We are excited to present our readers with the ABQ Mom’s Guide to Charter Schools. This Charter School 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.
Public Charter Schools of New Mexico
A huge thank you to our sponsor, Public Charter Schools of New Mexico.
Families in New Mexico want the option to send their kids to a public school that is right for them. Many choose public charter schools! Charter schools are free, public, and open to all.
These public schools are independent, accountable, and mission driven. They are held to a high standard of quality, provide individualized attention, and are born out of a community need. There are nearly 60 free public charter schools within Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the East Mountains with unique models ranging from Montessori to college prep, STEM to performing arts, project-based learning to dropout re-engagement, and more. Want to learn more? Visit Public Charter Schools of New Mexico at the links below!
The Montessori Elementary & Middle School
Solare Collegiate Charter School
Through academic rigor, individualized support, and character development, Solare Collegiate Charter School equips all scholars in grades 5-8 with the academic and personal skills to excel in the high school and college of their choice. They believe voice strengthens identity, and they encourage their scholars to advocate for themselves. Solare Collegiate is tuition-free and provides free food, a free after-school program until 6 pm daily (including free dinner), free tutoring by licensed teachers, free uniforms, and free school supplies. Nestled in Southwest Albuquerque, Solare Collegiate offers a safe and structured environment with an extended school day and year–they aim to make two years of academic growth within a single school year. On top of all the benefits, there is no homework! Come and take a tour of their beautiful campus. Contact Solare Collegiate Charter School today!
Coral Community Charter School
Are you looking for a small school with big results? Apply now! Coral Community Charter is proud to be a NM School of Excellence. They serve 240 PreK – 5th grade students in a Boys’ and Girls’ Academy. Their scholars are happy and love coming to school.
Offerings include weekly Art, PE, and STEAM as well as a free NM PreK with a 4½ day week (Fridays off at 11:30 am).
They focus on tailored, individual learning plans for all students, allowing them to flourish well beyond their years at Coral. Scholars learn to build meaningful relationships and acquire independence and confidence. Year after year, their 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. Join their community today!
21st Century Public Academy
21st Century Public Academy is a free public charter school located on Cutler Avenue in Northeast Albuquerque. For the past 24 years, they have been serving students in 1st through 8th grades. In fact, they were the first charter middle school in Albuquerque! 21st Century is proud to be a small school, with a target of 80 students per grade (20 per classroom) for each of 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and a maximum of 30 students for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. In addition to the small class sizes, below are a few distinctive qualities of this school. +Private School-Quality Education +Ability-Based Collaborative Teaching +Students Stay on Track with Guided Study Lab +Associated Arts Classes Include Music, Art, Graphic & Web Design, Physical Education, 3D Modeling, and Programming +Lessons Connect to Real-World Experiences +Athletic Program and New Gym +Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts Curriculum
Altura Preparatory School
Altura Prep is an elementary charter school with a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program, daily enrichment, and teachers who specialize in just one or two subject areas. A student’s day at Altura Prep includes morning mindfulness, STEAM class, enrichment classes (PE, Chess, Art, Dance, Coding, and Lego Engineering), and best-in-state English Language Arts and Mathematics instruction. In a class with 21 other students, your child can focus on small group reading and math instruction, explore a new passion, and build strong relationships with caring adults. Altura Prep is a place where students learn to love learning–joy and rigorous academics go together!
Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education
Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education (SABE) stands out for its distinctive dual language program, weaving language, culture, and enrichment opportunities into everyday learning. Our students thrive in an environment where they are challenged by a second language, fostering the enhanced cognitive skills bilingualism provides and holistic development. Join them at their upcoming open houses on March 5th and 12th from 5:30-6:30 pm to discover firsthand how SABE is shaping bilingual scholars for success.
Siembra Leadership High School
Siembra Leadership High School, situated in Downtown ABQ, stands out as an entrepreneurial-focused charter school. Beyond the traditional pursuit of high school credits, Siembra students have a unique opportunity to delve into entrepreneurship by initiating and managing their own businesses. This distinctive approach not only fosters academic growth but also nurtures practical skills and a spirit of innovation. The school’s location in the vibrant heart of Downtown ABQ adds an extra layer of real-world exposure, providing students with an enriching environment to apply their entrepreneurial knowledge. Siembra exemplifies a dynamic educational model that goes beyond conventional boundaries, preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the business world!
Rio Grande Academy of Fine Arts
The mission of Rio Grande Academy of Fine Arts (RioGAFA) is to educate students through an arts-integration curriculum that promotes problem solving and creativity and supports all K-12 students to achieve grade-level standards. Arts integration, as defined by the Kennedy Arts Center, “is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in the creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.” RioGAFA currently offers arts such as creative writing, culinary, dance, drama, media, music, and visual arts. RioGAFA also contracts with different local artists each year to provide a variety of options for students that are unique to each school year. RioGAFA is currently accepting applications for grades K-3 and 6-8 for the 2024-2025 school year.
“When I started my search for a middle school for my son, I knew I wanted a school that would teach him to become an independent and confident boy. Solare has done that for him and he is confident and less shy to ask questions. He has learned more because the teachers take their time to teach properly. The ladies in the office are very helpful and extremely nice. It’s great to be a part of Solare.” – Alva C, parent at Solare
“The whole school goes above and beyond to provide the best education for their students. My kiddo is ahead of the game and there was no hesitation to move him up and ahead so he didn’t get bored or discouraged.” – Jane B, parent at Coral Community Charter
“We have been so lucky to be a part of this amazing school and program. The faculty and staff are exceedingly supportive of all students, making them feel welcome and valued as a member of the school family. Our child has grown not only academically but also socially!” – Tamara W, parent at Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education
“Anytime I’m asked where my kids go to school, I enthusiastically rave about Altura Prep! The educational foundation that is being created for our students is exceptional. The staff leads by example with dedication and compassion for the school community with a commitment that is unmatched.” – Vikki E, parent at Altura Prep