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K-10
Public charter
Albuquerque, NM
Students enrolled: 205

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3821 Singer Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87109

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(505) 880-3744
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July 30, 2014
In my opinion this school is great in the sense of international learning and they are constantly trying to improve the quality of the school. Some of the good things about CIS are the small class sizes, the relationship teachers develope with students, and the involvement of parents and family members. One thing the school could work on is being on top of the behavior.

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2014
We moved from a large public school to CIS. Best thing we could have done. Great teachers and administration....could not ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
I really thought this school was going to be amazing. We did all the fundraisers and tried our best to get this school going. We fought the Corrales village and there opposition to the school. But I think they saw things we didn't see. They ousted the principal in the first few months. Half the teachers left one year. And bullying was rampant. And they wouldn't do anything about it. I am grateful that my child is done with this school. I hope it hasn't caused to much hardships for my child. They said my child's test scores were great and everything was just perfect all the time. An independent test showed otherwise. Now I'm going to have to seek out after school tutoring to get my child caught up. I would highly recommend seeking out another bilingual school.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2013
After reading all of the comments (It appears some of the comments are made up just to keep star rating up) I still thought this school would be a good fit. After trying to work with administration, I had to pull my child out. No organization, students are not learning at the pace I was told and bulling is ignored. I don't understand why APS is not investigating the goings on at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
For those parents who want answers you will be very frustrated trying to get to the bottom of why the headmaster refuses to answer any direct questions regarding her teachers. The math and science teachers in the middle school are lacking and the kids are actually getting behind. Our kids were tested in their new schools this year and are 2 years behind after being at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
!que escuela tan maravillosa! Nos encantan todo en esa pequena escuela. We are grateful to have our fabulous little school.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
Open communication, small classrooms, motivated teachers, and a well rounded education make Corrales International one of the best charter schools in Albuquerque. A great community of teachers, staff, parents, and students!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
My daughter just started at Corrales and so far the entire experience has been wonderful! She loves it there, she was instantly accepted by the students who had been there for years, so no annoying cliques or ostracize the new kid attitude that can so often happen at charter schools. All the parents and school staff have been really welcoming and supportive. All in all, we feel very welcomed and included in the school. And the curriculum seems very good, I love that the kids have such a large focus on Spanish.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
We are amazed by this fantastic little school. The teachers do an outstanding job not just with the basics, but ininstilling the IB concepts that expand our children's thinking. Children at CIS are learning personal responsibility, respect for others and our planet. They get hands on experience in the garden, caring for animals and preparing food. The added bonus is learning to read, write and speak Spanish. We love this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
We are lucky to get into this school. My child has flourished under teachers of the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
We are new to CIS and have a child in the elem and one in the middle school and we have been so impressed with quality of education and the positive, nurturing atmosphere there. The open house event was fantastic, with the principal and all teachers presenting. We are excited to be a part of this community!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
The primary years program is awesome. Our children are learning way above the local public schools. The spanish program is wonderful and our children are lucky to be in this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
This is by far the best school in the city, great staff, great teachers and great students. The program is well thought out and rigorous, every effort is made to make the school a fun and effective learning environment. Cannot say enough about the great teachers at this school!!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
I have students in the elementary grades and absolutely love each of the teachers they have had. My children are more than a nameless face in a crowded hall at CIS, they are valued and known by the caring and dedicated staff and teachers. The curriculum is challenging and my children are becoming proficient in Spanish, while being encouraged to practice empathy and display their curiosity. The head administrator is open and accessible, and I am amazed at the quality and breadth of experience our new MYP(middle school) teachers possess. No school is perfect, and no workplace without politics, but it is truly inspiring to see the level of hard work and dedication from the teachers that choose to work at CIS. It is important that my children be responsible citizens of the world, and I feel that the IB education provided by this school will help them on the road to becoming just that.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
The teachers that left CIS because of bad leadership are MYP, PYP, music, and special education. The assistant principal also resigned and is not being replaced. They were not "Unhappy people" as one parent put it. They were very good educators that were tired of getting intimidated and pushed around by the unfair policies. These educators were very dedicated to CIS and without them, the school is going to be in ruins. The head of school thinks she can run a school by herself, she is going to run it straight into the ground. The students, parents, and teachers of CIS were what gave CIS it's good reputation and not the head of school. She was not a coach and did not attend most of the games, like the assistant principal and a lot of the MYP teachers. These teachers deserve some respect for standing up for our school and our students. They were just trying to make the school better for the students and the working conditions better. Did you know that the MYP classrooms are tiny and all MYP teachers had to share rooms with other teachers with no quiet space of their own to work in. There were even some classes that did not have a classroom. Our kids deserve better!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
We are very concerned with the school and will continue our efforts to find an alternative IB school with openings. Our child (7th grade) had terrible experiences with classroom management with many of the remaining teachers. Those that he had great expereinces with have left- which speaks volumes. Our time spent with the administration has not been impressive and our son's test scores have plateaued. We are really second guessing our choice to attend CIS and suggest other MYP parents do the same.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2013
I have been very impressed with the quality of teachers, leadership and parent involvement in my family's three years at CIS. The administration is not afraid to make tough decisions that are in the best interest of the student body. The bilingual education my kids are getting is incredible. Parents are asked to participate at a higher level than I anticipated but I see that as a positive. I highly recommend this school to any family interested in providing their children with stellar educational opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
We are very pleased with our children's bilingual education at CIS but I think the principal is getting a bum rap. The primary (elementary) grades have performed very well on statewide tests and those teachers are International Baccalaureate (IB)-trained. Middle school performance has been less impressive and four middle school teachers will not be returning. (They have been replaced; the new teachers have IB training and experience. I asked, and there are no current teacher vacancies. The vice principal who was responsible for overseeing them, has also left and is not being replaced. I never understood why our small school really needed one, anyway.) Under the current principal s tenure, past problems with record-keeping and contracting (serious problems that led to troubling annual audit reports and even scrutiny by the state) were remedied. Rumors of an "atmosphere of mistrust" under the current principal are never accompanied by specific examples or evidence. Audits and test scores are public record, and paint a much different picture than do the rumors echoed by some here.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
This school was once amazing, but the current administration created a climate of distrust. Over a dozen teachers (most of the 4th-10 grades educators) left the school this year. As a result, many students are leaving as well. I would strongly discourage future families from considering CIS until the current principal leaves.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
We have been very satisfied with the education our child has received at CIS. While we have had a few difficulties with the Vice Principal--a charismatic but inattentive individual--over the years, we have found the Principal to have an open door and to be very solutions oriented. I personally hope the unhappy people who are leaving will find happiness out in the world. I also truly believe that the opportunity to change the culture in the middle school that their departure created will result in good things down the road. I find it disheartening that some departing teachers have used their connections with some parents to create a sense of insecurity and anxiety about the school. (See some unfortunate and highly inaccurate statements in posts below). Before our current Principal joined CIS, the school was in serious financial distress and had made no progress toward IB authorization. Her leadership turned both of those things around. She may not be as friendly as the Vice Principal, but she listens and rolls up her sleeves and gets to the work of problem solving and making CIS a fantastic school, all the while inviting parents to be a part of the process!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2013
CIS is an amazing school with a wonderful PTA, truly dedicated Primary Years Programme ( k-5) teachers and fantastic leadership, in our Head of School. My children are in the PYP and are excelling in all subjects--in Spanish and in English and have participated in a great number of free after-school clubs! The Middle Years Programme at CIS is in transition and is hopefully on a clearer path to IB Authorization (the PYP has been authorized for a while) with the recent hiring of some new MYP staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2013
Excellent school. My children have learned so much and my oldest is able to speak, comprehend and write in two languages. As with any school there are issues, but the school makes the changes necessary to keep improving.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2012
Excellent school! We could not be happier. We were so worried about sending or son to middle school. This school is excellent in every way. The teachers email parents almost every day to keep them informed. The students are respectful and kind to eachother. My son is learning Manderine and Spanish. We love it here!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
This school is amazing! I'm still in awe of what my son learned last year. There is a wonderful focus on multiculturalism, world citizenship and teamwork. I can say enough good about the teachers I've interacted with at CIS. The PTA is well run and contributes an enormous amount to the school environment. We are excited to be back for a second year!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
I selected this school for my kindergartener after countless hours of distress (reading on this website and others for hours) seeking the "holy grail" of kindergartens for my precious 5 year old daughter. We attended CIS summer school (a sneak peak) in 2010, and it wasn't till the end of that summer that she creaped up the waiting list and was finally offered a spot. I snatched up that spot and made the last minute shift in plans to enroll her in CIS, and I have to say haven't regretted it for even a moment. Maestra Gabby manages her kindergarten like a pro blending IB curriculum with her Montessori background seamlessly. This past year she faced down some real challenges and our faith in her never wavered for a moment. I was proud to serve as her room parent. My daughter finished Kindergarten reading (both in English and Spanish), Writing her own short stories (both in English and Spanish--and in cursive I have to add), she is diving into science, history, international issues and events with curiosity, respect and confidence. CIS goes beyond traditional curriculum bridging the gap between the world and the classroom. We look forward to our 2nd year of CIS adventures.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
As a parent of a child with special needs, I could not be more disappointed with this school. Not to mention, this school has more non-instruction days worked into each week than I ever knew was possible. From replacing a full instructional day for Cinco de Mayo, to appropriating a walk to a movie for "earth day," this school has failed both my expectations and my child. Parents beware!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
Awesome school, teachers, students and parents!!! Very grateful to be part of CIS. My kids really enjoy school.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
We love this school. It is a new school, and has transformed over the past 2 years. There is incredible parent involvement and the test scores are through the roof. The head administrator (who began last year mid-year) has contributed enormously to the positive growth of the school. The teachers are fabulous. If you wish to raise your child with an inclusive, global, self-respecting attitude, with respect of other cultures, customes and views - CIS is the school for your family!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
We are a family that has been at the school since the beginning. The education that both our children has received has been amazing at all levels. When your children come home and tell you how much they love school, great things are happening. The teachers and adminstration, the board, PTA and SAC members put their heart and souls into this school. This is an amazing school that we are truly blessed to be a part of!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
Our daughter is in her second year at CIS. She attended kindergarten and is currently in the first grade. Her kindergarten teacher and classroom assistant were nothing short of spectacular. Our daughter is almost always excited to attend school. The first grade teacher is also excellent and keeps the parents updated weekly via email. Students needing extra attention in subject matter are encouraged to work more on the topic at home and are also offered extra help during school hours that are non-academic. This is a far better system than we have seen at other institutions. The teachers and staff always make themselves available for any questions or concerns we have had. CIS promotes a healthy and fun environment for the children to fully participate. They also learn to celebrate the differences we all have and support each other. The diverse backgrounds of the students make this a well-rounded learning institution that promotes the mental and physical health of our child and teaches her to appreciate the world around her. Nowhere is perfect, we have had our moments. Those times have almost exclusively involved outside classroom activities or after hours school functions.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
Corrales Intl School is the answer for parents who can't stomach the idea of their children in an oversized, undersupervised, poorly taught class. The teachers are devoted to their students and interested in new, cutting edge techniques. They go out of their way to help kids figure out what interests them. I wouldn't have my kids anywhere else. Parent involvement is expected and utilized at CIS. This is the perfect school for families who want their kids to learn and parents who want to be part of that process.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
Our experience at CIS has been amazing. Having the opportunity to be an IB student and learn another language, all while receiving a well rounded education has given our daughter a fantastic base to her life as a life long learner. We are so excited to give our other children this unique opportunity. This, being a new school, has come so far in the time it has been open. The staff and parent community are very committed in providing every opportunity for our students.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
We couldn't be more pleased with CIS. Our son entered kindergarten without Spanish language skills and can now (a year later) read to us from Spanish and English books with equal ease. He has scored well above the 90th percentile on standardized tests, and his kindergarten and first-grade teacher are dedicated, skilled teaching professionals.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
The administration and Collaborative Council is pretty shady and I would not trust them with my child. I am extremely surprised by the 10 rating by this website. There are plenty of other schools that should be rated much higher than this school. If you are considering sending your child to this school, I would think twice and take a look around for better options nearby. There are some good teachers but the Admin are NOT honest people...

- submitted by a parent
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Corrales International
3821 Singer Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM  87109
(505) 880-3744
Last modified Corrales International is a Charter school that serves grades K-10. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Corrales International Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top