"The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

New Mexico School for the Arts provides access to a rigorous mastery arts and academic high school education for youth with passion and aptitude in the arts, leading to post-secondary learning, careers in the arts, and lives that contribute to society.

NMSA is a public/private partnership comprised of a legislatively created, residential, public high school and the NMSA-Art Institute, a nonprofit art educational institution.




Reporting an Absence:

If your child will be absent from school, his or her absence needs to be reported to the Front Office by 12 p.m. in order to be excused. Please call (505) 310-4194 ext. 102 or e-mail: attendance@nmschoolforthearts.org

School Lunch Order Form

NMSA, in conjunction with Canteen Food Services, will provide daily lunch, at the cost of $4.00. Please click here to order your lunch by Thursday, Noon of the week prior to service.

School Lunch Application

To download the 2016-2017 Free & Reduced Price School Meals Application please click here.

Art Fee

Click here to make your Arts Fee payment now or to set-up recurring payments throughout the school year 2016-17.

Job Openings

To view current openings visit our career page.

Join the NMSA staff in providing our exceptional students who demonstrate promise, aptitude and passion for the arts with the opportunity to earn their New Mexico high school diploma.

Shop Amazon.com through NMSA

Do you shop on Amazon? Next time remember to follow this link from the NMSA website first! By following this simple step, Amazon will track how much you spend and send NMSA a percentage (4-15%) of your total purchase.

Help NMSA Grow

Make your tax deductible contribution today!
There are many ways in which you can help our school. Read about them all here.

Sunshine Portal:

Click here to be redirected to the New Mexico Sunshine Portal. The Sunshine Portal is the official transparency and accountability portal for New Mexico state government. This is your window into government spending, budgets, revenues, employees, contracts and more.

Upcoming events

How Students and the Arts Fuel a Vibrant Downtown
Mayor Knox White of Greenville, South Carolina will discuss the impact of arts on economic development. A discussion will follow with Santa Fe’s Mayor Javier Gonzales, moderated by founder of Fast Company Magazine Alan Webber.

March 1 at 6:00pm. Tickets
New Mexico History Museum



Orchestra Concert
February 28 at 7:00pm. Tickets

ArtSpring 2017
May 18 & 19, 2017

Music Recitals: Free and open to the public

As part of NMSA’s music program, students perform solo recitals throughout their time at the school. In the Junior and Senior year, these recitals are presented as a graded part of their curriculum and are the culmination of the student’s training.  

February 22
Junior Vocal Recital
Immaculate Heart of Mary at 7:00pm



NMSA was named a 2016 Blue Ribbon School. We are the first school in Santa Fe to receive this award and one of three in the state to be recognized this year. The Blue Ribbon Award is one of the highest honors that a school can achieve.

NMSA is featured on Edutopia‘s Schools that Work series! Click here to learn about what makes NMSA special and successful.

NMSA is a recipient of a 2016 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Congratulations to senior music student Jason Duncan who received the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award for his community service and commitment to upholding the culture of NMSA. Well done!

Congratulations to seniors Ana Rael and Triana Reid on their selection as the inaugural Miller Scholars, a distinction awarded each year to two outstanding and promising students in NMSA’s creative writing and literature program.

Get your NMSA Swag here!

We have a delightful array of NMSA merchandise available for purchase!  Visit the links indicated below to purchase one of our Yearbooks or a DVD of NMSA’s remarkable 2016 ArtSpring performance.

2017 Yearbook – $30

ArtSpring 2016 DVD – $20

NMSA is a public/private partnership comprised of New Mexico School for the Arts, a residential, public high school and NMSA - Art Institute, a nonprofit art educational institution.