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Turquoise Trail Charter School

Charter | PK-6 | 495 students

 
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4 stars

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Based on 5 ratings
2013:
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Posted February 2, 2014

I have been a guest speaker on space and astrophysics at Turquoise Trail Charter School for several years. There has always been an environment where the students are encouraged to probe into complex topics. Some of the most advanced question that I have had came from Turquoise Trail. The fact that the students at the 5th and 6th grade level were able to comprehend some of the complex astrophysical concepts is a testimony to the excellence of this school.


Posted January 29, 2014

I am currently a teacher at TTCS and couldn't imagine myself teaching anywhere else. I love that we use an effective and balanced curriculum and that our students get to go to art, P.E., library and music every week. I also think that TTCS is great at involving parents and the community into our school. There are annual events, such as the Fun Run, Halloween Carnival and Culture Fair that continue to inspire and motivate our local families and the community. Families would be hard pressed to find a group of more caring and proficient professionals to teach their children. Please visit our website at www.turquoisetrailcharterschool.org.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 23, 2014

My children moved to Turquoise Trail Charter School this year and we have had an excellent experience. Both of our children are academically thriving. The teachers are extremely skilled and thoughtful. The school offers a curriculum that is progressive and prepares students for future academic achievement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

TTCS is a great school. I have 3 children going there and they are excited to go to school everyday. The teachers are caring, supportive and happy to be there. It rubs off on my kids. There's a lot of opportunities for parent involvement, and I enjoy that. I love to be involved in my children's education, and I'm able to do that here. I feel like I have a great relationship with my children's teachers and I appreciate feeling welcome when I come to volunteer. I wish more parents would get involved, because it makes such a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

Great teachers, BUT I am very concerned with the bullying. There is very little playground supervision and the aftercare program is scary. I am planning to change schools. My child is not safe at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

TTCS is a great school with caring teachers who know their students and work hard to meet their needs.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 24, 2013

Turquoise Trail Charter School is a great school because every child is helped by many teachers. Each child is respected as an individual and taught accordingly.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 12, 2010

It's a school that works exceptionally hard and well to bring out the best in children.


Posted May 10, 2010

The teachers and staff are very supporative of all students and are happy to receive all the parent help they can get. They protect, teach and encourage our students every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My son attended this school from K-6 and our experience there was great. He now attends Capshaw middle school and since the school provided great academics he is now ahead of other students who attended different schools for elementry. I would recomend parents to send thier children here if they want their children to get a well rounded education in a multi-sensory level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

The teaching and learning is excellent; the atmosphere is caring and warm. Students are happy and successful! The teachers work together and support one another.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 28, 2009

I have had 4 children attend this school and have been attending this school since 1999. This school is wonderful. They sincerely care for your child and seeing them as individuals with individual talents and needs. The staff has stayed relatively the same which just demonstrates how cohesive this school is. It is like an extended family. I consider TTE to be the best school in Santa Fe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I have been a faulty member of Turquiose Trail for 19 years. The reason I have stayed at this school is because the faculty cares about individual children. We look at the child not the numbers on a national test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers are knowledgeable and they care.The students and parents are wonderful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2008

This school is awesome! The teachers are great and the school offers a ton of things to do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2008

We have two kids there and a third has gone on to ATC and is excelling there. All of our kids started out homeschooled, so all had some adjustments. The middle child didn't adapt well to the classroom setting and emphasis on group activities, so she came up with her own alternative. She had qualified for the Enrichment program, so arranged (with administration's and our approval) her own curriculum. She attends regular math, science, and other classes, and does independent study - mostly writing. She's thriving, and the school is to be commended for its flexibility Allan Sindelar
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2007

this school is the best school out there. I wish the school was much bigger so other kids can go
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2006

Great school with lots of opportunity for involvement...best elementary school on the south side!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2005

T.T.E is a really great school. I went there for 5 years and those were the best years of education i have ever had. Not that i am going to a middle my litlle brother is attending the school and he says that the teachers are nice and he loves the classes that they offer. The quality of the academic program is exclent. The music teacher, the art teacher, the p.E teacher and the computer teacher are great. They are nice to the students. The level of parent involvenment is high. Most of the activities require the help of parents. My dad was the girls basketball coach for two years and he had a great time. The teachers are always letting the parents know what are the up coming events at T.T.E. This school is one of the best school in new mexico.
—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 51% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

69 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
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 45% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
73%
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 43% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

67 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
61%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2010.

66 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
50%
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 Students55%
Female54%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current33%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female57%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Current25%
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 Students56%
Female61%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities14%
English Language Learner Current21%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female64%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities0%
English Language Learner Current29%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female88%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities46%
English Language Learner Current50%
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 Students59%
Female58%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Current36%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female63%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Current27%
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%
Female41%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities19%
English Language Learner Current8%
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female48%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities12%
English Language Learner Current23%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 69% 59%
White 27% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Black 0% 2%
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 66%N/A68%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Clubs
  • Dance club: Cheer
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Middlebury Interactive Languages
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Ray Griffin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
  • www.turquoisetrailcharterschool.org
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Middlebury Interactive Languages
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • cooking with kids
  • Cerillos Masons
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Cheer
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
70
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
150

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
ATC charter school
Monte Del Sol Charter schol
Desert Academy
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13a San Marcos Loop
Santa Fe, NM 87508
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