Q: What kind of school is the Public Academy for Performing Arts?
A: 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.

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

Q: Will PAPA increase its student enrollment?
A: 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.

Q: How do I enroll my child at PAPA?
A: 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 email 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 slavis@paparts.org for more information.

Q: Does PAPA provide transportation?
A: PAPA does not provide transportation.  However, many parents are willing to carpool.

Q: How much does it cost to attend PAPA?
A: 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.

Q: Can I have a tour of PAPA?
A: We welcome you to attend our Annual Open House which is held in February.  This is before the lottery window closes.

Q: Does PAPA allow prospective students to shadow current students?
A: 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 in February.

Q:  Where do student performances take place?
A:  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.

Q:  What is the best way to contact teachers when I have a concern?
A:  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 @paparts.org (ie. slavis@paparts.org).

Q: How do I obtain a transcript.
A: You may request academic records from the PAPA Registrar, Ms. Candelaria. Her email address is dcandelaria@paparts.org.  Please allow 24 hours for your request to be processed.

Q: How do I access my child’s Power School information?
A: PAPA Registrar, Ms. Debbie Candelaria would be happy to help you with the Power School process. You can email her at dcandelaria@paparts.org.

Q: My child needs to take medicine at school. What should I do?
A: You will need to have your child’s physician fill out a medical authorization form which you can find our website: http://www.paparts.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/PAPAMedAuthorization20152016.pdf.
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.

Q: Does PAPA serve breakfast?
A: PAPA does not serve breakfast. However if your family suffers from food insecurity please contact our Social Worker Ms Leslye Padilla at lpadilla@paparts.org.

Q: Where do I get questions answered concerning my child’s attendance?
A: 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 vbooker@paparts.org.

PAPAFest Info

The staff at PAPA is very excited to meet our new students and welcome everyone to the 2016-17 school year!  Following is important information your child will need for the first day of school:

1.  All summer packets are due on Thursday, August 11th, the first day of school.  There will be no exceptions except the brand new students we have recently called in August.  Summer packets will not be accepted at a later date.  The summer packet is worth 10% of the first quarter grade in both Math and English.

2.  Thursday activities start promptly at 8:00am with preparation for PAPAfest!  Students report to their designated first period.  Those who have no first period will report to the Café.  All Seniors will report to the Café.  Students will be placed in groups for PAPAfestivities .   Along with their summer packet, your child should bring a pencil.  Once the groups are formed, students will be led to different stations/activities throughout the morning that will help kick off the school year on a positive note.  The sessions include Arts Opportunities, Setting Goals for Success, Caring for Your School, Organization, Vision Building, and Summer Packet Submission.

3.   Parents are invited to have a hotdog lunch with their child beginning at 12:45pm in the Café.  We will spend the afternoon getting to know the school, visiting with teachers, and listening to talented student performers during Open Mic.

4.  We didn’t think the lockers would be anchored by the time school started, but they are!  Therefore, we are ready to assign lockers.  We will allow students to decorate their lockers following the guidelines in the attachment and pasted below the e-mail.  To reiterate, no permanent marking, etching, painting or any kind of permanent glue, tape, etc. may be used.  We suggest magnets and sticky tack.  In order to sign up for a locker, your child needs to bring a lock.  The combination or extra key will be turned in to the office.  After lunch on Thursday, your child can decorate his/her locker.

5.  School dismisses at 3:18pm.  There will be no 8th period.  We will begin regular class schedules on Friday, including 8th period.

6. We looked into a possible after school program with the Y.  Unfortunately, that will not be available to us this year.  We have e-mailed out the carpool lists.  If you want to be added, email slavis@paparts.org.

Again, we are looking forward to starting what will surely be an awesome year with PAPA students!

Welcome Home!

Doreen Winn

Summer Packet

Please note – you will need to click on the link that corresponds with the grade you just completed. For example, if you just completed the 7th grade – click on the link for the 7th grade packet.

If the last grade you were in was either 5th or 6th grade – these are your summer packets:



If the last grade you were in was 7th these are your summer packets:



If the last grade you were in was 8th these are your summer packets:



If the last grade you were in was either 9th or 10th these are your summer packets:



These are the directions for all grades for your Summer Reading assignment:


A letter from Mrs. Winn

Thank You Letter from Mrs Winn

Dear PAPA Community,

Thank you for a wonderful first half of the 2015-2016 school year. I cannot express how much the staff and I appreciate our active, supportive parents as well as other family and greater community members! We are looking forward to a productive second semester full of opportunities for performances and academic excellence!

We are especially excited about the possibilities for PAPA if the APS Bond/Mill Levy Election is successful! Click here for an information sheet: APS Bond Election Flyer
We are slated to move into the Acoma Elementary site along with a $9 million renovation. Please plan to get out and vote in the February 2, 2016 election!!!! We are asking that every eligible family member vote and encourage everyone they know to do the same. This is our chance to finally get an appropriate facility, and it has taken 12 years! Our Seniors are joining the effort! Ms. Lavis is working to get them registered to vote and is planning a field trip to the closest voting site.   More information will be provided soon!

PARCC test results – click here to see them: PAPA PARCC Scores have been received from the Public Education Department. Individual scores will be sent home with report cards for those who didn’t attend the testing informational meetings. The ASPIRE short-cycle assessment results have been reviewed with students in the core classes. The ASPIRE is new to PAPA. It replaces the former short-cycle, is a more meaningful exam aligned to Common Core Standards, and is the pre-test for ACT. Our math and English teachers have worked as teams analyzing PARCC and ASPIRE data. Using the data, they created vertical curriculum maps, identified program strengths/weaknesses, and created plans of action for their respective programs and cross-curricular. It was a great way to provide meaning to instructional expectations and plan for continuous improvement at PAPA! We’re looking forward to implementing the plans next semester! Please view the grade level/course results on the PAPA website for both Math and English/Language Arts.

On behalf of the PAPA staff, I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with family fun, rest, and rejuvenation!


Doreen A. Winn


Burgers for Better Schools

When you eat at any Red Robin in the nation you can now raise money for Public Academy for Performing Arts.

How Does it Work?
1. Create a Red Robin Royalty account or sign into an existing account at https://royalty.redrobin.com
2. From your dashboard, click “Select Your School Now”  and search for Public Academy for Performing Arts
3. Once you select Public Academy for Performing Arts 1% of qualified sales from every check when you use your Red Robin Royalty account will be donated directly to Public Academy for Performing Arts!

Red Robin Flyer