A charter school is a tuition-free school that is publicly funded but independently run. In exchange for exemptions from many of the state laws and regulations that govern traditional public schools, charters are bound to the terms of a contract, or “charter,” that lays out a school’s mission, academic goals, fiscal guidelines, and accountability requirements. On the other side of a charter contract is an authorizer that has the power to shut down charter schools that do not meet the terms of their contracts. DATA is authorized through APS, and APS performs a yearly site visit to ensure all operations of the school are meeting or exceeding state requirements
Charter schools do not draw students from an assigned area; families choose to send their children to them. If the demand for enrollment in a charter school exceeds space, students are picked by a random lottery. To enter the lottery for DATA, please visit our “Admissions” page. Here you can learn about our many options for attending Digital Arts and Technology Academy.
For the 2020-2021 school year, we are accepting grades 8 – 12.
In accordance with New Mexico Public School Code (22-10A-16, NMSA 1978) and NCLB legislation, parents / guardians can request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher, instructional support providers, and principal by emailing Ms. Quisenberry in Human Resources. Her address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also view our entire staff and faculty listed in the “About” section of our website. Simply scroll down the page to find them. On this page, you can access email addresses by hovering your mouse over the faculty member’s picture or by clicking on it to send a quick message.
On a day-to-day, operational level, a charter school is run by a school leader or principal and overseen by an appointed board much like a local charity would be. Unlike many traditional public schools, charters are not overseen directly by an elected school board. The Albuquerque Public School Board determine whether new applications are approved and current charters are renewed or revoked.
DATA has an Executive Director, Principal, Assistant Principal and a Governing Council to help it run. Here on our website, we post our board meeting notes from the Governing Council and all decisions that are made. Click here to learn more about our Leadership and Board of Finances.
The DATA Special Education program is uniquely designed to assist high school students with special needs achieve a higher level of personal success and self-sufficiency than is normally available in other schools, due to our low student-to-teacher ratio. DATA’s Program incorporates inclusion, meaning students with special needs spend all or most of the school day in our regular class courses. We also place high importance on a student’s individuality, whereby services are delivered in general education classes, in small groups, additional sessions before/after school, during lunch, and during Advisory periods. All services, accommodations, and modifications identified in the student’s I.E.P. are provided. Additionally, Speech and Language and Social Work services/programs are available as needed.
Here are DATA we take the pandemic very seriously and are weighing the options provided to us by the NM PED. The health and safety of our students and staff (and their families) are very important to us. Please stay tuned and pay attention to your emails for any and all updates from our school.
DATA is located in the Broadbent Business Park at 1011 Lamberton Pl NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87107.
When looking for us on the map, we are just West of I-40 near Menaul Blvd. You can access Lamberton Pl by turning onto Broadbent from Menaul across from Sunset Memorial Park.
Currently we offer the following sports:
For more information on our athletics department at DATA, please click here.
Currently, DATA does not offer this option. We have students that attend from all over the greater Albuquerque area. Students use various modes of transportation to get to school such as rides from parents, ride-shares, city public transportation, and other means to attend the school in person. Our school is aware of commute times and try our best to accommodate families with specific situations. If transportation is an issue, you can also consider our other attendance options such as distance learning.
For field trips and other school events, we do request bus transportation when available from Albuquerque Public Schools.
DATA runs lunches daily with different choices each day of the week. We do not have a cafeteria, but do have a commons area and lunch bar where students can purchase lunch from different vendors such as Chik-Fil-A, Dions Pizza, Blake’s Lotaburger, Panda Express, and more.
DATA students also serves students on free and reduced lunch. To see if you are eligible for this program, click here.
The Forum is an opportunity to express opinions on policies and issues that concern the DATA community. This is a means to stay informed regarding state, local, and school-based issues, and how DATA can best address them. Topics will be posted as they arise – please submit topic ideas to email@example.com.