Science Department

The mission of the Science Department is “to develop a science-literate student body which includes developing specific skills, generating an understanding of key science concepts, building a content-knowledge base of specific, fundamental science topics and to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.”  South Valley Academy offers four science courses. Freshmen take Earth and Space Science, sophomores take Biology, juniors take Chemistry, and students from all grade levels are offered Integrated Science. The skill categories focused on in all science classes include Math and Measurement, Tables and Graphs, Experiment, Communication, and Application of Knowledge/Critical Thinking.  Students are encouraged to take college level courses at CNM and UNM as concurrent enrollment during their senior year.

Meet the Department:

Sariah Bujanda, Department Chair
Chemistry and Physics

Sariah Bujanda is from El Paso, Texas and moved to Albuquerque in 2001.  She holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico.  She is certified in math and science and enjoys incorporating the two subjects in her classes.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, playing the piano, reading, and learning flamenco.



Julia Dumars
Earth and Space Science 





Tomas Atencio-Pacheco

Jennifer Gable and Tray Niles
Integrated Science