History

South Valley Academy is the brainchild of its two founding teachers, Alan Marks and Katarina Sandoval. They saw the need for a school that was personal and community-based. Together, they began discussing the concept of such a school with high academic standards that would have its roots deep in the community. South Valley Academy was founded in 1999, is chartered through Albuquerque Public Schools, and was named by its inaugural class of 2004. Our charter has been renewed through the 2019-2020 school year.

In 1999, SVA began preparation for its first year on the campus of Ernie Pyle Middle School, not far from its current location. The entire school consisted of four portable buildings, seventy ninth-grade students, and nine staff members. Following the 2000-2001 school year, operations were moved to the current campus located at 3426 Blake Road. Once the site of a large tree farm, its size has allowed for the addition of a permanent gymnasium, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade classrooms, Dragon Farm, and an athletics field.

In October 2012, construction began on new facilities for our High School. Completed in the fall of 2013, these new buildings are the first permanent classrooms in the school's history. Here's a look inside one of our High School Social Studies classrooms:

SVA Middle School now occupies the former High School facilities, starting in much the same way its predecessor did. 6th grade students were enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year and the school will reach full capacity as 8th grade is added next year. It is a very exciting time for both schools, as our expansion is complete. SVA High School will receive its first promoted cohort from SVA Middle School for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.