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  • Email:
  • Phone: +1-505-830-3128
  • Extensions:
  • 0 - Front Office/Administration
  • 1 - Special Services
  • 2 - Academic Dean
  • 3 - Business Office
  • 5 - Attendance Line
  • 6 - Registrar
  • 7 - Social Worker
  • 0 - General Mailbox
  • Fax: +1-505-830-9930


Monday – Friday
8:00am to 3:18pm or 4:16pm (8th period class only)


Please note – PAPA has moved.

Public Academy for Performing Arts
11800 Princess Jeanne Ave NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112


If you are looking for afterschool care try the following programs:

Jeanne Bellamah Center
Angel Gomez, Center Supervisor
11516 Summer NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 767-5910

McLeod Family YMCA
12500 Comanche Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
(505) 292-2298

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What kind of school is the Public Academy for Performing Arts?

PAPA is a public charter school funded through the NM Public Education Department and authorized by Albuquerque Public Schools. PAPA is governed through a council of 5-7 parents and community members. PAPA provides students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory education and an elective focus on performing arts.

What is the mission of PAPA?

PAPA’s mission is to integrate a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with the performing arts and prepare students to pursue their passions and talents.

Will PAPA increase its student enrollment?

The PAPA Governing Council will consider increasing its enrollment after the current construction project is completed in a couple of years. The current enrollment is 380. There is no room to increase at this time.

How do I enroll my child at PAPA?

Students gain admission into PAPA by participating in our annual Lottery. The next lottery window opens January 9, 2017. On that date, you will be able to apply for the lottery using this website. You will receive a notification via mail in March of 2017 letting you know if we have a opening at PAPA for your child. If we don’t have a opening, you will be provided with a wait list number.  You may email for more information.

Does PAPA provide transportation?

PAPA does not provide transportation.  However, many parents are willing to carpool.

How much does it cost to attend PAPA?

There is no tuition to attend PAPA. However, there are some fees associated with extra curricular activities associated with academic and performing arts classes to cover the cost of things like transportation, entrance fees, meals and costumes.

Can I have a tour of PAPA?

We welcome you to attend our Annual Open House which will be held February 16, 2017.  This is before the lottery window closes.

Does PAPA allow prospective students to shadow current students?

PAPA does not offer shadowing. However, you are welcome to attend any PAPA performance. Most are low cost or free. Check out the calendar on our website for dates/place/time and cost.  We also hold an Open House February 16, 2017.

Where do student performances take place?

PAPA performs at different venues throughout the city including other high school PAC’s, NHCC, churches, theaters, etc.  Phase 2 of the current construction project includes a performing arts center.

What is the best way to contact teachers when I have a concern?

The most efficient way is through email.  All staff emails follow the same format with the first letter of the first name followed by the last name and (ie.

How do I obtain a transcript?

You may request academic records from the PAPA Registrar, Ms. Candelaria. Her email address is  Please allow 24 hours for your request to be processed.

How do I access my child’s Power School information?

PAPA Registrar, Ms. Debbie Candelaria would be happy to help you with the Power School process. You can email her at

My child needs to take medicine at school. What should I do?

You will need to have your child’s physician fill out a Medical Authorization Form. Bring the prescription in the original bottle and the completed form to the front office. It will be stored in a Medicine Safe Lock Box. Medications will be given as per the instructions provided by your child’s physician.  Please note, PAPA does not allow students to carry any medication at school.

Does PAPA serve breakfast?

PAPA does not serve breakfast. However if your family suffers from food insecurity please contact our Social Worker Ms Leslye Padilla at

Where do I get questions answered concerning my child’s attendance?

You may visit with Attendance Clerk, Ms. Vanessa Booker between 11:30am and 4:30pm in the front office.  You may also contact her through email

If your child has an upcoming arts or sports absence you will need to complete a Student Activities Absence Approval Request Form.