Registration Continues at Alma d’arte
Officials at Alma d’arte Charter High School are continuing with
registration and course selection for the 2013-14 school year. Principal Mark
Hartshorne stated “We have an excellent group of incoming students committed to
Alma for next year. Some slots remain at all grade levels, 9-12, and we are
accepting registrations now and throughout the spring semester.”
Alma d’arte is a public school chartered by the Public Education Commission. In
addition to meeting and exceeding state standards in core classes, the elective
curriculum centers on visual, performing, culinary, and literary arts. Current
enrollment is 190 students divided equally among the grade levels. New programs
in place at the school include guitar, technical theater, and a pending course
in piano. Class sizes are generally in the range of 15-17 students. The Alma
community is very proud of its extremely high graduation rate, which at 92-96%
over the last four years is at or near the top of all charter high schools in
Principal Hartshorne also advises “It is not necessary for a student to complete
a transfer form in order to attend school at Alma. To enroll here, the student
and parent simply fill out our registration packet and set a time to select
classes. There are no admission requirements or tuition fees.” School staff will
conduct tours on Thursday and Friday, March 7-8 and “drop in” visitors are
Registration forms are available at the school (402 West Court) or
Click Here. Principal Hartshorne is happy to
host visits at any time with no appointment needed. Interested students and
parents may contact him at 575-541-0145 extension 107 or email him at
for additional information.
Alma d'arte is a public high school where staff, educators, and community partners believe, value and affirm:
Students, as resources, are the center of our focus and are given useful and meaningful roles in their educational process to make an invaluable contribution to their own education.
Faculty serve as both educators and advocates for the students and their families.
Curriculum is an integration of arts and standard academic subjects.
Collaboration between students, parents, families, and community members optimize the learning experience.
Leadership from the total school population is required and nurtured in order to shape their future through academic success.
Alma d'arte is a small school reaching approximately 200 students by 2007-8. 125 ninth and tenth graders were enrolled in the 2004-2005 school year through a lottery process. The school incorporates the successful after-school and community-based arts program administered by the Mesilla Valley Youth Foundation, the non-profit organization of the Court Youth Center (CYC). CYC continues to offer after school programs.
The curriculum includes the required academic subjects of Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Communications, and Physical Education. The arts curriculum is comprised of the visual, performing, literary, and culinary arts. A comprehensive overview of the arts occurs in the first two years followed by a two-year specialization at the end of the sophomore year. In their junior and senior year, students take electives in their chosen field in order to develop mastery in a particular artistic medium. All students are also required to complete an internship or apprenticeship as well as take concurrent classes at New Mexico State University or the Dona Ana Branch Community College by their senior year.
Alma d'arte uses the Balanced School Calendar and families are responsible for Transportation. The educators are certified according to licensure standards in the State of New Mexico.