"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.

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.

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.

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: attendance@nmschoolforthearts.org

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.

Upcoming events

Student Performance at Moving Arts Theater in Española: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Birch: Saturday, November 5, 2016

ArtSpring 2017: May 18 & 19, 2017





NMSA was named Best High School in the Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe two years in a row!

NMSA received an “A” grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department for its fourth consecutive year.


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.

2015-16 Yearbook Order Form – $30

2015-16 Senior Visual Arts Catalogue – $20

ArtSpring 2016 DVD – $20

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 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.