The 10-12 Division encourages the growth of independence and responsibility as students prepare for the challenges, rigors, responsibilities, and freedoms of college and adult life. Students select from a wide variety of course offerings, including intensive and focused research projects and challenging Advanced Placement courses.
Course work increasingly involves philosophical and analytical thought, and students in the 10-12 Division may elect to pursue independent study courses as part of their required course load. This generally occurs during the junior or senior year and usually involves a one-semester program of directed independent work. The Senior Project Program is the culminating learning experience of a student's years at Albuquerque Academy.
Learning to manage discretionary time is an important part of the 10-12 program. Students in 10-12 are permitted to be on their own on campus when they are not in class, at lunch, or in a study hall. Seniors in good standing may be granted privileges at the discretion of the dean of students and grade sponsor. Seniors with privileges may leave campus during unscheduled time and are excused from lunch on Fridays.
Leadership opportunities abound in the 10-12 Division. Students serve on the senate, the dean's council, and as class officers. They also serve on both the disciplinary board and the judicial hearing board. In addition, students in the 10-12 Division participate in numerous extracurricular activities and programs including athletics, speech and debate, theater, music, dance, and Science Olympiad.
Commitment to Service
The culminating Commitment to Service project asks students (individually or in small groups) to identify a local, national, or international community need which they are passionate about and utilize their skills, talents, and energy to address that issue. They must conceptualize and design a meaningful and practical service project during their sophomore year, implement the project during their junior year, and then reflect on the experience. The project is managed using an ePortfolio.
Coursework in Grades 10-12
Counseling and Human Development
Grade 10: Health Seminar 10
Elective (grades 11-12): Applied Psychology
Grade 10: English II
Grade 11: English III
Grade 12: English IV
Electives: English III/American Studies (grade 11), Creative Writing (grades 11-12), Creative Nonfiction, and Effective Speaking
Grade 12: Senior Projects
Electives: Outdoor Leadership I, Outdoor Leadership II, Southwest Survival, and Whitewater Kayaking
Global Online Academy
Grade 10: World History since 1789
Grade 11: United States History, AP United States History, or United States History/English III
Grade 12: Senior Humanities
Electives: AP Art History, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Micro/Macro Economics, AP European History, AP United States Government and Politics, and AP World History
Grades 10-12: Geometry, Geometry/Algebra II, Algebra II/Trigonometry, or Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
Electives: Math Analysis I and II (grade 12), AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Enhanced Multivariable Calculus I, Enhanced Multivariable Calculus II, AP Statistics, and Logic and Probability (grades 11-12)