50th Impact Campaign

Generating Impact: Prep Beyond 50

Across nearly three generations, Prep has had an outsized impact in the Santa Fe community. Our 1700 graduates point to their experience at Prep as pivotal in developing their academic competency and individual capabilities; the success of each student has always been at the heart of the Prep experience. Our graduates enjoy a standard of college admission and success unparalleled in our area. In a community with dire need for excellence in education, Prep continues to offer high-quality programs to an increasingly diverse student body.

We’ve built out the campus, assembled a phenomenal teaching faculty, and earned a well deserved reputation for outstanding programs. Now we can build greater excellence in our student body at a time of critical need in the Santa Fe community. At the center of our 50th anniversary priorities are the students themselves: inspired, talented, engaged young people whose path to purpose threads through every aspect of the Prep experience.

Our main goals for the 50th Anniversary campaign are to generate even greater impact in the community of Santa Fe. We will increase the school’s significance by expanding access for talented and motivated students, rewarding our accomplished faculty, enhancing learning spaces, and creating a much-needed new playing field. We will ensure that the impact of a Prep education will be resounding and affirm our position as the leading independent school in northern New Mexico. An overview of each priority is below. Multi-year pledges are welcomed.

Please take a look below and choose your impact:

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance truly changes the trajectory of a child’s life. In 2004, ten years ago, our tuition assistance budget was $450,000, and 62 families benefited—a decent number for the time. Yet as demand for our education grew, we knew we had to do more. This year, because of the Generating Impact campaign, our tuition assistance budget is $1.2 million and over 130 students are attending Prep with financial assistance. That’s 41% of our school. Even with this increase, we’re not close to meeting demand. We still have between 10 and 20 students each year who are qualified and eager to attend Prep but require tuition assistance beyond our capacity. As a school committed to “active discourse,” bringing motivated students to our classrooms will improve the education available to all.

Classroom Renovations

The vast majority of our campus has been built or renovated in the last twenty years. Our main classrooms, however, were constructed in 1972 and are more than forty years old. Through this campaign we will bring the classrooms—where teachers and students spend most of their school day—up to the level of other inspiring spaces on campus. Upgraded classrooms will enrich the learning experience: instructional technology, new lighting, new furniture, fresh wall and floor coverings, and day-lighting are among the improvements planned.

Sun Mountain Field

Brennand Field has seen heavy use fall and spring . . . for 35 years! Having only one field has been a challenge for our field sports: soccer and cross country in the fall, lacrosse and baseball and track in the spring. We’ve also added middle school teams and we host SFLax and Northern NM Soccer practices and games.

Sun Mountain Field offers a full-length natural grass soccer field and dirt track; it includes field elements for the track team that include a high jump pit, a throwing circle, and a long jump pit. The field has been built at the School’s expense, on St. John’s College property, with a 25-year lease in place and a right of first refusal should the property ever be offered for sale. The result is a stunning location for Prep athletes, and aspiring athletes throughout Santa Fe, to shine.

Our Annual Fund

Donations to the sustaining fund will be used for tuition assistance, faculty growth, technology updates, Breakthrough Santa Fe,  and where they are needed most.

Breakthrough Santa Fe Endowment

Breakthrough Santa Fe, one of 30 in the nationwide Breakthrough Collaborative, has had tremendous success since its inception in the summer of 2004. Nearly 250 underserved public school students have participated in the middle school and high school programs. Of those students who began the program in 2004 and 2005, 90% graduated from high school (vs. 53% from SFPS overall) and 85% have enrolled in college (vs. 37% from SFPS.) Now, as Breakthrough approaches its second decade, we will secure the full promise of this remarkable commitment by Santa Fe Prep and establish an endowment to support the program in perpetuity.

Davis Breakthrough Scholarship Program

Breakthrough Santa Fe is committed to making the dream of college a reality for motivated yet under-resourced students in Santa Fe. While only 23% of 9th graders in Santa Fe Public Schools will go to college 4 years later, 92% of those who attend Breakthrough go to college. Andrew Davis, recognizing the strength of the Breakthrough program, committed up to $5 million per year to provide tutoring for high school students and to fund full scholarships for 25 students per year to attend one of three partnering universities: University of Denver, Loyola Marymount, and St. Edward’s.

E.E. Ford Summer Teachers’ Colloquium

Through this program our teachers lead seminars with a specific focus for educators from across the country, including Santa Fe Public Schools, and partner with world-class organizations like the Santa Fe Institute and School for Advanced Research to deliver rewarding professional development.


Funding these 5 priorities will ensure Prep continues to have the outsized impact in Santa Fe that has been our legacy—and must be our future. Our mission statement is to create “an ambitious and diverse learning community,” and we have a unique opportunity as we move into our next decade of service to Santa Fe to build on the great momentum of our school.

For more than 50 years, parents, benefactors, and now alumni have been willing to invest in this school’s promise. We are now attracting the attention and resources of national foundations such as EE Ford and the Malone Family Foundation; their funding affirms the quality of our education at the national level. These foundations, and others, look to the participation levels of those closest to our school as they .make their grants. Our ambition remains unchecked, and our capacity to make a deep and lasting impact as one of the great treasures of Santa Fe must be developed.

Please call or email Director of Advancement Pamela Emsden with any questions: 505.795.7526.