New K-8 school to alleviate overcrowding at nearby schools
August 11, 2018 10:17 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque Public Schools is getting ready to open a new K-8th grade school on the West Side of town for kindergarteners all the way through those finishing up junior high.
Tres Volcanes Community Collaborative School will open on Monday to about 600 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
The 245,000-square foot school is located near I-40 and 98th, and took $50 million to build.
“This is a principal’s dream—to open up a new school," Principal Monica Garciasalas said.
According to the district, the school will alleviate crowding at Jimmy Carter Middle School, Painted Sky Elementary and S.R. Marmon Elementary.
“We know as educators when a teacher gets more face-to-face or one-on-one time or small group learning with kids, they attain the information and they engage a lot better," Garciasalas said. "So when we relieve crowding at other schools, we’re giving other schools the opportunity to do that as well as the new school an opportunity to do that.”
On Saturday, KOB got a behind-the-scenes look at the school, which features a library full of new books and rooms that promote collaborative learning.
“I think that excites (students) and engages them into coming to school every day," Garciasalas said. “But also the purpose is we want kids to also engage in their learning with their peers outside of the four walls of their classroom and really have that cooperative learning model."
This year’s sixth graders will be the school’s first graduating class in 2021.
Updated: August 11, 2018 10:17 PM
Created: August 11, 2018 09:36 PM
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