School Details

Public Academy for Performing Arts

3000 Adams St, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 880-3744
7

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-12 346 students 13 students/teacher (NM avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA)

In 2011-2012 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2011
  • Albuquerque Public Schools average
  • New Mexico state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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49%
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New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA)

In 2011-2012 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2011
  • Albuquerque Public Schools average
  • New Mexico state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
42%
42%
58%
62%
60%

New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA)

In 2011-2012 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2011
  • Albuquerque Public Schools average
  • New Mexico state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
32%
30%
67%
43%
41%

New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA)

In 2011-2012 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2011
  • Albuquerque Public Schools average
  • New Mexico state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

30%
43%
38%
78%
55%
48%
41%
44%
39%
41%
54%
47%

New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA)

In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math, science and social studies. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
53%
44%
42%
71%
59%
56%
53%
42%
40%

New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA)

In 2011-2012 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2011
  • Albuquerque Public Schools average
  • New Mexico state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Public Academy for Performing Arts is a charter high school in Albuquerque. 346 students attend Public Academy for Performing Arts and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 28% of the 346 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Public Academy for Performing Arts is 13:1. Freedom High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Fencing
  • Martial arts self defense

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 53% 66%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 40% 22%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 4%
Asian 0.9% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 2%
Multiracial 0% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 63%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    PAPA is a nice school because of its students. My child attends PAPA but leaves complaining every day. Now that they invoked a new parking procedure to the already existing one I was met with rudeness from the staff (daphne benavidas) and confusion from the lack of school to parent communication . (I Do not recommend this school)

  • (1 year ago)

    Where else can you see a 6' guy twirling & leaping across a tiny quad or hear an intricate run on a classical guitar during lunch? PAPA's is the best school for creative kids to be nurtured & taught their talent. The school caters to those who would be ostracized in a public school because of their unique set of skills. Where else can a kid take six years of musical theater drama fine art & three dance classes a day ranging from jazz ballet hip hop to flamenco? Students can sign up for piano guitar strings or join a variety of choirs. All this happen on a shoe string budget & works because of the dedication of staff parents and children. In this small school kids don't get lost in the shuffle and everyone knows your name. PAPA puts most Special Ed kids in regular classes with everyone else. There are a few sessions of class of math & English classes if needed. My daughter came here for her senior year for drama. "I feel like I've come home " she said. "I belong here and they accept me." *With a new principle and staff the school has improved a great deal since 2007 when my kids started. The older reviews reflect problems that have been solved so ignore them.

  • (1 year ago)

    Awesome. On the waiting list. Hope to hear the great news soon Good luck at all applicants

  • (2 years ago)

    PAPA is a great school that provides a rigorous academic curriculum while maintaining the love of the arts in each of its courses. The students that attend are very talented and often do not realize they have such talents until they attend this school. There is a small student to teacher ratio and a variety of college-prep courses that other schools do not offer. The staff communicates well with parents and do their best to help your child succeed. The school may be lacking a "building" (it is currently stuck in portables) but they are able to utilize their facilities in effective ways that do not take away from the student's learning. This is a great school and it is on a lottery system to attend. The only way this school can improve is by having a better facility for teaching the students.

  • (3 years ago)

    The Public academy for Perfoaming Arts or PAPA is an amazing school. If your child is interested in the performing arts or is allready in the performing arts PAPA is the perfect school for him/her. After getting our new princible (Doreen Whin) our school has been more organized and has done things our school is very proud to say we have done. We have made feature length movies with our film department and every year we have a spring dance show at the national Hispanic Coltural Center showing our amazing dancers talents. Our students have done things in the perfroming arts that only kids at PAPA have the oppertunity to do. If you want your child to succeed academically and in the performing arts PAPA is the perfect place for them.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is amazing but the truth is that this is a school for kids who really love the performing arts. This school will give your child the tools needed to have a successful career in the performing arts. The new principal (Doreen Winn) at PAPA is taking the school to new heights and soon PAPA will be a premier school in New Mexico.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is very unorganized and shares very little information with parents. The school makes changes and the way you find about them is when the new occurances are happening. They lost many students at the beginning of the year due to the organizational problems and new leadership. This could have been the premier school for Albuquerque but it lacks so many things mostly leadership to ever attain that status.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a school every parent dreams about for their child. My child is safe and is excelling in every subject! The staff and principal are an example all schools should follow! I am thrilled and feel blessed to have my child attend this school! Dee S

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a 6th grader at PAPA. I really like it. The teachers are nice and it is really exciting and interesting.

  • (8 years ago)

    PAPA is a unique school built on supporting performers and their hectic schedules. If you're not serious about the arts this school isn't for you. I've been following PAPA's development since it began 5 years ago. Today it is a very different place from even two years ago. Miraculously the PAPA board was able to enlist the services of Katy Harvey as principal. Principal Harvey is a veteran of the academic industry with exceptional skills as an administrator. Since her arrival PAPA is living up to its potential. The staff is now made up of dynamic individuals dedicated to their students the arts and their own artistic passions. With her wise guidance PAPA begins a new chapter.

  • (8 years ago)

    The staff is unorganized and rude most of the time. The kids are very different and some have some real issues to deal with. I would not recommend this school unless your child is dedicated to their electives that are not offered at regular aps schools.

  • (9 years ago)

    I've been going to PAPA since its first year and I'm a senior now. While it's true that the school used to be terribly unorganized and unprofessional it's got a new excellent principal and is really getting better all the time. I've stuck it out these last five years and I've been rewarded with a personalized education and very flexible staff. I cannot vouch for the middle school because it's changed so much since I was in it. Special ed services are very much lacking due to vast ineptitude on the parts of individual coordinators. This is something upon which the school will definitely need to improve. Despite several years of incompetence at the helm I believe the school to be a very good place to learn and an excellent social climate for the sorts of weird kids who have it so hard at other schools. Lastly PAPA met/exceeded Adequate Yearly Progress last

  • (10 years ago)

    Very clueless as to how to run a school very unorganized but a safe school none-the-less. teachers are normally pretty good. Not a lot of after school activites but a lot of during school electives.

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