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New Mexico School for the Arts

Grades 9-12 | Santa Fe, NM

Nurturing a Growth Mindset: Developing Independent Learning Through the Arts

Through embracing failure, welcoming critical feedback, and daily support seminars, students at New Mexico School for the Arts master self-assessment and attain independence as learners.
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What This School Is Achieving

A group of teen girls are dancing ballet in a dance studio.

New Mexico School for the Arts -- a Title I, dual arts and academic charter school in Santa Fe -- is both an arts school for scholars and a prep school for artists. Through daily support seminars, NMSA bridges the achievement gap by teaching academic, social-emotional, and college-readiness skills. Through the school's arts curriculum, students master self-assessment by learning to embrace failure, welcome critical feedback, and give peer critique.

  • Earned 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award as an Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School.
  • Rated grade “A” by New Mexico Public Education Department every year since 2012.
  • Outperformed the state in reading, math, and science on New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (SBA) every year since 2013.
A group of teen girls are dancing ballet in a dance studio.

How They Do It

Support Seminars: How to Prepare Students for High School and Beyond

Support Seminars: How to Prepare Students for High School and Beyond

Learn how New Mexico School for the Arts structures, schedules, and staffs daily support seminars to make their students college and career ready.

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Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

Teach your students the recipe for success: taking risks, making mistakes, and integrating critical feedback.

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Mastering Self-Assessment: Deepening Independent Learning Through the Arts

Mastering Self-Assessment: Deepening Independent Learning Through the Arts

Develop your students' ability to self-assess by showing them examples of mastery, equipping them with technical vocabulary, and providing them with opportunities to practice peer critique.

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Voices From the School

Creativity and Academics: The Power of an Arts Education

Neil Swapp
Music Department Chair, New Mexico School for the Arts

7 Steps to Becoming a Data-Driven School

Eric Crites
Principal, New Mexico School for the Arts

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