Your Child’s Bright Future Begins Here!

K – 5th Grade Admissions

Enrollment for new students begins on February 15.  Schedule your tour and student visit prior to this date so your application will be complete and ready for enrollment on February 15.

Inquiries, tours, applications and student visits will continue after February 15 based on grade level availability.

Limited openings may be available for the current school year.  Please call for the most current enrollment availability for this school year.

3 Easy Steps to Your Child’s Bright Future

Kindergarten applicants must be 5 years old by September 1st.

If you like what you experienced during your tour and want to move forward with a classroom visit, we invite you to Apply Online.  Please follow the online application instructions provided to submit the application and pay the non-refundable $100 application fee.

  • Academic Information

To obtain copies of your child’s records, complete the Permission to Release School Records form and give directly to the registrar at your child’s current school.  Please give the form to your school registrar early in the admission process.

  • Teacher Recommendation

A teacher recommendation will sent to the teacher email you provided in the online application.  Paper copies are available in in the Admission Office as well.

After we receive your online application, the Admission Office will contact you to schedule a classroom visit.  Complete the Classroom Visit Form  and bring it with you on the day of your child’s scheduled visit.

At any time during the admission process, if you have additional questions, please contact Kateland North in the Admission Office at or 505-298-7626.

Admission Decisions and Enrollment

Once your child has visited and we have received the application, school records, and teacher recommendation, the file is ready for review.  Completed files are reviewed and families are notified of our admission decision. Procedures to complete the enrollment process will be provided once an admission decision is made.

Midyear Admission for the Current School Year

Applications submitted for the current school yearwill be accepted based on available space in the grade level of interest.  Please contact the Admission Office to inquire about K-5 availability prior to submitting an application.

Admission for the Upcoming School Year after the February 15 Enrollment Date

Applications submitted for the upcoming  school year will be accepted based on available space in the grade level of interest.  Please contact the Admission Office to inquire about K-5 availability prior to submitting an application.

Invest in your child’s future!

There is no better investment than a commitment to educate your children. As you embark on this adventure of finding a school that is right for your child, we hope you will consider Sunset Mesa School. We we are known for small classes, differentiated learning, and high academic results. We also provide a variety of enrichment classes designed to tap special interests in music, art, Spanish, library, physical education, science, and computers. Our outstanding teachers strive to inspire and motivate students to reach their academic potential as strong citizens who respect one another, their environment, and their community.


Elementary Grades K-5 Tuition
School Year 2023-2024

Tuition includes materials, activities fee, and gross receipts tax.  For returning students, tuition deposits are due no later than March 17, 2023 or within two weeks after the enrollment packet is submitted, whichever date is later.  For new students, the tuition deposit is due within two weeks after the enrollment packet is submitted.  For all students, the balance of tuition will be paid through FACTS Tuition Management in one of three ways:

  1. Full payment of the balance of tuition by June 14, 2023 (with a 2% discount) or by July 14 (with a 1% discount).  FACTS will charge a $25 enrollment fee for this option which includes incidental billing.
  2. Two equal payments in August and January.  FACTS charges a $25 enrollment fee for this option which includes incidental billing.
  3. Ten payments (July through February, April and May).  March will be reserved for families to pay deposits for the 2024-2025 school year.  FACTS charges a $55 enrollment fee for this option which includes incidental billing.  If a student enrolls after July, the payment months and amounts will be adjusted accordingly.

Payments will be debited by FACTS directly from your bank account or charged to your designated credit card.  The credit card option will include a convenience fee of approximately 2.95%.


Program Deposit Balance of Tuition Total for Year
Kindergarten & PreFirst $1,400 $12,900 $14,300
Grades 1-5 $1,400 $15,100 $16,500


If the full tuition is paid through FACTS by June 14, 2023, then a discount of 2% of the total annual tuition will be applied. If the full tuition is paid through FACTS by July 14, 2023, then the discount will be 1%.  Discounts for full payment will not be available for payments made after July 14, 2023.


The oldest child in a family pays full tuition.  Additional children deduct the following amounts from their total annual tuition.

Preschool (3 and 4 year old programs) $500
Kindergarten & Prefirst $500
1st – 5th Grade $600


The $100 registration fee is paid when you submit the enrollment packet and is NONREFUNDABLE.  The tuition deposit for all students is due by March 17, 2023 or within two weeks after enrollment packet is submitted, whichever date is later.  ALL DEPOSITS ARE NONREFUNDABLE.


Daycare charges are $7.50 per hour (includes gross receipts tax).

Questions to Ask

How do I know if this school is a match for my child and my family?

You need to know your child, know yourself, and know the school. Here are some key facts about Sunset Mesa that
can help you decide your answer to this question. Two of the traditional values instilled at Sunset Mesa are respect and
cooperating with friends. These combine to create an enjoyable and orderly learning environment. In the preschool
years, we work in earnest to help children achieve these goals.

At Sunset Mesa, healthy early childhood development is important. Academics are also important. We blend the two
so that learning happens through activities that are engaging, intentional, and developmentally appropriate. We will
make the most of each day with your child.

Families also must be willing to invest their time in order to maximize the opportunities at Sunset Mesa. We partner
with our families in the way we share information and ask for participation in the goals set for the children. We ask
families to help the children become independent, develop positive behavior, and support our activities by helping with
occasional projects, volunteering for special events, attending programs and activities, and by participating in meetings and conferences.

What is the maximum class size for each grade level?
Preschool 16 with one teacher and one assistant
Kindergarten 16 with one teacher and one assistant
Grade 1 16
Grade 2 18
Grades 3, 4, and 5 20


What is the school’s expectation for students’ behavior and how is discipline implemented?

Sunset Mesa makes every effort to maintain a standard of respect, kindness, morality, and honesty.  The basic method of accomplishing this is by creating a positive learning environment in which students are respectful of authority and responsible for their actions. The Sunset Mesa discipline philosophy encourages self-respect, self-discipline, cooperation, good behavior, and development of problem-solving skills.

All staff members who work directly with children are required to complete the assigned reading and attend trainings on Positive Discipline (Nelsen, 2007).

How do I know my child will be physically and emotionally safe?

The preschool campus has a single building with a walled playground and entry points which are only unlocked at dismissal and arrival times.  During school hours, visitors are screened before allowed into the building.

Students are dismissed directly from a teacher to a parent or someone authorized by a parent. Children are always supervised.

Adults model and teach that people should respect and care for one another. Administrators and faculty devote significant time and energy to developing a sense of community and friendship among students; as a result, students can feel physically and emotionally safe among their peers.

Staff is professionally trained to respond to a variety of emergency situations.

What sets your school’s use of curriculum apart from that of other schools?

Early Childhood teachers have degrees. Montessori teachers are AMS certifed. Whether Early Childhood or
Montessori, each student will receive the same opportunities for learning and growth in language arts, math, STEM,
physical education, music, fine motor, and much more.

High quality curriculum is developed to provide foundational skills, as well as, opportunities for teachers to challenge
students The school makes a significant investment in curriculum training for teachers to enhance their skills.

Teachers and administrators work diligently to have a continuity of curricular implementation from preschool through
5th grade.

Teachers provide classroom environments and experiences that recognize and utilize each child’s unique learning style
through the methods of differentiated instruction. All staff have been trained using Carol Tomlinson’s Practice of
Differentiated Instruction.

How is the curriculum enriched?

Play and exercise are key to great education and childhood is not sacri5ced. Our children have plenty of recess time on
our beautiful, well-equipped playground.

Children receive Spanish, Music, and Get Fit throughout the week.

STEAM is an area of focus where teachers provide multiple cross-curricular opportunities for learning and emphasize
higher-level thinking skills. The Garden of Tomorrow becomes the backdrop for many STEM activities as well as
developing a love of nature.

How can families be involved and informed?

We have an open-door policy and welcome your questions and thoughts. Each preschool teacher uses Microsoft Teams to post daily events
and curriculum goals for the classroom. Additionally, teachers post newsletters, events, pictures of your child’s day.

Our school website is a wealth of information and the school offices send parent alerts, email announcements and reminders.

Parents are welcomed to join the Sunset Mesa Parent Association, an organization designed by parents to support the school in
providing their children with a quality education along with helping to foster a community network for the school’s

Parents can volunteer in classrooms for special projects, community events, and to make special presentations in their
5elds of expertise.

How does the preschool assess students?

On a daily basis, teachers use an array of standard-based assessment techniques that give them a broad understanding of
each child’s strengths, challenges, and interests. The Director meets regularly with the teachers to review student
assessments and determine best strategies as needed.

Parents receive report cards at the end of each trimester, attend two parent-teacher conferences, and are encouraged to
communicate regularly with the teacher. Additional conferences may be scheduled by parents or the teacher if additional communication is needed between conferences.

How can I be confident that my child will be ready for Kindergarten?

The preschool director and teachers work closely with the elementary principal and kindergarten teachers to set ideal
expectations for incoming Sunset Mesa kindergarten students, known as one of the highest caliber kindergarten
programs in the city. Our Pre-K students are exceptionally well prepared emotionally, socially, and academically for the transition to elementary school.

In both the Early Childhood and Montessori programs,  our preschool teachers introduce kindergarten-style activities during
the last trimester.

Pre-K and kindergarten teachers meet prior to the fall semester to discuss each student so that the transition is smooth and enjoyable for each student.

What is the financial cost of attendiing preschool? What fundrasing does your school do?

The tuition that families pay covers all academic all costs is tuition is set based how often your child attends, for instance full day, 3 days a week, etc.   Sunset Mesa makes no separate charges for instructional materials, activity fees, technology fees, yearbook, or gross receipts tax. Families do purchase their own school supplies and are occasionally asked to pay a small amount for a classroom or school activity.

Optional expenses include hot lunch, milk, summer programs, and extended before and after care.

Families are NOT asked to fund raise at any point during the school year to contribute to the operation of the school.
Annual fund drives, capital campaigns, and wrapping paper sales do not happen at Sunset Mesa. No one will ask you
to name the school as a beneficiary in your will.

Phone: 505.298.7626
Fax: 505.298.6132

Kateland North, Director of Admission

Alan Mask, President
Deborah Mask, Executive Director
Michelle Clark, Principal

3020 Morris St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111


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