Excellent program for students to study their passions and keep on track for college.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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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