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Acequia Madre Elementary

700 Acequia Madre St., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
(505) 467-4000

About Acequia Madre Elementary School
Grade Levels Served: K - 6
Enrollment: 175

School’s Mission:
The entire Acequia Madre School Community has dedicated itself to insisting that ALL of our students are educationally successful, physically sound, socially adjusted, and artistically inspired.

School’s Vision:
We strive to provide students with lifelong skills and memories.

Our School’s Operations and Functions:

  • Academic programs are focused on the core subjects and address the state standards and the school District’s Common Commitments.
  • Our school has a focus on fine and performing arts. Children in grades 1-3 all play the violin. Students in grades 4-6 all play in the band (brass, woodwind, and percussion). All students are involved in at least two performances each year and participate in the PTC’s annual art auction by creating artwork to auction.
  • We do inquiry based Science with instructional kits and participate in “Earth’s Birthday” activities, as well.
  • Responsive Classroom (social curriculum).

Why Our School is Unique:

  • We have an after school Spanish Club.
  • We participate in the district’s Volunteer program.
  • Our fifth graders participate in the National Dance Institute.
  • Our parent involvement is extensive and our PTC raises a substantial amount of money to support our P.E. teacher, classroom grants, and our fine and performing arts
  • program.
  • Many of our students participate in after school basketball, swimming, and wrestling.
  • We have an extensive School Garden and greenhouse with a coordinator and multiple opportunities for classes and parents to access the garden throughout the school year.
  • We embrace “Responsive Classroom” a social curriculum which stresses our 3 R’s:
    • Respect
    • Responsibility
    • Responsiveness

Amy Biehl Community School

310 Avenida del Sur , Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
(505) 467-2100


About Amy Biehl Community School
Grade Levels Served: K -6
Enrollment: 442

School’s Mission:
Amy Biehl Community School at Rancho Viejo has been established to create a community of lifelong learners through academic excellence, environmental sustainability, and respect for all cultures.

School’s Vision:
Amy Biehl Community School at Rancho Viejo will achieve:

  • A - Academic Excellence
  • C - Caring Community
  • H - Hands-on Learning
  • I - Innovative Programs
  • E - Emotional Well-being
  • V - Visionary Leaders
  • E - Environmental Advocates

Our School’s Operations and Functions:
Amy Biehl Community School at Rancho Viejo (ABCS) teaches all core subjects and delivers standards-based instruction to all students. The school is in partnership with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and implements an inquiry based hands-on science curriculum that integrates reading and writing skills. The conceptual math program provides students with factual knowledge, procedural facility, and allows students to use their knowledge flexibly to make connections among mathematical ideas. The balanced literacy curriculum delivers a framework that combines teacher directed instruction and student centered activities. It encompasses all components of reading and writing. Students also receive art, music, and library instruction from teachers who specialize in these areas. Amy Biehl is also equipped with two computer labs, classroom computers and Smart Boards in every classroom.

Why Our School is Unique:
Amy Biehl Community School is committed to the development of sustainable, high performance schools both inside and out. The school was designed to be energy efficient; promote respect for our natural and built environments; and provide safe and healthy, and inspirational learning environments. We hope to educate the students, faculty, and staff on the importance of everyday sustainability measures so that we all may give back to our community, environment, and to future generations in Santa Fe. The school is expected to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) after the first year it is open.

Amy Biehl Community School has also established partnerships with parents as well as other organizations in an effort to enhance the school curriculum. The school has started its first Parent-Teacher Committee (PTC), and will host family nights throughout the year that will include Literacy Night, Science Night, and Math Night. ABCS also partners with the following community organizations to enrich students’ education: Cooking with Kids; Project Wild; National Dance Institute; Audubon Society; Santa Fe Children’s Museum; and Americorps.

In addition Amy Biehl Community School offers many opportunities for extracurricular activities, such as girls’ and boys’ athletics (basketball; swimming; cheerleading; etc.); the Amy Biehl Dance Troupe; an after school program that is an extension of the school day, includes a band program, and library time with a certified librarian; ABCS Student Council; book clubs; a “Green Team” and Student Safety Patrol Team.

Atalaya Elementary School

721 Camino Cabra, Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 467-4400


About Atayala Elementary School
Grade Levels Served: K - 6
Enrollment: 214

School’s Mission:
Our mission at Atalaya is to create a framework from which students can confidently and successfully approach the world.

We will:

  • Respect and honor individuality
  • Foster a safe and nurturing school community
  • Maintain high academic standards
  • Teach social and environmental awareness
  • Inspire the love of learning
  • School’s Vision:
  • Atalaya educates and challenges students to successfully perform at their highest potential.

Why Our School is Unique:
Atalaya is unique because it is a small school with a very involved family and volunteer community. Nestled in
the beautiful foothills, Atalaya serves its neighborhood community and a significant number of students from other
areas of Santa Fe. We have a large number of parent and community volunteers and a very active PTA.

Carlos Gilbert Elementary School

300 Griffin Street , Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 467-4700


About Carlos Gilbert Elementary School
Grade Levels Served: K - 6
Enrollment: 337

School’s Mission:
The mission of Carlos Gilbert Elementary School is to provide quality educational opportunities for all students.

To address the mission the Carlos Gilbert Community will:

  • Provide a safe and secure environment where everyone enjoys teaching and learning;
  • Offer a strong standards based Kindergarten-6th grade curriculum;
  • Focus on quality researched based instructional strategies; and
  • Create an environment where students, parents, staff and the community are partners in the educational process and achievement of all students.

Our School’s Operations and Functions:
Carlos Gilbert Elementary School has provided three generations of Santa Fe families a high quality education for over sixty years. Located within walking distance of the downtown Santa Fe Plaza, Carlos Gilbert is the only two story elementary school in our District. Our location downtown provides students with many opportunities to experience arts and culture at our local performing arts venues and downtown museums. We encourage parent and community participation and partner with the Los Alamos National Bank and First Presbyterian Church among other local businesses and arts organizations. Many of our parents work within walking distance of Carlos Gilbert and can be found in classrooms volunteering or visiting their children over the lunch hour. Carlos Gilbert has an active student council, Parent, Teacher, Kids (PTK) organization and ongoing Character Counts! education.

Why Our School is Great:

  • National Geographic GeoBee
  • Annual Spelling Bee
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Art
  • Partnership with First Presbyterian Church
  • Boys & Girls Basketball
  • Physical Education
  • Character Counts!
  • Chess Club
  • Reading Buddies
  • Cheerleading
  • St. Michaels and Santa Fe Preparatory School Partnership
  • Fire Prevention Education
  • Swimming Program
  • Music
  • National Dance Institute (NDI)
  • Wrestling
  • After school program funded by parent fees
  • Student Council
  • Blackhawk Book Club
  • Young Astronauts

César Chávez Community School

6251 Jaguar Dr. , Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
(505) 467-3200


About César Chávez Community School
Grade Levels Served: Pre-K - 5
Enrollment: 670

School’s Mission:

  • The community of learners at César Chávez Community School will nurture and:
  • Develop academic, work, and life skills;
  • Honor individuals and how they learn and how they interact;
  • Provide dynamic opportunities for exploration;
  • Investigate issues that are engaging and relevant to real-life situations; and
  • Encourage continuous reflection and improvement.
  • Our efforts will plant the seeds for the growth of future leader and productive citizens.

School’s Vision:
We have a vision in honor of the energetic and resilient leader, César Chávez. César Chávez Elementary School is
a community of lifelong learners who are confident and skillful in dealing with life situations and who assume responsibility for their learning and behavior

Our School’s Operations and Functions:
Academically, we have implemented “Thinking Maps” schoolwide for the last three years. We also have implemented the utilization of GLAD strategies school-wide. In Math, we are utilizing the Everyday Math curriculum. We also have 98 students that are provided reading interventions in our Helping One Student to Succeed (HOSTS) program. This program consists of 104 volunteers. Reading interventions were provided for grades 2–5. In one fourth grade class, we piloted a health program. In two of our fifth grade classes, the Just Be It (JBI) curriculum was implemented. For two years we have piloted a Dual Language program in Kindergarten and First grade.

Why Our School is Unique:


  • Student Council
  • Aspen Ballet Folklorico
  • Little Mozart
  • ARTsmart – Fine Arts for Children and Teens


  • School-wide Character Counts program
  • Perfect Attendance incentive program
  • Cooking With Kids
  • Big Brother Big Sister program


  • Juntos – Adelante
  • Parent Teacher Organization


  • After School program (funded by the City of Santa Fe)
  • Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

E. J. Martinez Elementary School

401 W. San Mateo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
(505) 467-3800


About E.J. Martinez
Grade Levels Served: K - 6
Enrollment: 350

School’s Mission:
The mission of E. J. Martinez Elementary School is to educate each child to the highest attainable levels of academic excellence, social responsibility, cultural awareness and a sense of wonderment.

School’s Vision:
We want to teach each child to appreciate and benefit from diversity, to reach his/her full potential, and to develop problem solving skills—leading each child to be a responsible and valuable member of his/her family, community, country and world.

Our School’s Operations and Functions:
E.J. Martinez Elementary School is focused on teaching all core subjects, implementing state standards and the
District’s Common Commitments. A balanced literacy program creates an opportunity for all students to be
successful. Students are given the opportunity to experience, art, music and physical education. Art and music are both taught cross curricular. Students are given the opportunity to participate in the “Earth’s Birthday” projects, Chamber Music performances, band and music performances and PTA sponsored events.

Why Our School is Unique:
E.J. Martinez is one of the oldest elementary schools in Santa Fe celebrating 50 years during the 2009-2010 school year. It is located in the heart of a well established neighborhood rich in tradition. E.J. Martinez has the oldest garden and orchard that is lovingly taken care of by the students and staff. A strong parent organization is evident by the numerous fundraisers and projects taken on the parents in an effort to support the funding of a physical education teacher. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in band, basketball, swimming, wrestling and cheerleading. Parent nights are set-up several times during the school year. Volunteers are utilized to enhance the learning process.

Chaparral Elementary School

2451 Avenida Chaparral , Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
(505) 467-1400


About Chaparral Elementary School
Grade Levels Served: Pre - K - 6
Enrollment: 453

School’s Mission:
Our mission is to obtain the goals of our vision. Chaparral Elementary School is committed to:

  • Fostering an environment where a tone of decency is expected
  • Upholding high expectations for all
  • Embracing the culture of learning unique to our school
  • School’s Vision:
  • Chaparral Elementary School continues to build a caring and respectful community where all are valued and encouraged to reach their fullest potential.

Our School’s Operations and Functions:
At Chaparral Elementary we provide students with a well rounded standards based instruction that is supported by the District’s adopted curricular programs. For Language Arts teachers implement the Treasures reading program Kindergarten-6th grade. We implement a conceptual math program, Investigations, for Kindergarten-5th grade and Connected Math for sixth grade. In order to meet the needs of all our students, teacher scaffold and differentiate their lessons and provide intervention when necessary following the Districts response to intervention model. The academic program is supplemented with art, physical education, library, technology and music classes for all students.

Why Our School is Unique:
Chaparral provides many opportunities for extracurricular activities to support the growth and development of our students. The school has a partnership with many community organizations such as Art Works, Cooking with Kids, Mozart y Mariachi and Service Learning. Band is offered for grades 5-6. There is also a YMCA after school program and several tutoring programs. Parent involvement is the driving force behind this community school. Chaparral has an active PTA whose fundraising activities support our educational needs. The parents also support our affiliation with the Santa Fe Independent Youth League by volunteering as coaches and attending the games. When it is time for our annual Halloween Carnival and Book Fair there is never a shortage of volunteers.

Christian Life Academy

121 Siringo Rd, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
(505) 984-1001


Christian Life started in 1941 with a simple goal... to help people connect with God. Our church is focused on reaching out to a non-churched community, building relationships through small groups and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus. CL offers contemporary, biblically-driven worship services that are alive with energy and creativity, as well as excellent childcare, exciting children's and student ministries, dynamic Life groups and programs like Celebrate Recovery and biblical counseling.

We are excited to see where God takes us in the future! If you haven't had a chance to visit us, you're invited to see how exciting church can be!

Desert Montessori School

316 Camino Delora, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 983-8212


Desert Montessori School (DMS) offers excellent Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary school education in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We offer a loving and secure learning environment for our youngest students in Preschool and Kindergarten. Our Elementary age students receive a strong academic foundation for success at Santa Fe’s best private or public middle schools. Most DMS graduates continue their education at Santa Fe Prep or Desert Academy. Over the last 4 years 95% our 6th grade graduates have gained admission to the school of their choice.

Our Preschool and Kindergarten is a Montessori based curriculum, while the Elementary curriculum is traditional with strong Montessori influence.

Our school has mixed-aged classes for students ages 2-12, dedicated to and inspired by the innovative educational principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. All areas of learning are mastered prior to moving on to a new classroom. All rates of learning are respected, whether a student masters a core set of ideas quickly or slowly. Due to our small class sizes, all children receive the level of instruction they need in order to succeed.

Our classes have two and three-year age groupings creating a feeling of family and allowing a child to progress with fewer social transitions. Mixed-age groupings give the mature younger child someone to emulate and the older child refines social skills and practices leadership by serving as an example for younger children.

Our two and three-year sequence of progressively challenging work allows children to progress independently at their own pace leading to a strong sense of security, accomplishment, and joy. The works are designed to lead a child in discovery from the simple to the complex, and from concrete to abstract concepts.

Conflict resolution skills are taught as a third language at our school. We have found that fluency in problem solving deepens as a child practices voicing concerns, mediating conflicts, achieving compromise, and making decisions.

Our program includes:

  • Practical, daily living skills and refinement of the senses.
  • Communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Reading, writing, and research skills.
  • Math, number recognition/manipulation skills.
  • Introduction of geometry language and algebra concepts.
  • Science and exploration of the natural world.
  • Inter-cultural studies and geography.
  • Storytelling and poetry.
  • Visual arts, art history, and crafts.
  • Field trips that tie to currriculum; in-class guests and workshops.
  • Inner awareness and development of positive emotional language.

El Camino Real Academy

3160 Agua Fria Street, Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 467-1300


About El Camino Real Academy
Grade Levels Served:Pre-K - 6
Enrollment: 612

School’s Mission:
El Camino Real Academy is a multicultural community oflifelong learners, preparing for meaningful contributions in an ever changing world.

School’s Vision:
In the community of learners we INSPIRE. Individuality, Nurturing the whole being, Skillful thinkers, Pride in Self, languages, and cultures, Imagining the Possibilities, Respect for all, Excellence.

Our School’s Operations and Functions
El Camino Real Academy Academic Programs Include the following:

  • English Language Strand and Dual Language Strand Highlights of the English Language Program:
  • Students will learn to read, write and communicate in English
  • Students will achieve high levels of academic success in English
  • Students will participate in hands-on learning and integrated learning experiences

Goals of the programs:

  • English Language Strand
  • To have high academic achievement in English
  • To develop a high self-esteem, positive attitude and strong identity through the use of the English language
  • To develop cross-cultural thoughtfulness through multicultural education that emphasizes the understanding, acceptance and appreciation of other cultures
  • To strengthen parental involvement through literacy activities and events
  • To foster a proactive community that advocates for our programs and education and supports resources in the community
  • To promote overall community participation

What is the Two-Way Dual Language Enrichment Program?
It is a program in which native English speaking children and native Spanish speaking children work together to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. The goal of this program is to promote bilingual proficiency, high academic achievement, and cross-cultural awareness in all students. Ideally, there is a 50/50 balance between English and Spanish speakers in the Two-Way program. Instruction is provided in English and Spanish every day. Native English speakers and Spanish speakers will become proficient in a second language while still developing their first language. Students serve as native speaker models for their peers. Everyone is invested in each others’ success.

Goals of the One Way and Two Way Dual Language Enrichment Programs

  • To meet or exceed grade level academic goals in Spanish and English
  • To promote bilingualism and biliteracy through the strict separation of the languages of instruction (Spanish and English).
  • To develop a high self-esteem, positive attitude and strong identity through the use of the heritage language of the community (Spanish).
  • To develop cross-cultural thoughtfulness through multicultural education that emphasizes the understanding, acceptance and appreciation of other cultures.
  • To foster a proactive community that advocates for our programs and education.

Dual Language Education Strand Benefits of the Dual Language Enrichment Program:

  • Research has shown that students enrolled achieve higher academic success in both languages
  • More job opportunities are available to bilingual and biliterate adults
  • Students are literate in their own language as well as a second language
  • Develop greater cultural sensitivity and better communication skills

Why Our School is Unique:
El Camino Real Academy is located in the heart of the historic Agua Fría Village, right on the famed “Camino Real”, the oldest road in America. Our children’s futures begin here at our school, starting in Kindergarten and continuing through 6th grade. Agua Fría is dedicated to the respect of culture, literacy, bilingualism, responsibility, discipline, creativity and the uniqueness of each individual. A highly qualified staff works collaboratively in a literacy rich environment to ensure a powerful learning experience for each student. Our goal is success for each student and our promise is to make this possible.

  • Dual language Programs – Two-Way Program - 1 Class at each grade level - Kindergarten-6th grade
  • One-Way Program – Approximately 2 Classes at each grade level - K-6
  • District Elementary School Medically Fragile Program
  • Full Inclusion at sixth grade
  • Implementation of the Roadrunner Way – 5 Finger
  • Agreements: Encouragement, Personal Responsibility, Respect, Cooperation, and Safety.
  • El Camino Real Academy created a Curriculum Alignment Plan that is used for weekly and unit lesson plan development.
  • Majority of Teachers have been GLAD Trained – Guided Language Acquisition Design
  • Our school has the highest number of bilingual endorsed teachers (17) and we have the highest number (409) of students placed in a bilingual program.

We have created a Data Base to analyze our site’s DRA/EDL reading assessment scores that is currently being refined.

El Dorado Community School

2 Avenida Torreon , Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
(505) 467-4900


About El Dorado Community School
Grade Levels Served: K - 8
Enrollment: 655

School’s Mission:
The mission of El Dorado Community School is to educate each child in an environment in which staff, students, parents, and the community are unified in the pursuit and application of the following:

  • Skills to facilitate lifelong learning, critical thinking, and communication
  • An atmosphere fostering responsibility, creativity, cooperation and enthusiasm for learning
  • Recognition of differences in students’ learning styles and provision of relevant learning opportunities
  • Development of emotional, social, mental and physical health of students

School’s Vision:
The school mission/vision is in the process of being redefined this school year.

Our School’s Operations and Functions:
El Dorado Community School has undergone a transformation from an elementary school to a Kindergarten school over the past several years. We are looking forward to having a facility that supports our new configuration— which we anticipate having at the end of our construction project. In the meantime, there have been many ‘firsts’ here—especially last spring, when the first group of students completed 8th grade at our school. While it has been challenging to let go of the elementary school identity, many staff are committed to bridging the gap between the Kindergarten to fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade worlds. Our school has provided opportunities for mentoring of younger students by our middle school students. We hope this year to have a school-wide literacy event that involves groups of students from all grade levels.

Academic programs at our school typically have hands-on components as well as project-based learning. Our sixth grade recently held the “Ancient Egyptian Wax Museum” in our big gym—where students demonstrated their knowledge of a historical figure in a dramatic presentation to the visitors to the ‘museum.’ The fourth grade team does an Ellis Island simulation day—another example of project-based learning.

Electives include general music, orchestra, band, chorus, art, technology and PE. Our fifth grade students are doing an elective wheel this year (for the music electives) so that they will be better able to choose their music elective in sixth grade.

As a result of a partnership with the El Dorado Community Garden, our school has a developing ‘green’ identity that culminates each spring in the “Fiesta Verde.” This fall, master gardeners from our community worked with students in art classes to use materials from the garden in art. Garden guides are available to work with classroom teachers in our garden, which serves as an outdoor classroom. The garden recently added a shed and anticipates the building of a greenhouse, so that work in the garden/outdoor classroom can continue throughout the school year, even when temperatures are colder.

Why Our School is Unique:
This school is fortunate to have an incredible network of support from the greater El Dorado area community—that comes together to help our kids learn and grow. It seems that volunteerism and activism are hobbies of many people who live in this area. When a need is expressed, there is usually someone who is able to find the resources to help. This school community is incredibly self-sufficient—sometimes to a fault…but it is also out of necessity.

We have an extremely involved parent community. Our PTA has a Memorandum of Understanding with SFPS that has allowed them to develop and operate an after school enrichment program, which was piloted in spring 2010 and continues this school year. This program provides academic support to students in need along with a huge variety of enrichment activities for a six-week session (implemented as four sessions over the course of the school year.) We have many parent and community volunteers who volunteer directly in classrooms or with school-wide events such as the Fun Run, Halloween Carnival, and Fiesta Verde. The PTA Board meets once a month as a leadership group (with the site principal) to plan. An offshoot of the Board is the Community Support Program, which is a way for local businesses to donate once per year to the El Dorado PTA and then become a community sponsor. Currently, PTA funds are mainly used to fund the After School Enrichment Program.

A separate extracurricular program that is science-based is Project GUTS, that meets weekly and is sponsored by our seventh and eighth grade science teacher. Two teachers also are the yearbook sponsors. We also have an active Student Council. This year we are working on implementing Restorative Justice through an art elective—as a leadership class. School Health Advisory Council—this new parent group is being spearheaded by our school nurse. This group is working on school-wide health and wellness issues. Many of these parents are volunteering during our lunch/recess time to support healthier eating and recreation at our school.

For SY 2009-10
Our Teacher and School Awards and Accomplishments:
Our PTA received an award/recognition from the National PTA organization for the PTA After School Enrichment Program in spring 2010. Our school had a "Teacher Who Inspires" award that was given to Barbara McDonald (second grade teacher) in spring 2010. We have a number of other teachers who have received this award in the past. We also have a number of teachers who have their National Board Certification. Several other teachers completed the National Board Certification process last year and are awaiting results. Several teachers are going through the board certification process this year.

Our Student Achievement Awards:

  • We have an awards ceremony that recognizes student achievement and attendance.
  • Our school also has an extensive science fair where students are recognized for their scientific accomplishments.
  • Students here receive reading awards for participation in the PTA Summer Reading Program. This year, students are being honored during National Reading Week for their accomplishments from summer 2010.
  • We participate in the county spelling bee as well.
  • The PTA After School Enrichment Program subsidizes the after school program for all students—a form of scholarship and provides more support for parents in need (on a case by case basis.)

Our Student Athletic Awards:
Our school has several sports teams, including 7th and 8th grade girls’ volleyball, seventh and eighth grade girls’ basketball, boys’ football (at DeVargas or Capshaw), seventh and eighth grade boys’ basketball. We also have a number of Santa Fe Independent Youth League teams that are ‘El Dorado Dust Devils.’

In Running Club, students were recognized for the number of miles they ran throughout the year.

The Fun Run has awards for students who ‘win’ in their age category along with participation awards.

Our Other Accomplishments:
There is a literacy discussion group that is teacher-driven and that meets quarterly to discuss strategies such as CELL, Step Up to Writing, the Daily CAFÉ, 6 Traits Writing, and Debby Miller strategies. This group functions as a teacher support network as well.

Fayette St. Academy

830 Fayette St, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
(505) 982-3396


Fayette Street Academy is a small alternative elementary/middle school in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are a private independent not for profit, co-educational school, teaching students ages six through fourteen. Our curriculum includes math, reading, writing, languages (Chinese, Greek, Latin and Spanish), geography, history, art and music. These subjects are woven together and integrated in an age appropriate child available format.

Our location is in a long established, modest, residential neighborhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 1980 classes have been held in small adobe buildings that retain an informal, nurturing, homey quality. Because our plant is simple, tuition cost can be kept to a minimum. For thirty two years we have been able to offer high quality, individualized education with a low student to teacher ratio.

Individual attention is given to each child by every teacher in classes, during breaks and on the athletic field. Parents also find that the classroom and staff are readily available and responsive on a daily basis. The environment throughout our school is very friendly and personal.

One advantage of our small school is that all teachers know all children. Therefore no child is lost or ignored. Feed back, not a letter grade is given to children in writing, singing, mathematics or art. Students and teachers are not restricted to standard text book material. Teachers create and research material in an ever evolving exploration aimed at meeting the needs of each child.

Constant flow and movement is the theme when children are happy and balanced. Every day all the children head to the park, with teachers in charge, for a mid day break of games and activities. Twice a year a climbing course with ropes, harnesses, and rapelling is set up in The Big Elm tree on the school grounds for exciting, safe and challenging whole body-brain development.

Parents are an integral part of their child’s learning. Helping with homework; joining in the rhythm of baseball and craft weeks; teaching a two hour class with others for Parents’ Weeks; cleaning and fixing up the buildings during the annual Clean Up Week are some of the ways parents support their student at Fayette.

We are a unique and very successful school. For close to 30 years our students have taken how to learn in an integrated, self referenced way with them on their journey through high school and college. We welcome you on any of our open-door visiting days throughout the school year.

Gonzales Community School

851 W. Alameda , Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 467-3100


About Gonzales Community School
Grade Levels Served: K - 8
Enrollment: 517

School’s Mission:
Gonzales School is a safe, healthy learning community where being respectful, responsible, and motivated go hand in hand.

Our School’s Operations and Functions
Gonzales Community School participates in programs that have been adopted by the Santa Fe Public Schools’. Below is a listing of our school’s programs:

  • Treasures Language Arts
  • Everyday Math
  • Experiential Science grade K-8 (using kits from the Center For Hands-On Learning)
  • Outdoor Garden Activities K-8
  • General Music K-5
  • Middle School Music Pilot Program (Strings/Orchestra, Choir, Band)
  • Computer Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Cooking With Kids
  • National Dance Institute
  • Why Our School is Unique:
  • Gonzales School is considered unique by our grade configuration. We are one of two pilot K-8 Schools within the District. We are currently in the fourth year of the conversion. Our community finds that this option has served our students in a positive manner.

We are very proud of being a pilot music program for the Santa Fe Public School. We have found that the arts have enriched our middle school students. Last year we had the first class of eighth grade students’ move on the high school level. Many of these kids continued to be involved with music program at the higher level.

For SY 2009–10:
Our Student Achievement Awards:
We had nine students compete in the Santa Fe Public School’s Science Expo.

Our Other Accomplishments:
Gonzales Community School has been staging for a multimillion dollar construction project.

Kearny Elementary School

901 Avenida de las Campanas, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
(505) 467-1800


About Kearny Elementary School
Grade Levels Served: K - 6
Enrollment: 511

School’s Mission:
Kearny Elementary School’s mission is to provide an environment that is safe, allows risktaking and is conducive to learning and teaching. Each child will be provided equal education opportunities and a solid foundation in all learning areas, thereby achieving his/her maximum potential. Through this mission we envision:
A place where the school community, children, parents, community members and staff are safe and feel welcome;
A school where children feel successful and develop positive self-esteem;
A school where citizenship, trust, tolerance, respect, courtesy and manners are valued;
A school where children have an opportunity to attain their highest academic achievement; and
A school that is clean, attractive, orderly and that instills a sense of pride and ownership.

School’s Vision:
Kearny’s vision is that all students enrolled:
Achieve success in academic and citizenship roles;
Are proficient in reading, writing, mathematics and science on the Standards Based Assessment;
Are intellectually engaged throughout the school day;
That the foundation for success is joint interaction of student, parent, community, teacher and administrator; and
Receive a quality education that builds the foundation necessary to attend a college or university and become a successful member of our diverse society.

Our School's Operations and Functions
Learning Blocks:
Kearny’s academic programs are designed to keep each student academically engaged and provide a strong foundation as this is their first step towards college and career. Each class at Kearny has a 120 minute Literacy Block and a 90 minute Mathematics Block. The learning blocks are designed to meet each student’s academic needs. Response to Intervention, which focuses on a student’s specific learning needs is included in the learning blocks. One of our District’s Common Commitments is Writing across the Curriculum; the Literacy block often includes mathematics, Science and Social Studies which are also covered individually.

Our special classes enhance our academic program. They include: art, music, band, technology and library. Each class visits the specials once a week. All students have Physical Education twice a week as well.

Positive Behavior Program:
Kearny utilizes the framework of a School-Wide Positive Behavior program to teach, monitor and reward positive behavior in a common language. This includes positive behavior expectations, a matrix of behavior rules for all areas, a discipline plan as well as reward tickets and table. Through this program the students are encouraged to “Think, Listen and Care”, Kearny’s school-wide behavior expectations. The TLCs are the following: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Honest, Be Kind.

Violence and Drug Prevention Curricula:
All classes Kindergarten-3rd grade are receiving Second Step lessons to teach appropriate expression of feelings, impulse control and anger management techniques. Fourth through 6th graders are instructed in Life Skills, a drug and violence prevention program.

Zero Bullying:
Additionally, bullying issues are addressed through specific Code of Conduct classes, lessons to discuss class specific behaviors, harassment and discrimination, and a written contract to pledge respect and responsibility to make our school a safer place.

Why Our School is Unique
Reading Around the World:
All students participate in Kearny’s “Reading Around the World ” program. Each student reads books at home and at school, then receives points for their reading through the Accelerated Reader program. Students are awarded at our quarterly Awards Assembly for their accomplishments.

Cooking with Kids:
Kearny is delighted to have the Cooking with Kids program. This program motivates and empowers our students to develop healthy eating habits through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods from a variety of cultures. In the program, students participate in cooking and tasting classes, and explore a variety of foods. Their program is an extension of our curriculum.

National Dance Institute:
Kearny also participates in the National Dance Institute (NDI) program. This program is offered to our fifth grade students and provides an amazing dance program promoting health education excellence and encourages students to believe in themselves. Their program is an extension of our curriculum.

Positive Behavior System:
Kearny’s school counselor has guided our staff and students in our school-wide Positive Behavior System. Through this program the students are encouraged to “Think, Listen and Care”, Kearny’s TLCs. The TLCs are based on the following: Be Caring, Be Kind, Be Respectful, Be Honest, Be Polite, and Be Responsible.

Kearny, Your First Step towards College:
As you walk down the halls of Kearny, you will see not only the names of the teachers, but the university they graduated from. This is done to expose our students to a variety of colleges and universities. Our goal is to build the foundation for college aware and college bound students.

After School Academic Programs:
Kearny students have the availability of after school tutoring programs through SES, Indian Education and the Adelanteprogram. They can also participate in Kearny’s Homework Club.

The Arts:

  • Kearny students are active in the Arts throughout our community.
  • Three students participated in this year’s State Fair for Art work.
  • Kearny students entered the Trees are Terrific contest and their artwork was displayed in Albuquerque.
  • Kearny students are involved in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (three concerts per year) and Artworks.
  • This year we had students participate with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra.
  • Our sixth grade band and the third grade are involved with the new Santa Fe Opera Integrated Arts Program with instructor Chris Leslie.

Sports Activities
Students are involved in the following sports activities:

  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Drill Team
  • Wrestling
  • Swim Team

For SY 2009-10
Student Achievement Awards:
Beginning last year, Kearny began holding the Student of the Month Breakfast. This monthly breakfast continues this year to honor students who have displayed Kearny’s school wide behavior expectations: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Honest, and Be Kind. The students honored are selected by a teacher or staff member. Parents are invited to this breakfast and are able to see their child honored by the school.

Awards Assembly:
Kearny holds an Awards Assembly every quarter to honor students who have earned a place on the Honor
Roll, Merit Roll, Perfect Attendance and students’ reading accomplishments. Along with Accelerated Reader, we give awards for Million Word Readers and for “Reading around the World”. Parents are always invited and do attend.

Million Word Readers:
Along with Accelerated Reader, we give awards for million word readers. We also give awards for reading “around the world.”

Student Awards
Kearny students have been involved in and received awards in the following events:

  • Cooking with Kids District wide essay contest
  • A Kearny student earned the position to represent Santa Fe Public Schools in the State’s Spelling Bee in Albuquerque.
  • Cows for Kids essay contest.
  • Seven students received honors for their Plate Designs last school year.
  • Three students participated in the Georgia O’Keefe Summer Art and Leadership program.
  • Our Student Athletic Awards:
  • Kearny students participated in Jump Rope for Heart. Our students raised over $1,000 to benefit the American Heart Association.

Our Other Accomplishments:
Kearny strives to impact our global society. Kearny students are involved in our global society. Last year they raised over $700.00 during their Hugs for Haiti drive. This money was sent to Haiti to benefit the people in Haiti that had been devastated by the earthquake. A second grade class wrote letters to President Barack Obama. They were pleased to receive a letter from the President and two photographs. Each student was given a copy of the letter and photographs.

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18 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
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Quality education has long been recognized as a primary ingredient in maintaining a free and peaceful society. Quality education teaches our future citizens to balance important decisions about prosperity and our global responsibilities. To prepare our young, schooling must provide training in fundamental subjects, linked with tools to develop independent and creative thinking.

The Staff at La Mariposa Montessori is dedicated to providing children, ages 3-12 an outstanding well rounded program in a nurturing, well-prepared and multi-cultural environment.

La Mariposa is a custom designed school situated on 10 acres. The campus is designed to provide children ample room to run, play, garden and explore nature.

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