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Cien Aguas International

Charter | K-8 | 225 students

 

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Posted April 9, 2014

CAIS challenges my daughter in every way! The new campus ( although further) is clean, modern and much nicer than the old one. The teacher's she has had thus far are excellent in every way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

I really like how cien aguas likes to help keep the environment nice and clean


Posted September 17, 2013

Cien Aguas International School has been a great fit for my kids. They wake up everyday really excited to go to school to learn and to be with their friends. The school has PE, art, and music programs every week. Also, my kids are learning most of the curriculum in spanish, so I feel they are constantly learning two things at once. This is truly a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

This is a bilingual K-8 school in Albuquerque. My daughter is in first grade and we love it so far! The teachers are wonderful, and the parents are very involved. Kids come from diverse backgrounds which makes for a nice community. One of the things I appreciate most about Cien Aguas is that (at least in K and 1) the kids had art and music at least once if not twice a week. This is so important, and often missing from our public schools. The lunch menu is also very healthy, and this year the school has added a "seventh inning stretch" - a 10 minute school-wide exercise every day. I love the focus on healthy minds, bodies, and environment. I think this is an amazing school, and feel very fortunate that my girls can go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

First of all, I must say that I am a teacher and a parent at the school. But my most important job is parent. I have two children at CAIS. They have exclusively attended this school. This school is a dual language 90/10 model in which the curriculum is taught in both English and Spanish. The teachers are highly qualified. The parents are super involved. And the students are super intelligent. The students what have been with us since we opened are truly bilingual. No, we didn't fair well in the state's grading system, we are still average as a whole (K-8). But look more closely at the data of the students that started their schooling with us in K. You will be pleasently surprised! Finally, I want to mention the accepting community. My son is super shy and not your normal rough and tumble boy. He has not struggled with making a keeping friends, he has never been bullied, and everyone greets him (and us daily.) That is hard to find in a school these days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

Cien Aguas International School is a state chartered Spanish immersion program for K-8 grades. The teachers are trained in the GLAD system which allows ready understanding by the students in both Spanish and English. The small size of the school (2 classrooms per grade) provides a community feel to the school. Parental involvement is encouraged and is a regular part of the school community. The opportunity for my children to learn Spanish in such an environment has been without parallel elsewhere in the Albuquerque area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

Good curriculum, school-wide culture of respect and positive discipline, bi-lingual and multicultural. My kids love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

CAIS is the reason we have Charter Schools. Our students always come first in our community. The teachers, families and wonderful principal are always working to improve the quality of education for our students, as well as ensure a bright future for us all. What makes us unique is the fact that we provide high quality education with a mission to provide high academic performance, in two languages, with a focus on cross cultural competency development. There is an instructional commitment to inquiry education, that embraces the environmental sciences (with a huge dollop of social consciousness) and it's done in two languages (Spanish and English). I will continue to recommend this gem of a school to anyone with small children. Our waiting lists may continue to grow, but so will our commitment to bringing high quality dual language education to the community of South Eastern Albuquerque. Que via nuestra escuela internacional, Cien Aguas (K-8)!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

My kids have been going to this school for 3 years. They have both thrived here. The teachers are excellent. The school is small and families have a chance to really bond with each other. The parents are involved but not competitive (which is a hard balance to strike). The school is a Spanish Immersion school. It has been amazing to witness my kids become fluent Spanish speakers, especially considering that my husband and I know minimal Spanish ourselves. The parents, teachers and staff work hard for the good of the kids. The overall environment is kind and loving. Best of all, my kids love the school, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

A wonderful school! The teachers and staff are truly dedicated to giving a complete and thorough education. The parent community is welcoming and involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

I found the facilities lacking, the receptionist extremely rude and the faculty and parents seem awfully self-important and pat themselves on the back gratuitously. I overheard a parent at a poetry competition saying horrible, horrible things about a child from another school.


Posted August 16, 2013

Our daughter is now entering the second grade at Cien Aguas. Her experience in the school has been excellent. She arrived in kindergarten with no spanish skills to speak of and is now, 2 years later, reads, writes and speaks Spanish. Cien Aguas has faced some of the challenges of a growing charter school but a dedicated and involved group of parents has helped to work through finding a stable location for the entire school in 2014 (the elementary and middle schools presently occupy different buildings separated by some distance). The teachers are dedicated professionals with many years of experience in dual language instruction and the student body represents a nice cross section of the population of Albuquerque. We are very enthusiastic about the school and our younger daughter will start there next year.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
58%

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Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

2010

 
 
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%

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2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2010.

2010

 
 
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students72%
Female83%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current55%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female87%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current64%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students47%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students67%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students40%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students36%
Female29%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current8%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female43%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current15%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students33%
Femalen/a
Male18%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current18%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current46%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students33%
Femalen/a
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current18%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students25%
Femalen/a
Male20%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current18%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Femalen/a
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current36%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 57% 59%
White 40% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A68%
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Albuquerque, NM 87106
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