Why Sandia Prep?

As an independent school, Sandia Prep is free to let passionate teachers create rich educational experiences that meet each student’s individual needs — and to offer the academic and co-curricular programs that best serve our students. We employ the philosophy, values, and approach to teaching that are right for our students.

“Private” or “nonpublic”” are two umbrella terms that generally apply to the whole universe of nonpublic schools, including independent, parochial or religious, Montessori, and even for-profit schools. Independent schools are distinct from other private schools in that they are independently governed by a board of trustees and they do not depend on church or synagogue funds as parochial or religious schools do, or on tax dollars as public schools do.

After attending Sandia Prep since 6th grade, I made the decision to enroll at another school and take advantage of a new International Baccalaureate (IB) program being offered.  After a few months, it was clear:  the program could not begin to compare with the quality of academics, teachers, students or environment I had enjoyed at Sandia Prep.  The experience opened my eyes to those things I had taken for granted as a student at Sandia Prep, and began to miss— the same things for which I chose to return to Sandia Prep, to complete my high school education:  our gifted faculty and their inspiring teaching style; the strong relationships we have with our teachers; attending school with students who are motivated to work, learn and excel; and Sandia Prep’s caring, dedicated environment.  I am grateful to be back at Sandia Prep.  This is a very special place.

Emily Friedman.JPG Emily Friedman, '15


Sandia Prep is:

  • Independently governed by a board of trustees
  • Fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, an accrediting agency with high standards
  • Supported by a combination of tuition payments, charitable contributions, and endowment revenue — and not by public funds.

Visit the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) resource, the Parents’ Guide to Independent Schools