Educational Program

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, world 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.

Graduation Requirements

Twenty-three and one-quarter credits are required for graduation, with one credit awarded for a full year of study, and 1/2 credit awarded for completing a semester course. Credits accrue for courses completed in grades 9-12, although some courses count toward graduation credit when completed during eighth grade (see below).

Students in grades 8 through 12 must enroll in five courses each semester in addition to experiential education and physical education. In order to earn a diploma, each student is required to be "in residence" during the senior year, and cannot, therefore, attend a semester or year abroad their senior year.

The 23 and 1/4 credits include the following:
  • Counseling and Human Development, 1/2 credits (1/4 credit if enrolled after grade 8)
  • English, 4 credits
  • Experiential Education, 1/4 credit
  • History, 4 credits
  • Languages, 3 credits
  • Mathematics, 3 credits
  • Physical Education, 3 credits
  • Science, 3 credits
  • Visual/Performing Arts, 2 credits (1 credit if enrolled after grade 8)
  • Electives, 1/2 credit

NOTE: Though no credit is given, Community Service is required of every student in each year of attendance.

Eighth-grade credits
Normally, the following courses count toward graduation credit when completed during eighth grade:
  • Full-year visual or performing arts courses, or the mixed arts elective
  • Any math course above Math 8
  • Any language level I or higher
  • Health Issues 8

No other eighth-grade courses count toward graduation credit, but all eighth-grade courses must be passed for a student to be eligible for graduation.
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