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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 opens Wednesday, November 1, 2024. 

When does the application close? 

The 2024-2025 Application for Admission will close on February 1, 2025. Note: The Santa Fe Indian School reserves the right to extend the application deadline at their discretion and without notice. 

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 application?

  • Current Grade Reports or Transcripts 
    • Unofficial transcript - must include 1st semester grades
      • Applicants applying for 10th, 11th or 12th grade only
    • Report card - must include 1st semester grades
      • Applicants applying for 9th grade only 
    • Report card - must be most current
      • Applicants applying for 7th or 8th grade
  • State test scores - NM-MSSA, MAP, NM-ASR, SAT, 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.
  • Tribal Leader or Community Member Recommendation 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 reviewed. 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?

  • To be announced at a future date.

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: