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 - Academy athletes have earned more than 160 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 #3 - 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 -- one such group is pictured here on a trip to Sedona.
Albuquerque Academy Photo #4 - 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 #5 - In a given year, Albuquerque Academy's Performing Arts Department presents approximately 15 full concerts (choral, band, orchestra, dance, and guitar), 7 student solo and group recitals, one musical (5 performances), one faculty-directed play (8 performances), and 2 student-directed plays (2 performances each).
Albuquerque Academy Photo #6 - 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 #7 - Albuquerque Academy students are required to engage in community service projects in all grades. These sixth-grade students are making papier-mache toys for zoo animals, learning about the enrichment needs of animals in captivity. When the toys were completed, students delivered them to the Rio Grande Zoo and were able to observe the animals' interaction with them.
Like our teachers, Academy students are world-class artists and athletes, scholars and explorers.
The Academy is one of the top schools in the country, and we set each student on their own lifelong path of learning and doing.
Through challenging coursework, deep connections with faculty and friends, and meaningful experiential education, our students grow to understand the greater world and how they can go out and serve it with wisdom, conviction, and compassion.Albuquerque Academy is a non-denominational, coeducational, independent day school serving 1,163 students in grades six through 12.
The diversity of our student body fosters mutual respect and the sharing of unique ideas, important components of learning and growing.
Your child, too, has unique gifts and talents that can benefit from and be served by our community.

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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 Cost Notes
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Student Body

Total Students
1,163 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 52%
Students by Grade
Albuquerque Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
165 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
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 7
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition includes lunch
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Amy Eglinton Keller
Admissions Associate
Melissa Seligman
Endowment Size
$89 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
69 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Adventures of Supercomputing, Advocate (student newspaper), Bel Canto (classical singing), Best Buddies, Bible Club, Celtic Band, Chess Club, Class Officers, Classics Club, Club Shred, Computer Club, Connect (community service club), Cool Breeze (female vocal jazz), Creative Writing Club, Dance Troupe, Dean’s Council, DECA - Business Club, Economics Club, En Pointe Dance, Environmental Club, Feminism Club, Figure Drawing Club, Finnegan's Wake Club, French Club, Girls Who Code, Hispanic Student Association, Honor Guitar Quartet, Jeopardy Club, Jewish Student Association, Latin American Guitar Ensemble, Latin Club, Life Hacks, Magic: The Gathering Club, MANdance, Mariachi Band, Meditation Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Musical, Open Studio - Visual Art, Other Voices (literary magazine), Pep Band, Philosophy Club, Puzzle Society, Quiz Bowl Team, Read to Excel Tutoring Program, Relaxation Club, Roots Music Club, SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance), Scholarships Club, Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, SDLC (Student Diversity Leadership Club), Shakespeare Festival, Sirens (female-only a cappella), Spanish Club, Speech and Debate, Steel Drum Band, Strategy Games Club, Student Diversity Leadership Club, Student Senate, Student-Directed One Act Plays, Technical Theater, TedX Youth Day, Thespians, Ultimate Frisbee, Unaccompanied Minors (modern a capella), UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest, Yearbook

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.
Profile last updated: 08/11/2021

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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The average private school tuition in Albuquerque, NM is $11,125 for elementary schools and $14,799 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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