Athletics is an important part of the Cottonwood experience. Every season our student-athletes gain lifelong lessons in the value of competition, perseverance, hard work, and the true meaning of teamwork. We believe that athletic competition is a powerful teacher. Physical and mental challenges in a team setting offer athletes the opportunity to develop leadership skills, self–confidence and a commitment to others that will inspire them to lead productive and active lives.
The major goal of an interscholastic athletic program is the same as for any other educational program—to provide youth with the opportunity to develop to their maximum potential. It should be noted that participation in athletic activities is a privilege offered to and earned by students. Students must meet high academic standards in order to be eligible to tryout and stay on teams throughout the season. A GPA of 2.5 with no F’s is required of all CCPS athletes.
Middle School Athletics
Our middle school program is for students in grades 6th – 8th and includes basketball, cross country, track and field, and girls volleyball. All middle school athletics is conducted through the Albuquerque Charter School League. Middle school athletics may be conducted at different times of the years then regular seasons one may be familiar with.
High School Athletics
CCPS is a member of the New Mexico Activities Association and is currently classified as a 3A school as a member of District 6. For the 2022-2023 school year CCPS is competing in the following varsity sports: basketball, cross country, golf, swimming, track and field, and girls volleyball. Students in grades 8th – 12th are eligible to participate in these sports. Additionally, our high school students can participate in intramural water polo and coed soccer which competes in the Albuquerque Charter School League.
Student Athlete Requirements
Physical and Concussion Course Information
All student athletes must receive a physical prior to athletic participation. A physical form, signed by the performing physician, must be submitted to the school before a student is declared eligible. The physical must be dated April 1, 2022 or later and are only valid until the end of the school year.
Additionally, all student athletes must complete the NFHS Student Concussion Course prior to attending or participating in any athletic practices or game play, this an annual expectation for all of our student athletes. And is a state law, for all NMAA participants which cannot be bypassed in any way. The following is the website where students can access the course, they must sign in and create a new account in order to complete the course. Once they have done so, they can either print the certificate or email it to the athletic department.
Athletic Director: Chris Rigali