ABQ Moms Blog Guide to Charter Schools


We are excited to present our readers with the Albuquerque Moms Blog Guide to Charter Schools. This guide aims to be a one-stop shop for our families out there who are considering charter schools for their children.

Check out the info below! Consider an open house or a school tour for a more in-depth look at schools you may be interested in.

Also, note that most of these schools have lotteries for admittance. Make sure you’re aware of when each school’s lottery takes place. 

21st Century Public Academy

Application Now Available; Lottery Drawing: February 4, 2020

21st Century is a charter middle school. We have been a school since 2000. We serve a diverse population of nearly 100 students per grade. All staff bring years of teaching experience into our classrooms, and many have worked together in other settings. We emphasize the core curriculum of Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts, as well as learning experiences in the community, city, and state. Two Associated Arts courses are offered to each student every semester, including music and media programs. History 21st Century Public Academy was declared an official charter in 1999 by the Board of the Albuquerque Public Schools and State Department of Education. 40 6th grade students were permitted to enter the doors for the first time in September, 2000, making it officially the first charter middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The school’s first 8th grade graduation was held in May, 2003. Vision 21st Century Public Academy will provide experiences, situations, and opportunities for students to develop talents and to understand their role in the community. The body, mind, and spirit of each person will grow through lessons learned at school. Students will acquire a sense of personal responsibility, independence, and community interdependence.

4300 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

(505) 254-0280

Southwest Secondary Learning Center

Application Now Available; Lottery Drawing: March 4, 2020

Southwest Secondary Learning Center is a state chartered public school for students in grades 9-12. The mission of SSLC is to prepare students for college and career. Our school employs a rigorous college preparatory program for high school students that is individualized, self-directed and flexible. Our students pair our online curriculum with one on one, face-to-face instruction from our exceptional teachers. This unique approach allows students the flexibility to receive direct instruction on campus and 24/7 access to their coursework. In addition, our state of the art S.T.E.A.M. Lab gives students the chance to gain experience in 3D modeling, engineering, photography, sound and video production and other advanced technologies. SSLC’s comprehensive program gives students the opportunity to acquire advanced skill sets that allow them to be successful in college and career. Call for a tour today!

10301 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

(505) 296-7677

DATA Charter

Open House: February 20, 2020

Digital Arts & Technology Academy (DATA) is a school for students in grades 8-12 that is committed to developing insightful, strong, empathetic and creative citizens. At DATA we use multiple models of instruction. Expeditionary, project based and learner centered instruction models are used to help students build out of the classroom experiences and excellent academic comprehension for life after High School. Our school is a welcoming student safe zone.

1011 Lamberton NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

(505) 341-0888

Albuquerque Collegiate Charter

Open Houses: February 25, March 24, April 7, & May 13

Albuquerque Collegiate Charter School is a college-prep focused elementary school, located in the heart of the South Valley. We are currently enrolling students in grades K-3 for the 2020-2021 school year.  Albuquerque Collegiate provides an excellent public-school option through a structured and ambitious school community, driven by high-quality instruction and intensive academic supports for every student. A structured and ambitious school community provides a safe, predictable, and achievement-oriented school environment, in which students can learn at the highest levels. High-quality instruction is guided by mission-driven, team-oriented educators relentlessly focused on the measurable success of every student. Intensive academic support for every scholar is essential to individual student success, as well as school-wide academic achievements.  At Albuquerque Collegiate, we believe that demographics do not determine destiny. After our first year of operation, our kindergarten scholars had the top reading results in the state of New Mexico, with 91% of students demonstrating proficiency, compared to a state proficiency rate of 38%. Set your child on the path to success.

1720 Bridge Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

(505) 539-5283

Alice King Community School

Applications available February 3; Open House is February 20; Lottery drawing is March 6

Alice King Community School (AKCS) is a K-8th grade tuition-free public charter school. AKCS has an extended school year and a 4-day school week, with students attending school Monday-Thursday. The mission of AKCS is to provide a school where students thrive academically and socially in a multiage setting. AKCS provides a rigorous curriculum with hands-on project-based learning. Students learn presentation and listening skills while collaborating and problem solving with one another on school and home projects. Art, music, technology, and PE are taught on a weekly basis to all students. A competitive sports program (volleyball, basketball, etc) is offered to students in 6th-8th grades. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in their child’s classroom. Before/after school care is available in addition to a variety of after school enrichment classes. AKCS is located near Albuquerque Uptown, with bussing available to/from the Coors & Montano area.

8100 Mountain Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

(505) 344-0746

SAMS Academy

Applications Now Available; Open Houses: February 19, 2020

Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics and Science Academy, SAMS Academy, is an inclusive 7th-12th STEM charter school, located on Albuquerque’s west side adjacent to Double Eagle II Airport. SAMS offers a one-of-a-kind approach to our core curriculum and exciting electives. Our vigorous online curriculum allows students to work with guided support at school and independently at home, while fostering self-motivation and tools for success. Through our SMART Lab, learners are empowered to explore the STEM standards through hands-on projects using cutting-edge technology. The SAMS Academy aviation program is a groundbreaking experience for students who are motivated to get hands on with their learning. With full motion advanced aviation training devices (simulators), a Cessna 172 airplane, and an FAA certified staff with a proven track record of success, we offer the opportunity to fulfill the dream of flight, all while pursuing a high school diploma!

4100 Aerospace Parkway NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

(505) 338-8601

Solare Collegiate

Lottery Drawing: April 1, 2020

Solare Collegiate is the newest charter school in southwest Albuquerque. For 2020-2021, we will serve grades 5, 6, and 7 in our brand new facility at the corner of Gibson Blvd SW and Barbados Ave. We are a high school and college preparatory-focused charter school, with a specialized focus on oral literacy and scholar voice. We have an extended school day and school year, enabling all our scholars to have two English/Language Arts classes per day, as well as two math classes per day. We limit our class sizes to 26 scholars per class, in order to ensure that our scholars can receive individualized supports that they need to excel in the classroom.

 8801 Gibson Blvd SW, Albuquerque NM 87121

(505) 917-6442

Siembra Leadership High School

Applications Now Available; Open House March 4, 2020

Siembra is a free, entrepreneurship-focused, public charter school that gives students access to relevant real-world projects through hands-on, enriching learning.  As the only entrepreneurship-focused high school in New Mexico, Siembra Leadership combines passionate and innovative educators, high-growth employers, and local entrepreneurs to offer innovative, real-world learning that prepares students for the future. Siembra Leadership students develop 21st century skills and an entrepreneurial mindset that prepares them for success in college and their career. Siembra is located Downtown Albuquerque, right in the heart of the Innovation District and the hub of New Mexico’s economic development. We are currently enrolling 9th-12th graders.

524 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 681-0284

Southwest Prepatory Learning Center

Lottery March 4, 2020

The goal for the Southwest Preparatory Learning Center is to prepare students in grades 4-8 for the future by: meeting their academic needs through an emphasis on the four core content areas identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department; meeting their emotional and social needs by integrating the remaining five content areas (the arts, modern and classical languages, health and physical education, technology) into the school program; incorporating a variety of instructional methods including small/large group instruction, individualization, hands-on activities, field trips, project-based learning; exceeding state standards as measured by individual student growth on the New Mexico criterion referenced test.

Our staff shares the same overall educational philosophy that encourages independent self-motivated learning. Backed by a highly supportive administrative staff and a proven curriculum that is directly aligned with state standards, your child receives one of the best educations available from any public or private school in New Mexico.

10301 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

(505) 296-7677

Tierra Adentro

Open House March 18 @ 5:30 p.m.; Lottery February 28, March 27, & May 29

The mission of Tierra Adentro: The New Mexico School of Academics, Art and Artesanía (TANM) is to create an inclusive and thriving learning environment comprised of a demographically and culturally diverse student population with a focus on academics, art, artesanía (artisanship), and the study of the cultures that comprise our rich New Mexican heritage to ensure awareness, preservation, and progression of our cultural legacy. Daily classes consist of core academics along with flamenco dance, guitar and visual arts. Tierra Adentro’s unique curriculum provides students the opportunity to graduate with college credit and an in-depth knowledge of culturally relevant fine arts. TANM faculty includes National Board certified teachers, as well as professional dancers, musicians, and artists.

1905 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque NM 87104

(505) 967-4720

Corrales International School

Corrales International School

Corrales International School is a small K-12, Dual-Language (Spanish-English), International Baccalaureate School located in the northeast heights of Albuquerque. The Primary Years Program (K-6) is focused on a “world view” and Bilingual education. Kindergarten and First grade the instruction is Spanish immersion with a 90/10 Spanish/English split. In grades two through six the Spanish/English split is 50/50. The PYP also has PE, Art, and Music. In the Middle Years Program (MYP) our 7th through 10th grade students also have a world focus and both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language classes. The MYP STEM program is presented through the PLTW (Project Lead The Way) curriculum and is a Biomedical Science focus. The MYP curriculum is accelerated and students obtain a majority of their core credits before 11th Grade. The 11th and 12th grades split time attending CIS finishing high school requirements and CCNM or UNM taking college coursework.

5500 Wilshire Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

(505) 344-9733

ABQ Charter Academy

Experience a Customized Pathway to your High School Diploma! ABQ Charter Academy is now accepting students grades 9-12.

The mission of ABQ Charter Academy is to redefine the high school experience. We achieve our mission by:

  • Changing our services to meet the needs of every student, instead of expecting students to fit into an existing public school model.
  • Enrolling new students and celebrating graduates nearly every week of the year.
  • Providing our full spectrum of services free of charge.
  • Opening our doors to all students between the ages of 16 and 21 who have been disenfranchised from educational opportunity or anyone looking for a customized approach to learning.
  • Creating individualized curriculum for every learner.
  • Engaging our scholars with one-on-one instruction from highly-qualified professionals. 
  • Crafting flexible schedules for those students who cannot attend school regularly due to child care or employment.
  • Welcoming our scholars to be part of a learning community that celebrates who they are and how they learn.

405 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 242-6640

Albuquerque Bilingual Academy

Open House: February 13 & 27 Lottery Drawing: February 22, March 8, & March 29

Albuquerque Bilingual Academy is a FREE K-8 bilingual charter school. A 18:1 teacher student ratio provides an excellent, personalized, family learning environment that can quickly identify and correct learning issues. We offer FREE lunch, bus transportation, and before and after school programming. Our multi-cultural, diverse enrollment prepares our students for today’s increasingly technology driven, bilingual world.

The mission of Albuquerque Bilingual Academy ensures that culturally and linguistically diverse students thrive in an academic, family centered, developmentally seamless continuum of learning where high expectations, PRIDE, respect and empowerment meet grade level proficiency.

7500 La Morada Place NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

(505) 836-7706

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    • Hello! Thanks for reading Albuquerque Moms Blog! We’ve done extensive research and all the charter schools in the ABQ area are listed because we truly want this guide to be comprehensive. If you go to the end of the post, you’ll find pull down menus for elementary, middle, and high schools. Similar to a phone book from the days of yore, some charter schools choose to spend their advertising dollars to get a featured listing. Some like to advertise in other ways. We strive to be an online publication that is a help to our readers, and we’d never intentionally withhold information from them because we sure do love Albuquerque and want the best for our readers and the businesses/organizations here. When our city (and the organizations in our city) succeed, so do we.

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