The community in which South Valley Academy was established in 1999 is considered to have some of the lowest performing schools in the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Once classified as a low-income, semi-rural area that is largely outside the city limits, the South Valley is now home to small farmers, blue collar workers, locally owned businesses, and families that have roots going back nearly 300 years alongside new immigrants from Cuba, Mexico, and Central and South America. Establishing quality schools has been a struggle as the focus on economic survival has often trumped education. The plan to establish a college preparatory academy in the South Valley was a daunting one.
After many years of hard work, South Valley Academy has built a reputation as a school that prepares South Valley students for college. Word of mouth, one parent at a time, relays the quality of education available at South Valley Academy. At parent involvement meetings, during conferences, even in the school parking lot, parents reiterate one thing: “South Valley Academy is the school where their children have a chance at going to college.”
South Valley Academy's charter has recently been renewed for a further five years. The new version will become active for school year 2020-2021 and runs through 2025-2026. We are excited to continue our work in the community!