Award Year: 2018

Anansi Charter School

57 State Highway 230
El Prado, NM, 87529-1709

(575) 776-2256

Ms. Michele Hunt, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School, Title I School

Taos Municipal Schools

School Website


The mission of Anansi Charter School is to develop the academic potential and emotional intelligence of each learner. We strive to promote the love of learning through student engagement, innovative educational practices, and family and community partnership.

Student Demographics
  • White: 61%
  • Hispanic: 29%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 6%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 50%
Students work on science cloud study with their teacher

Students work on science cloud study with their teacher

Anansi Charter School is a lottery-fed public charter school located in a rural, low-income community north of Taos, New Mexico. Anansi initially focused on the unique learning needs of the primary grade child, serving children in kindergarten through second grade. Due to Anansi's success, the students and parents attending the school sought to expand slowly over time by adding one grade per year. Anansi has now successfully graduated two eighth grade classes.

Traditionally, Anansi is known for its balance of rigorous academic and social emotional learning programs. Our students are known in the greater community for their strong academic writing skills; their ability to communicate clearly and respectfully; and their perseverance, stamina, and leadership skills. The faculty is committed to directly teaching social-emotional skills to develop children's ability to identify and manage their feelings, mindfully navigate choices, empathize with others, and solve complex problems. Anansi believes that when a child has a firm foundation of emotional intelligence, he or she is available to learn and is equipped with a mindset ready to meet the high expectations of our rigorous curriculum. One strategy used to develop relationships, advocacy, and empathy amongst the students is through cross-grade buddies, in which younger and older students partner for meaningful learning projects.

Anansi believes providing a consistent and safe school environment frees the mind to pursue the passion and discovery of curiosity and learning in an unencumbered way. The result continues to be growth in student achievement and a stable, joyful, and dedicated faculty.