Monte del Sol Charter School

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Monte del Sol Charter School
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Monte del Sol Charter School
4157 Walking Rain Rd.
Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
United States
Coordinates35°37′29″N 106°00′35″W / 35.6246°N 106.0098°W / 35.6246; -106.0098Coordinates: 35°37′29″N 106°00′35″W / 35.6246°N 106.0098°W / 35.6246; -106.0098
TypeCharter high school
School districtSanta Fe Public Schools
CEEB code320609
NCES School ID350237000816[2]
PrincipalRobert Jessen[3]
Faculty26 (2014)[2]
Grades7 - 12[2]
Enrollment388[2] (2014)
Color(s)Red, black, and white             
Athletics conferenceNMAA

Monte del Sol Charter is a public charter high school in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As of 2014, the school had 388 students and 26 classroom teachers.[2]

The school was founded by Tony Gerlicz, who originally planned to emphasize arts and music classes and a less rigid hierarchy.[4] The school received its charter in 1999 and began offering classes in 2000. During its first term the school operated out of the Santa Fe Boys & Girls Club. From 2001 to 2003 the school operated in a strip mall during construction of a new campus. Since the 2003-2004 school year, the school's campus has been on the southwestern edge of the city in the Nava Ade neighborhood.[1]

In 2008 Gerlicz left the school to head the American School of Warsaw, and was eventually replaced as principal by Angela Ritchie. Ritchie used a more top-down management style, emphasized improving the school's test scores, and worked to resolve the school's budget shortfall by cutting some art and music programs.[4] Ritchie left the school in 2011.

In 2014, the school was named one of the best schools in the state by US News and World Report.[5]

The school describes the Coalition of Essential Schools as a guide to its development.[6]


  1. ^ a b "About Monte del Sol". Monte del Sol Charter. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Monte Del Sol Charter". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Press release: Board Selects New School Head 15 January 2014
  4. ^ a b Schirtzinger, Alexa (4 August 2010). "Testing...1,2,3". The Santa Fe Reporter. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  5. ^ Nott, Robert (23 April 2014). "2 Santa Fe schools ranked among best in state". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Our Philosophy". Monte del Sol Charter. Retrieved 6 June 2014.

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