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Quick News (6 July 2015):
We're an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian school for gifted or academically advanced children who thrive in this alternative to other schools. We are not a charter school, so we are free to implement many novel and very effective teaching methods and policies. We do not do overweening standardized testing, while we do have detailed measures of progress in our weekly newsletters and report cards. Growing toward our goal of offering early K through grade 12, we currently offer early kindergarten through grade 6. Please view our mission statement to see what brings us all into the Academy.
You can find us in our very attractive facility at our location at 1755 Avenida de Mercado in Mesilla. Our map may be useful for finding us. Please see below to arrange a visit on almost any school day. Meanwhile, we offer a short video tour of the building. You can also see a sampler of our curriculum and of student work. We're also pleased to document our strengths on separate pages. Among these we count our remarkable teachers, our engaged students (see above and below), our academic resources as books, scientific facilities, cultural artifacts, and art, and our many generous donors within our school and outside the school. Beyond our immediate academic environment we reach out to the community at events, with charitable functions, and with a travel blog and advanced academic exercises for older students that presage our ultimate curriculum. It's also inspiring to see the reasons that parents chose to send their children to the Academy
Comprehensive information about our curriculum curriculum, our policies, our application and admission process, our tuition, and our scholarship opportunities is detailed throughout our Web pages.
Our curriculum has been designed with a number of models and our own experience; we are essentially following the International Baccalaureate program, in which we aim to be certified down the line. Our focus is on languages, math, and science, but we fill out a strong education with a variety of other subject areas. All children learn English, Spanish, and Chinese every day. We also understand that good teachers, intellectual freedom and engagement, and a supportive social environment are the most valuable gifts we can give to students. Students have independent input into the curriculum and independent projects are an increasing focus. Please read on, and, if you wish to explore having your child join us, please visit the admissions page.
Our newest academic offering: a comprehensive middle school curriculum, beginning with 6th grade. Building on our high-performing academic model, we, as teachers and board members, have designed a challenging and rewarding program of 15 subjects weekly. We offer it this coming semester that begins August 10th, 2015.
The 2015-16 academic year starts on August 10th. We're already deep into planning with teachers, the business plan, and scheduling, the last one using our new, mathematically powerful home-grown software.
We have much to share. In reverse chronological order, we highlight these:
Earlier events are captured in our blog.
We are supported by tuition, currently $7938 per year (partial scholarships available), the financial investment of founder and Head of School Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, and generous donations of funds, goods, and services by our students' parents, the students themselves, our teachers, local businesses, and community friends, for which we are very grateful. We are able to set about 3.5% of total tuition set aside for partial scholarships.
Phonics helps our students, as it has for years. Our teachers in grades K-2 work with students every day on phonics.
A recent article in Scientific American highlights why we serve children who have high potential to be informed and compassionate leaders and who come from all different socioeconomic levels.
High-tech facilities: We have a networked weather station and we have a real-time satellite image download station for the NOAA-18 and -19 satellites (also planned to be networked! We also have an automated high-resolution optical microscope with control and image-recognition programs.
High-tech scheduling:. We programmed the advanced mathematical technique of simulated annealing to schedule our classes. See why and how.
Please see our new public newsletters, with abundant news and images of the Academy for May - October 2013 (top listing) and June 2012 - May 2013 (second listing). This link opens in a new window or tab. NOTE: This link is dated and is under revision.
The navigation bar at right leads you to much more detail about our philosophy and curriculum (or click here). We also are pleased to share news of what is happening at the school currently. We started the second semester of our sixth year of classes on Thursday, January 8th, 2015, with students in grades K-5. Our fifth year began on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013, for grades K-6 plus early kindergarten. You can see the list of our events on our calendar. You can also make an appointment by calling our Head of School. To find us at our new location, see our map.
Comments from parents & students have rewarded us for our efforts. Please click here to see a selection.
Outreach to the community and the public schools is mandated by our Articles of Incorporation. A concrete plan is for our students themselves to develop and run a public museum. In this effort they will use a number of scientific and cultural artifacts that the Academy founders, Drs. Lou Ellen Kay and Vincent Gutschick, have acquired in their scientific careers and in travels to 36 nations. You can sample our travel images from Indonesia and Costa Rica. As a kick-off for our outreach, we have written a series of one-page light essays on interesting topics in science. These are located here.
Our financial status is open for inspection. To see the documents, please visit our page on our Annual Fund.
We are proud members of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the Green Chamber of Commerce, and the High Tech Consortium, and we thank them for the great support they have given us.
If you are a potential donor to the Academy, please consider augmenting the scholarship fund, capital fund, or our general fund. We plan to grow to a full pre-K - 12 school over the years, with your help. If you wish to donate, please visit our Giving page, or call, write, or email us. Thanks!
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