Guide to Albuquerque Charter Schools


We are excited to present our readers with the ABQ Mom’s 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 a virtual open house or 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.

Solare Collegiate Charter School

Application Now Available

Solare Collegiate is the premier college preparatory middle school in southwest Albuquerque, serving grade 5 through 8. We are guided by our mission “through academic rigor, individualized supports, and character development, Solare Collegiate equips scholars in grades 5-8 with the academic and personal skills to excel at the high schools and colleges of their choice.” We have an extended school day and year model, with an intentional focus on building scholar voice.

Limited seats available for the remainder of 2020-2021 scholar year, hybrid or remote! Register for our 2021-2022 lottery before April 15, 2021

8801 Gibson Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121

Alice King Community School

Application Now Available; Lottery Drawing: March 4, 2021

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 Rd Pl NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Corrales International School

Corrales International School

Application Now Available

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

Amy Biehl High School

Amy Biehl High School (ABHS) is a public charter school serving 300 students in downtown Albuquerque with a focus on scholarship and service. ABHS believes that the best way to prepare students for college is for students to actually attend college courses. ABHS requires all students to pass a minimum of two dual-credit college courses. Our students gain career-readiness skills and learn to address community issues through service learning and by executing an ambitious 100-hour service-learning project during their senior year.

ABHS also believes in “whole child” education. By incorporating social-emotional learning and academics, our students gain the skills necessary to be successful in high school and beyond. Our students are civic-minded, college-bound, and career-ready scholars.

Please visit our website to learn more and fill out an application.

123 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

21st Century Public Academy

21st Century Public Academy (1st-8th Grade) uses Out of School Instruction to support full inclusion teaching in math, science, language arts and social studies. Teacher teams support our mission specific goal by developing student writing along with core academic skills. Students explore concepts within the community, such as visiting museums, cultural institutions, and outdoor spaces. Teachers use data driven instruction individualized for optimal student growth. In the elementary our teachers partner in Humanities and STEM teams. Students are exposed to music, art, computers, and physical education while being supported at their stage of development. We are a 1 to 1 device school.

21st Century has a new spacious facility that is COVID safe. We offer busing, sports, clubs, service opportunities as well as on-site before and after care provided by teachers. For more information about our lottery and enrollment visit us!

4300 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Southwest Secondary Learning Center

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.

10301 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

The International School at Mesa del Sol

The International School at Mesa Del Sol (TIS) is a PreK-12th grade public charter school located in Albuquerque, NM. TIS is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School for its Primary Years Programme (K-5) and is a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme (6-8). 

TIS firmly believes that all children, regardless of personal circumstance, are entitled to a meaningful, contemporary education that prepares them not only for the world that is but also for the world that will be. TIS strives to provide an academic program that is rich, relevant, challenging, and international in its scope, content, standards, and benchmarks.

The International Baccalaureate curriculum encourages inquiry, exploration, collaboration, and discovery by developing knowledgeable and caring learners who engage in meaningful actions in their communities. The rigorous learning experiences and skill sets that the IB program offers our students ensure the successful execution of our school’s mission and vision.

2660 Eastman Crossing SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

North Valley Academy

Applications now open. Virtual Open House February 26

NVA offers 2 sections of PED pre-kindergarten(4 yr old). North Valley Academy is a state authorized charter school, Pre-K through 8th grade.

7939 4th St NW, Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 87114

Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education

Applications open on March 15th; Lottery is held the first week of May
Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education (SABE) is a Kindergarten through Eighth Grade state charter school located in Northern Rio Rancho. We serve students from Belen, Bernalillo, Placitas, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, Algodones, and the country of Columbia. Our dual language (English & Spanish) program facilitates the acquisition of academic language in English and Spanish through immersion and teaching content in both languages. SABE is the first dual-language charter school and elementary charter school in the city of Rio Rancho. We strive to provide a quality program to produce biliterate members of our local community.
SABE is a small school community that prides itself in knowing and building a family with all our students and family. We have phenomenal staff and our mission is to enable students to maintain their native language, reconnect with their heritage language, or discover a new enriching language. Students will attain Spanish and English fluency and literacy through two-way immersion, which will expand their worldview and educational and career opportunities.
If interested in more information about enrollment, please email [email protected]

4321 Fulcrum Way NE suite a, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Albuquerque Collegiate Charter School

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-4 for the 2021-2022 school year. Albuquerque Collegiate provides an excellent public-school option for Albuquerque families guided by 4 core tenants:

• High expectations and high supports- We believe all students can achieve at the highest level. Intensive academic support for every scholar is essential to individual student success.

• A small and safe environment- In a small school setting with frequent family communication, your child won’t get lost in the crowd.

• Teachers who care- Our highly trained and supported teachers are 100% focused on your child’s success.

• A focus on college preparation- With a college prep focus and reading results in the top 1% in the state of New Mexico, we are establishing the path to possibility for your child, today.

Enroll today, secure a seat for your child for the 2021-2022 school year!

1720 Bridge Blvd SW Suite #101, Albuquerque, NM 87105

New Mexico International School

Lottery Drawing on April 9  at 10:00 a.m.

New Mexico International School is a free K-8th Trilingual Charter School. We are in our tenth year serving the families of Albuquerque and surrounding areas.  Our goal at NMIS is for all students to exit eight grade bilingual and bi-literate in Spanish and English and with a conversational level of Arabic.

Our school is one of a small handful of World Schools, authorized International Baccalaureate, this means that our students will be exposed to a global curriculum.  At NMIS we promote an awareness of various customs around the world and encourage our students and families toward cultural and religious tolerance, as well as ecological responsibility.

NMIS has a high value on the arts. Our students receive violin lessons twice a week from a violin teacher, licensed in Suzuki-method violin instruction.  Additionally, our students receive twice-weekly visual arts instruction from a licensed art teacher.

Interested in our school? Learn more at the links below.

7215 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

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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.

      • I may have missed them or didn’t see a complete list but I didn’t see Tierra Adentro or any of the charter schools of the arts.

        • Hello, you’ll find Tierra Adentro under the accordion drop-down lists for both middle and high schools.

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