At Albuquerque Academy, we look for the brightest students in the region, those with intelligence, character, and an eagerness to learn. We're serious about creating an educational experience that shapes sharp-minded students into purposeful, ethical, independent learners.

Our students typically come from over seventy different schools throughout the greater Albuquerque region, and they all share one thing in common: a nearly insatiable curiosity. This trait forms the foundation of their academic lives.

We admit students in grades 6-12 in the fall of each year. The admission process begins early — in the fall before the year of attendance — and closes in early February.

You may request admission information online or apply online beginning in late August. If you would like to speak with someone about admission, please call the Admission Office at 505-828-3208, or e-mail admission@aa.edu.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available. Applying for financial assistance is separate from the admission application process. Applications for financial assistance are due in late February.

Why attend an independent private school?

The reasons cited over and over again by the 400,000 families who send their children to our schools include individual attention, small classes, teacher excellence, and high academic standards. But the main motive for families looking into independent private schools can be summarized in one word: Quality. They want, quite simply, the best for their sons and daughters.

The National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS), conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, confirms what independent school families have known for years: larger percentages of students in independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.

NAIS students:
  • Watch only two-thirds as much television;
  • Are significantly more likely to participate in varsity or intramural sports; and
  • Are more likely to agree that students and teachers get along well, discipline is fair, and teaching is good.
With results like these, it is not surprising that NAIS enrollments are increasing at double the rate of all other schools in this country.
Your decision to consider an independent school is just the beginning. You must choose the right school from the hundreds available. While all NAIS schools set high standards and emphasize values, they are wonderfully distinct from each other.

Learn more about independent schools on the NAIS web site.

Admission Staff

List of 4 members.

  • Amy Eglinton Keller 

  • Melissa Seligman 

    Associate Director
  • Adda Tewolde 

    Admission Specialist for Recruitment and Outreach, Global Language Exchange Coordinator
  • Erin Young 

    Assistant Director
Albuquerque Academy is a private, coeducational, college preparatory day school serving middle school and high school students in grades 6 through 12, located in Albuquerque, NM.


6400 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109-3899
ph: 505-828-3200