Message from the Head

Whelchel Joyce.jpg Sandia Preparatory School is a remarkable place with unique programs, outstanding facilities and a powerful community spirit that distinguishes us as a school. 

Whether you are a prospective parent or student, an educator or a member of our extended community, our website is the perfect place to find information that will help you get to know Sandia Prep.

Academics are our top priority. Our statement, “10 Things We Believe” pledges our belief in putting students at the center of all that we do, and this commitment shapes the Sandia Prep classroom experience. SPS faculty members create engaging student-centered lessons, and our unflinching commitment to small classes means that students participate in intimate discussions and collaborate with classmates on a daily basis. Sandia Prep is a member of the Independent Curriculum Group, a nationwide coalition of outstanding independent, charter and public schools that are dedicated to the creation of academic offerings that uniquely meet the needs of their students. Our nationally recognized curriculum includes a wide array of rigorous courses that excite, challenge and inspire our students to meet their intellectual potential.

Balance is our core value. We believe that our students should be involved in each of the school’s Five A’s –Academics, Arts, Athletics, Activities and Atmosphere. In the last few years, we have invested more than $10 million into new classroom spaces, a new Field House, a new Performing Arts Center and a new Student Center. We ensure that our students can participate in a broad range of programs by scheduling activity periods into the school day, offering no-cut athletics, providing numerous opportunities to engage in the arts and stressing the importance of living a balanced life in all that we do. Sandia Prep was the 2009 winner of the American Psychological Association’s National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award and Best Practices Honors – just one example of how we do what we say we do.

Community makes us who we are. Our 615 boys and girls are part of a single community that gathers regularly to discuss issues, share information and celebrate successes. Older students serve as mentors, role models and tutors to younger students. Our distinctive advisory program ensures that every student partners with a faculty member who monitors his or her daily progress. In addition, the active involvement of parents as volunteers reflects our institutional mission. Our community reflects the diversity of Albuquerque in its racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic makeup. One-third of our students receive financial aid, reflecting our commitment to making an excellent independent school education accessible to as wide a range of students as possible.

I encourage you to explore this website to learn about many of the programs and initiatives now underway at Sandia Prep. Our voluntary, student-directed community service projects involve 90% of students and enable our school to support the Albuquerque community through volunteer work in schools, food banks and myriad other organizations. Many of our students and faculty are engaged in various environmental sustainability initiatives, all focused on achieving our goal, as an active member of the Green Schools Alliance, of reducing our institutional carbon footprint. Our unique Senior Experience program allows students to pursue their passions by completing internships in Albuquerque and around the world. Our renowned Outdoor Leadership Program enhances leadership skills as students explore the mountains, caves, lakes and dunes of the Southwest.  Throughout our program, we encourage our students to develop as global citizens – through opportunities to travel and serve abroad; through the chance to collaborate with students in classrooms across the globe; and through courses with a global focus.

I urge you to visit our campus for it is, after all, the people – students, teachers, parents and alumni – who make Sandia Prep the engaging and inspiring school that it is. I hope to meet you in the near future. 

Warmest regards, 

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Joyce Whelchel

Interim Head of School

Founded in 1966, Sandia Prep is an independent co-ed school with a nationally recognized college preparatory program for students that begins in grade 6 and continues through grade 12. Representing the face of Central New Mexico, Sandia Prep students come from nearly 70 different schools and 40 different zip codes. Current enrollment is 615 students with an 7.5 to 1 student-faculty ratio. Forty-nine percent of students identify themselves as students of color. More than one in three students (37%) receive need-based financial aid.