Santa Fe Indian School


Admissions Application FAQ

SFIS Application FAQ


When is the SFIS Application available?

The 24-25 SFIS Application for Admission will open on our website on November 1, 2023. 


Is there an eligibility requirement for Indian blood quantum?

Yes, per federal guidelines, SFIS requires applicants to demonstrate they are a member of, or are at least one-fourth degree Indian blood descendent of a member of, a federally recognized tribe.


Which documents are required for the application?

  • Unofficial transcript - issued after 10/1/22 (high school applicants only)
  • Report card - must include grades from this school year (middle school applicants only)
  • State test scores - NM-MSSA, MAP, NM-ASR, SAT, Other standardized state assessments
  • Birth or Baptismal Certificate
  • Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB)
  • Tribal Leadership and Community Members Recommendation form
  • School Personnel Recommendation form
  • Legal guardianship documents (if applicable)
  • Home Language Survey or English Learner Assessment (WIDA-Access, LAS, etc.)


What does the SFIS application process require?

Applicants must submit a complete online application including uploading all required documents by the end date of February 1 and take one of two Admissions Exams offered in January and February. Applications lacking any piece of required documentation are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. The Santa Fe Indian School reserves the right to extend the application deadline at their discretion and without notice. 


What is the Admissions Exam and when is the exam offered?

The Admissions Exam is utilized by the Admissions Committee to learn more about the applicant and to assesses their math and reading skills to help determine the most appropriate course placement for the student. After an applicant has submitted a complete application, they will be invited to take part in the Admissions Exam. Applicants are required to take the exam in-person on the SFIS Campus and will be scheduled for an exam session in January or February.

The Admissions Exam process consists of the following:

  • Written questionnaire: applicants will hand-write on a number of topics and questions that help the Admissions Committee learn about who they are and allows for an applicant to express personal interest in SFIS.
  • Placement tests: applicants will complete a math and reading assessment.  Results are not a factor in determining acceptance to SFIS but help determine the most appropriate course placement for the student. 

After the application and testing are complete, the Admissions Committee will meet to review applications and make final admissions decisions.  

When are the Admissions Exams scheduled?

  • Saturday, January 27, 2024

  • Saturday, February, day to be determined, 2023

  • Saturday, March, 9, 2024



Who can assist me with uploading documents to the online application?

Tribal education departments, tribal libraries, and public libraries are great resources for our tribal and urban communities. Contact them directly to find out how they can help. The SFIS Office of Admissions staff can also assist by phone, text and email with challenges you may experience with uploading documents.

Please note, picture files may work for some but not all uploads. Please utilize the information below as an additional resource to create smaller files by creating pdf files of your documents using your phone:

Creating PDF files on your iPhone

If you have an iPhone, you use your notes app to scan documents to upload to OLR, here's a short video on how to create pdfs using the Notes app: Create PDF using Notes App (iPhone)


Creating PDF files on your Android phone

You can follow the written directions below or, access this short video on how to create a PDF file from an Android Device, Create a PDF Using Google Drive (Android Device)

Scan and create a PDF document on an Android Device

1.) Open your Google Drive app (Google Drive icon).
2.) In the bottom right, tap Add (+).
3.) Tap Scan (camera icon).
 4.) Tap button to take a photo of the document you’d like to scan, tap OK. If this is the only page of your document, tap Save. If you have another page for the same document, tap the add icon at the bottom of the page (looks like two documents on top of each other with a cross in the center). After all documents have been added, tap Save. You will be given the option to save your document to whichever file you choose in your Google Drive. Tap, Save.