ABOUT NEW MEXICO
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (NMIS)
NMIS is tuition-free public charter school open to all students in grades K-6.
NMIS is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, a global network of schools and educators dedicated to developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.
The study of a second and third language is a required component for every student. Learning a new language, particularly at a young age, has numerous benefits. It enriches and enhances a child’s mental development, creates more flexibility in thinking, improves a child’s understanding of their native language, and opens the door to other cultures and appreciation of people from other countries. Every student at NMIS begins learning Spanish in kindergarten utilizing immersion techniques. Ninety percent of kindergarten classroom instruction is taught in Spanish. Instructional time slowly phases in more English with each year, and by the end of fifth grade, 50%-55% of instructional time is in English. In fourth grade, students begin to learn Arabic. The goal is to foster fluency in Spanish and conversational skills in Arabic by the time students leave NMIS.
The goal is to foster inquiry in everything NMIS does. Students at NMIS are not simply given the answers to problems, they are taught how to be investigative to find solutions. NMIS fosters inquiry through six themes:
Who we are.
Where we are in time and place.
How we express ourselves.
How the world works.
How we organize ourselves.
Sharing the planet.