studios.
A challenging curriculum, high standards and a student/teacher ratio of about 17:1 make St. Pius students top performers in national exams and extremely successful college candidates:
- St. Pius X students score above the state and national averages in the ACT. For 2012, the composite score for SPX was 23.9 (Average for NM 19.9 and for nation 21.1.) (See complete scores since 2003.)
- Traditionally, about 96 percent of St. Pius students continue their studies at four-year colleges and universities.
- In recent years, St. Pius graduates have gone on to excel at prestigious institutions such as Notre Dame, Harvard, Boston University, DePaul, Georgetown, Purdue, Rice, Stanford, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
- In a recent year, of the 230 St. Pius juniors who took the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, nine were semi-finalists, one was a commended student, and twelve were National Hispanic Merit Scholars.
- In 2011-2012 St. Pius X won the Decathlon State Championship, the eleventh state title in 13 years. The rigorous academic competition is the largest in the country.
College preparation and counseling are provided by certified counselors dedicated to helping our students with individual concerns, personal growth issues, career planning and college admission.
Counselors work closely with junior and senior year students to access interest and aptitudes as they apply to colleges and universities around the country. Students have the opportunity to meet with representatives from over 60 universities who visit the campus each year.