Albuquerque Academy Photo #1 - Albuquerque Academy has a long, proud tradition of scholarly, artistic, and athletic excellence and is considered one of the nation's top independent schools.
Albuquerque Academy Photo #1 - Albuquerque Academy has a long, proud tradition of scholarly, artistic, and athletic excellence and is considered one of the nation's top independent schools.
Albuquerque Academy Photo #2 - A feature of an Albuquerque Academy education since 1975, the experiential education curriculum is mandatory in grades 6 through 9, with students completing outdoor trips of increasing challenge and duration. In grades 10-12, students may elect to participate in the outdoor leadership program.
Albuquerque Academy Photo #3 - Albuquerque Academy's 6-7 Division has a unique structure in which teachers plan together, teach cooperatively, model teamwork, and get to know students well. Sixth-grade students are placed in small "families" of a teacher and about 10 classmates. These families stay together all year, meet every morning, and eat lunch together every day.
Albuquerque Academy Photo #4 - Academy athletes have earned more than 180 state championship titles through their dedication, earnest effort, and character. Many of our students have received scholarships based on their athletic performance at the Academy, and some have gone on to compete at the professional level. Whether or not they're in uniform, Chargers display their integrity throughout their lives.
Albuquerque Academy Photo #5 - Albuquerque Academy's visual arts program teaches skills and concepts through a series of rigorous sequential courses. Students develop the ability to produce conceptually sophisticated work and the capacity to articulate their ideas. Two student art exhibitions are held each year.
Albuquerque Academy Photo #6 - In a given year, Albuquerque Academy's Performing Arts Department presents approximately 15 full concerts (choral, band, orchestra, dance, and guitar), seven student solo and group recitals, one musical (five performances), one faculty-directed play (eight performances), and two student-directed plays (two performances each).
Albuquerque Academy Photo #7 - Albuquerque Academy students are required to engage in community service projects in all grades. These 6-7 students initiated a holiday project that generated hundreds of gifts for children in need.
Albuquerque Academy students are defined by their curiosity.  They are eager to learn.
They question, engage, and challenge.  They lead, solve, and invent, and they have endless opportunities to explore.
They gain confidence in their successes, developing humility and resilience when they are less successful.And at all times, they are supported by a caring community.
The Academy shapes students to be global citizens in a world where future jobs have not yet been created.
That means shaping lifelong learners who are willing to try new things.
Academy students are taught to think: how to understand their own worldview and that of others, how to find and evaluate information, how to construct and analyze an argument, and how to communicate clearly, authentically, and diplomatically.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked NM School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 1,183 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $26,176
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 8 / Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

School News

  • Academy Wins 4th Directors Cup in a Row - 07/05/2022
    La Cueva and Albuquerque Academy were among the five schools that won New Mexico Activities Association Director`s Cup titles for 2021-22.
    The Bears scored 2,860 ...morepoints in Class 5A, with Rio Rancho (2,020) and Cleveland (1,800) next on the list. It is the first time atop the standings for La Cueva since 2017-18.
    In 4A, Academy`s 3,080 points outdistanced Los Alamos (2,460) and Lovington (1,660). Academy is the first-place school for the fourth straight school year.
    Other classification winners were St. Michael`s in 3A, Pecos in 2A and Gateway Christian from Roswell in 1A. Gateway ended a five-year run by Melrose in 1A.
    Points in the Director`s Cup are assigned in both athletics and activities. On the sports side, schools earn points on an escalating scale for participating in a program, winning district, reaching at least the state semifinals, being a state runner-up and capturing a state championship. Points are assigned in activities in most of those same categories.
  • Notah Begay III ’90 Inducted into National High School Hall of Fame - 07/05/2022
    Former four-time winner on the PGA Tour, current Golf Channel Analyst, and former stand-out athlete at Albuquerque Academy Notah Begay III was inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall ...moreof Fame on Friday in San Antonio, Texas. Begay joins a star-studded class in 2022 which features the late Walter Payton, who was one of the best NFL running backs, and Sanya Richards-Ross, who is a four-time Olympic Gold Medalist in track & field. hide
  • Title IX: The Athlete – AD Bachis and Hart ’71 Recognized - 06/29/2022
    The year was 1972, and 10-year-old Olivia Jones was growing tall, strong and well coordinated. She`d watch the boys play basketball and think, "I ...morereally like that.
    "But would she ever get the chance to play the game herself? Opportunities for girls in team sports were rare, especially in schools.
  • Golf’s Ups and Downs Have Proved Instructive to Stanford-Bound Parasher - 06/22/2022
    Neil Parasher, an 18-year-old Albuquerque Academy graduate headed to Stanford to walk on for golf, knows to adjust when an 8-foot birdie putt ...moreturns into a four-putt frustration that results in a double bogey. hide
  • 17 Students-Athletes to Compete in College - 05/20/2022
    View news coverage at the link.
  • Guitarists Perform in Austin - 05/20/2022
    Six students traveled to Austin, TX to perform in a guitar orchestra hosted by the Austin Classical Guitar Society. They got to share the stage with internationally acclaimed musicians Jorge ...moreCaballero and the Mir String Quartet. hide
  • Ninth Grader is International Math Champ - 05/18/2022
    Akilan Sankaran `25 received the First Award in the Mathematics Category at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta in May. His project, Modifying the ABCs of Number ...moreTheory, was recognized among top student scientists from around the world. hide
  • Quinn Ennis ’22 Named Presidential Scholar - 05/12/2022
    The Class of 2022`s Quinn Ennis has been named one of 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars by the Department of Education. The 161 high school seniors are selected based on their ...moreaccomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.
    Quinn will attend Yale University where he will major in physics. During his time at the Academy, he has been involved in Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, the chess team, community service, and the student newspaper. He is also a 2022 Bryan Cameron Impact Scholar and in August 2021 started EFFECTS, a non-profit that aims to bring inquiry-based science education to underserved elementary school students in Albuquerque. EFFECTS currently serves more than 100 students at three school.
  • Academy Picks Up Two Enchantment Awards - 05/09/2022
    Junior Brooke Caperton and Performing Arts faculty member Laurie Thomas took home honors from the Enchantment Awards on Saturday, May 7 at Popejoy Hall. Both were recognized for their work ...morewith Bright Star, the 2022 Academy spring musical. hide
  • Mock Trial Team Finishes 7th in Nation - 05/09/2022
    The Albuquerque Academy mock trial team, which included only two members with national-level experience, finished seventh at nationals in May. "This is a remarkable achievement for any team," said ...moreCoach Joaquin Sanchez. hide
  • Academy Team Drives New Mexico Success at DECA Nationals - 04/29/2022
    Jackson Paternoster `22 finished third in the Food & Restaurant Marketing event at DECA Nationals in Atlanta in April, leading a New Mexico delegation that placed five participants in the ...morefinals, including Jackson and two Academy teammates. "More than 3,500 students started out competing in Jackson`s event," said Coach Bruce Orem. hide
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Top Rankings

Albuquerque Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Mexico for:

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or other diagnosed learning differences
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
1,183 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 50%
Students by Grade
Albuquerque Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
167 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
25 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Arabic, Advanced Ceramics, Advanced Chamber Players, Advanced China and the World, Advanced Chinese, Advanced Chorus, Advanced Classical Guitar Orchestra, Advanced Classical Guitar Soloist, Advanced Cybersecurity, Advanced Dance Technique, Advanced Drawing and Painting, Advanced French, Advanced German, Advanced Global Perspectives on Dance, Advanced History Through Sports, Advanced Indigenous History in Comparative Context, Advanced Internet of Things, Advanced Japanese, Advanced Jazz Ensemble, Advanced Logic and Probability, Advanced Modeling with Multivariable Calculus, Advanced Music Theory, Advanced Organic and Biochemistry, Advanced Performance Modalities, Advanced Photography, Advanced Principles of Engineering, Advanced Research in Molecular Genetics, Advanced Sculpture, Advanced Spanish Literature and Culture, Advanced Symphonic Band, Advanced Theatre Wheelhouse, Advanced Topics in Computer Science, Advanced Voice, Advanced World Religions, AP 2D Art and Design, AP 3D Art and Design, AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Drawing, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language and Culture, AP German Language and Culture, AP Japanese Language and Culture, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP United States History
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 8 / Feb. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition includes lunch
Summer Program Cost Notes
Albuquerque Academy has a robust summer program. Learn more at
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Amy Eglinton Keller
Admissions Associate
Melissa Seligman
Endowment Size
$105 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
67 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Advocate (student newspaper), Best Buddies, Bible Club, Birding Club, Black Student Association, Chess Club, Class Officers, Classics Club, Club Shred, Coding Club, Connect (community service club), CyberChargers, Dean’s Council, DECA - Business Club, Engineering Club, Environmental Club, Esports Team, Hispanic Student Association, HOSA Future Health Professionals, Jewish Student Association, Magic: The Gathering Club, Math Club, MathCounts, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, No Place for Hate, Other Voices (literary magazine), Philosophy Club, Politics Club, Puberty Club, Quiz Bowl Team, Read to Excel Tutoring Program, SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance), Science Bowl, Science Fair Club, Science Olympiad, SDLC (Student Diversity Leadership Club), Speech and Debate, Starwatching Club, Strategy Games Club, Student Diversity Leadership Club, Student Senate, Student-Directed One Act Plays, TedX Youth Day, UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Bel Canto (classical singing), Ceramics Club, Dance Troupe, En Pointe Dance, Honor Guitar Quartet, Latin American Guitar Ensemble, Mariachi Band, Musical, Open Studio - Visual Art, Opera Project, Pep Band, Roots Music Club, Shakespeare Festival, Steel Drum Band, Technical Theater, Thespians, Unaccompanied Minors (modern a capella)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Bike Park, Frisbee Golf, Mountain Biking Club, Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

  • The academic program at Albuquerque Academy is at the heart of our school, and the school`s mission is lived out daily in the wide array of rich learning experiences we offer students. Whether they are participating in Model UN, coding in AP statistics, contrasting the philosophies of Zen Buddhism with those of western thinkers, or critiquing a portfolio of self-portraits, we aim to nurture children`s natural passion for learning and to instill habits of life-long curiosity and reflection.
  • Our approach to teaching, to student leadership, to community service, and to the many other aspects of school life reflects our hope that we will model and instill in students our most deeply held values of kindness, empathy, creativity, inclusion, justice, life-long learning, and connection to the natural world and to the Southwest. We believe that a liberal arts education is vital to becoming a global citizen in a world where future jobs have not yet been fully imagined, and we believe our students graduate from the Academy knowing how to think; how to understand their own worldview and those of others; how to find and then evaluate information; how to construct and analyze an argument; and how to communicate clearly, authentically, and diplomatically.
  • We also believe that students leave our school with an internalized sense of the Academy`s mission - that it is their privilege and responsibility to serve country and community with wisdom, conviction, and compassion.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • James Borrego '96 - NBA coach
    • Kate Gallegos '00 - Mayor of Phoenix
    • Notah Begay III '90 - PGA golfer
    • Mira Jacob '91 - Novelist
    • Alex Bregman '12 - MLB third baseman
    • David Eagleman '89 - Neuroscientist, writer
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Albuquerque Academy cost?

Albuquerque Academy's tuition is approximately $26,176 for private students.

Who are famous alumni from Albuquerque Academy?

Albuquerque Academy famous alumni include: James Borrego '96, Kate Gallegos '00, Notah Begay III '90, Mira Jacob '91, Alex Bregman '12 and David Eagleman '89.

Does Albuquerque Academy offer a summer program?

Yes, Albuquerque Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does Albuquerque Academy offer?

Albuquerque Academy offers 14 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling. Albuquerque Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in New Mexico for most sports offered.

What is Albuquerque Academy's ranking?

Albuquerque Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Mexico for: Highest average ACT score, Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.

When is the application deadline for Albuquerque Academy?

The application deadline for Albuquerque Academy is Dec. 8 / Feb. 1.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Great school, great food, great campus, great teachers, and great response to COVID. Offers a wide range of clubs, from guitar to track. Student's will love it here, and most resources are supplied by the school. However, based on what I have seen, tuition is a tad bit high.
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I have two girls grade 6 and 8 at the Academy. Both are thriving and love their school. Academic requirements are very challenging and they encourage the kids to grow in knowledge, maturity and awareness of others. I could not have designed a better program for my girls.
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Cross country and track are amazing. I got very fit. Guitar is fun and there are many after school activities. There is also a club swim team. Ex Ed is camping and we camp on private land in bear canyon and it is great.
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked NM School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 1,183 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $26,176
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 8 / Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Albuquerque, NM is $10,450 for elementary schools and $13,756 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Albuquerque, NM is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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