Academics

Learn more about our unique college prep program:


Sandia Prep Key Facts

  • We do not rank our students
  • All courses are honors level
  • Higher level cognitive skills are stressed rather than acquisition of information
  • Emphasis on reading, writing, discussion & critical thinking
  • An average senior graduates with 25 or more credits

Our Middle School is a lively place where students develop close relationships with teachers and with their fellow students. We believe this web of relationships makes it possible for our students to take risks in a variety of areas. They can learn where their talents lie and develop the skills they need to grow intellectually and academically. We also believe it is important for Middle School students to learn skills in context. In particular, we teach thinking and study skills in each discipline rather than teaching them individually. At Sandia Prep, we want our students to discover the connections between subjects and to use these discoveries to explore and understand the world around them.

Our Upper School curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to test their talents and to develop their skills in a variety of academic disciplines. We require students to take courses in English, Fine Arts or Communications, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physical Education, and Science. We also offer students the opportunity to pursue their academic interests in depth either in elective courses in the various disciplines or in an independent study program. Students may elect to take advanced courses at the University of New Mexico through our concurrent enrollment program.

Class Load and Promotion

A normal class load is six courses per year. While the school makes no guarantee that additional classes may be scheduled, exceptions may be made. A 2.00 grade point average (GPA) is the cutoff grade for promotion. A student must have a 2.00 GPA at the end of each marking period and a cumulative 2.00 at the end of each school year to be asked to continue.

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Suggested Reading Lists 

Sandia Prep’s English faculty has compiled lists of suggested reading for Sandia Prep students. Each of the lists, one for grades 6 through 8, one for grades 9 and 10, one for grades 11 and 12, is entitled “Thirty-Three Books (and One Book of Poetry) We Love.”

Take advantage of these expert recommendations, and enjoy many adventures in literature, this summer and any time.

View the Suggested Summer Reading List for grades 6-8.

View the Suggested Summer Reading List for grades 9-10. 

 View the Suggested Summer Reading List for grades 11-12.

SPS junior Parker Abell discusses his passion for theoretical physics, his diverse interests, and why he loves the numerous opportunities offered by Prep's balanced program.