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6-12
Private
Albuquerque, NM
Students enrolled: 1,122

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6400 Wyoming Boulevard Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87109

(505) 828-3207
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August 21, 2014
I was an exchange student in AA for a year and I'm aware that teachers tried harder to make me feel comfortable. However, I have to say that I read the reviews - specifically, the really bad ones, and I must admit I haven't seen any of these things happening. First of all - yes, there are snobs in the school. But so are everywhere. I come from a village in Eastern Europe and there are snobs here. Second, I have only once seen a teacher raising his voice. I've heard that some students had impolite teachers, but there are maybe 1 or 2 of those among 100 of them. Besides, if a teacher yells, sometimes, you should ask yourself is there a reason for their behaviour - because there often is. Third, the truth is that the school is very competitive. And people sometimes don't feel individualized - that is true in a school with 1200 students. But the reason for that are not teachers, or the principal. It's the students. Trust me. As for the homework, yes, there is A LOT of it. But it does prepare you for the class. As for the troublemakers, I knew a couple of them and they were definitely not ostracized - in fact, faculty did everything they could to help them.

- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2013
Albuquerque Academy is an excellent school focused on a combination of education, community service, and citizenship. I work hard for my children to attend. The students are focused on learning and having fun. They are driven to succeed. I would not want my children at any other school in the greater Albuquerque area.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2013
From the first day of her arrival at Albuquerque Academy to the coming senior year just ahead, my granddaughter has flourished in body and spirit in the school's environment as well as among her fellow students and the faculty. What a wonderful experience it has been for her and for us, too, cheering on the sidelines. Whatever future storms or how fierce they blow, the years in the school in the Heights will strengthen and sustain her. Thank you.

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2013
This school is good for academics and sports, but preforming arts is not where it should be. My preforming arts group is way too easy; they expect us to not know how to read music! I have run into some not very nice and biased teachers also. If you are hardcore for academics then this school is a must for you, but I really don't think it is worth the tuition.

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2012
I am the parent of 2 students at Albuquerque Academy. The curriculum is broad and challenging, the number of extracurricular activities and clubs is extraordinary and the school's national reputation is unmatched in New Mexico. This is truly a college preparatory school. Financially, it's not easy. In fact, my salary goes to tuition and we live off my spouse's salary, but we wouldn't have it any other way. If education is a top priority for your child, then this is the school you are looking for. It's not a school for everyone. The competition to get in is tough, but if your child is admitted, you will never regret your decision to join the Academy community.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2012
I am a senior and have attended since 6th grade. There is not enough space to explain how amazing AA is. The teacher-student relationships are wonderful and there are countless options for classes and extracurriculars. The courses are challenging, but rewarding because there is a true love of learning at the school. In all my time here, I have never seen anyone ostracized for any reason. Everyone is nice and nurturing. I feel completely prepared for college, and am in fact looking for one that is similar to AA, because my time here has been the best of my life so far. As to the concerns some other reviews have brought up: the amount of new technology has increased dramatically in the last few years, arts are just as important as anything else, the money is well worth it, and I have never experienced rich snobs. Whether you are a parent thinking about sending your child here or just a curious member of the community, I strongly urge you to attend an Open House to talk to students and experience the school a little better. There are honestly not enough wonderful things I can say about AA and I am incredibly thankful that I have been able to attend this wonderful school.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2012
Our son just finished 6th grade here, and has flourished in so many areas and ways. Very hard to please, I can't think of anything serious to criticize. The dedication on the part of teachers, and breadth in the course/extra-curricular selection, is phenomenal, as is the diversity of kids (and I'm talking about personalities, as well as cultural/religious/socio-economic, so all kinds of kids learn to be friends). A huge amount of $ (at least to us), but well worth it.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
I currently go to Academy and I love it. The only reason that I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that for some people, the rules may be too strict and the work too overwhelming. Many people that attend this school are very reach, and I, who is on full financial aid, have no problem with that. However, some teacher seem to expect you to be rich and make you buy books that you only use once or twice. However, if you are ready to work hard, then it's a good school for you. The campus is gorgeous, and you almost never have a bad teacher. In the long run, It'll pay off; just remember that they expect a lot from you.

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2012
I had a horrible experience at this school. I was singled out by teachers and principles because I was thought of as a "trouble maker. Many of the kids are snobs, who will tell their parents things that aren't true about other students. They will blame other students for their bad grades or bad behavior, I know because this happened to me. Because of this I wasn't allowed to hang out with their kids; this led to a very lonely time for me. I would only recommend this school if you are strictly focuse on academics because this school has top notch equipment and teachers. However, if you would like your child to have quality relationships with teachers and piers, this is not the school for your child. I now go to public schools, and there are many misconceptions of public schools being "ghetto" but in truth they are not. I am much more satisfied with the overall experience at public school then I was at the Albuquerque Academy. Not to mention the cost of going there. Is any middle school/ highschool education really worth $16,000?

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2011
Academy is the BEST SCHOOL EVER!!! If you like teachers yelling at you and giving you a f***ing homework check everyday. This school has the worst system ever. If you forget you homework, or dont understand how to do it, or forget it at school. You get a homework check. If you get three homework checks you get a detention. If this makes sence to you just wait til you here what happened to me. A couple weeks ago I was sick. Next day I went to get my homework ana d they said dont worry you dont have any. So when I went to class that day I went to class, and the teacher said pull out your homework. So I thought WTH he said we did not have any. Then he gave me three homework checks. So I got a f***ing detention. They have the meanest teachers ever. I hate it. Everyday you get at least 3 hours of homework and have no time to do any sports. I definately reccomend this school! If you hate your child.

- submitted by a community member
October 16, 2011
The academy is a wonderful school if your looking to ne a robot, but if you want to have a nice free time at school dont go here. Im in 8th grade amd everythingnis so structured and everybody is sooo snobby that it makes life at school miserable. I hate it.

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2011
Im in 8th Grade now and have many friends that go to private schools such as Saint.Pius and Menaul school and Sandia Prep. ! And a few that go to public schools as well ! All of the public school kids think us Academy students are a bunch of up tight snobby brats, and in a few cases thats true but not about everybody ! We are kids just like you and we like to have fun too, the academy has tought me many life long lessons about trust, honesty, and sportsmanship ! This school is a GREAT school for kids who think their "Loners" or whatever , At academy a football player can walk into a math club and not be judged or a soccer player walking into a theater club and not be judged ! I LOVE ACADEMY

- submitted by a community member
July 31, 2011
The Academy is an amazing school. I graduated from AA many years ago and am now raising my own kids- and wishing we had a school like the Academy in our area. You can not get a better education anywhere!

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2011
What a fantastic education, how lucky is Albuquerque and New Mexico to have this place.

- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2011
I am absolutely shocked at some of these reviews concerning Academy's focus only being on Science and Math and completely ignoring the arts! This year Academy held the ISAS (Independent Schools Association of the Southwest) arts festival for two days. We devoted those two days to learning, watching,and experiencing the exceptional talent of not only our own classmates but also the 3,000 other students from across the Southwest. I am deeply involved in art at Albuquerque Academy and we have one of the best visual art departments I have seen. The art shows are fantastic! There are visual arts for every interest, sculpture, ceramics, drawing and painting, photography, digital art, you name it, and every class puts out exceptional art work every year. Our drama department is wonderful! I have performed in on of our annual musicals and it was one of my fondest memories. Our Performing Arts Department, specifically dance, is amazing! There are two dance concerts a year and they are some of the best performances I have seen. They are entertaining and beautiful. I am so thankful to go to such a well rounded school.

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2011
We've had two kids graduate from Albuquerque Academy. Both had some terrific teachers, but most importantly they both accepted responsibility for their own education and became independent learners. One had wonderful music education becoming an accomplished saxophone player. The other excelled in visual arts with outstanding facilities for sculpture. Friends of theirs had great teachers for painting and photography. The drama experiences seemed very strong. The most important thing for parents to know is that no matter where a graduate attends college, the students are tremendously prepared often bypassing standard freshman courses to take advanced offerings. The college guidance program really helps students. Overall, one of the best independent schools in the US.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2011
This is a great school for my son. He is thriving academically, socially and in athletics. He's gone from being a withdrawn, somewhat socially awkward preteen to a confident, well-adjusted, happy kid. He's learning how to manage himself and his time, and gets a lot of support from his teachers. They are all loving, caring, highly intelligent professionals. Furthermore, the school helped us financially when my husband lost his job. We couldn't be happier with Academy. It was the right choice for us.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
Our son graduated from Albuquerque Academy in 2009. I can say without reservation that any student who has the academic credentials to get in and who really wants to be there should go if at all possible, and he/she will most likely have a great experience. Obviously AA isn't for everyone. It is demanding, and some students get burned out on homework and studying . The environment is very nurturing, however, and most students find time for extracurricular activites . As for AA being a place for snobs, our son is something of a misfit who never cared about being "popular." He found a close circle of friends and seemed to fit in fine. In five years, our son reported just one dud of a teacher. I especially commend his art teachers, who were fantastically supportive and helpful. I have no doubt that they profoundly changed his life for the good.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
My daughter has attended since 6th grade. Now in 9th. Sixth and seventh were good. ILiked the small groups of villages/pods. Narrative evaluations were insightful and helpful .She doesn't know how or care to study for tests, but does her homework and gets ok grades. Lots of homework! Probably twice as much as her friends at other schools. Why? . I think they are really trying to prepare those kids that will be going on to the elite colleges, which I guess is good for those students. Most likely, my daughter and many others from Academy will be going to state schools . I'm sure she will be well prepared. We've had lots of good teachers , but we have also had some not so good ones. How in the world does this happen at a private school costing $17k?

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
I'm a parent who is concerned with all of the busy work and projects that seem to be endlessly assigned. Are tese teachers trained in grade-appropriate pedagogy? Or are they hired simply because they have advanced degress? I am also extremely concerned about the lack of modern educationally-based technology at this uber-snobby, uber-exclusive and expensive school. I travel a lot, and see what most public schools in neighboring states have and they make AA look like something out of the 50's! Projectors? White boards? C'mon AA, get with it! It's too bad so many of my fellow parents care more about exclusivity than facing the reality beyond Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hopefully I'll get y wife to see the light!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Excellent resources, commitment to quality education

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October 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
Excellent program for students to study their passions and keep on track for college.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2009
I am a rising junior that has attended Academy since the 9th grade. My family has made significant financial sacrifices for me to attend, but we all agree it is well worth it. I'm not a minority, and don't live 5 minutes away from the school, and my parents are average middle class workers. I don't feel less favored by anybody in the community. There are jerks no matter where you go, but at Academy, there's plenty for you to do to stay away from them- Write for the free-press student newspaper, go on a camping trip with the experiential education department, try out for the play, or join the diving team. This school is without question very academia driven and rigorous- But I can honestly say that there is no school in the world I'd rather be at. It is truly a shame not every kid can say that.

- submitted by a student
March 30, 2009
Let me start by saying I am a junior who has attended AA since 6th grade. This is by far the best school for academics in NM, maybe in the nation. However if you want your child to be an individual, have free thought, be an artist, independent thinker etc don't send them here! Yes they would be ready for college, but they wouldn't be humans anymore. Favoritism is given to athletes and minorities to an extreme. Also if you don't live within 5 minutes of the school and don't make a six figure salary don't bother. Your child will feel ostracized as i do. Beware!

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2009
As an alumnus who attended Albuquerque Academy (AA), New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) and St. Pius X (SPX), I will unequivocally profess: Albuquerque Academy is far and away the best school. Average graduates of Albuquerque Academy will have completed 2 full years of university by the time they leave AA. The campus, highly-qualified faculty and focus on critical thinking and analytical skills make AA second to none. If only all kids were fortunate enough to have the opportunities of AA we'd live in a better community indeed.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2009
Great school; Ilearned a lot!

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2008
This school has a very good reputation for academics, but it is very bad for anyone that is not interested in a very academic-based career. I am much more interested in the arts and I hate this school!

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2008
This school only meets the needs of people who want a hardcore science or math career. For all artists, although it may seem like this school is good, it is way below where a private school should be. Visual arts are exceptional; however, for performing arts this school cannot meet the needs of an aspiring artist.

- submitted by a student
August 24, 2008
It is hard to find enough SUPERLATIVES to use in describing Albuquerque Academy. If your child LOVES learning and LOVES a challenge....... this is the school for them. However, if your daughter wants to be a cheerleader and your son wants to be in the marching band then don't waste your time......the Academy doesn't have cheerleaders or a marching band! However, what they do offer is vast beyond imagination, seemingly limitless and is best served by a visit to the Academy where you can speak with amazing faculty members and equally amazing students. I would urge you to apply even if you don't think you can afford it .... they have 'need-blind' admission and will find you financial aid. It is safe to say that 99.9% of the graduates go on to college and a large percentage get into Ivy League schools. This school is worth every cent!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
I transferred to the Academy my senior year of high school knowing only that it was a top private school in the country. I was, of course, apprehensive, but I have to say it was possibly the best thing that ever happened to me. Generally speaking, everyone was so nice and welcoming. There's the usual high school stuff like cliques and some petty sniping, but the vast majority of kids there are friendly, cooperative, fun and interesting. It's not anywhere close to other schools I've attended when it comes to the mean, spiteful inter-clique rivalries- they're somewhat noticeable, but really everyone gets along. The academics are of course incredible- I never met a teacher I didn't like or at least respect. The faculty and staff really pull for the students and are super supportive of their needs. It's an amazing school that I would recommend to anyone.

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2008
I'm an alumnus of the Academy, and can trace my success in business directly to its educational and extracurricular opportunities. It gave me a 2 year head start on my classmates in college as well.

- submitted by a community member
March 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 11, 2008
Albuquerque Academy is one of the greatest schools in the US. It has one of the largest and most beutiful campus of all of the private schools in the US. It encourages diversity, there are students of all colors at Academy. The school helps students prepare for college by giving them tons of freedom, and the teachers are hired from around the US, and around the world. Teachers everywhere are eager to work at Academy, and Academy has turned down many teachers from many of the top schools in the country, includig Exader teachers. Everything about Academy is perfect, everything is amazing.

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September 08, 2007
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July 20, 2007
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June 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
I am in love with this school. The environment is nurturing with genuine care. Children are treated with respect and their opinions are valued. Combine that with the high academic expectations and outstanding teachers and leadership and I don't think there is a better independent school in the nation. All of this, and yet, this school has made every reasonable effort to be all-inclusive of the Albuquerque community. It is expensive, but their financial aid is unmatched. I'm a single mom and my son would never have had this kind of educational opportunity without the generosity of the Academy. Extracurricular activities are varied, and many, and provide the children and parents with extra support for a well-rounded education and community involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
This is an excellent school with rigorous academics and high standards. Although very expensive, it's worthwhile. I have a son and daughter attending this school and they are challenged everyday in the classroom. There are far too many extracurricular activities including numerous sports programs. Beautiful campus, too.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
I am a parent of two Albuquerque Academy (AA) students(a senior and a sophmore). I can say without reservation that it is an outstanding institution. The 'Academy Culture' is unrivaled. Quality of academics...A+ Avail of extracurricular...A+ Level of Parental Involvement...incredible. AA has definitely exceeded my expectations in all aspects of my of my children's education. Besides the above categories, AA is miles ahead in terms of diversity and race relations. As an African-American family on the 'inside' I can assure you that our experiences at the academy have been great. My children have participated in football, track, choir, Science Olympiad & Bowl, school musicals, art shows, among others. By far, the quality, care and concerns of faculty and staff has been most outstanding. I always felt like we were the same team working towards the same objective...my children's success. Albuquerque Academy should definitely be on every NM family's 'A-list.'

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
This is the best school in the state of new mexico. And probably in the top ten in the entire country. The school has incredible facilities (the best swimming pool of any high school in the country)a library that has over 100,000 items in circulation. Academy is also supported by a huge endowment fund. No school can top academy.

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September 20, 2004
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October 06, 2003
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Albuquerque Academy
6400 Wyoming Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM  87109
(505) 828-3207
Last modified Albuquerque Academy is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
Albuquerque Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top