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. Each candidate must be able to handle a demanding college preparatory curriculum and is expected to maintain a positive attitude and an active involvement in the life of the school.

Admissions Criteria

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 On-Line 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—signed by your parents—to your current Head of School or Principal. The school will then send your transcript directly to Santa Fe Prep. Recommendation Forms go to your English and math teachers. They should fill these out and return them directly to Santa Fe Prep. Be sure to thank each person who is writing on your behalf.

Math Assessment Test

All candidates 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 testing lasts approximately one hour and results are confidential. Testing will be held on Saturday mornings from 11:00-12:00, on January 25 and February 8 and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-5:30 on January 30 and February 20. Please call or email Mary Little, Director of Admissions or Summar Aubrey, Associate Director of Admissions, to sign up for a math testing date.

Visit Day/Interview

We request that all prospective students spend the day paired with a current Prep student. This allows them the opportunity to participate in our classes, meet our students and teachers, and discover what a typical day at Prep looks and feels like. Students have the option of spending a morning or a full day, but we highly encourage 6th graders and older students to spend a full day on campus. We schedule visits on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Email Mary Little, Director of Admissions or Summar Aubrey, Associate Director of Admissions at least one week in advance to arrange a visit day.

A personal interview is a required part of the admissions process and is designed as a conversation in which the student has a chance to tell us about him/herself. Interviews will be scheduled during the visit day. Individual tours may be arranged by appointment on a space available basis. Please email Mary Little, Director of Admissions, to arrange a tour.


All candidates who have completed the admissions process (application, transcripts, English and math teacher recommendations, personal statements, math assessment test and personal interview) will be notified by mail about their admission status two weeks after the appropriate deadline.

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

October 1, 2019
Admissions Season Opens

October 18, 2019
Admissions Open House

January  25, January 30, February 8 and February 20, 2020
Math Assessment Test

February 21, 2020
Admission Deadline
Tuition Assistance Deadline

March 6, 2020
Admission and Tuition Assistance Decisions Mailed

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