Admissions Overview

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We understand choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent.

God clearly commissions parents in Deuteronomy 6 with the responsibility of seeing to their child’s education throughout the entire day. It is, therefore, our desire to help families navigate the educational waters of the Tularosa Basin and assist parents in discovering how Imago Dei Academy can assist them in meeting the spiritual, academic, and social needs of each individual child.

Smaller class sizes and mentor teachers, who are grounded in the Scriptures, are hallmarks of Imago Dei Academy. With a student to teacher ratio of 8:1 we seek to foster in each student a love for God and others (Matt. 22:36-­40) and excellence in all things (Col. 3:17) within a culture of grace. We desire for our students to be lifelong learners who understand their mission in life is to honor Christ in whatever role He may call them to fulfill.

We would love to schedule a tour of the school for your family. Please call our office at 575-434-3903 or fill out the online form to set up a time to visit. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Selection and composition of the Imago Dei Academy student body are second only to staff selection in the impact it has upon the school’s mission. The community atmosphere that Imago Dei Academy seeks to foster will be due in great measure to the similarity of biblical conviction and principles taught and lived out in many of the homes of our students. As the Lord blesses us with growth and change, we want to do all that we can to maintain that atmosphere.


Admission Requirements for the Student:

A child must have reached the age of FIVE years by October 1 of the fall in which he/she would be entering kindergarten.

He or she must be fully toilet-trained (able to use the toilet independently and wash his/her hands).  Parents must supply the school with a change of clothing for kindergarten students.  On the rare occasion of a severe bathroom accident, the parent or emergency contact will be asked to pick up the child.

Every child must take an entrance exam prior to acceptance.  If a child has successfully completed the previous school year and his/her schoolwork and behavior compare favorably to the comparable grade at IDA, the child will be placed in the grade for which he/she is applying.  However, if there is evidence to show that the child may not be adequately prepared for the next sequential grade level, as evidenced by the entrance exams, with the parents’ compliance, he/she may repeat the previous grade.

Admission Requirement for the Parents:

Though not required to be Christians, the parents of students at Imago Dei Academy should have a clear understanding of the school’s biblical philosophy and purpose.  This understanding includes a willingness to have their child exposed to the clear teaching (not forced indoctrination) of the school’s “Statement of Faith” in various and frequent ways within the school’s program.

The parents should be willing to cooperate with all the written policies of Imago Dei Academy.  This is the most important in the areas of standards of conduct, discipline (see “Discipline Guidelines and School Rules”) and schoolwork standards as well as active communication with the respective teacher(s) and administration.