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    Desert Academy ::: Santa Fe, New Mexico ::: West U.S.

    Desert Academy

    • An independent, private, co-educational day school for students dedicated to academic and personal excellence.
    • Desert Academy is also an International Baccalaureate World School offering the IB Middle Years and Diploma programs, a universally recognized standard of excellence. 
    • IB graduates are actively recruited by the leading universities throughout the world
    • 178 students; Average class size of 12 students; student/faculty ratio is 8:1
    • Coeducational day shool with no religious affiliation
    • A comprehensive ESL program is not available, however ESL support is provided bi-weekly




    Hot summers and cool winters

    Student Body

    178 students (grades 8-12); 4% international

    Average Class Size

    12 students


    31 faculty; 67% with advanced degrees

    Student/Faculty Ratio


    College Placement

    100% university placement including Bates College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Skidmore College, University of New Mexico, University of Pennsylvania among others.

    Honors & AP

    Desert Academy is an International Baccalaureate World School, it does not offer AP  and traditional honors courses.  The IB program consists of the following courses: Biology (standard and higher level), Chinese (standard level), English (higher level), Film (higher level), French (standard level), History (higher level), Math (standard and higher level), Math Studies (standard level), Music (standard and higher level), Philosophy (higher level), Spanish (standard and higher level), Visual Arts (higher level), Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge

    Marking System

    Grading system is based on a 4.0 scale.  IB courses at C or better receive an additional 0.25 grade weight

    Programs of Study

    The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

    English - 4 credits
    Mathematics - 4 credits
    Humanities - 3 credits
      (US History)
    Science - 3 credits
      (Biology, Chemistry & Physics)
    Foreign Language - 4 credits
      (at least 3 years in the same language)
    Electives - 7 credits

    Creativity, Action & Service (Pass/Fail) - 0.5 credit 
      (earned in junior and senior year)
    Personal Project (Pass/Fail) - 0.25 credit
      (earned in 10th grade) 

    World Languages offered: Chinese, French, Spanish

    ACT Score: Average ACT score = 28 


    Desert Academy is accredited by AdvancED and International Baccalaureate World School


    No Cut athletic policy: unlike most schools, at Desert Academy, all students who try out for a sport are not only included in the team, but they all have the opportunity to play, as well.

    Sports: Basketball, Cross-country, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

    Arts: Studio Arts, Animation, Ceramics, Chorus, Film Production, Music and Music Theory

    Extracurricular Activities

    Activities and Clubs: Assisatance Dogs to the West, Chamber Music, Community Service, Digital Media, Drama, Equestrian Club, Games Club, Gay/Straight Alliance, Literary Journal, Model UN, National Honor Society, Outdoor Sustainablility, Personal Safety Advisory, Speech & Debate, Student Council, Yearbook


    Academic building, Art studio, Athletic field, Black box theater, Cafeteria, Cross-country course, 2 computer labs with filmmaking capability, Gymnasium, Tennis courts, Track, Performance stage


    A comprehensive ESL program is not available, however ESL support is provided in a bi-weekly comprehensive cultural, ESL - style Advisory.