Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics, and Science (SAMS) Academy

Above. And beyond.
Above. And beyond.
Above. And beyond.
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Founded in 2012, SAMS (Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics and Science) Academy is a free, public STEM charter school located on Albuquerque’s far west side adjacent to Double Eagle II Airport that prepares students in grades 6-12 for college and career in a unique, stimulating atmosphere where innovation and imagination soar!

As a student, you’re challenged through our rigorous, blended online curriculum, college dual enrollment, and hands-on STEM lab. If you’re interested in the aviation industry, you can earn your private pilot certificate and even fly a real plane in our nationally-recognized aviation program!

With our Edgenuity online curriculum, your learning can continue even when you’re at home—like during a pandemic! 

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New students may apply to SAMS Academy at any time.  If and when we are full, new SAMS Academy students are drawn through a lottery process, which opens in January and is drawn in March for the upcoming school year.  


SAMS Academy Aviation is a one-of-a-kind program designed to instill professionalism, integrity, and leadership in students in grades 7-12. 


Our rigorous online curriculum allows students to work with guided support at school and independently at home, while fostering self-motivation and tools for success.


SAMS Academy students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, athletics and competitive sports through our affiliation with the Albuquerque Charter School League.

College Prep

SAMS Academy graduates are well prepared for college and career when they leave our campus. For those who want to jumpstart their post-secondary education, we offer dual enrollment through CNM and other colleges.


Our SmartLab® learning environment gives students unique hands-on opportunities to create impressive projects focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) principles, using a wide range of technologies—while elevating their thinking and problem solving skills to the next level.

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By the Numbers


Number of students who graduated with their private pilot's certificate between 2020 and 2021.


Number of ZIP codes in Central New Mexico from which our students attend.


Number of years we have proudly served students of New Mexico. 


Number of students attending SAMS Academy in the 2019-2020 school year.


Our average class size, in students.  


Number of students currently enrolled in our aeronautics courses.