Welcome to Desert Academy!

Dear Parents,

Choosing your child’s school is a significant decision for your family and we are grateful that you are considering Desert Academy.  As you weigh your options for education, you are likely wondering whether your child will be prepared both academically and emotionally for the future.  Desert Academy can offer you a student-centered and internationally minded education right here in the diverse cultural roots and beautiful landscape of Santa Fe.   Here’s what makes our school unique:

  • INNOVATION: Our approach to education is based on inquiry, personal attention in small classes, environments in and outside of the classroom tailored for learning and growth, and opportunities to apply what is learned in new situations.

  • LEADERSHIP: A team of stellar International Baccalaureate educators, over a third of whom are international citizens, who have refined and improved our curriculum since we became authorized as New Mexico’s first International Baccalaureate World School.

  • CONNECTIVITY: Desert emphasizes making connections between subjects, between students across grade levels, between individuals from diverse backgrounds, and with both our local and global communities.

  • RIGOR: Desert Academy offers both the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, offering our students an advantage in college and beyond as our cohesive, layered curriculum prepares them for future academic challenges—a modern education for our ever-changing world.

  • OPPORTUNITY: In addition to the rigorous academic prep offered by Desert, out students are able to pursue a full range of experiences in music, theater, film, visual arts, design, technology, athletics and over two dozen clubs and student run organizations.

  • ASSURANCE: Desert offers students a safe place to stand out as we acknowledge the potential of each individual student and foster a life long love of learning that will serve them always.

All applicants to Desert Academy and their families are asked to spend at least a half day immersed in our community.  After the campus tour, parents will have the opportunity to meet with our Head of School and additional staff and faculty, while students have the chance to visit classes and enjoy lunch with our students.  I am confident that you will agree that Desert Academy is, indeed, a unique place.

Call me directly at 505.501.7978 or email admissions@desertacademy.org with any questions you may have. I look forward to guiding you through this journey so that you can decide if Desert Academy is the right place for your child.


Lucy Barna
Director of Admissions

Listen: Desert Academy Admissions Director Shona Casey with Students Briana Caravel & Kale Rodar

Listen: Desert Academy Admissions Director Shona Casey with Students Iza Konings & Caden Kalfin

2019 acceptances already include: Harvard, Duke, Lehigh, Rockhurst, Mills College, Fort Lewis, Michigan State, University of Wisconsin, and Parsons School of Design.

Students in the classes of 2013-2018 have attended these four-year colleges:
Amherst, Barnard, Bates, Beloit, Bennington, Brown (2), Bryn Mawr, California Maritime Academy, Carleton, Champlain, Claremont McKenna, Colorado College (4), Colorado State (4), Columbia College (Chicago) (2), Columbia U/Sciences Po, Connecticut College, Cornell College, Cornish College of the Arts, Dartmouth, Drew, Duke, Eckerd (2), Fort Lewis (2), George Washington (2), Goucher, Hampshire, Humboldt State, Indiana U, Lehigh, Lewis & Clark (5), Loyola U (NO), Loyola Marymount, Maryland Institute College of Art, McDaniel, Middlebury (3), Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Mississippi State, Mount Holyoke (2),  New Mexico Tech, New York U (2), Northeastern U (4), Oberlin, Occidental (3), Ontario College of Art & Design, Parsons School of Design, Pitzer, Prescott, Princeton, Purdue, Reed, Regis (2), RPI, Richmond (London), St. Mary’s, San Diego State, Santa Barbara CC, Santa Clara, Sarah Lawrence (2), Savannah College of Art & Design (2), Skidmore (2), Smith, Southwestern, Stanford, Stevens Institute of Technology, Syracuse, Trinity, Tufts. Tulane, Universities of: Arizona, Arts London, California/Irvine (2), California/LA, California/San Diego, California/Santa Barbara, California/Santa Cruz, Chicago (2), Colorado, Mississippi, New Mexico (14), Oregon (2), Rochester, St. Andrews (Scotland) (2), San Francisco, Southern California (4); Vassar (2), Washington U (St. Louis), Western Washington U (3), and Whitman (4), Whittier and Yale. 



Our Location

7300 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM, 87505
United States
(505) 992-8284