Student Life


Not just a campus, but a community.


Sure, we have a beautiful campus, but what sets us apart is our true sense of community. At this home away from home, your child will thrive in a culture that promotes kindness, collaboration, and character.


Open the doors to our classrooms and you will find lively discussion and debate about books and ideas, students working together to solve problems and interpret lab data, presentations on research projects, building with 3D printers or dismantling machines in the SPACE, painting, sculpting, singing, and acting. We know our students learn best when they are engaged so our teaching is geared toward active learning, critical thinking, and collaboration. Our courses are challenging and our expectations high, and we are passionate about seeing all of our students succeed.

From chess to our Outdoor Leadership Program, Medieval Times to mural painting, our Activity period allows students to explore their talents and interests and even discover new ones. The Activity period is built into our weekly schedule, with more than 30 Activities offered each quarter. Students can stick to a beloved Activity all year or switch it up every nine weeks. Click to view current Activity opportunities.

Through Sandia Prep's Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP), students experience adventures that allow them to know and appreciate the outdoors while learning problem-solving, teamwork, planning, and leadership skills that will last a lifetime. Click here to learn more about our Outdoor Leadership Program. 

Through student-led projects, Sandia Prep students discover the job of service to others while making a positive impact in the community. By encouraging students to serve, we hope to cultivate lifelong leaders who will continue to make a difference in their communities long after they leave Prep. Join 95% of our student body who participate in student-led service.

One facet of our strong foundation is our Advisory Program. Each Sandia Prep faculty member serves as an advisor to a group of ten students (of the same grade) each year. As an "advocate," the advisor is available to talk with each of these students about any and all concerns, academic or otherwise. In addition, the advisor serves as the primary liaison between the school and parents, meeting with parents each semester to track the student's progress and development.

Sandia Prep students, faculty, and staff work together to create a culture of kindness. This daily mindset further promotes positive social and emotional health on campus. Learn more about our positive presence initiatives. 

We are fortunate to have individuals on campus dedicated solely to the emotional, social, and physical well-being of our students. Sandia Prep has a full-time nurse with an extensive background in both adolescent and emergency care. The School's athletic trainer is on campus for student-athlete needs, including therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Our athletic trainer is also licensed to provide preventative services and emergency care when necessary. Prep also has a certified mental health counselor who provides individual support and oversees school-wide student wellness initiatives.


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Sandia Prep has one of the safest campuses in the city. Our closed campus is overseen by full-time security personnel who require every visitor to be identified and badged. A recent campus-wide security audit gave Sandia Prep a superior rating.


Along with our Director of Security and full-time security officers, an Albuquerque Police Department liaison visits our campus 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.


Sandia Prep-sponsored educational tours provide an incredible opportunity to explore the world with their peers and teachers, who serve as seasoned tour guides. These trips usually take place over summer, winter, and spring breaks. Travel the globe with Sandia Prep.

Our Prep Café offers a wide array of delicious, nutritious fare for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Nearly all of our food is made from scratch, on-site using the freshest ingredients. Students can choose from daily specials or regular offerings that include a salad bar, sandwiches, and the best breakfast burritos in town!