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Applying to Prep

Santa Fe Preparatory School is committed to building an academically strong and diverse student body whose members demonstrate a variety of talents and interests. The Admissions Committee forms an overall impression of each candidate based on character, grades, test scores, teacher recommendations, special talents, and potential for personal and academic growth. Prep students must be able to handle a demanding college preparatory curriculum and are expected to maintain a positive attitude and be actively involved in the life of the school. 

Admissions Process

Prep supports many different types of learners and welcomes students from a wide variety of schools in and around Santa Fe and beyond. All students who thrive at Prep would likely point to a few common denominators: curiosity, hard work, eagerness to engage with others, and an active imagination. We encourage full participation in the life of the school and find that, as with most enterprises, those who give the most also receive the most valuable returns.

If you are ready to apply now, please click here for our Online Application.

If you are not yet ready to apply, or would like to receive admissions information, please fill out our Inquiry Form or give us a call, at 505.795.7518, to schedule an appointment.

Transcripts and Recommendations

Please give the transcript release form to the front desk or registrar at the prospective student’s current school. Recommendation forms go to the student’s English and math teachers. These forms are available as printable PDFs and as digital forms. Optionally, you may submit one additional reference, in letter format, from a former teacher or another adult (tutor, coach, etc) who knows the student well. All forms should be completed and returned directly to Santa Fe Prep (by email or mail) by the recommenders. 


A personal interview is a required part of the admissions process that gives prospective students a chance to tell us about themselves. Interviews will be scheduled during the visit day or on Zoom for prospective students from out-of-state.

Math Assessment Test

All applicants will take a math assessment test, designed to identify their strengths and challenges in math. Results of this test may also be used for placement purposes for enrolled students. The test lasts approximately one hour, and the results are confidential. Testing will be held on Saturday mornings from 11:00 – 12:00, on January 28 and February 11; and Thursday afternoons from 4:30 – 5:30 pm on February 2 and February 16. Please contact the Admissions Office to sign up for a math testing date.     

Parent Coffee (optional)

Parent Coffees are an opportunity for parents to ask questions of Prep administrators, teachers, current parents, and students. These conversations will be held in-person during our math testing. This is a great way to learn more about Prep in a smaller setting.


All candidates who have completed the admissions process (application, transcripts, English and math teacher recommendations, student visit and interview, and math assessment test) will be notified by mail about their admission status two weeks after the application deadline on Friday, March 3. 


Santa Fe Preparatory School admits qualified students of both sexes, irrespective of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. All students are afforded the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to Prep students. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or disability in the administration of its educational program, admissions, scholarship, athletic or other school policies.


Admissions Team

Mary Little, Director of Admissions

Summar Aubrey, Associate Director of Admissions

Admissions Timeline

Admissions Season Opens
October 1, 2022

Admissions Open Houses
Friday, October 21, 2:00-5:00 (In-person)
Register here
Thursday, January 12, 4:00-5:30 (Virtual)
Register here

Math Assessment Testing
Saturday, January 28, 11-12
Thursday, February 2, 4:30-5:30
Saturday, February 11, 11:00-12:00
Thursday, February 16, 4:30-5:30
Register here

Parent Coffees
During Math Assessment Testing (In-person)

Admission and Tuition Assistance Applications Due
Friday, January 20, 2023
Tuition Assistance Application Deadline

Friday, February 17, 2023
Admission Application Deadline

Admission and Tuition Assistance Notifications Sent
Friday, March 3, 2023

Applications received after the deadline will be considered on an individual basis as space permits.