New Mexico School for the Arts

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







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.

Job Openings

The NMSA Theater Department is hiring! For details on that and other 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 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. 

Good News!

NMSA Receives Another 'A'

New Mexico School for the Arts Charter School and Art Institute received an A for the 2012-2013 school year from the New Mexico Public Education Department. You can find more information on NMSA's 2012-2013 final grade in this document.

Note to Parents:

If your child will be absent from school, his or her absence needs to be reported to the Front Office by 10 a.m. in order to be excused. Please call (505) 310-4194 ext. 102 or e-mail:

Sunshine Portal:

Click here to be re-directed 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.

Download the NMSA 2015-16 Arts Fee form here

The 2015-16 School Calendar is available for download!

Mark your calendar:

  • August 3-4: Back-to-School Registration
  • August 10: First Day of School, including Opening Ceremonies
  • August 28: Back-to-School Night

Pictures from the Class of 2015 Graduation are here!

Visit to view the images. You can purchase professional prints from this website or email Katy Phebus at for free digital files.

Upcoming events!

Dine at the delicious Il Vicino restaurant on Tuesday, July 28th, and Il Vicino will make a 20% donation from the total sale of all customers that mention NMSA!

August 8 (Saturday) -- NMSA Jazz Ensemble will be playing at the Santa Fe Bandstand, 6:30-7:30!

Two exciting pieces of NMSA News!

Maggie King (class of 2016) has been selected for the Santa Fe Pro Musica Apprentice Artist Program. As a recipient of this honor, Maggie will perform as a regular member of Pro Musica in their 2015-2016 season!

NMSA student Lila Baca has been selected to participate in the All National Honor Orchestra!

The All-National Honor Orchestra is a national honor ensemble sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The ensemble is selected by audition and comprised of students from throughout the United States. Lila is one of two students who will be representing New Mexico at the National NAfME conference in Nashville this October.


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, Senior Visual Arts Catalogues, or a DVD of NMSA's remarkable 2015 ArtSpring performance.

2014-15 Yearbook Order Form - $25

2014-15 Senior Visual Arts Catalogue - $15

ArtSpring 2015 Performance DVD - $15

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Our 2015 Commencement was held on June 1, 2015, and featured Keynote Speaker Valerie Plame Wilson!
Read the Santa Fe New Mexican's coverage of graduation here!

NMSA has been ranked as the 10th best high school in New Mexico!

Find out more here!

Summer Auditions

The New Mexico School for the Arts is excited to announce second round auditions in the following areas for incoming sophomores and juniors:

  • Visual Arts
  • Dance
  • Music (String, Wind, Brass, Guitar and Piano)

Please visit
for information and online application, or call Admissions Director Holly Phillips at 505-995-3855.

Audition dates are:

  • July 9th - Dance
  • July 23rd - Visual Arts
  • July 30th - Music

The NMSA-Art Institute Main Offices have moved!
Our new phone number is 505-995-3862
Our new address is 202 East Marcy Street, Santa Fe (Same building as Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper)

Check out our latest audition videos!

All our videos showing what to expect at your NMSA audition - including our most recent Visual Arts video - can be found here!



NMSA received an "A" grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department for its third consecutive year.

NMSA is a public/private partnership comprised of the New Mexico School for the Arts, a state charter high school and the School for the Arts – NM, a nonprofit art education institution.