Tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year is $14,500, which includes books, field trips and all other expenses. Other than the student’s personal school supplies, there are no other costs to the family.
Is there Financial Aid?
The Girls’ School offers need-based financial aid to approximately 30% of our students. Learn more about our Financial Aid Program here.
How do I apply?
You can download an application from our website here. We also encourage prospective students to join us for a virtual visit. You can find out more here.
I’ve been to Rio Grande 7th Grade Options Night. What are the next steps?
A virtual visit is the best way for your daughter to learn more about our program and to meet teachers and current students. Please schedule a virtual visit here. We are also happy to schedule an in-person tour of the campus after school hours. After the virtual visit and application, we will schedule a family interview. The application can be found here.
Where can I find the school calendar?
We generally follow the Santa Fe Public Schools academic calendar, but we take a week off for Thanksgiving and generally start in late August.
How do I know if the Girls’ School is a good fit for my daughter?
Rosie Williams, our Director of Admissions welcomes you to email or call to start a conversation. Visiting the school is another great way to find out more about our program, meet our teachers and students, and to find out if our school is a good fit for your family. We are inviting prospective students to join our live classes via Zoom. Students are welcome to join for an entire day, or for specific classes. Schedule your virtual visit here.
How does the school incorporate students with learning differences?
Our admissions process is individualized and meant to get to know each student, her family, and her academic and social needs. Although we don’t implement IEPs, we work with student who come to us with IEPs on a case by case basis. Our faculty are not trained in Special Education, so we want to ensure that an individual students’ needs can be met.
How does the Girls’ School manage COVID-19?
The Girls’ School is currently operating a Synchronous Learning model, with students in person at 25% capacity. Families have the choice to be online-only and Zoom into each day’s live classes; Zoom in to all classes except outdoor days; or attend in-person classes on a rotating schedule while Zooming in to live classes on “off” days.
We are following all State and Federal guidelines and have increased our cleaning protocols on campus. Learn more here.
Are there after school programs?
Not at this time.
Is there a sports program?
There are no organized sports at the Girls’ School. We include a physical activity option with our electives and we do an all-school 15-minute fitness session every day. We have many students who participate in sports and dance programs after school in the community.
Is there a music program?
We do not have a music program, but sometimes offer a music elective when there is student interest.
What kind of non-academic programs does the school offer?
In addition to weekly electives, there are camping trips, field trips, and Resolve self-defense training. Additionally, the students have life skills classes focusing on topics such as: reproductive health, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, effective communication, leadership development and more. Read more here.
How long is the lunch period?
20 minutes for eating, 20 minutes for unstructured play.
How much recess or play time do the students have?
20 minutes after lunch, along with passing periods between classes.
How much homework is there?
Students can expect one to two hours of homework a night, including the time set aside during school hours each day for Study Hall. Homework is opportunity to learn time management and organization; to practice skills and topics learned in class; and to extend their learning into application. Our homework is never busy work; it is interesting, dynamic and connected to the learning process.
How big are the classes?
Our average class size is 12-15 students, with a 1:8 teacher to student ratio.
This School does an amazing job. I have been teaching there 15 years and seen class after class of girls change into their own womanhood and power. It is the most thoughtful staff and curriculum I have ever encountered.
Joan Logghe, Poet-in-Residence/ President, NM Literary Arts