Camino De Paz School

  • Camino de Paz School & Farm is a private Montessori middle school for grades 7 through 9 in Santa Cruz, New Mexico, just 23 miles north of Santa Fe.
  • Based on Maria Montessori¡¯s Erdkinder philosophy, we are dedicated to meeting the specific developmental needs of the young adolescent.
  • During these critical years of rapid physical, emotional and social changes, these young adults need an environment in which they can engage their intellect, spirit, hands and bodies.
  • Camino de Paz School¡¯s curriculum is fully integrated with the activities of the Camino de Paz Farm, the context in which students improve academic achievement through hands-on, experiential learning; discover their passions, strengths and challenges; engage the greater community; interact positively with peers and adults; think creatively and analytically; and become ethical, caring citizens.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 7-9
Year Founded2003

Student Body

Total Students14 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 52%
Students by Grade Camino De Paz School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineMar. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost$8,000
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$3,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorPatricia Pantano

School Notes

  • If we want our youth to do extraordinary things and be extraordinary people, we must give them extraordinary experiences.  See what makes us extraordinary.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Espanola
    Grades: 1-12 | 28 students
    1.8 miles
    56 Arroyo Seco Cir
    Espanola, NM 87532
    1.8 1-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
My son started his 7th year of education at Camino de Paz. He comes home beaming everyday because the curriculum is based on far more than Math and English Language Arts. He is learning to be a caring, responsible individual while learning Math and the English Language Arts, music, horticulture, commerce... The small school environment, as well as his wonderful teachers makes my son happy to get up every morning and take the bus from Santa Fe to school. This school is not for everyone, but it is certainly the best place for my 13 yr old.
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I have been a public educator since 1996 in Arizona. I''ve worked in 5th-12th grade schools and have taught every subject. In 2009 I decided I had to find a better way to live and to educate students so I gave myself a personal sabbatical. One of my stops was to volunteer at Camino de Paz. During my short visit, I worked with a small group of students doing morning and afternoon chores. Being a teacher, I look at everything as a learning opportunity. I believe life has a lot more to offer than what is found inside a box with books (classroom) The life experiences and curriculum that is being offered at Camino de Paz is one that takes into consideration the whole child. It is one of the only schools that I have ever been to that I would consider offering not only a strong curricular focus, but also one that provides an environment for children to learn about themselves and to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Students grow food, learn how to take care of animals, run a business, be responsible...and all is hands on, resulting in a school that actually creates life-long learners, and not just a school that has a written motto that can't possible be followed. I would highly recommend you take your child out of their current school and head over to Camino de Paz!
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My son went to the school for 2 years and blossomed. This is a great school that offers real life experiences. The animals are great teachers as well. Great environment to learn team work and responsibilities and leadership. This curriculum prepares children for being wholesome beings and not simply future consumers of a society who predominantly see growth/more as an ideal. Understanding the whole picture is necessary in order to make sound decisions for the future of our communities. I wish more schools would have the students take turn in preparing lunches for schoolmates and learn how to cook (self reliance), using for the majority products they themselves have grown.
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Being a graduate from CDP, I really love it. They taught me a lot of life skills that could be useful in the future. The school not only helped me to become more open, but it also helped me to become a leader. And the Animals helped me learn to be a lot more responsible.
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In a world increasingly city-center where youth do not learn the responsibility of "chores" and the source and value of healthy food, Camino de Paz integrates school with real life in an amazing way. These students are learning life skills, not just test answers.
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Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in New Mexico is $7,001 for elementary schools and $10,547 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New Mexico is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).