Award Year: 2022

Acequia Madre Elementary School

700 Acequia Madre
Santa Fe, NM, 87505-2815

(505) 467-4000

Dr. Dietger De Maeseneer, Principal at time of Nomination

Santa Fe Public School District

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Acequia Madre Elementary School is a small school community that is dedicated to all students being educationally successful, physically sound, socially aware and artistically inspired.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 87%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Native American: 2%
Showing off our school colors with pride and joy!

Showing off our school colors with pride and joy!

Over the past seventy years, Acequia Madre Elementary School, built in the historic eastside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has been immersed in its cultural surroundings and has built success by, not only integrating itself into the local community, but also by actively bolstering local values, traditions, and community assets. Santa Fe's world-renowned art scene is intrinsically embedded in the school's distinguished arts-immersion programming and resonates through its violin program and curriculum-integrated grade-level musical performances. Santa Fe's status as a technology and science innovation hub, solidified by the nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory, influences the school's leading efforts as part of the first computer science cohort of Santa Fe Public Schools. Additionally, the school, listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties, sports an impressive community garden with a small orchard, a greenhouse, and an "horno," a traditional Native American outdoor oven. The garden serves as a beautiful location for an integrated gardening and sustainability curriculum and ensures students understand the cultural and historic significance of the Acequia Madre, the adjacent water canal dating back to the first Spanish settlements over 400 years ago. The school welcomes a diverse student body from across the city (over two-thirds of the student body transfers in) and aims to reflect this diversity in its staff as well. Moreover, Acequia Madre has an exceedingly strong parent-teacher committee, ensuring its excellence continues throughout the years. By providing a physical, intellectually engaging, and emotionally fulfilling space relevant to students' lives, Acequia Madre produces extraordinary results.