The letter of intent and how the lottery system works.

Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics, and Science Academy is a magnet school for students who choose to enroll. The following procedures are necessary, as enrollment interest often exceeds the enrollment capacity of the school.  Students are admitted through a lottery system. Parents wishing to enroll their student(s) must submit an electronic or written Letter of Intent which will be placed into a pool of applicants.  Vacancies will be filled by lottery from the available pool of applicants.  At the conclusion of the fall semester, all new letters of intent received will be placed into the lottery pool for the subsequent year.  The pool of applicants for the current school year will be purged after the 120 Day Report is filed with the Public Education Department each February.

SAMS’ enrollment policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, or need for special education services.
As per New Mexico State statute the lottery will be governed by the following guidelines:

1.  If a student is chosen in one of the school's lotteries and there is a sibling who is eligible to attend that same school, the sibling will be given preference for the following school year.

2.  The lottery will be conducted by May 1st of each year with subsequent lotteries being held as needed.

3.  Students selected to enroll in Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics and Science Academy will be able to re-enroll for the following school year in the same school, provided the family has completed and returned by the deadline a "Letter of Intent to Return" and the student is in good standing at the school.

4.  Parents interested in moving their child to one of the other schools must complete a new written or electronic Letter of Intent as students are not guaranteed a position in the new school and must go through the lottery process.