Application Process

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Applying to Sandia Prep

Because admission to Sandia Prep is competitive, it's best to start the application process early. In fact, the process begins a full year before your child would start his/her first semester at Sandia Prep.
Click here to view the 2020-2021 Admission Viewbook.
Late Applications for the 2020-2021 School Year 

Thank you for your interest in Sandia Prep!

We are still accepting applications to select grades for the 2020-2021 school year. However, please be advised that all of our financial aid has been allocated. If financial aid is a consideration for your family, you may wish to consider applying for the 2021-2022 school year. Those applications will be available on September 1.


If you would like to apply for 2020-2021, and you do not require financial aid, the most important thing your family can do is to complete your child’s application file via the admission portal so that it is ready for review at our next Committee meeting.


Questions? Contact the Sandia Prep Admission Team at 505.338.3007 or

During Sandia Prep's admission process, testing is only one of many factors used to gain a clear picture of applicants. Due to COVID-19, all testing procedures are subject to change. Under normal circumstances, all tests occur on select Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. We provide a snack for prospective students during the break. Campus tours for parents/guardians are offered while students are testing. Below are the planned dates for Admission Testing.
Admission Testing Dates for 2021-2022 Applicants

Testing at Sandia Prep
  • November 14, 2020
  • January 9, 2021
  • February 6, 2021
Testing Off-Campus
  • To be determined
How to Prepare for the Admission Test

The admission test for all grade levels consists of a reading comprehension section (45-50 minutes), a math section (30-40 minutes), both multiple-choice, and a writing sample (20 minutes).

Reading Comprehension
The best way to prepare for the reading comprehension is simply to read, read, and read some more! Critical reading, logical thinking, and dynamic writing compose the heart of our English Department’s mission, and strong reading comprehension skills are essential. 

For the writing sample, students choose one prompt from a selection of several and write for 20 minutes, using proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation to the best of their ability. We’re looking for originality and clarity.

We’re frequently asked, "What material is covered on the mathematics test?" The simple answer is: The concepts being taught in your child's current math curriculum. Because of this, the mathematics department at Sandia Preparatory School suggests that no extra practice or review is necessary before taking our admission test. See below for more detailed information on the math test.

The math portion of the admission test covers material from past, present, and possibly future mathematics studies that your child has been or will be exposed to. A few questions are placed on each test to indicate to us if further investigation, upon acceptance to the school, is required to appropriately place your child within our mathematics curriculum. The format for each test is multiple-choice with a time limit of 30 minutes for the Sixth Grade test and 40 minutes for the Seventh/Eighth grade, Ninth/Tenth grade, and Eleventh/Twelfth-grade tests. Calculators may be used only on the Eleventh/Twelfth-grade test.   

Below is a list of the major topics contained within each math test. They are presented strictly as a guideline for what might appear on the test. The admission test is just one tool that we use to gain some insight into your child's knowledge base, and it is only a piece of the evaluation process for acceptance to Sandia Preparatory School.  

Sixth Grade Admission Math Test for Current Fifth-Grade Students
The basic four operations (+,-, ×,÷) using the following types of numbers:

  • Whole numbers up to three digits  
  • Fractions with like and unlike denominators as well as proper and improper fractions
  • Integers
  • Decimals 
  • Correct use of units 
  • Money problems
  • Finding the average of numbers
  • Place value 
  • Ratios or proportions
  • Understanding simple charts or graphs
  • Finding the greatest common factor and least common multiple  

Seventh/Eighth-Grade Admission Math Test for Current Sixth and Seventh-Grade Students
Topics listed in the above guide for our sixth-grade admission test as well as:

  • Basic geometry: types of triangles, right triangle knowledge, area/perimeter, formulas for triangles, squares, and rectangles, area formula for circles, diameter and radius relationship, and Pythagorean Theorem.
  • Exponents
  • Percentages and averages
  • Distributive property
  • Fraction/decimal conversions
  • Finding a value for an expression using substitution
  • Basic concept of probabilities
  • Solving one- and two-step equations
  • Recognizing patterns when dealing with a list of numbers


Ninth/Tenth-Grade Admission Math Test for Current Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 Students
Topics listed in the above guide for our seventh/eighth-grade admission test, as well as:

  • Finding and using least common denominators
  • Basic statistical concepts such as reading and interpreting data from charts and graphs, finding means, modes, and medians for a group of numbers
  • Working with inequalities
  • Solving multi-step algebraic equations
  • Reducing algebraic expressions
  • Lines: graphing and equation


Eleventh/Twelfth-Grade Admission Math Test for Current Algebra II, Geometry, or Pre-Calculus Students
Topics listed in the above guide for our Ninth/Tenth-Grade admission test, as well as:

  • Pre-algebra/elementary algebra: knowledge of whole numbers, decimals, integers, fractions, linear equations, algebraic equations, and your ability to solve a quadratic equation
  • Intermediate algebra/coordinate geometry: graphing in the coordinate plane, operations with integer exponents, radical and rational expressions, the quadratic formula, linear inequalities in one variable, and systems of two linear equations in two variables.
  • Plane geometry/trigonometry: knowledge of the properties and relations of figures on the geometric plane, right triangle trigonometry, graphing trigonometric functions, and basic trigonometric identities.

We want to get to know our future students. That's why our admission process includes a student interview. Each prospective student is interviewed by a member of our faculty in a friendly conversation about the student's interests, talents, and experiences.

Due to COVID-19, Student Visit Days are currently not available. 
Under normal circumstances, we invite all prospective students to a personalized Student Visit Day. It is the best way to experience our student-centered community. Applicants spend half a day on our campus as the guest of a current student (their Visit Day guide) and have a chance to see what it is like to be a student at Sandia Prep. 
Your child will visit dynamic classes, explore campus, share lunch with us, and get to know our teachers and students. 
Please note that you must submit an online application to schedule your child's Visit Day. By completing an application with your child's information, we can better pair them with a Visit Day guide who shares similar interests, plus we'll do our best to tailor their Visit Day classes to those that most interest them.

Due to COVID-19, in-person tours are currently not available. For a virtual tour, please email Event Coordinator Ray Nelson at
Does your family want to visit our beautiful campus? We offer in-session tours and selected Saturday tours throughout the year. Our comprehensive in-session tours run from 8:15 - 9:30 am. and are followed by breakfast with the Head of School from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Saturday tours run from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. during admission testing.

Sandia Prep offers tuition assistance for most income levels. In fact, 40% of our current students receive tuition assistance. Investment in elementary, middle, and high school prepares students for a lifetime of academic and career success. Moreover, independent and private schools can provide expertise in securing funding for college when the time comes. In order to help you determine the cost for your student to attend Sandia Prep, we have provided the following schedule of 2019-2020 fees here.

Admission Office
Phone: 505.338.3007
Fax: 505.212.0109