Student Support Services


Acacia McCombs, Science Teacher, Senior Adviser amccombs@nmschoolforthearts.org

Lisa Oberteuffer, Special Education Coordinator loberteuffer@nmschoolforthearts.org

Student Support Services

The New Mexico School for the Arts offers a range of services to ensure that every student has the social-emotional and academic tools they need to succeed in high school, and that students and parents get plenty of time and support for college career and post-secondary planning, including scholarship identification and application.

As a part of this, through NMSA’s 9th Grade Academy course, all students are taught non-cognitive skills, such as growth mindset, organization, time management, self-assessment, self-advocacy and note-taking; close reading skills, such as annotation and text-dependent questioning; social-emotional skills, including cooperative learning, communicating with teachers and stress management; and test-taking skills.

The school also provides special education and mental health support services to students who need it.

9th Grade Academy

This course prepares all 9th graders for academic and social-emotional success as high school students. Students will study non-cognitive skills (growth mindset, organization, time management, self-assessment, self-advocacy, note-taking, college preparation); close reading skills (annotation, text features, text-dependent questioning); social-emotional skills (cooperative learning, communicating with teachers, stress management); and test-taking skills.

College Counseling

Acacia McCombs, Senior Advisor

Special Education

NMSA provides special education services to students with disabilities and gifted students.

Lisa Oberteuffer, Special Education Coordinator

Senior Seminar

The course focuses on helping senior students identify colleges and apply for admission. This includes focus on creating the common application, college essay writing, admission requirements (including audition and portfolio development), financial aid and college recruitment visits.

School Counseling Program and Mental Health Services

NMSA’s school counseling program focuses on social, emotional and academic support. We offer classroom workshops and curriculum, peer to peer support programs, counseling groups and one on one brief counseling and support sessions.  For students in need of more intensive therapy we can offer referrals for onsite or community based therapy.