Albuquerque Sign Language Academy now all at one campus

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Students and officials at Albuquerque Sign Language Academy celebrated a big milestone last week as another big milestone approaches.

ASLA is now under one roof as it calls La Luz Elementary home, at least for a little while.

“I want to emphasize this is a temporary stop for us because we’re building a new school”

That will allow all of its students to be in one building. It’ll also allow them to admit students currently on the waitlist.

For over a decade, ASLA has served deaf and hard-of-hearing students, K-12. Over time, that space became smaller and the waitlist grew.

After spacing issues ballooned ASLA to three campuses for their 100 students, it was time for a change.

“This is our home that we’re moving away from. The memories and the history are significant.”

The academy consolidated into one building as a part of Albuquerque Public Schools’ right-sizing plan.

“For our purpose of bringing all our kids together under one roof. Our elementary kids, our middle school kids, our high school kids and our transition kids are in one space where one common language can be leveraged to be a connected community. That’s been a dream come true for us”

While that school is being built and is set to be finished by fall 2025, being at La Luz will be a welcomed change for some.

“It’s really nice to have people who are also deaf to also be part of the community. It’s so beautiful to have all of that in one community,” said Jewel Montana, a student at ASLA.