Monte del Sol Charter School educates and inspires Santa Fe’s diverse population in grades 7 through 12, by building strong relationships and creatively engaging the local and global community. 

Monte del Sol students





“As I near the end of my second year of graduate studies, I spend more time reflecting on my formative years and, more importantly, the educators with whom I frequently interacted... I realize more and more that the education I received at Monte del Sol extended far beyond the classroom... I feel very strongly that the educator-student dynamic at Monte del Sol is not one that is easy to come by and is largely responsible for the positive aspects of my growth throughout high school.”
- Monte del Sol Graduate

Portrait of a Monte Graduate

Intellectual curiosity

A joy for learning

Creativity in thinking, performing, and self-expression

Engagement in and compassion for our community and for humanity

Respect and care for self, others, and the environment


Years of learning


Enrolled students




of teachers
have advanced degrees

Our Pillars

Provide a small school so each individual is known.
Acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of its members and the community.
Connect students with adult community members through the Mentorship program.

Teach the importance of environmental sustainability in our curricula and through participation in the garden.

Global Literacy
Foster awareness of the world through international trips, student exchanges, special events, and curricula.

Arts Integration
Engage students in the arts through events, activities, and curricula.



You still can enter your student to our wating list. Click here to access our wating list. The lottery was run on February 23 at 4:15.

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You can support Monte when you shop at Smith’s, Office Depot through their reward programs Smith’s Inspiring Donations, Office Depot’s Give Back to Schools, and when you shop for groceries...

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Spirit of Monte del Sol Art in action
Monte del Sol students on Prom night
Photo: Matthew Fagan
Monte del Sol Charter school what we value

Dragon Highlights

Kudos to Monte Students:

Leslie Pena scholarship recipient monte del sol
Senior Leslie Natalia Pena Arellanes was awarded the Davis New Mexico Scholarship to attend college with a full ride. Davis supports first-generation college-going students as they earn a bachelor’s degree and strengthens pathways to higher education. The doors to this scholarship were opened with the support of Breakthrough Santa Fe: a program supporting middle school students through high school to reach their path to college. In addition, the program provides high school students with an unforgettable experience as teachers, tutors, and mentors, providing leadership opportunities. Leslie will be attending Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Congratulations Leslie!


GabriellaJunior Gabriella Armijo  won a National Hispanic Recognition Award which is based on her PSAT scores which were in the top 10% in the nation.

Kudos Joe!

Joey B and ChelaFormer long-time Monte del Sol Governing Board treasurer, Joe Butler was inducted into the NMAA Hall of Fame in March. Joe has had a 32-year distinguished career as a coach, athletic director and administrator at St. Michaels, Santa Fe High, Moriarty, and the New Mexico Activities Association. He has been a life-long athlete and sports-lover and has passed this to his children, two of whom are mentors this year at Monte del Sol: Joey and Jessica. He is beloved for his leadership and mentoring of younger athletic directors and coaches. Congrats Joe and thank you for all you have given to Monte on the Governing Board! Read more here.


Mica Chavez, our very own culinary and history teacher, was featured on Sunday, December 18 on CBS Sunday Morning. Click to watch the episode: (Mica is at the 2 minute mark) “Serving up red and green chiles in New Mexico.”



Monte del Sol receives Innovation Zones Award

Monte del Sol was one of 47 schools across New Mexico chosen for a Schools in Innovation Zones award. Schools in Innovation Zones reimagine the student experience of learning by...

Monte Students selected by NASA Techrise again!

Students from Monte del Sol’s Computer Science CTE Pathway were selected as winners of NASA’s Techrise Student Challenge. As one of 57 winning TechRise teams, NASA will support these students...

STEM Team Win

MDS STEM team won a showcase award from Urenco at the Governor’s STEM Challenge for their research and engineering with algae biofuel! Congrats to our STEM team!

Waiting List 2023-2024

Click here to sign up for the 2023-2024 waiting list