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Advanced Curriculum. Challenging Academics.

Sandia Prep has always stood apart by offering a unique array of rigorous courses that challenge students and motivate. Our advanced curriculum is tailored to our students, not a standardized test. At our Upper School level, courses are advanced and considered equally rigorous to AP courses, with many comparable to introductory college classes. We are a founding member of the Independent Curriculum Group, as we prize our independence and innovation too highly to ask our teachers to use a nationally standardized curriculum.

Our independent curriculum promotes deep, student-centered learning in the classroom as well as beyond the classroom. Our innovative curriculum distinguishes our 100% college-bound seniors as among the best prepared in the nation. 
A sample of our innovative advanced courses
  • Engineering & Mechatronics
  • Physics 2
  • Extreme Theater
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Global Literature
  • Calculus 2
  • Molecular Biology
  • Western Civilization 2
  • Spanish Model UN
  • Broadcasting

Click on the cover below to view Sandia Prep's 2019-2020 Curriculum Guide.

Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)

Our Middle School is a lively place where students develop meaningful 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 believe it is important for middle school students to learn skills in context. In particular, we teach critical 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.

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Upper School (Grades 9 - 12)

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, Science, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Fine Arts, Digital Media and Communications, and Physical Education.

We also offer students the opportunity to pursue their academic interests in depth either in elective courses in the various disciplines, including engineering and coding, independent study, our Odyssey Scholars Program, and Entrepreneurial Studies. Students may elect to take advanced courses at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College through our concurrent enrollment program.

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Susi Hochrein

Middle School Head


Cheryl McMillan
Upper School Head´╗┐