SFSAS Middle School Open House is Tuesday, November 18th, 6-8 p.m.

Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences


Monday, October 6

Parent/Teacher Conferences

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Tuesday, October 7

School Pictures - Unicorns, Grasshoppers, Badgers

Wednesday, October 8

School Pictures - Stargazers, Centaurs, Middle School

Monday, October 13

Parent/Teacher Conferences

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5912 Jaguar Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Phone (505) 438-8585

Fax (505) 438-0080

Email office@santafeschool.org

Welcome to Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences

School News

SFSAS presents Hooked on Books to Jane Goodall

SFSAS was honored among other inspiring school programs to present to Jane Goodall at a recent Roots and Shoots event in Santa Fe.  Pictured from left are Lucinda Patrus, SFSAS Class of 2015, Dr. Jane Goodall, anthropologist and global activist, SFSAS alumna Indu Holdsworth, Class of 2014, and Victoria Azizova, SFSAS Class of 2015.  The three SFSAS representatives made a compelling presentation to Dr. Goodall about how SFSAS has helped them to understand their role as change agents and Citizen Scholars in our world.  They told her about Hooked on Books and the Reading is Magic Camp.  Hooked on Books is a youth-led literacy campaign started at SFSAS.  Reading is Magic is one of the campaign's initiatives.  For three years running, the summer reading camp has helped students gain on average one year of growth in their reading.

Afterschool Enrichment Schedule

SFSAS is happy to announce the Fall/Winter 2014 Afterschool Enrichment Schedule!  In addition to popular activities such as Rock Band, Recycled Fashion, piano, voice, soccer, violin, guitar, and trumpet, this fall we've added Bookmaking, Jewelry Making, Hip-Hop, Improv, Plays and Performance.  Homework Club (offered Monday-Thursday) is also a great after school option for students.  Aftercare is available until 5:30 during the school year.  

Afterschool Enrichment Fall 2014 sign-up form  
Aftercare sign-up form  

You can email these forms to office@santafeschool.org


Our Middle School

Our middle school program is committed to supporting and promoting the academic and emotional growth of adolescents. Our curriculum gives students the blueprints for learning, invites divergent and creative thinking, teaches the skills necessary in the 21st Century, and instills and encourages the desire for further learning. We believe that students learn best in a diverse community and are committed to creating a student body who reflects New Mexico, our nation, and the world. 

What is Expeditionary Learning?
As an Expeditionary Learning school, Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences is committed to learning that is meaningful, in which students apply their skills and knowledge to real-world issues and problems and make positive change in their communities. Expeditionary Learning uses an inquiry-based, project-based approach to learning that challenges students to think critically, work collaboratively and present their learning to authentic audiences. We connect high quality academic learning to adventure, service, and character development.

SFSAS is on Weather Underground!

The Centaurs will spend their spring exploring and learning about weather and climate; using technology to share their findings on Weather Underground! We received a grant from the Golden Apple Foundation and Wells Fargo to purchase a state-of-the-art weather station, which has been installed on Underhill’s rooftop.  You can check the weather at the school here.  The Weatherbridge station creates a potent opportunity to do fieldwork, in which students are active investigators, applying research tools, techniques of inquiry and standards of presentation used by professionals.  Students will be responsible for collecting information from our weather station, using it to record weather patterns and to compare current and past patterns. Students will use the data to create models and graphs in our math classes and study how weather has influenced cultures through time in our language arts, history, and geography classes. Additionally, we will build traditional handmade weather recording devices and compare data to records from our modern weather station.  Thank you to Golden Apple Foundation and  Wells Fargo for making the purchase of the Weatherbridge Kit possible!  Thank you to Centaur parent Andres Paglayan and Eddy Segura for their assistance with this project!

Santa Fe Reporter column mentions culture at SFSAS

Santa Fe Reporter columnist Seth Biderman visited SFSAS and included the school in a recent column.  Seth is also the manager of the Academy for the Love of Learning’s Institute for Teachers, committed to revitalizing the lives and practices of teachers.  SFSAS Principal Geetha Holdworth and Executive Director Perli Cunanan also visited the Academy for the Love of Learning and were impressed by the organization's knowledge and commitment to supporting great teaching in Santa Fe.  

SFSAS Pasatiempo Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 11 SFSAS students who won in this year's Pasatiempo Annual Writing Contest!  SFSAS students won 1st place in all four student categories.


Children's Stories
1st place - Rebeccah Peshlakai, 7th grade

2nd place - Molly Kreitman, 7th grade
3rd place tie - Henry Joyce, 7th grade

Children's Poems
1st place - Leo Stewart, Badger 5th grade
3rd place - Deedee Jansen, Badger 5th grade

Teens' Stories
1st place - Tess Heneghan, 8th grade
3rd place - Tiana Paras, 8th grade
Honorable Mention - Elizabeth Amishaw, 8th grade
Honorable Mention - Amy Borton, 8th grade

Teens' Poems
1st place - Emma Ehlers, 8th grade
2nd place - Weston Winkler, 7th grade

Kudos and thanks to their parents and teachers for supporting these talented students!

Nobel Laureate Visits School

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Betty Williams' visit to the school was a day to remember!  After touring all of the classrooms, she had tea with Youth United students.  The Pearson Foundattion also produced a video about our students meeting Nobel Peace  Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee.  Watch it here:

The Journal North covered the visit:

Nobel Laureate offers SF kids sage advice: 'Never Give Up'
By Jackie Jadrnak
Of the Journal

When youths at the Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences asked Nobel Peace Prize recipient Betty Williams for advice Wednesday, her answer was short and emphatic:

“Never give up.”

She was awarded the prize in 1976 after witnessing the deaths of three children during the “troubles” in her Northern Ireland home, where the Irish Republican Army battled British authorities. She collected 6,000 signatures within a couple of days from people urging peace and, with the children’s aunt, Mairead Corrigan, founded Women for Peace.

Ever since then, Williams said, she has been criss-crossing the world, speaking out for peace and for improved conditions for children.

On 9/11, she said, when terrorists flew jets into buildings in New York City and Washington, D.C., killing thousands of people, 35,615 children in the world died from malnutrition – “and no one said a word.”...

Read the entire story here.

Student-driven project puts books in hands of community

Seventh and 8th grade students were followed by a reporter and photographer from the Santa Fe New Mexican during their weekly community service time on Friday mornings.  As part of the Hooked on Books program, students organize book donations and re-stock shelves at 11 locations around Santa Fe.  Children from all over the city are invited to take the free books with the hope that reading will become a lifelong passion for them.  To read the entire news story, click here.

Summer Program helps unlock joy of books for kids

In its second year, the SFSAS reading camp succeeds in engaging students in the joy of reading.  Last year, students grew on average one year in reading after the two-week camp.  Thank you to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the Los Nativos Fund at the New Mexico Community Foundation and the staff of Con Alma Health Foundation for making this camp possible!  The Santa Fe New Mexican spent time with the kids and staff of the camp.  Here is the story

Scholastic Magazine’s February Issue features SFSAS

The Kindest School on Earth - One school's plan for a more civilized classroom

By Adele Oliviera
What if you you went to a school where you wrote the rules? These eighth graders at Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences in New Mexico do exactly that.  Every year they create their own constitution... 

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