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8650 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

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(505) 503-7670
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October 28, 2015
The community at this school is second to none. The parents who enroll their kids in this school care. There really are not any major issues with families. With that, the school can overcome a lot seeing that it does not have to worry about many of the issues other schools might encounter. However, it is a newer school and has gone through some growing pains. Needing bilingual teachers narrows the pool of applicants and it has struggled with maintaining a strong teaching staff. The education is from a different perspective. I am certain my kids are getting an education they would not get at any other school.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2015
As I read some of the comments below I feel very sad. This is not a bad school, it is not poorly run, teachers do not run amok and the administrator is not poor. The teachers work so hard to bring the best learning experience for all the children. It is untrue that the minute there is a problem ADD is suggested. I would argue some of the comments below come from parents that have children with some behavior or academic problems and can't and won't deal with. How dare anyone suggest their little darlings have an issue. It is the teacher's job to support each child and meet there needs. Sometimes that means an assessment to determine if there is a problem. Bullying is not rampant. The kids are taught to be kind and caring just like any other school. An administrator has to take both sides of any situation into account and cannot just expel a student based on the word on one child or parent. This is an excellent school, yes there have been some growing pains. Please take into account the defensiveness of some parents when anyone dares try to get to the bottom of a child's problems and issues. My child has been at NMIS since the beginning. She has had nothing but caring, hard working educators and an administrator that is kind and caring. No, he doesn't bow down to bully parents with kids that can't control themselves. I would venture to say all of the comments below are from parents with children that have issues. They want to blame someone for their child's problems, it must be the school.

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August 10, 2015
Bad school. Poor administration. Some of the teachers are not even certified to teach. A high teacher turn over rate. It makes you wonder why they are leaving. Bullying is rampant at NMIS and it will not be addressed by the staff or the administration. Several classes are being cut due to lack of funds/bad financial planning. No more Aikido, Lacrosse, Fencing or extra curricular activities. Not a safe school. Rumors of Inappropiate behavior toward students. Do research about this school or any other charter school you plan your child to go to. And also do research about the staff. Remember, charter schools don't have anyone to answer to. They do whatever they please. If you really want your child to learn another language or play an instrument save your money and hire a tutor or call your closest community college/university. Save your self and specially your child heartache.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2015
We have been at this school since it has opened. Teacher turnover is common in all schools and having mean kids also. I have two children that attend. We get art and music all year and are provided fencing, akido and lacross. My older child is in Arabic and loves it. We have some wonderful very dedicated teachers that have been there since the start. The school has not done a great job at managing their money but are working hard to get back on track. Our administrator could use some help and lacks experience. Being a first time administrator and getting a new school started including two moves is a big job for anyone. He has gone above and beyond. Is it perfect. No. I don't know a place that is. I feel like I get a private school education at a charter school cost. My children are happy, love their teachers and are learning. What is more important then that.

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Amount of homework: Too much
May 28, 2015
Class work is being sent home because teacher doesn't have time to complete. Teacher is gone due to personal issues & training. An average of 1-2 days a week the class has a sub.

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May 28, 2015
The school started out with such promise & a we had wonderful beginning. However, over the last year since the move to the new building, the experience has been horrible. My granddaughter was assaulted by another student in her class because she wanted something my grand had. This all took place while the instructor was on her phone. Numerous other students witnessed Her arm & wrist being twisted by the much larger student until my grand cried & fell to her knees. The girl is a known bully. When students ran to tell the teacher the girl lied, saying she had been pinched. Another student witnessed her trying to pinch herself, but the teacher said she didn't witness it so it didn't matter. My granddaughter was made to apologize. The other students informed their parent's they were afraid, because she does what she wants with no consequence and if they tell, they get in trouble. We were not informed by anyone from the school about the incident even though she was sent to the nurse for ice. She was complaining about pain in her arm & couldn't use it on her way home. She was seen at the emergency room & the doctors were shocked. They said "excessive & intense force was used to create the injury". They reported the injury to authorities. Administration avoided my daughter's calls & later had the secretary apologize stating, "the incident has been handled". The bullying was allowed to continue with no consequences, until another child was pulled from the class due to this girl bullying him. The girl received no consequence. She told a group of students in front of adults at pick up time, "if you don't be nice to me I'll make you leave too" I was shocked by what I was hearing! Classwork is being sent home as homework, due to the teacher not having time to teach it. They've had a sub 1-2days a week for the entire year. The teacher's had personal issues, or some sort of training. We're a family of educators and find this entire situation unacceptable. Numerous students have left over the last couple of months, due to the lack of communication, mismanagement of funds, continued bullying issue's & classwork concerns not being addressed. My grands will not be returning!!

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2015
NMIS is a poorly run school both administratively and financially. I agree with other comments here, especially the comment of the faculty automatically trying to insinuate your child is ADHD when there is an issue. The real issue is the kids get a short recess in morning and a very short lunch, no time to burn off energy. I also agree some of the faculty are the biggest bullies in the school. We first thought sending our child to a second language immersion school was a good idea, however if we could do over we would have made a different choice. Another problem with this school is on top of all the standardized testing, they throw in another called Logramos which takes extra time away from classroom time. Think twice about sending your child to NMIS, not recommended by this parent.

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March 14, 2015
I'm not so sure why this school ranks a 10. My children attended this school for two years and it was a horrible experience for them. We experienced bullying and the administration/teachers did nothing to stop it. They responded negatively to any request we made. Because we complained, my children experienced unkindness from their teachers. It is a bad environment for your children when the worst bullies at the school are the faculty.

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March 05, 2015
Horrible abuse of power. The teachers run a muck and so does the director. The extras are only taught for at best 30-60 minutes per week and with 22 kids in class they learn very little. Many children are suffering because of the the spanish and when children struggle they will suggest your child has ADHD, vision problems, dyslexia, hearing problems or Autism. When something seems to good to be true it usually is. Enroll your child with lost of caution. Many parents have pulled their children out because of all of these issues. Listen to your gut and be ready to pull your child out when things get rocky because they will not hear your concerns.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2015
I have first grader and will have our second child in kinder there next year. We chose this school because of our desire for a bilingual program. Our kids are both very bright and well socialized from pre-school and for our older, our hope was that the challenge of another language would keep him stimulated. He has done well and can read, write, and speak in English and Spanish and has many friends and enjoys his time in school. This is probably true for him at any school he might attend, because of the kind of kid he his, but we have been very happy with the balance of his education so far. The music and art programs are amazing and they have physical ed every day and then unstructured play time outside three times a day. There is not much of a playground which is definitely a downside, but the kids make up their own creative games and sports. The teachers we have had experience with have been responsive and nurturing and we have not experienced any classroom behavior issues either directly or peripherally. Overall, it has been a 5-star experience for us and we are daily grateful we got in on the lottery!

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2015
The NMIS curriculum includes Suzuki Violin, Spanish immersion, and Aikido. Unfortunately, we found the school's execution to be problematic. NMIS experiences high teacher turnover. Time for free play is so limited that our child never learned classmates' names. The children's need for play was so great that many did not eat lunch, getting through the day on granola bars the teacher doled out. Drills and reward and punishment are a regular part of the teaching toolkit. The student culture includes name-calling, aggressive chasing, and belittling. Kinders are subjected to standardized testing. We expected excellent pedagogy and school leadership to go along with the stellar curriculum. Did not find it here.

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December 27, 2014
My kids love this school and so do we as parents! It feels like a private school without the huge expense. Staff and director are wonderful!

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July 09, 2013
We have been going to this school for two years, and the school has some growing pains being new. Being a full immersion school has been a change for our child, however is thriving at it now. The first year was the best with our kids teacher from Spain. After two years, he is speaking, writing, and reading in Spanish and English. He is writing in cursive and enjoying the school. Our only complain is the growing problems. They will be moving into a new building this year and not on the west side of town where they were originally going to be. They are providing a high level of education along with music, and physical educaitons (Fencing, LaCrose, Akido). I wish this school would go to through middle school, and they are still working on IB for PYP. Principal interacts wells with the kids.

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New Mexico International School
8650 Alameda NE, Albuquerque, NM  87109
(505) 503-7670
Last modified New Mexico International School is a Charter school that serves grade 3. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
New Mexico International School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top