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We believe that continuous learning is a key to leading a rich and fulfilling life. We believe learning never ends and that those who are learners are those who will succeed. Our curriculum revolves around the Essential Question 'Where and How Do I Fit into The World?'  All of our courses provide a framework in which students grapple with that question and we utilize seminar, interactive and discussion-oriented instruction in all our classes.

Monte del Sol has diverse course offerings in every subject. Arts courses include Music, Creative Writing, Photography and 2D and 3D Visual Arts.   Our career courses include Garden Integration, Introduction to Sustainability, Culinary Arts and Trades Math. We offer Advanced Placement classes in Spanish Language, Visual Arts, English Literature, U.S. History and World History. We also offer Computer Science as a Dual Enrollment course with UNM and Culinary Arts and Trades Math as Dual Enrollment courses with SFCC.

​Middle School

Monte del Sol offers an integrated course of academic studies including:

  • Mathematics: Math 7, Math 8 or Algebra I (indicated through a math placement test)

  • Language Arts: English 7, English 8, English 8 Honors; English Language Development

  • Social Studies: Native American Studies; US History

  • Integrated Science:  Science 7, Science 8

  • Arts & Electives: Visual Arts, Mixed Media, Photography, Music, Creative Writing, Future Studies and Garden Integration. Middle School students choose four different semester-long art courses.

  • Physical Education is offered to all students in 7th Grade and as an elective in 8th grade.

High School

Monte del Sol students require a minimum of 24 high-school credits to graduate. Courses include: 

  • Four credits of English Language Arts: English 9 or 9 Honors, English 10 or 10 Honors, English 11 or 11 Honors, and English 12 or AP English Literature. English Language Development is also provided to all English Learners

  • 3.5 credits of Social Studies: New Mexico History; World History & Geography or AP World History: Modern; US History or AP US History; Government and Economics

  • Four credits of Mathematics: Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Financial Literacy, and/or Trades Math

  • Three credits of Science: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, Computer Science, Forensics, Introduction to Sustainability

  • Two Arts credits: Photography I-III, Photography Honors, Visual Arts I & II, 3D Art, AP/Honors Art

  • Two credits of the same World Language: Non-native Spanish or Spanish Language Arts, AP Spanish Language, Spanish Film for Native Speakers

  • One Physical Education credit

  • .5 credit in Health

  • Two years in the Mentorship Program