The Academy for Technology and the Classics (ATC) was founded in 2000 to provide a classical and technology-based approach to education in a public school setting. ATC aims to integrate students with a variety of learning styles and personal strengths in order to foster communication, literacy, critical thinking, and the personal skills necessary for a college success. The school's mission is to provide an academically charged environment while instilling the "classic" moral values of respect, integrity, responsibility, and honesty. ATC cultivates fearless learners.
Twenty-six credits are required for high school graduation. Specific requirements include 4 years of science (biology, chemistry, physics, and elective science credit), 4 years of English (pre-AP in 9th and 10th grade and Advanced Placement in 11th and 12th grade), 4 years of math (a minimum of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus or Financial Literacy), 3.5 years of social studies (New Mexico history, Advanced Placement World History, Advanced Placment U.S. History, and Advanced Placment U.S. Government), and 3 years of foreign language. Advanced Placement courses are offered in English, physics, biology, environmental science, calculus, statistics, psychology, world history, U.S. history, U.S. government, and studio art. Some Advanced Placements courses are offered every other year and are dependent on student interest.
ATC has received an "A" letter grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department since 2014. . US News and World Report has named ATC the #2 Best High School in New Mexico and Niche named ATC as the #2 Best Charter High School in New Mexico. ATC was also named Best Charter School in New Mexico in 2016.
ATC recruits and retains the best possible teachers. Students are challenged to reach their full intellectual potential and to think, analyze, and articulate ideas.
The ATC community promotes an atmosphere of mutual respect and collaboration among students, teachers, and parents through building positive relationships. Staff and students accept and encourage their peers' creativity, diversity, and individual personalities.
College Preparatory Curriculum and College Advising
ATC emphasizes honors, pre-advanced placement (AP) and AP classes. ATC offers a college advisory program in which a student is assigned an advisor in 7th grade who works with that student through 12th grade. The advisor helps students to prepare for college and to find the college that best fits each student's skills, needs, and interests.
Classics and Technology
ATC integrates the classics into its curriculum through teaching outstanding literary, historical, scientific and artistic works from cultures around the world. ATC brings technology that is effective as an educational tool into its curriculum and classrooms.