Along with all required core subjects, CHS offers a wide range of elective courses including NJROTC, Band, Choir, Dance, Theater, and Journalism.  In Career & Technical Education (CTE), CHS offers: Ag-Science, Health Science, Business Education, Culinary Arts, Robotics/Electronics/Engineering, and Law Enforcement, along with many others. Students leave CHS with certifications that allow them to follow post-secondary pursuits of college/university and employment in high paying, high need employment areas.

CHS also offers an outstanding athletics program and is home to district and bi-district champion caliber programs year in and year out including: football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, track, soccer, golf, cross country, tennis, and cheerleading.

Students are supported by an outstanding, highly qualified team of administrators, teachers, counselors, and staff with one of the lowest student to teacher ratios in Region 19.  Canutillo High School is small enough to know and care for the individual needs of every student, but large enough to offer all that is needed for the success of each student today and in the future. Programs offered at CHS include:

Academy of Advanced Academic Studies
Advanced Academic programs provide challenging learning experiences that are designed to meet the unique learning profile of a broad range of advanced learners.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in and complete a degree at universities/colleges by closing achievement gaps and providing support to its students by teaching and reinforcing study and organizational skills, encouraging students to take more rigorous and challenging classes, providing skills necessary to succeed in college, and ultimately preparing them for success beyond high school. 

Career & Technical Education (CTE)
CTE programs are designed to prepare students for life-long success in high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations and career fields. Several CTE courses allow students to earn college credit through articulation.  

University Interscholastic League (UIL) Academy
The UIL offers the most comprehensive literary and academic competitive program in the nation. It offers more than any other UIL division in terms of activities, with 22 high school and 18 elementary and junior high contests. More than a half million students participate in UIL academic contests. These activities, which exist to complement the academic curriculum, are designed to motivate students as they acquire higher levels of knowledge, to challenge students to confront issues of importance, and to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of specific skills.

Princeton Review
This program is designed to help college and graduate school–bound students achieve their higher-education goals through test-preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, as well as through online courses and resources, print and digital books. The program also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to help provide students with college-readiness, test-preparation and career-planning services. Over 4 out of 5 Princeton Review graduates are accepted into at least one of their top-choice schools.

Fine Arts
With award-winning and state-ranked theater, band, choir, dance, and recognized visual arts programs, Canutillo High School is poised to become the leader in fine arts education in El Paso. With 13 trophies and 30 state-level medals, the fine arts department at CHS provides any willing student the opportunity to excel and attain recognition in state competition. The arts are instrumental in increasing student achievement and provide the basis for a successful collegiate and professional career.

Leadership Development
The focus of this program is to train students in the various aspects of leadership.  Students involved in the course represent the student body and organize events inside and outside of the school.  They are provided an opportunity to study, practice, and develop group and individual leadership and organizational skills through an active student government with an emphasis on creating a lively and positive environment within the school.  

Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC)
The mission of NJROTC is to instill in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.  Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year via extra-curricular activities, community service, academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions, field meets, flights, marksmanship sports training, as well as physical fitness training.

House Bill 5 (HB5)
Approved by the State Board of Education and adopted by the Texas Legislature in January, 2014, HB5 provides the new graduation requirements beginning with incoming 9th-graders in the 2014-2015 school year.

CISD students will continue a 4 x 4 curriculum (4 CRS. each of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) with additional requirements as defined by both the district and the state. CISD expects all students to complete high school as a Distinguished Level of Achievement graduate with a minimum of 1 Endorsement.

*More details on HB5 available: TEA - House Bill 5