Santa Fe Indian School


7th Grade Application for Admission and FAQ

Welcome to the 7th Grade Application for Admission and FAQ. Review the information in the FAQ before starting your application. 

The closing date for applications for the 24-25 school year was extended to Monday, March 4, 2024 only for applicants applying for the 7th grade.

We are not accepting applications for grades: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. 

Click here to start the online application, 7th GRADE APPLICANTS ONLY: 

24-25 Application for 7th Grade  

How do I return to my saved application?

Click here, Steps to Return to a Saved Application

I have a current SFIS student enrolled this school year. Do I need to re-apply?

No, you do not have to re-apply. Parents/guardians of our current SFIS students will receive an Intent to Return declaration in the spring that will provide notice to us of your plans to have your student return for the 24-25 SY.

When does the application open?

The 24-25 Application for Admission opened Wednesday, November 1, 2023. 

When does the application close? 

The 24-25 Application for Admission for grades 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th closed on Saturday, February 10. We are still accepting new applications for the 24-25 7th grade class.  The deadline for applications for 7th grade is Monday, March 4, 2024. 

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 an application for the 7th grade?

  • 6th Grade Q2 or Semester I Report Card
    • This must be a report card. Portal printouts will not be accepted unless they are labeled a report card. 
  • State test scores - iMSSA, MAP, NWEA, MSSA or other standardized state assessment
  • Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) or a parent's CIB demonstrating at least 1/2 degree of Indian blood
    • Certificate of Indian Blood must be from a federally recognized tribe
    • If using a parent's CIB, the parent must be named on the applicant's birth certificate
  • Current Teacher Recommendation Form, click the link below to download/print the form.
  • Tribal Leader or Community Member Recommendation Form, click the link below to download/print the form.
  • Legal guardianship documents (if applicable)
  • If applicable:
    • Current Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or
    • Current 504 Plan and/or 
    • Current Gifted and Talented Individualized Education Program (GT-IEP) 

What does the SFIS application process entail?

Applicants must submit a complete online application and take the Admissions Exam. Applications missing required documents or information will be considered incomplete and will not be invited to take the Admissions Exam. The Admissions Committee will review complete applications and make final decisions in March. Applicants will be notified by email in March of their admissions status.  

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 started an application, they will be invited to an exam session. Applicants are required to take the exam in-person at the SFIS Campus.  

The Admissions Exam 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. 

When are the Admissions Exam sessions scheduled?

An email to RSVP for the final Admissions Exam date will be sent to applicants with complete applications submitted by the closing date of Monday, March 4, 2024. Walk-ins will not be accepted. 

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 have 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 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.

Who do I contact if I need help or have questions? 

Contact the Office of Admissions. 

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admissions Main Phone: (505) 989-6370

Admissions Secondary Phone: (505) 690-6293

Admissions Email: