New Mexico School for the Arts is a charter high school in the Santa Fe Railyard[1] in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

History

The New Mexico Legislature in 2008 passed a bill that allowed for the school to be created.[2] The school opened in 2010 in a former Catholic elementary school.[3]

It moved into its current facility in 2019. During the COVID-19 pandemic in New Mexico students used video recordings and altered dance routines to cope with new conditions.[1]

Operations

As of 2019 it is classified as a charter school, with the state chartering it, and has a six-person school board. That year the school asked the state government to reclassify it as a "special statewide residential public school" so it would no longer be a charter school, allowing it to have its own superintendent and a nine-person school board.[2]

Admissions

The school accepts students based on auditions, differing from lotteries used by most charter schools.[2]

Campus

The current campus previously was the Sanbusco Market Center. Because classes were held virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, the cafeteria's construction work began in 2020. Klinger Constructors of Albuquerque is the construction company. Prior to 2020 the former paseo was an impromptu dining room.[3]

Dormitory

The dormitory is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the school.[4]

Transportation

Dormitory residents are expected to commute to school through Albuquerque's public transportation system.[4]

Curriculum

By 2020 the school was developing its creative writing program.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b Mullan, Dillon (2020-04-17). "Limitations spark ingenuity at New Mexico School for the Arts". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  2. ^ a b c Nott, Robert (2019-02-22). "New Mexico School for the Arts one step closer to dropping charter status". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  3. ^ a b Vitu, Teya (2020-12-21). "New Mexico School for the Arts adding a cafeteria that will serve many purposes". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  4. ^ a b "Residential". New Mexico School for the Arts. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  5. ^ Morris, James McGrath (2020-12-01). "New Mexico School for the Arts will inspire state's future writers". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2021-07-20. - Opinion section

Coordinates: 35°41′07″N 105°56′51″W / 35.6854°N 105.9476°W / 35.6854; -105.9476