Independent College Preparatory

Grades 6 -12


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.

At Prep, you're not a number. You're a person. The faculty makes sure you're learning while you're having fun. Here you're not expected to be perfect. You're expected to be the best you can be.

Curriculum Updates for Fall 2015

View a list of updates to Sandia Prep's curriculum, which take effect this fall, including changes in the Digital Media and Communications, English, Math, Performing Arts, and History Departments, and in the 8th Grade Rotation. These curriculum changes follow an intensive, 18-month curriculum review process.

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