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Why Prep?


High fives in the hallway. Celebrating one another's successes. More than just a campus, Sandia Prep is a community, bringing together innovative, advanced classes, dynamic arts and athletics, and leadership opportunities for every type of student.
At Sandia Preparatory School we provide remarkable opportunities for intellectual and personal growth within a challenging and balanced program for students in grades 6-12. Our innovative college prep curriculum readies students for success in college and beyond, and inspires each to find and achieve his or her purpose in the world. 

As an independent private 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.

Why Sandia Prep?

  • Earned an A+ rating and recognized as a top private school in New Mexico
  • 100% graduation rate with all grads accepted to college
  • 7:1 student - teacher ratio
  • Truly small class sizes with an average of 15 students per class
  • Engineering & coding program
  • Vast middle school and upper school arts and sports
  • Recognized as one of the safest campuses in Albuquerque
  • Comprehensive visual and performing arts at all grade levels
  • No-cut athletics produce state champions
  • Bus service to and from NE Heights, Westside, and UNM/Ridgecrest areas
  • Our Center for Learning Excellence supports students with learning differences.
  • Parental involvement is not only welcomed, it is encouraged.
  • A member of the Kindness Club and Harvard University's "Making Caring Common" campaign
  • More than a campus. We're a community.

A+ Rating and Recognized as a Top Private High School in New Mexico

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Recognized as a Leading Private High School in New Mexico

Based on SAT/ACT scores, colleges students considered, student-teacher ratio, private school ratings, and more, Sandia Prep recently earned an A+ rating and was recognized as a Top Private High School in New Mexico.

How does Sandia Prep approach homework?

High school boy reading book under tree on Sandia Prep campus At Sandia Prep, homework is meant to be meaningful, not busy work. It may be used to reinforce skills learned in math or to venture into the next chapter of the class novel, but it is always an appropriate amount for the grade level of the student. Sixth-graders can expect about an hour of homework per night (more for long-term projects). In addition to stellar academics, we want our students to participate in our incredible performing arts and athletic programs and to spend valuable time with their friends and family.

How does Sandia Prep keep students safe?

Middle school students stand outside on the campus in the fall With our closed (locked) campus and a security staff that requires every visitor to be identified and badged, Sandia Prep has one of the safest campuses in the city. A recent campus-wide security audit gave Sandia Prep a superior rating.

Our Director of Security is a retired Albuquerque police officer. We have additional full-time security officers, as well as an Albuquerque Police Department liaison who visits several times a week and keeps us up to speed on best school safety practices. We work hard to keep our students, faculty, staff, and visitors safe and secure at all times.

How does Sandia Prep address student health concerns?

Two middle school students study an atlas togetherSandia Prep has a full-time nurse on staff with an extensive background in both adolescent and emergency care. The School also has an athletic trainer for student-athlete needs, including therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Our athletic trainer also is  licensed to provide preventative services and emergency care when necessary. Prep also has a certified mental health counselor who provides individual support and oversees schoolwide student wellness initiatives.