Casa Program Director: Cate Moses, Ph.D., Homeless Education Liaison
Monte del Sol Charter School’s Casa Program serves homeless families and families at risk of homelessness. We ensure that all students have equal access to the same free public education. We remove barriers to enrollment, attendance, and success, and we ensure that homeless students are never separated or segregated. Our goal is to see every student in the program succeed, graduate, and go to college or vocational training. We provide extra supports to give them the same opportunities as their stably housed peers, and we waive all school fees for Casa families. We train faculty in identifying and supporting students experiencing homelessness.
See the parent flyer, top left sidebar, to see if your family may qualify for Casa Program services, and call 505-920-8227
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Call us!
See Casa Pantry, top left sidebar, to donate food & personal care items.
One hundred percent of Casa Program funds go directly to students at our school who qualify for assistance under the federal McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act. Their needs are great: food, shelter, transportation, counseling, clothing and personal care items, school supplies, backpacks, etc. For many of these students, school is the only place they can get a hot meal and a feeling of routine and normalcy. All Casa students are eligible for a healthy free breakfast and lunch. The Casa Program provides snacks and groceries for families to take home. We refer students and their families to youth shelters, counseling, food pantries, medical services, and many other community services, and we are there when they need someone to talk to. We engage parents and support the whole family, a proven strategy for student success.
Demographics: We currently serve 40 students; 12% of Monte students. Forty percent are English Language Learners (ELL). 25% qualify for Special Education services. Some are homeless because they reported abuse at home. LGBTQ youth are always overrepresented in homeless populations.
We are meeting our program goals! As of May 2019, Monte del Sol is in the top 1.6% of homeless student graduation rates in New Mexico! The average homeless student graduate rate for NM is 52.5%. 100% of our Casa Program seniors--seven students-- graduated in May 2018. One 2018 Casa graduate, now at CNM, has been appointed to the Education of Homeless Children and Youth NM State Advisory committee. Another Casa graduate, now at the Santa Fe Community College, is on the Board of Youth Shelters and Family Services. Total college financial aid awards for the Casa Program’s 2018 graduates totaled more than $100,000.
Program Director Cate Moses was appointed in 2019 to serve on the Education of Homeless Children and Youth NM State Advisory Committee.
Donations are always greatly appreciated! We are a 501C3. Checks may be made out to "The Foundation for Monte del Sol Charter School" with "Casa Program" in the note section on the check, and mailed to Attn: Dr. Cate Moses, Monte del Sol Charter School, 4157 Walking Rain Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507.