OUR
PRINCIPAL

MARY TARANGO

"21st Century Public Academy strives to create meaningful opportunities for students to put knowledge to work. Our goal is to create good citizens who will contribute to their world. We want our students to remember the time they spent at 21st CPA fondly and to always feel welcome at our doorstep."



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- Mission and Vision Statement
- Admissions
- Charter School Info
- Frequently Asked Questions
- School Report Card
- NM Charter School Accountability
- Sunshine Portal NM: The Official Government Transparency Portal of New Mexico
ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
21st Century is a charter middle school. We have been a school since 2000. We serve a diverse population of nearly 70 students per grade. All staff bring years of teaching experience into our classrooms, and many have worked together in other settings. We emphasize the core curriculum of Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts, as well as learning experiences in the community, city, and state. Two Associated Arts courses are offered to each student every semester, including music and media programs.

SCHOOL HISTORY
21st Century Public Academy was declared an official charter in 1999 by the Board of the Albuquerque Public Schools and State Department of Education. 40 6th grade students were permitted to enter the doors for the first time in September, 2000, making it officially the first charter middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The school's first 8th grade graduation was held in May, 2003.

The school was started by teachers who had worked together under a charter at Taylor Middle School: Art Silva, Math; Kitty Krivitzky, Science; Darlene Arias, Social Studies; Heather Sickenger, Language Arts. Donna Eldredge joined the team as a Special Ed teacher and principal.

21st Century is still going strong to this day.


MISSION STATEMENT
It is the mission of 21st Century Public Academy to continually search for positive learning experiences that enrich students and staff. Whenever possible, these lessons will take place in the arena in which they are practiced.


GUIDING PRINCIPLES
- Greater collaboration between home and school.
- Communication and collaboration are essential ingredients for every child's success in school.
- Small class size and proven teaching methods are key to successful academic experiences for all kinds of learners.
- Every year can be productive, safe, and happy.
- People learn some by hearing and seeing, buy mostly by doing, especially with constructive, consistent feedback.



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