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Welcome to Desert Sage Academy

VISION

Desert Sage Academy offers students multiple learning pathways providing flexible, rigorous, and relevant educational opportunities in a safe and supportive, small school environment which ensures every student graduates prepared to be a productive citizen of our local and global community.


MISSION

In partnership with families and community, our goal is to create a variety of rigorous and  relevant learning opportunities for students through a blended learning curriculum with a focus on leadership development, Computer Science, online learning, and project based learning.  Lessons will be  provided with-in a flexible schedule allowing for intensive support and intervention which foster development of the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and character necessary to succeed.

Upon successful completion, students will graduate with skills and experiences in Computer Science that will help prepare them for careers in high demand areas such as Computer Robotics Engineer, Mobile Application Developer, and Graphic Designer.  

IS OUR SCHOOL THE BEST FIT FOR YOUR CHILD?

  • Are you interested in a small school which provides a safe and supportive environment for your child?
  • Is your child interested in the computer sciences?
  • Do you feel your child needs leadership training so that he/she can be successful in a challenging learning environment?
  • Would your child benefit from a flexible blended learning schedule with classes presented at school and/or online?
  • Would your child benefit from project based learning, team projects, and group presentation which provide for meaningful and authentic learning experiences?
  • Is your child interested in internships, working during the school day, or flexible schedules?
  • Would your child benefit from mentorship?
  • Are you willing to attend some training to learn how to support your child in a blended learning and flexible environment?
 

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?

  1.  The Desert Sage Academy offers new and re-imagined learning by assisting students in becoming self directed and by developing their leadership skills so that they may have control over the time, place, pace and path they pursue in their education whether online, in a learning lab environment, or in a traditional classroom.  Students may choose online only or a hybrid learning experience.
  2. Upon successful completion, students will graduate with skills and experiences in Computer Science that will help prepare them for careers in high demand areas such as Computer Robotics Engineer, Mobile Application Developer, and Graphic Designer.
  3. The “online” core curriculum is delivered through Edgenuity.  This is a state of the art, proven curriculum which combines “direct-instruction videos featuring expert, on-screen teachers with rigorous assignments, performance tasks, and assessments to engage students and ensure subject-area mastery.” (Edgenuity.com)
  4. The “in class” curriculum is delivered by highly effective teachers and supports the online core curriculum through interdisciplinary, blended, project based learning.
  5. At each grade level, students will participate in a variety of meaningful, high interest collaborative projects developed with community partners. Students are required to  present one of these projects in their end of year portfolio submission. 
  6. Students meet with a counselor and their mentor to support them in developing an individual program of study.  The mentor will assist them in mapping their progress towards their goals through the use of a Student Success Portfolio. 
  7. A flexible schedule can be developed in coordination with the student, parent and staff.
  8. Students attend leadership development classes focusing on key leadership traits that support excellent learning habits and develop strong job skills for the future.
    The 21st Century Learning Skills: Critical thinking. Creativity. Collaboration. Communication. Information literacy. Media literacy. Technology literacy. Flexibility.
  9. Students attending the Desert Sage Academy are bound by the Santa Fe Public Schools’ Student handbook including dress code and use of electronics in classrooms. 

To our parents, it is through your support that we make a significant difference in the lives of our students. The parent training at the beginning of the school will support you in understanding the program your child is using and will allow you to monitor his or her progress.  I also encourage you to stay in close contact with your son’s/daughter’s teachers.
I look forward to working closely with you, your child and the staff.  If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please feel free to contact me by phone at 505-470-8217 or by e-mail albraden@sfps.k12.nm.us.

Sincerely,


Alice R. Braden
Principal



Edgenuity link:  https://www.edgenuity.com/

IDEA link: http://idea.ed.gov/

Section 504 link:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html