High School - 9th - 12th Grade
Our rigorous academic program conforms to New Mexico state standards and benchmarks and is specifically tailored to suit each student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). The central focus of instruction is language, literacy development, and critical thinking skills. Each student has a transition plan which drives selection of coursework throughout high school to prepare students to meet their transition goals.
NMSD offers traditional courses and a wide range of electives, as well as vocationa/technologyl classes and work study. When appropriate, students participate in courses offered through the Santa Fe Public High Schools and/or the Santa Fe Community Collge. New Mexico School for the Deaf provides sign language interpreters and other support, as needed.
Young people with multiple disabilities may take advantage of a specialized curriculum designed to teach life skills in a community setting. Often, students remain in this program until the IEP team determines the student is ready for transition into work and/or adult support services.
Our high school students participate in a variety of clubs, organizations, athletics and other activities that promote physical and mental health, leadership and team-building skills. For more information about NMSD's After-school Program and Student Life, click here.
Transition planning, for students beginning at age 14 (and sometimes younger), involves helping the student plan his or her courses of study so that the classes the student takes will lead to his or her post-school goals.
Transition services, for students beginning at age 16 (and sometimes younger), involve providing the student with a coordinated set of services to help the student move from school to adult life. Services focus upon the student's needs or interests in such areas as: higher education or training, employment, adult services, independent living, or taking part in the community.
Students enrolled at NMSD are expected to graduate with a diploma and pursue post-secondary goals to achieve their personal and professional dreams.
Students at NMSD can earn a diploma by following one of three different pathways:
- Standard Pathway - Standard course of study (24 credits) and passing levels on all parts of the New Mexico High School Competency Exam (or current NM graduation exam)
- Career Readiness Pathway - Career readiness course of study (24 credits) and must take the New Mexico High School Competency Exam (or current NM graduation exam) achieving a level of competency or targeted proficiency as determined by the IEP team
- Ability Pathway - Meet all graduation requirements established by the IEP team and take the New Mexico High School Competency Exam (or current NM graduation exam) achieving a level of competency or targeted proficiency as determined by the IEP team OR the New Mexico Alternate Assessment if the student meets the participation criteria
For more information on diploma pathways for students receiving special education services, click here.
Instruction K - 12 Brochure
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Principal - Middle & High School
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