Guide to Albuquerque Charter Schools

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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.

Digital Arts and Technology Academy

Digital Arts and Technology Academy is an Albuquerque charter school serving grades 7-12. DATA’s vision is to develop creative, independent thinkers capable of choosing their own path and purpose. We do this by designing supportive learning environments that promote academic curiosity, social justice, equity, joy, and empathetic practices.

We believe it is important for students to engage in their learning through being introduced to a variety of perspectives and learning about others, so they are better prepared to develop their own unique identities. Learning at DATA is a collaborative process, working with peers and faculty members to better understand and appreciate the experiences we each bring to the classroom and how to use this insight to better understand our current world.

We are a creative school, using technology as a tool for creative expression. Our elective choices include drawing, painting, graphic arts, photography, film, editing, acting, technical drama, PC repair, scriptwriting, creative writing, and others. We strive to have our students explore, develop, and use their creative skills to demonstrate their understanding throughout all their coursework.

Join us for our in-person Open House February 16th 5:30-7:00 p.m.

1011 Lamberton NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

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

Solare Collegiate

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 2021-2022 scholar year! Register for our 2022-2023 lottery before April 1, 2021.

8801 Gibson Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121

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-5 for the 2022-2023 school year. Albuquerque Collegiate provides an excellent public-school option for Albuquerque families guided by four core tenants:

• A small, safe, and joyful environment- In a small school setting with frequent family communication, we are fostering a love and excitement for learning.

• 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.

• 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, and secure a seat for your child for the 2022-2023 school year!

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

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 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 at our website or on Twitter & Instagram.

4300 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Alice King Community School

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 and a home learning day on Fridays. 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. Lottery applications for the 2022-2023 school year are available at www.akcs.org beginning January 5.

8100 Mountain Rd Pl NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Coral Community Charter School

If you are looking for a small school with big results, apply now!  We serve 240 PreK – 5th grade students who truly love coming to school to see classmates and teachers each day.  Coral offers weekly Art, PE, and STEAM Maker classes; extended school year for K-5th grade; a 4-day week (Fridays off) for PreK; and a 100% virtual option, SEAcademy.  We focus on tailored, individual learning plans for all students within a Boys and Girls Academy. Our students flourish beyond their years at Coral, learning how to build meaningful relationships and acquire independence and confidence. Year after year, our students grow more than their peers at the local and state level. Families play an important role in the learning process and are included in developing individual learning plans.  Numerous engagement opportunities are scheduled throughout the year when students, staff, and community members connect, mentor, and support each other.

4401 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Rio Grande Academy of Fine Arts

The Rio Grande Academy of Fine Arts is a newly approved charter school that will open its doors Fall 2022. For its first year of operation, RioGAFA will serve grades K, 1, and 6th grades. Over the course of its projected growth, RioGAFA will serve grades K-12 and will be New Mexico’s FIRST arts-integrated charter school. RioGAFA will provide an environment for students that is both rich in academics and arts programming. RioGAFA will be located on the westside of Albuquerque, where students have limited access to schools that are centered around the arts. RioGAFA will provide free transportation to its students in its first year of operation and will also provide art supplies to its students each year. If your student is interested in a school that fosters individuality and self-expression. Apply today as seats will be limited!

Albuquerque’s Westside

ACE Leadership High School

ACE Leadership High School provides a unique learning model for students pursuing their high school diploma. ACE offers a hands-on, learning-by-doing approach to education, with an emphasis on the architecture, construction, and engineering fields. Teachers craft projects to reflect the real-world trends of those industries. Students learn all their required core subjects through the lens of ACE’s hands-on approach. Students gain practical learning experiences by visiting professional and industry sites, through internships and apprenticeships, as well as having industry experts working with them in their projects.
Students demonstrate their learning and progress through student exhibitions, which take place of traditional final exams. A panel of community and industry judges participate in the journey of students as they showcase what skills they have mastered.

ACE’s focus is to provide meaningful learning opportunities for students who struggle in traditional classroom settings and prefer to work with their hands. Call or visit today for a campus tour!

1240 Bellamah Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

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. In Kindergarten and First grade, the instruction is Spanish immersion with a 90/10 Spanish/English split. In grades 2 through 6, 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 with Spanish 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

Altura Prep

Altura Preparatory School is a diverse-by-design charter school in Northeast Albuquerque. A student’s day at Altura Prep includes morning mindfulness, STEAM, enrichment (PE, Chess, Art, for example) and classes with teachers who specialize in their subject areas for Mathematics and English Language Arts. In a class with 21 other students, your child can focus on small group reading and math instruction, explore a new passion in Science or STEAM, and build strong relationships with multiple caring adults. Altura Prep is a place where students learn to love learning – joy and rigorous academics go hand in hand here. Transportation is available from SE Albuquerque. Visit our website to see our academic results or view our social media to see why families and kids love attending Altura Prep!

Now accepting lottery applications for grades K-5 for the 2022-23 school year. Visit www.alturaprep.org to submit yours by April 1.

8650 Alameda Blvd NE, Bldg 2B, Albuquerque, NM 87122

Mountain Mahogany Community School

Mountain Mahogany Community School is a tuition-free, public K-8 school located in Albuquerque’s North Valley. Admission is by open lottery.

Mountain Mahogany Community School develops a student’s agency, advocacy, and academic mind. We cultivate global citizens who contribute to a more peaceful and just world through thoughtful examination of diverse perspectives and by bettering our local community through service. MMCS students are critical thinkers, equipped with the skills, habits, and hearts to be advocates for themselves and change agents for their communities.

5014 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Sandoval Academy Bilingual Education

Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education (SABE) is the only Kindergarten through 8th grade dual-language charter school in the city of Rio Rancho. Our distinctive curriculum facilitates the acquisition of Spanish and English academic language proficiency through immersion, along with core content instruction in the students’ native and target languages.​ We strive to provide a quality bilingual education to produce biliterate members of our local community.

We strive to better our students through educational experiences both in and out of the classroom. We offer a variety of services designed to help students be the best version of themselves, while having a fun along the way.

Our mission at SABE 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.

4321 Fulcrum Way NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Siembra Leadership High School

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

New Mexico International School

New Mexico International School is a free K-8th Trilingual Charter School. We are in our eleventh 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 nmis.org

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.

  1. Could you include the APS alternative schools on this list please? Desert Willow Family School is a great (free) option for Albuquerque families!

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