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 grades 10 and 11 may elect to pursue an on-campus independent study project for credit, under the supervision of an Academy faculty member. 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.
Commitment to Service
By 10th grade, students are capable of taking ownership of the shape and direction of their community service experience by considering how to best harness their skills and passions to support local, national, or international needs. The Commitment to Service project is a graduation requirement. Students can work independently or in small groups.