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Welcome to the KCHS Counseling Department

Address: 550 CR 6100, Kirtland, NM 87417
Phone: (505) 598-5881
Fax: (505) 598-9712

School Day Hours:
Monday thru Friday
7:50 AM – 3:20 PM
Early Release Fridays
7:50 AM – 1:30 PM

Counseling Department

Kirtland Central High School’s counseling department provides academic, career, and social/emotional counseling to students in grades 9 th -12 th grade. School counselors, CCRC, and Registrar can be reached by phone and email. In-person meetings are available by walk-ins and appointment.


KCHS Counselors

Mr. Brian JoePhone Extension: 11016Email: [email protected]
Student Last Names: A-J

Professional Biography: Mr. Joe started at KCHS in the fall of 2009. He earned his school counseling degree in 2009 from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. This is Mr. Joe’s 15th year as a school counselor.

Dr. Cleofus Nelson
Phone Extension: 11018
Email: [email protected]
Student Last Names: K-Z

Professional Biography: Dr. Nelson started at KCHS in the fall of 2019. He earned his school counseling degree in 2015 from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. This is Dr. Nelson’s 9th year as a school counselor.

After School Credit Recovery

After-School Credit Recovery
KCHS students are provided an opportunity during the school year to make up
credit through after-school programs for classes they failed in core courses.
Students can retake up to two classes (1 credit), 2-days a week per class for 15
weeks. After-school credit recovery is one hour from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM and is
taught by KCHS teachers. This is offered during both the fall and spring semesters.
Subjects Offered:

English I, II, III, IV
Algebra I
Algebra II
New Mexico History
World History
United States History
Electives may be offered at the teachers' discretion

New Mexico Graduation Requirements

Students earning a high school diploma in New Mexico are required to earn 24 credits. Within the 24 credits, 1 credit must be an honors, dual credit, advanced placement, or distance learning credit. Seniors are required to have passed and earned ALL 24 credits to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Mathematics (1 credit equal to or greater than Algebra 2)4
Science (2 credits with a lab component)3
History/Social Studies3.5
Physical Education1
Career Cluster/Workplace Readiness/Language1
Total Credits24