Albuquerque Academy is an independent, college preparatory day school for boys and girls in grades six through twelve. The Academy prides itself on offering an educational program based on creative, independent doing and thinking. The school motto, scientia ad faciendum
, or "knowing through doing," reflects an underlying philosophy of achieving knowledge through active involvement in learning.
The Academy's primary academic goals are:
- to encourage sound scholarship, independent thinking, and discriminating judgment;
- to teach analytical skills, including how to examine and evaluate large bodies of data;
- to teach students how to deal with concepts;
- to support and foster free inquiry.
Students at Albuquerque Academy are organized by grade into three divisions: Grades 6-7
, Grades 8-9
, and Grades 10-12
. These groupings allow for small, close-knit, and nurturing environments able to serve the needs and interests of all students. Each division provides students with a comfortable, supportive atmosphere in which to learn and thrive. The three divisions often work together, or in all-school assemblies and school-wide projects. The 6-7 Division is located on the West Campus; the 8-9 and 10-12 Divisions are on the East Campus, about a five-minute walk from the West Campus.
There are twelve academic departments at Albuquerque Academy. Faculty from the 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12 Divisions each are part of an academic department. A faculty chair oversees each department's curriculum, personnel, resources, and budgets. Chairs also communicate across departments and among the three divisions to encourage interdisciplinary connections.
The Academy's educational program emphasizes six fundamental academic disciplines: English, history, mathematics, modern languages, science, and performing and visual arts. Study in all six disciplines is required each year through grade 9. A decreasing number of requirements in the upper grades allows for a wider choice of electives.
All students in grades 6 through 10 participate in experiential education
, which complements other academic programs with challenges that are both physical and moral. In addition, participation in physical education (grades 6-9) or interscholastic athletics or physical education (grades 10-12) is required of all students.
Students are taught and guided in all aspects of the Academy educational program by caring and dedicated faculty and staff. The average class size is 15. More than 80% of the faculty have advanced degrees.
Academy faculty are associated with one or more of the school's three divisions, and are listed on the links on this page by division. A complete listing of all faculty, by department, may be found in the Faculty & Staff Directory