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Class of 2021

SCholarship List and Important Dates

Every month, Mrs. Chandler will post a new list of scholarships that our students have been awarded in the past, one's that are sent directly to her, local and La Cueva specific scholarships. The new list will be posted here once updated. She will also send messages out via Remind and SynergyMail once the list is updated. Keep in mind some scholarships have very few people apply. Applying for these scholarships are not a guarantee but if you are awarded money, it is free money to help pay for school. 

Other dates will also be listed on this document, including La Cueva meetings, virtual college fairs and other events that seniors may be interested in.

September Scholarship and Important Date List

Yearbook Pictures

We will be taking SENIOR yearbook pictures on Nov 12th. 1:00-5:00pm

Pictures will be done in the cafeteria. Please park in the back by the cafeteria (this will be the only entrance).  

You MUST make a time slot appointment ahead of time and you will report 5 minutes prior to that time. Use this link to make an appointment.

Please see the flyers below for more information including WHAT TO WEAR.   For questions, please email Mrs. Metzger (

LCHS Senior Flyer 

*The makeup day will be Dec. 9th- these will be the only 2 opportunities to have your picture taken for this year's yearbook.

Paying for College

Below are the links for the resources from the Paying for College presentation held on September 29, 2020. This presentation included information on financial aid (FAFSA) and scholarships.

Paying for College Presentation Video

Paying for College PowerPoint


Mrs. Chandler is available to meet with any La Cueva students and parents who want help filling out the FAFSA. Remember, for the Class of 2021 the application opens up on October 1, 2020. Below are other resources that are helpful in the process. To schedule an appointment with Mrs. Chandler go to her FAFSA Appointment scheduling site.


  • Make sure you are going to the website and never pay money to submit the FAFSA which is FREE.
  • You will be using your 2019 taxes so make sure you have a copy of parent and student taxes (if applicable) and W-2s before you start the application. See the image below for other documents you may need.
  • Try to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Schools have priority deadlines and those are the dates they will start processing awards. Students who have their applications in by those dates, will be considered for the maximum amount of aid.

Many students and parents ask which parents information should be included on the FAFSA. Below is a graphic that will help determine "Who is my parent".

Who s my parent

Scholarship Search Sites

APS Scholarship List

UNM’s General Scholarship Resource (general list, don’t have to be going to UNM)

Texas Tech's External Scholarship Search (general list, don’t have to be going to Texas Tech)

New Mexico State University Private Scholarship List  (general list, don’t have to be going to NMSU)

Senior Meeting Information

Below are links to all the information we shared during the Senior Meetings in September 2020.

To Do List

Below is a list of items that seniors should consider doing and the deadlines

Test Optional Schools

Some colleges have elected to go Test Optional for the 2020-21 application cycle. This means, you do not have to have an ACT or SAT test score for admissions. Below is a list posted by the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC). It is important to note that schools may be test optional for admissions but may still require a test score for scholarships. It is important to do your research by looking at each website for the schools you are interested in.

Test Optional Schools for Admissions

College Research Worksheet

Below is a link for a generic College Research Worksheet. I encourage you to make a copy of it and change it to make it your own. For instance, you can add a section or delete a question to list what is important to you. It is often hard to remember what each college offers when you are researching and it helps to write it down as you go.

Google Docs Version

Microsoft Word Version

NM college Guide

The link below will take you to a NM College Guide. It gives details for all of our NM colleges including costs, admissions information and fast facts. 

College and University Guide

College Fairs

While we can't have our annual College Night this year, we do have the amazing opportunity to participate in two amazing virtual college fairs. One is a regional fair through the New Mexico College Access Counsel (NMCAC) and the other is through the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

New Mexico Regional Fair
Weeklong virtual fair from September 14-September 19, 2020 and information sessions on topics like financial aid and ROTC scholarships held throughout the week.

National Fair

NACAC Fair Information and Registration


All schools across the nation accept either the ACT or SAT so it is your choice which one you want to take. You will need to sign up on your own. If you are on Free or Reduced Price Lunch you can get a fee waiver from the Counseling Office. All juniors will be taking the SAT for free on April 14th as their high school exit exam. They can use this score to send to colleges.

Link your PSAT scores to the Khan Academy

Khan Academy & SAT Prep Program

SAT Practice Tests

SAT Registration Site 
     You do not need to sign up for the April test. Use this link if you want to take the SAT again.

ACT Registration Site

ACT Test Prep and Practice Tests

ACT Academy - Test Prep

ACT Kaplan Test Prep 

Communication Through

One of the primary ways we communicate with Seniors is through Parents and students can sign up to receive messages by following the instructions below.  We do not see your phone number or email address and the messages will be relevant to the senior year (college visits, application deadlines, presentation reminders, scholarship lists, etc.) 


Simply send a text to 81010 with the following code based on the first letter or your last name

Last Name        Code

  A-B           @lacueva21a
  C-F            @lacueva21b
  G-K           @lacueva21c
  L-O           @lacueva21d
  P-S            @lacueva21e
  T-Z            @lacueva21f

Spring 2020 Class of 2021 Meeting

The link below will take you to the recorded copy of the Junior Class meeting we held on April 28, 2020.

Junior Class Meeting

PowerPoint used for meeting

get REady to Apply Presentation 

Below is the PowerPoint used during our Get Ready to Apply presentation.

Get Ready to Apply PowerPoint
College Research Worksheet