Camino de Paz High School
Addressing Education, Human,
and Social Reform
In 1948, Maria Montessori first published "From Childhood to Adolescence". In this seminal text, Dr. Montessori began to articulate her views on secondary education: "The need that is so keenly felt for a reform of secondary schools concerns not only an educational, but also a human and social problem...schools have remained in a kind of arrested development, organized in a way that cannot have been well suited even to the needs of the past, but that today is actually in contrast with human progress...[education] must aim at improving the individual in order to improve society."
At Camino de Paz, we take this charge seriously emphasizing the development of our students as scholars, people, workers, community members, and engaged citizens.
Our educational approach:
Integrated Project-Based Learning,
Applied and Experiential Learning
Students learn about the politics, education, geography, law, and economics of New Mexico, the United States of America, the various histories of local indigenous peoples, and peoples across the world.
Students learn foundations of science, theoretical concepts, and apply this knowledge to their work at the school's farm.
Students learn about the literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, and arts of New Mexico, the United States of America, the various histories of local Indigenous peoples, and peoples across the world.
Students learn to express themselves and the world around them in written, audio, and visual form, engaging with topics and issues covered in their classes and encountered in their daily lives.
Students learn the foundations of math as well as theoretical concepts, and apply this knowledge by running business enterprises connected
to the school and farm.
Students learn to engage the mind and the body through physical activity on campus in the form of traditional and non-traditional sports and in the natural world through backpacking trips, skiing, and other activities.