SANTA FE ― New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) is proud to announce that it has received its sixth consecutive “A” grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department for school year 2016-2017.
Eric Crites, NMSA Head of School, congratulated the dedication and skill of the school’s faculty, and the motivation and diligence of its students, citing both as primary factors in the ongoing academic success that has characterized the school since it opened in 2010.
“NMSA students demonstrate every day that hard work in a dual-curriculum, rigorous academic and mastery arts program leads to high levels of engagement and achievement. They are fortunate to learn with a deeply caring and highly skilled faculty and staff who are unwaveringly committed to the growth and success of every student.”
NMSA was selected as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School after only six years in operation, and has an overall 95% graduation rate. The 48 seniors in the Class of 2017 accrued $6.4 million in scholarships and financial assistance offers from established colleges, universities, and postsecondary training programs.
Bill Beacham, Chair of the NMSA Governing Council, said, “I am so incredibly proud of NMSA, and so grateful for the opportunity to be involved in its journey.”
Ned Bennett, Chair of the Board of Directors of the NMSA-Art Institute, the school’s nonprofit partner, commented that, “NMSA has completely justified the faith and determination of those who worked for years to establish and open the school. The students and faculty have made all of us very proud.”