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Monte Del Sol Charter School

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Posted November 22, 2013

My child has attended the school for 1/2 a year, and we love it. The teachers are dedicated, talented professionals. MDS really stresses community and getting along. Socially, it has been wonderful for my child. Carly, the office manager, makes the place run smoothly. The school is somewhat buffered from the test-driven "reforms" that have all but destroyed most public schools. Learning, rather than testing, is what drives MDS. Teachers care about kids and the school and foster creative, critical, out-of-the-box thinking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

I find the staff at this school to be very unprofessional. Many have been there too long. Some seem to care more about their positions then what is best for the individual students needs. Discipline is also a large problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

Please do not send your child to this school. Ever. The teachers often lose work and then fail you, even after making numerous attempts to communicate with them. The principle or "Head Learner" as they like to call him, is plain ignorant. He will not ever learn your name or even try to attempt to make any social interactions with students/parents if not completely necessary. He sends his "insignificant" problems to the counselor (who is most likely the only competent staff at the school). I was bullied every day at this school. There is WAY too much profanity in this school. If you spend 15 minutes around the students in the school, you WILL hear every profain word in the book. The only person by my side was the wonderful counselor, who can only do so much. I felt socially destroyed by the time the school year ended. I am now currently attending a private school in Santa Fe.


Posted October 26, 2011

School in disarray after founder left about three years ago. Provision of bus service to the school by the school district meant that many disinterested students started to attend. School may or may not be rebuilding. Don't just send your kid here and assume his educational needs are being taken care of. If your kid has educational ambitions, sign him up for classes at the most excellent Junior College at the first opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

My son has attended MDS since 7th grade, he is now a freshman. I have seen his confidence soar and his academic performance improve. The faculty and staff are friendly and always wanting whats best for the students. The Head Learner is always available to meet and discuss concerns. I am pleased with the Athletic Departments "No Cut" policy and each student athlete is allowed to improve and excel. However, MDS is in dire need of a gym for P.E. classes and athletics, but, with the cuts to education so drastic, doubt this will happen soon. I am so grateful my son is at MDS; he wouldn't have it this good in a 'public school'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

This wonderful school fuses together creativity and learning and knows how to keep their students excited to learn and grow.


Posted April 14, 2010

Monte Del Sol has one of the most innovative curriculums, the most qualified staff, and the lesson of acceptance of diversity part of their culture.


Posted December 10, 2009

My son has been at Monte del Sol since 7th grade. It is the best school in Santa Fe, staffed with hard-working individuals from the custodians to the head learner. Everyone cares a great deal about the students' success. The award-winning mentorship program was given grant money from the City of Santa Fe to develop the program in other city high schools. Food grown in the Edible Kitchen Garden is served at lunch to students and any parent and visitor who wants to partake. Their special services staff is the best of any public school my son has attended. Parental involvement is always encouraged. I've never been disappointed with any aspect of this school. Charter schools are the best thing going and Monte is a great example of how to do it right.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

It's small and friendly; everyone knows each other and is committed to doing their best for the kids.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2009

Monte Del Sol Charter School has a terrific mentorship program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

It is a awesome school i would recommend it to anyone.There academics are great and they also have a garden that they use to make there lunch. It is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2009

My daughter has been attending MdS for 2 years now and she just completed 8th grade. I am very happy with this is school and so is my daughter. She is an excellent student and I have no complaints. I appreciate the approach the teachers and staff take to a 'different model' of public education, with a lot of emphasis on developing the individual responsibility of the young person, vs. one where more traditional and 'structured' views are taken. Yes, the mentorship program is very good and other activities and events constantly bring a wide-open view of possibilities for our children to follow or be inspired by in this world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2005

I am a parent of a son who has attended grades 7-11 at MDS. The attention to the 'inner life' of the child and how he/she relates, communicates and interacts w/ past and present historical markers, art, english literature and science in it's many forms is great. The school is definately fine-tuning and it takes years to get itself grounded but it has been worth it. The math left a lot to be desired but now is better and Mark the geometry teacher made such a difference. The amount of introspection that is asked for and done with wonderful guidance without much 'new-age' kind of goofy packaging is good. Serious teachers and if they demanded even more it would be super. I have a non-focused, social, fairly smart 17 yr.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2005

I am a former student at Monte Del Sol. At the time I was attending it, it wasnt my favorite school but as I've been around at a few schools now I know it was much better then i gave it credit for. The new building is nice, very roomy and lots of fresh air because of the outdoor enviorment. The teachers care about you personally and you call them by there first name because they try to be more your friend then teacher. Tony is a great principal and you can tell he really cares about the students and trys to know each one individually.
—Submitted by a student


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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 41% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2010.

62 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
26%
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 30% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
39%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 40% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%
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 Students54%
Female48%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current32%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female81%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current63%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female42%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current26%
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%
Female37%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current5%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female63%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current26%
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%
Female22%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female41%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities20%
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 Students41%
Female28%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female56%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities10%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female24%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged42%
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

The state average for Math was 38% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 47% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined 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 Students56%
Female56%
Male57%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female74%
Male50%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Science

All Students56%
Female44%
Male71%
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Social Studies

All Students73%
Female78%
Male67%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined 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 53% 59%
White 42% 26%
Black 2% 2%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A68%
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Santa Fe, NM 87507
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