Charter schools are indeed public schools. They are granted greater flexibility in regard to their operations, yet are still held accountable for growing student achievement. Because charters are public schools, they are open to all children; they do not charge tuition; and they do not have special entrance requirements or exams.
Taos Municipal School District Charter Schools
Anansi Charter School
57 State Road 230, Des Montes
The 2018-2019 K-8 school year begins Anansi’s 18th year. Educational programs focus on rigorous academics and the development of social-emotional skills so that students are able to think independently, problem solve, communicate clearly, act responsibly and contribute to their community.
Currently, Anansi has a waiting list for all grades with the exception of an opening in its 2018-19 6th-grade class.
Taos Charter School
1303 Paseo del Cañon East, Taos
The “Home of the Hawks” academic menu includes (but is not limited to) peer-assisted learning, art, physical education, Spanish, mathematics, a writing workshop, and phonics and reading fluency.
Vista Grande High School
213 Paseo del Cañon West, Taos
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New Mexico State Charter Schools
Moreno Valley High School
56 Camino Grande, Angel Fire
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Red River Valley Charter School
500 East High St., Red River
RRVCS's unified, theme-based curriculum is known as the Core Knowledge Curriculum, which provides children with a strong foundation of knowledge in traditional disciplines such as reading, math, writing and science, while encouraging innovative thinking and multi-disciplinary integration. The ultimate goal of the program is to instill in students an excitement for learning.
Roots and Wings Community School
35 La Lama Rd., Questa
An Expeditionary Learning School set in a farm and mountain environment, Roots and Wings Community School is based upon the concept of a small community schoolhouse or “learning family.” It is designed to be an intimate, inter-age learning community ranging in age and ability from kindergarten through 8th grade.
Taos Academy Charter School
110 Paseo del Cañon West, Taos
Serving grades 5 through 12, Taos Academy's mission focuses on 21st-century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, accountability, technology, problem-solving, global awareness and civic responsibility. The New Mexico Public Education Department graded Taos Academy an A for the 2016-2017 academic year. One of the school's many flagship programs is the SMART LAB.
Taos Integrated School for the Arts (TISA)
118 Toalne Street, Taos
Taos Integrated School for the Arts blends visual arts, dance, music and theater into the general learning process and are interlinked throughout the lessons using "a thematic, interdisciplinary, project-based approach to instruction."
TISA, educating K-8th grade, brings together current national education standards with a strong early childhood focus in the arts, which emphasizes the school's philosophy of "Teaching is an art.”
Taos International School
118 Este Es Road, Taos
TIS received some good news June 14 after a Santa Fe district court judge ruled the school can operate for one year pending the outcome of a court appeal, according to a Taos News report. The state Public Education Commission voted not to renew the school’s charter in 2017 citing the school’s failure to improve its performance in three years.
The order granting the stay says no harm to the public interest will be done should the school remain open for the time being.
Parents remain optimistic about the school’s future and have rallied to keep TIS open.
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