Albuquerque Academy

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.
  • Dedicated to attracting some of the finest students and teachers in the country, Albuquerque Academy is a college preparatory day school enrolling 1,149 students in grades 6-12.
  • Founded in 1955, the Academy serves the greater Albuquerque area and commits its resources to a mission comprising accessibility, excellence, caring, and outreach.This mission, along with the Academy's generous financial aid program has fostered one of the strongest student bodies in the nation, with more than 125 National Merit Semifinalists over the past four years.
  • Emphasizing mastery of fundamentals and independent judgment, the Academy seeks the full academic, creative, moral, and physical development of each student, and offers a challenging curriculum with 25 Advanced Placement courses, as well as experiential education, global languages, and community service programs.
  • Opportunities are plentiful in the visual and performing arts, athletics, and a wide range of extracurricular activities.
  • New students are admitted at the beginning of each school year; the admission application deadline is January 31, 2020.
  • For complete information on admission and financial assistance, please visit our website at or call the Admission Office.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the South West (ISAS)
New Mexico Association of Non Public Schools (NMANS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or other diagnosed learning differences
Year Founded1955
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesAlbuquerque Academy has a robust summer program. Learn more at
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students1,149 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 52%
Students by Grade Albuquerque Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers166 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses25 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1390
Average ACT score31
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost$24,795
Tuition NotesTuition includes lunch
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$16,871
Admissions DirectorAmy Eglinton Keller
Admissions AssociateMelissa Seligman
Endowment Size$83 million


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDiving,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.69 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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

  • Albuquerque Academy is a learning environment where labels and boundaries don`t apply. Academy students can find their places on the playing fields, in the art and music studios, in advanced classes within the disciplines they love, and among dozens of extracurricular options. They can count on the support of their teachers, advisers, and counselors -- whether that means being encouraged to take on a new challenge or getting help when they struggle.
  • An Academy graduate is prepared for life`s next steps; our alumni tell us the work they did here and the skills they learned well prepared them for college.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Albuquerque
    Grades: 6-12 | 486 students
    7.2 miles
    4000 Bosque School Road NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87120
    7.2 6-12
  • Albuquerque
    Grades: 6-12 | 521 students
    3.3 miles
    532 Osuna Road NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87113
    3.3 6-12
  • Albuquerque
    Grades: PK-12 | 1156 students
    1.6 miles
    8005 Louisiana Blvd NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87109
    1.6 PK-12
  • Miami
    Grades: 9-12 | 560 students
    1685.2 miles
    10300 Sw 72nd St Ste 427
    Miami, FL 33173
    1685.2 9-12
  • Albuquerque
    Grades: PK-8 | 139 students
    2.7 miles
    7201b Montgomery Blvd Ne
    Albuquerque, NM 87109
    2.7 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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 $7,082 for elementary schools and $15,462 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Albuquerque, NM is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).