Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science has again been ranked by U.S. News as New Mexico’s top public high school and one of the nation’s 250 best.
A charter school that serves about 330 students in grades 6-12 from a broad geographic and socio-economic cross-section of the Metro area, AIMS has a stellar graduation rate and proficiency numbers in the 90s for math and reading. It can’t cherry-pick students, as by statute admissions are by lottery, and the waiting list is over 1,000.
So you would think state and local education and political leaders would be doing everything they could to replicate this kind of student success. And this being New Mexico, you of course would be wrong.
In fact, the Rio Rancho School District has been fighting tooth and nail to keep AIMS from establishing a West Side campus – dipping into taxpayer funds to pay lawyers to oppose the proposed expansion. AIMS principal Kathy Sandoval-Snider hasn’t backed down, and the school is battling in court to serve what she says is a significant demand on the West Side.