NMSD’s rigorous high school academic program conforms to the Common Core State Standards and New Mexico state standards and benchmarks. NMSD’s program is specifically tailored to suit each student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). In all curricular areas, the development of language, literacy, creativity, and critical thinking skills are emphasized. Each student has a transition plan which guides selection of coursework throughout high school to prepare students to meet their transition goals.
NMSD offers traditional courses and a wide range of electives, as well as career preparation/technology classes and job preparation classes. When appropriate, students participate in courses offered through the Santa Fe Public High Schools and/or the Santa Fe Community College. New Mexico School for the Deaf provides sign language interpreters and other support, as needed for those courses.
High school students with special learning needs may take advantage of a specialized curriculum designed to teach life skills in a community setting. In this program, they experience learning in real-life situations, participating in activities in the community and utilizing hands-on experiences to help them learn new concepts and improve their academic and communication skills. Students in this program also participate in expanded job preparation programming to help them develop work readiness skills. Often, students remain in this program until the IEP team determines the student is ready for transition into work and/or adult support services (usually until the student reaches 22 years of age)
NMSD’s high school students participate in a variety of clubs, organizations, athletics and other extracurricular activities that promote physical and mental health, leadership and team-building skills.
Click here to learn more about the K-12 curriculum at NMSD.