What is ATDA?

Albuquerque Talent Development Academy is a 9-12 tuition-free public charter high school that focuses on encouraging students to become self-motivated, independent, self-directed and lifelong learners in an ever-changing world.  Our educational focus is comprehensive, targeting academic, personal, and social growth.  Our school has several features that allow us to ensure a positive, successful experience for our students, including several that are unique to ATDA among Albuquerque area schools.  Please feel free to explore our website and/or to contact the school to learn more about us!

Mission Statement

ATDA will engage students in grades 9-12 in a safe, talent-nurturing environment designed to facilitate individual growth academically and socially as they prepare themselves to graduate from high school.  ATDA's goal is to see an increase in students meeting graduation requirements each year.  Highly qualified teachers shall utilize individual goals from each student's Personal Education Plans (PEP), research based instructional methods, and assessment data to help students move successfully through their high school experience.

Why We're Different

* Max student population of 200 and average class size of less than 20

* Monday through Thursday regular schedule with available Friday School

* Bussing available from the Westside (contact school for more info)

* Technological instruction (40% Computer-Aided, 60% Teacher-Based)

* Personalized Education Plans for all students that are self-paced

* Cutting-edge technology including a SMARTLab and SMART Boards

* Safe school environment including cameras in every classroom

* Flag Football, Basketball, and Volleyball sports teams

* Active Student Council and Parent Advisory Council

* Social events such as Homecoming, Prom, and Fall Carnival

* Exciting electives, including Art, Computer Fundamentals, Guitar, Journalism, and more

* Available tutoring and credit recovery courses

* Dual Credit partnerships with CNM and UNM

* Available distance learning from the Johns Hopkins Center

* AdvancED accreditation

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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

Our Address

Albuquerque Talent Development Academy

1800 Atrisco Road, NW

Albuquerque, NM  87120

Phone:  (505) 503-2465

Fax:  (505) 831-7031

 

New Mexico Teacher-Leader Videos

The following are teacher vignettes produced by the New Mexico Department of Education.  Schools in New Mexico have been asked to share the inspirational messages of these teachers.  The more we learn from their craft and elevate their voices, the more we give the profession of teaching the respect and attention it merits.


 

Melanie Alfaro, Deming School District (Dona Ana)

Melanie Alfaro is a sixth grade math teacher and recent recipient of the $25,000 Milken Award.  She’s been a leader in her community for many years, since childhood:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOOecN7DLXI

Andrea Thomas, Central Consolidated School District (NW Corner)

Andrea Thomas teaches at Mesa Elementary School in Shiprock.  She shares her story of what brought her home to dedicate her talents to the future of her students, tribe and culture:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b_xxukDC0g&feature=youtu.be

Lupe Vasquez, Carlsbad School District (SE Corner)

Lupe Vasquez, a Career & Technical Education Automotive Teacher who made the transition to the classroom mid-career and is now an ambassador for our profession:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eliw7TitRX4&feature=youtu.be

Kaitlyn Gustafson, Santa Fe Public Schools (Santa Fe)

Kaitlyn Gustafson, a teacher at Chaparral Elementary School, and a Teach For America alumni.  In her story, she talks about her commitment to public service:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9XyMfhztjg&feature=youtu.be

Julia Burrola, Mission Achievement & Success Charter School (Albuquerque)

Julia Burrola, who has always called Albuquerque home, now teaches elementary math at a school where student achievement results have been on the rise since 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGZqtuc0rEU&feature=youtu.be

Roxanne Mitchell, Clovis School District (The East)

Roxanne Mitchell is a fifth grade teacher at Sandia Elementary School who exhibits strength and grit in and out of the classroom. Watch her story of empowerment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOqmiAxyIXA&feature=youtu.be