Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the school’s hours?

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00pm Wednesday: 8:00 am – 1:00pm

  2. Do you have before/after school programs?

    Yes! We offer Before and After School programs through the Rio Grande Educational Collaborative. Students may arrive as early as 6:45am to participate in the before school program. After-school programming runs until 6:00pm daily. Our before and after-school programs offer scholarships and aid for families who qualify.

  3. Do you offer meals? Which meals?

    We serve a fresh, healthy lunch daily. We also offer breakfast and snacks through the National School Lunch Program.

  4. Do you have the same school year calendar as APS?

    We know our families may have siblings at APS schools. As much as possible, we’ve tried to align our calendar with APS’s calendar for the start of the year, longer breaks, and the end of the year. There will be a few days a year where we do not have school (for teacher planning) and APS does have school. We also have a slightly longer school year at the end of the year.

  5. Do you offer transportation?

    We do not yet offer transportation. We’ve chosen to spend our initial funding on the instructional materials, resources, and teacher salaries that will make sure all of our students receive an exceptional education. We hope transportation is in our future!

  6. Do you serve students who receive Special Education Services? What about Gifted?

    Altura Preparatory School accepts all students who are admitted through our enrollment and lottery process, regardless of disability. We offer the services all of our students need to be successful academically and personally, including Special Education for students with exceptionalities.

  7. What are the class sizes at Altura Prep?

    All of our classes have 22 students.

  8. Will you have enrichment classes? Which classes?

    Every student has enrichment class daily. This might be Physical Education, Dance, Music, Art, or Coding.

  9. Will students learn Science/Social Studies?

    We believe that students must have a well-rounded education, and this includes Science and Social Studies. Students have a daily STEAM/Humanities class that will include project-based learning in each of these critical and engaging subjects.

  10. How much recess will my child have?

    All students have 30 minutes of recess, in addition to lunch, daily. Students also have blocks of time in the day called REACH that focus on our school values and allow students another time of the day to move and be active.

  11. How do I enroll my child?

    Go to and click on any of the banners that say “Enroll Now”. This will take you to Create your secure account and submit an application online. You’ll receive a confirmation email from us in the next couple of days and your student will be placed on our enrollment list.

  12. Why do you have a lottery?

    As a charter school, we have a specific number of seats available (66 per grade). If we have more students on our list than seats available, we have to select the admitted students through a random public lottery process.

  13. What is a charter school?

    A charter school is a public school – there’s no tuition and enrollment is open to everyone (regardless of address). We have freedom to design our educational program, hiring process, and choose our curriculum. In exchange for this autonomy, we have higher accountability – we have to consistently show that we are ensuring that our students are learning and providing our families with a strong educational option.

  14. I have a friend who might be interested in sending his/her child to Altura Prep. Can I refer them?

    Please refer friends and family! We would love to open our first year with full grades in Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd grade. This allows us to deliver on our promise to provide an exceptional education and offer all of the programs that we plan to. Families who refer friends may also receive uniform vouchers and other exciting prizes.

  15. How is the school funded?

    Altura Prep is a public charter school, which means that our funding comes from the same sources as other public schools- the state of New Mexico and certain US government agencies.

  16. How will the school pay for all of the “start up” costs – furniture, curriculum, etc. – before the state funding arrives?

    Altura Prep won a grant from a non-profit, New Schools Venture Fund, for the planning year (2017-18). We also are finalists for a follow-on grant from New Schools Venture Fund, and from the State of New Mexico Public Education Department. These dollars will all go directly to making sure that we have the teachers, materials, and supplies we need to welcome our students in August!

  17. Who do I contact if I have other questions?

    You should feel free to email either of the Co-Directors, Meaghan Stern or Lissa Hines at and or call 505-226-1925.