The application process consists of an online application form, a release-of-records form, a test date registration form, a photo of the applicant, and the $65 application fee. There is a $25 early application fee if you apply on or before December 15, 2016. (If you would like to request a fee waiver, please call the Admission Office at 505-828-3208.)
Recommendation forms from the current English and math teachers will be mailed to you in late October 2016. We ask applicants not to give the forms to their teachers until November, and we will accept them any time after November 1. Teachers must return the completed forms in the provided pre-paid envelopes postmarked by February 1, 2017.
Once you have sent us your child's application, you will receive an e-mail from us asking you to call our office to schedule an interview. Interviews are conducted by our faculty and administrative and admission staff, and are scheduled during the school day. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Interviews last approximately 30 to 40 minutes; only students are interviewed.
Shortly after the first semester grades have been recorded, the Academy sends this completed form to your child's current school, giving the school permission to send your child's grades and any standardized test scores to the Academy.
If you have any standardized test scores, please include those with an explanation of the curriculum you are using, an example of a daily schedule, and a list of text books. If you use grades or evaluations of any kind, please include those as well.
Families can help prepare their children by encouraging reading and writing! Have your children read and write whenever possible. Since motivation is one of the characteristics the Academy is looking for in successful candidates, it is also important to encourage children to do their best wherever they attend school. Incoming sixth graders will need to know basic math computation, so it is important to encourage exposure to that.
There are three test sessions offered for the 2017-18 school year admission season: January 7, January 21, and February 4, 2017. All tests are held on Saturday mornings.
There will also be a December 10, 2016 test date for students who have siblings currently attending or recently graduated (2015 or 2016) from Albuquerque Academy. Applicants who do not choose to test on this date must schedule another test date.
A test registration form is included in the online application materials.
Typically, students are finished between 10:45 and 11:15 a.m. We encourage you to remain on campus during testing. However, should you choose to leave campus, please return no later than 10:45 a.m. to pick up your child.
Children taking the sibling/faculty/staff test, which is offered once annually, will finish around 10:30 a.m. because the parent presentation is shorter and no tours are offered (as these families are already familiar with the school).
We strongly encourage attending the parent session for two reasons. First, children feel better and are less worried when they know their parents are on campus with them. Second, we want all families to hear the presentation that includes information about the school, the curriculum, and our admission and financial assistance processes.
Each child can only take the admission test once per admission season (once per school year). Applicants who are re-applying in a subsequent year will be given the appropriate test for the grade to which they are applying.