Welcome to Gonzales Community School
A K-8 Santa Fe Public School in the Casa Solana neighborhood
We strongly believe that a child’s education is a partnership between parents and teachers, and parent involvement is the key to academic success. We provide parents many opportunities to support student success, therefore a high-level of parent involvement is expected at Gonzales Community School. Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled throughout the school year and parents may schedule meetings at any time with teachers. We have an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that supports engaging, educational family events throughout the year. Our quarterly School Advisory Committee (SAC) is open to parents, teachers, and community members who are interested in guiding the school’s goals and objectives.
Average of 430 students in K-8 grades plus self-contained special education classrooms
Average grade level = 40 students
Average class size = 20 students
We offer several Special Education Services including pull-out programs for SAGE (Services for Advanced and Gifted Education) and Reading and Math Intervention. We also offer self-contained Special Education classrooms. Please contact the school to learn more about the special education services we offer and to help determine if Gonzales would be a good fit for your student.
Mr. Christopher Lopez, Principal
Mrs. Melissa Kovac, Assistant Principal
Average of 60 faculty and staff members, consisting of classroom teachers, related arts teachers, special education teachers, educational support staff, administrative support staff, custodial and cafeteria staff.
While our curriculum follows the New Mexico Common Core State Standards for each grade level, our experienced and savvy teachers incorporate enhanced and creative teaching methods to ensure student engagement and high-academic achievement. More information on the New Mexico Common Core State Standards may be found online.
Student academic progress is periodically measured with short-cycle assessments for all grades. In addition to short-cycle assessments, students in grades 3-8 participate in New Mexico’s Measures of Student Success & Achievement (NM-MSSA) to determine how well our students are performing, academically.
We strive to keep parents informed of their child’s academic progress by providing quarterly report cards and the results of short-cycle assessments.
These tools enable both teachers and parents to identify opportunities for improvement and advancement and take action, in real-time.
We incorporate small learning groups, which are small groups of students learning at the same academic level, into our everyday curriculum.
Outdoor recess is scheduled twice per day for K-6 grades. Our kindergarten students enjoy a private playground.
Gonzales, along with all other Santa Fe public schools, provide students with robust music (general music, choir, orchestra, and band), physical education, art, and library programs.
Students participate in each related art aka "special" each week with a dedicated teacher, includinga certified librarian teacher.
Experiential field trips - in addition to experiencing surrounding areas, our proximity to downtown Santa Fe enables students to walk to museums and performing arts venues. Field trips are a great reinforcement to grade-level academic standards taught in the classroom.
National Dance Institute (NDI) for third and fourth graders.
Athletics: Grades three through six participate in independent sport leagues for basketball, wrestling, cheer and swim teams. Grades seven and eighth compete in Santa Fe Public Schools athletics, including football, basketball, track, and volleyball, which are governed by the New Mexico Athletics Association.
Annual Events: STEM Expo and Spelling Bee
Bi-annual trip to Washington DC and New York City for seventh and eighth grade students