EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 1982
since-1982

New Mexico School for the Arts – Santa Fe, NM

Award Year 2016

Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools

New Mexico School for the Arts

275 East Alameda Street
Santa Fe, NM, 87501-2113

(505) 310-4194

Ms. Cindy Montoya, Principal at time of Nomination

Eric Crites, Current Principal

Charter School, Title I School

New Mexico School for the Arts

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Mission

To provide access to a rigorous mastery arts and academic education leading to a high school diploma, postsecondary learning, and careers in the arts.
 

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 61%
  • Hispanic: 29%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 43%
 

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New Mexico School for the Arts Blue Ribbon Students

New Mexico School for the Arts Blue Ribbon Students

New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) opened in 2010, created to provide access to a rigorous academic and mastery arts education leading to a high school diploma, postsecondary learning, and careers in the arts. The school has fulfilled its purpose by developing an environment that insists on high expectations while recognizing some students may lack the tools to meet those expectations. Blending cutting-edge academic interventions that give all students access to those tools with a "You can!" atmosphere, NMSA developed a strong, supportive educational community. The mastery arts training in Music, Dance, Theater, and Visual Arts that is an equal partner with NMSA's full academic curriculum and provides an extra layer of intense motivation, propelling students to pursue the challenge of mastering increasingly difficult studies. The "crossover" between mastering the mysteries of Music Theory and Algebra is visible at NMSA. The self-confidence gained from mastering a skill in one's chosen artistic discipline transfers quickly to mastering another on the academic front. Instructionally, NMSA teachers have carried out extensive professional development on formative assessment to inform instruction, identified as a high-lever tool for improvement. This has given NMSA teachers the flexibility to make quick adjustments to their methods. What NMSA has learned is that New Mexico's students can perform as well as any others in the country when given sufficient resources. It has been NMSA's honor and privilege to demonstrate this through its graduation rates, college placements, and consecutive A grades from the New Mexico Public Education Department.