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An independent expeditionary learning school in Santa Fe, New Mexico serving 135 students in Preschool through 8th grade.


Best of Santa Fe 2021

Show your school spirit – VOTE!

We are on the FINAL BALLOT for Best Preschool, Best Elementary School, and Best Summer Program for Youth!  Take a moment today to cast your vote HERE!  Voting is open until May 31st.

Pasatiempo Writing Contest

We are thrilled to share that two of our 8th Graders won the Pasatiempo Teen Writing Contest!  Hazel Hitt won for poetry, and Cora Thompson won for fiction!  Congratulations and thank you both for sharing your voices! Thank you to our middle school English teacher Joseph Smith for inspiring another generation of talented writers.

You can read Hazel’s work here: Teen Poetry
You can read Cora’s work here: Teen Fiction


Fordham Institute

Arts & Sciences Principal Todd Stiewing was featured in this Fordham Institute article about how schools are taking the challenge of covid and turning it into the opportunity of outdoor learning. Let’s get kids outside! Learning is an adventure!

Get a Glimpse of Wintercomes 

Our annual Wintercomes celebration is an opportunity for students across the grades to present their learning to family, teachers, friends, and community members in an authentic way.  Students spend the fall semester diving deeply into their learning expeditions with their classmates, and developing projects that they then present at Wintercomes.  Local filmmaker Arturo Anzures visited our school during Wintercomes for the past two years and created this short video that beautifully shows the magic of this event that is unique and essential to the Arts & Sciences experience.  

Senator Heinrich inspired by Arts & Sciences students

Senator Martin Heinrich visited our school this spring and spoke with students about issues related to climate change.  See the video of his speech on the Senate floor on July 8, 2019, and read his Op-Ed in the Santa Fe New Mexican.  

Here’s an excerpt from the Op-Ed:

“Last month, I sat down with some of these young leaders in a classroom at the Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences for a discussion on how we should confront the climate crisis. I was impressed with the students’ depth of knowledge on climate science and their observations of how climate change is already impacting their daily lives. Their eagerness for action at both the local and global level gave me great hope.”




Best of Santa Fe!

We love our community, and are so grateful for the love you show us!  We are honored and thrilled to share that Arts & Sciences was voted Best of Santa Fe 2020 in 4 categories.  

1st Place – Best Preschool
1st Place – Best Middle School

2nd Place – Best Elementary School
2nd Place – Best Summer Camp



"We believe an education is more than just mastering academic knowledge. Our students learn how to be compassionate, kind citizens and to stand up for what they know is right."

-Rayna Dineen, School Founder

"In this school, the goal is not only to teach numbers and words, but to teach tolerance, respect and compassion, helping each student grow up to be a happy, well-rounded citizen… I was never scared to be who I was."

-Arts & Sciences Alumnus, Class of 2010

"Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences is one of the gems of the Expeditionary Learning School Network. In a network full of high achieving schools that build strong citizenship and character, Arts & Sciences stands out as one of the most impressive centers for excellence in student work, thinking and contribution."

-Ron Berger, Chief Academic Officer, Expeditionary Learning Schools

"These 11 years have so very much shaped all our lives. Our kids have been so happy at Arts & Sciences, and they so LOVE this school. They are happy learners, they are kind kids, and they have a very healthy view of the world. I think they fully took in all that Arts & Sciences has to offer, both in terms of teachers and curriculum."

-Alumni Parent, Class of 2017 & 2019

"Los profesores de Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences tienen expectativas académicas muy altas y les brindan a los estudiantes el apoyo para lorgrarlas. La interacción social es un punto fundamental para la escuela y cada maestro exhorta a los estudiantes a tener un buen desempeño e impacto positivo en la comunidad. Por ejemplo, involucrando a los estudiantes en actividades de servicio social y voluntariado en nuestra ciudad. En Arts & Sciences, los estudiantes, el personal y los padres trabajamos en conjunto para crear una comunidad unida y segura."
-Madre de un alumno en grado 8
"The middle school provided the perfect atmosphere for our son to discover himself and become a happy, well-rounded teenager. Now that he is in high school, we regularly see the extraordinary results of his middle school education -- particularly the values that the school helped instill in him, including self-advocacy, intellectual curiosity, leadership, world citizenship, and service."

-Alumni Parent, Class of 2019

We are on the FINAL BALLOT for Best Preschool, Best Elementary School, and Best Summer Program for Youth! Please take a moment today to cast your vote! Voting is open until May 31st. ...
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