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Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences

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5912 Jaguar Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Phone (505) 438-8585

Fax (505) 438-0080


Waitlist FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about our Waitlist

Which classes have waitlists?

As of February 2019, we currently have full classes for Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 3rd through 8th grades for the 2019-2020 school year, and each class has a waitlist. We still have a couple of spaces open in the fall Preschool and PreK class, and one opening in the fall 2nd grade class.

Should I bother applying if there’s a waitlist for my child’s grade level?

Yes! We encourage everyone to apply if you are interested in attending Arts & Sciences. When a space becomes available, it is often that some families on the waitlist do not pursue the space, due to changing needs, moving away, prior commitment to another school, etc. Even if there are a number of families ahead of you on the waitlist, there is still a chance a space will be offered to you.

How do I get my child on the waitlist for his/her current class?

Submit an application for the grade that you are applying for, and pay the $50 application fee (this fee is waived if you indicate that you will apply for Financial Aid.) Once your completed application and fee have been received, your child’s name will be added to the waitlist, in the order that the application was received.

I'm pregnant or my child is under 3 years old - can I apply now even though the school starts at age 3?

You can! We already have lists going for preschool classes through 2021.  We highly encourage families to get on our waitlist any time from pregnancy through age 3.  Your child will be placed on the list for the class that starts preschool in the year that your child is 3 years old. Students need to be 3 years old as of September 1st to start.  If your child turns 3 after September 1st, he/she will need to wait until the following school year (we do not start preschoolers mid-year.)  Children born September 1, 2015 - August, 2016 would start in Fall 2019, children born September 1, 2016 - August, 2017 would start in Fall 2020, and so on.  Just fill out the information that you have available for the Preschool Application and submit it in order to get on a list.  When your child is closer to starting age you can update your application and complete the admissions process.

Is there an admissions deadline?

For preschool through 6th grade, we have rolling admissions - applications can be submitted at any time. For 7th and 8th grades, there is an Early Admissions Option deadline of November 15, 2018, and a Regular Admissions Option deadline of February 15, 2019.

There is a Financial Aid application deadline for all grades - February 15, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year. Financial aid applications received after the deadline will be considered based on remaining financial aid funds available.

If I am applying for a class that has a waitlist, do I have to submit my child’s school records, Student Information Form, and Financial Aid Application at the time of applying?

No. When a space opens up, you will have the opportunity to submit these in order to complete your child’s application.

If a space opens up for the class that my child is on the waitlist for, do I automatically get in?

No. The waitlist is a “waitlist to apply”. If a space becomes available and we go down the list and get to your child’s name, you have the opportunity to update and complete his/her application, submit school records and a Student Information Form (filled out by the child’s current teacher). You will also have the opportunity for your child to come spend time in our classroom. In addition we will schedule a Parent Interview, which is an informal meeting with our Admissions Director for us to get to know your family, and for you to ask any questions you have about our school. Once these steps have been completed, your child’s application will be considered and an admissions decision will be made and communicated.

On what does the school base its admissions decision?

We value diversity and inclusivity, and seek to have a student body that reflects this. We take into consideration the child’s learning needs, the family’s needs and expectations, and our assessment of our ability to successfully support the child's learning. It’s mainly about fit - we want to make sure that our learning environment is the right one for each student. We also consider the family's interest in our school philosophy, mission, values, and the Expeditionary Learning approach to education.  

Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, language(s) spoken, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, or other school administered programs.

If a space does not open up for the year that I have applied, do I have to apply again?

No. You will automatically be kept on the waitlist for the following school year, until a space opens up, or you decide to be removed from the waitlist. You do not need to re-submit the application fee.

Is there a time that is easier to get in to the school?

We accept 8 new preschoolers each fall (4 boys and 4 girls), age 3. We accept an additional 2 children for pre-kindergarten (1 boy and 1 girl), age 4. After that, elementary school openings depend on students leaving the school, since each of those classes stays the same size for pre-kindergarten through 6th grade*. Our 7th grade is the time when there are the most spots available – we have a maximum of 10 rising 6th graders, yet there are 23 spots in the 7th grade, so each year we accept a minimum of 13 new 7th graders.

*Multi-age classes and class sizes:

Unicorns - Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten: 9 preschoolers and 12 pre-kindergarteners (16 students on any given school day in the classroom)
Grasshoppers - Kindergarten: 10 students
Stargazers - 1st & 2nd Grades: 10 1st graders and 10 2nd graders
Centaurs - 3rd & 4th Grades: 10 3rd graders and 10 4th graders
Badgers - 5th & 6th Grades: 10 5th graders and 10 6th graders
7th Grade: 23 students
8th Grade: 23 students

Total student body: 137 max

(We seek to keep a balance between numbers of boys and girls in all classes.)

Is the Middle School application process different from the elementary school application process?

Yes. The Middle School has a separate admissions process, including a student portion of the application, a full shadow day in our Middle School, and recommendations from the student’s current English and Math teachers. 

If my child is on the waitlist for elementary school and a spot does not open up, does he/she stay on the waitlist for 7th grade?

The waitlist goes through 6th grade.  7th grade applicants will need to submit a new application and complete the admissions process, even if they have an elementary application on file. Students on our 6th grade waitlist will have priority in scheduling shadow days in the fall of their 6th grade year, in starting the admissions process for 7th grade.

How do I apply?

Applications can be downloaded here, or you can request that an application packet be sent to you by email or mail. You can also come into our office to pick up an application packet during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.

What if I have other questions?

Please contact our Director of Admissions and Advancement Satara Bixby at 505-438-8585 or

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