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New Mexico School for the Arts

Points of Pride

Indicators of Success

In 2019, NMSA was designated one of the top 11 schools in New Mexico by US NEWS & World Report.

In 2018, NMSA was recognized as one of the top schools in the country by Newsweek, which specifically cited NMSA for its success in closing the achievement gap.

In 2014 and 2016, NMSA received the designation “Exemplary School” by Arts School Network (ASN), the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools. 

In March 2015, NMSA was given full accreditation by AdvancED, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.

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Impact by the Numbers

Graduates have collectively received over $6 million in college or post-secondary financial aid award offers each and every year since 2016 

NMSA serves a minority majority; 51% of NMSA’s students are students of color

27% of NMSA’s students are receiving free and reduced lunch from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

NMSA’s average composite ACT score is 8.5% higher than the state average and 5.4% higher than the national average

Our Students come from across the State!

Historically, NMSA has served students from 68 communities and Pueblos. Currently, students hail from 39 communities and Pueblos from all 3 New Mexico Congressional districts.

Achievements & Recognition

United States Dept of Education National Blue Ribbon School

In 2016, NMSA was designated by the United States Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School, one of the nation’s highest honors in education for its success in closing the achievement gap.

Designated as one of Edutopia's “Schools that Work”

NMSA has been recognized by Edutopia (George Lucas Educational Foundation), one of the leading voices for best-practices in education, as one of their “Schools that Work.”

Digital Promise “Case Study” School

NMSA is a Digital Promise “Case Study” School. Digital Promise is a national center created by the United States Congress to advance technologies that transform teaching and learning.

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