Classroom and Community

Environmental education reaches all Academy students through the science curriculum. Sixth grade students study water resources, seventh grade students study biodiversity, and eighth grade science focuses on earth systems and human interactions. Students in the grades 9-12 may take a year-long course in ecology and environmental biology, with field trips including tree plantings in the Bosque, overnight expeditions to Trail End Ranch in the Gila, fire ecology studies in Los Alamos, and attending conferences on topics such as organic farming and land restoration. In addition, other departments such as history and world languages integrate units on natural resources, human impacts, and environmental justice.

Extracurricular Activities
Students in grades 6-12 participate in the Environmental Club. The club's activities include recycling festivals, water festivals, youth leadership conferences, gardening, the annual Trashion Fashion show, recycling, and energy audits. Older students take the lead in organizing events and foster leadership in younger students. In addition, the Chargers in Action service requirement initiates student involvement with the upkeep of their campus. Students work in the gardens mulching, pruning, and weeding, and also help with the campus recycling program.
"Nature teaches us that it is ok to wait. In a world where everything is so frantic, appreciating the small miracle of a dewdrop on a leaf is vital." —Averill Nolte '15


The Academy has hosted nationally renowned speakers such as Bill McKibben, Paul Stamens, Jared Diamond, Brad Lancaster, and Gary Paul Nabhan, as well as hosted the city-wide Solar Fiesta. Full faculty and staff professional development programs have been focused on sustainable practice in both the home and work environment. Parent volunteers have gathered for xeric conversion of the landscape and helping to bring sustainable, organic food into the dining hall. Students help run events that are open to the public, including an annual e-waste collection and a plant sale to benefit endangered species. Albuquerque Academy hosts a weekly growers' market that provides fresh, locally grown produce and supports community relations.
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