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 2019

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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)
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedPlease inquire
Year Founded1994

Student Body

Total Students135 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade Desert Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Advanced CoursesInternational Baccalaureate classes
Average ACT score27
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 1 / Feb. 14 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,500
Tuition NotesGenerous need-based financial aid available.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorLucy Barna


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Martial Arts, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
Martial ArtsMountain Biking,
Rock ClimbingSnowboarding,
TennisTrack and Field,


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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