Desert Academy

Desert Academy at Santa Fe is a college preparatory school dedicated to academic and personal excellence.
We are an International Baccalaureate World School offering both the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, for grades 6 through 12.
We support and encourage the development of individual abilities in a community characterized by educational, ethnic, and cultural diversity.
Students are involved, challenged, and empowered by a fully accredited college preparatory curriculum, a creative slate of electives, and comprehensive arts and athletic programs.
Recently awarded places in Best of Santa Fe 2019 in Best High School and Best Middle School categories
Rated #1 Private School in Santa Fe by niche.com 2019

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Desert Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in New Mexico for:

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Attribute
Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Please inquire
Year Founded
1994

Student Body

Total Students
135 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
19%
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
Desert Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size
12 students
Advanced Courses
International Baccalaureate classes
Average ACT score
27
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Dec. 1 / Feb. 14 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Generous need-based financial aid available.
% on Financial Aid
48%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$7,500
Acceptance Rate
85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Lucy Barna

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Assistance Dogs of the West, NHS, NJHS, Student Government, Theater

Club or Organization:
chess club, Desert Ambassadors, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Leos Service Club, Ministry of Silly Walks fun club, OASIS magazine, Shakespeare Club, speech & debate, Yearbook Club

Arts and Music Programs:
48-Hour Film Festival, choir, Future Voices Film and Photography

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Mountain Biking Club, rock climbing club, Skateboarding Club

School Notes

  • Desert Academy is dedicated to academic and personal excellence. We provide a quality college prepatory education in a diverse school community, which values individuality, builds character, promotes self-confidence and fosters global understanding.

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The average private school tuition in Santa Fe, NM is $14,726 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Santa Fe, NM is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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