Charter & Lottery Information

What is a charter school?

According to uscharterschools.org (an online learning community to serve and support charter schools):

“Charter schools are nonsectarian public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The “charter” establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. The length of time for which charters are granted varies, but most are granted for 3-5 years. At the end of the term, the entity granting the charter may renew the school’s contract. Charter schools are accountable to their sponsor– usually a state or local school board– to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them, and the public that funds them.”

APS Charter School FAQs

Charter Renewal and Site Visit Reports

PAPA Charter Renewal Application 2014

The following is a link to PAPA’s Site Visit Report:

2018-19 Site Visit

Link to 2021-2022 Performance Framework:

2019-20 Performance Framework
2020-21 Performance Framework

PAPA was originally founded during the 2000-2001 school year.  Our original founders were Frank Butler, Kristina Lord Linde, Bob Perls, Joan Findley Perls, Valerie Scott, and Fred Pink.

Is PAPA the “right” school of choice?

  • If your child has a serious interest in the performing arts (dance, choir, musical instruments, theater, musical theater, film, visual arts)…
  • If you are willing to make a commitment to performance schedules that go beyond the school day and on weekends…
  • If you are looking for a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum…
  • If your child is ready to take Algebra 1 in 8th Grade…
  • If you are committed to having your child present and engaged daily…
  • If you support the concept that homework is necessary for the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed for college…
  • If you want your child to attend a school where respect is the norm, not the goal…
  • If you think taking dance as  your PE credit would be a blast…

PAPA may be the right school for your child!

The next Lottery window opens in January 4, 2022. On that date at 8am. You must submit the application by February 14, 2022 before 3pm.

Admission Information 2022-2023

Steps for the lottery process at PAPA

Each year, as per state regulations, admission to public charter schools is done by a lottery process. To learn more about lottery regulations, please click on this link:

http://www.ped.state.nm.us/ped/CharterSchoolsIndex.html

Current PAPA students are automatically entitled to enroll the following year without participating in the lottery.  Siblings of currently enrolled students will have priority for admission, subject to space availability, but must complete the lottery paperwork. Remember if a current PAPA student withdraws before the 40th day of the 2022-2023 school year, the students’ sibling will lose preference.

The lottery does not guarantee admission, but determines preference in filling available spots. Once a grade level is filled, any remaining names are placed on a waiting list for that school year in the order in which their names were drawn in the lottery.

PAPA does not offer tours to the public outside of our Open House, which will be held Tuesday, January 25 (5pm-6:30 pm). If you are interested in having your child attend our school, we ask that you attend the Open House to ask questions about staff, curriculum and schedules.

  • Lottery drawing results will be posted on February 18, 2022 by 8am. Please visit our website to view the lists. 
  • If we have a place for your child and if you accept the place, you must complete and submit a series of registration forms during “new student registration,” 8am to 12noon on March 11, 2022.  Failure to comply with this requirement, on the date such paperwork is due, will result in a student losing his or her place at PAPA.
Please note:
  • Siblings are given priority in the lottery process; you must fill out an application for each child in your family (who you wish to attend PAPA). Remember there is no guarantee of admission for siblings if there are no openings in the grade your have applied for.
  • We do not carry over lottery applications from one year to the next.
  • The date the application is received has no bearing on the lottery pull.
LOTTERY IS CLOSED FOR 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

If you would like to join the waitlist, give us a call (505) 830-3128

Important Dates

Lottery opens 8am – 1/4/22 (Tuesday)

Perspective Student Open House 5-630pm – 1/25/22 (Tuesday)

Lottery closes 3pm – 2/14/22 (Monday)

Lottery results posted at 9am – 2/18/22 (Friday)

PAPA Lottery 2022-2023 Results – Click Here!

Blue = Current PAPA Siblings Accepted; White = Accepted; Yellow = Waitlist

Please note: Only siblings of current students get preference. 

The deadline to accept the seat is Friday, February 25th, 2022 by 3pm – Please call to accept (505) 830-3128 x0 – Ask to speak with Jaclyn Mickey.
If you are accepted to PAPA here is a list of documents you will need to fill out.  Parent/Legal Guardian must complete registration process.
We will need copies of the following documents. 

Childs birth certificate (required to register)

Immunization record (required to register)

COVID vaccination card

Medical Use Authorization Form (for taking meds at school)

Middle School – most recent report card

High School – most recent transcript

Child’s IEP/SAT/504/BIP (if applicable)

Any legal documents – custody, name change, etc. (if applicable)

Thank you for your interest in our school!
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