• SY 2017-2018

    February 16th Lottery Closes

    February 19th President's Day, no School

    February 20th Tasty Tuesday

    February 21st Lottery Drawing

    February 21st to 27th, Talent Show Sign ups

    February 22nd GC Meeting, 5:30pm

    Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School
  • Congratulations Science Fair Winners!

    2nd Place for 6th Grade: Alex Wohlberg

    2nd Place for 5th Grade: Rose and Claire Johnston

    3rd Place for 5th Grade: Lucas Stoll

    Honorable Mention for 4th Grade Lila Loweree

    Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School
  • Congratulations New Honor Society Members!

    Tuesday Evening, Feb 6th, 10 new students were inducted into our Chapter of the Honor Society: 

    Meridian Callaway-Kidd, Malani Gallegos, Marianne Joyce Brown, Marianna Miller, Lila Loweree, Ane Silva, Bila Ali, Abrielle Herrera, Veronica Ortega, Daniel Busemeyer

    Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School
  • Open House and Rally

    Join the Entire TTCS community in our Open House event from 5:30 to 6:30.  During this time there will be several presentations around the school showcasing as much of our school as possible.  There will also be Door Prizes and Free Food!  

    At 6:30 starts the Rally.  Get the answers about the SFPS vote.  Show your support for TTCS.  

    Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School
  • 2018 Science Fair Winners

    Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School
  • How YOU can help our school

    Volunteers always needed

    Science Fair Judges Needed

    Lunch Duty

    Library Assistant

    Classroom Volunteer

    Donations always welcome

    Monetary or in the form of school supplies

    Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School

COYOTES 2016-2017


TTCS will be a high-achieving student-centered learning school preparing students academically and socially for lifelong success.


As adopted by the Governance Council on September 18, 2014.  


Turquoise Trail Charter School serves a diverse community of Pre-K through 6th grade students and families in a safe and supportive environment fostering communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Students are empowered through a student-centered learning approach. Teaching and learning are research-based, data-driven, and relevant to diverse student needs and interests.

As adopted by the Governance Council on September 18, 2014.  

Strategic plan.docx 

In 1994, Turquoise Trail Charter School became one of New Mexico's first charter schools, which enabled the Turquoise Trail community to maximize its vision by refining a unique academic curriculum, utilizing site-based budgeting and management of funds, and implementing participatory governance and community involvement to focus on improving the achievement of our students.

Located 15 miles from downtown Santa Fe, the community is rural, with families living great distances from one another. Our children come from families diverse in their educational experiences and economic situations. Of the approximately 495 students enrolled at Turquoise Trail, the population has a 72/28 ratio of Hispanic children to children of all other ethnicities, including Anglo, Native American, African American, and Asian. Approximately 25% of our student population speaks Spanish as a first language. Turquoise Trail qualifies for Title I federal funds, with 67% of the student population receiving free or reduced lunches.

Since its inception, Turquoise Trail Charter School has followed an alternative curriculum that was developed and continues to be refined by the school's teachers. The curriculum is centered around the interrelated theories of multiple intelligences, learning styles, and developmentally appropriate practices. The educational program at Turquoise Trail was developed for students by staff with the following Exit Outcomes in mind: Self Directed Learners, Collaborative Workers, Community Participants-Contributors, Quality Producers, and Complex Thinkers.

The learning experiences we implement have brought students in our multicultural community into engagement with current, best instructional practices in the fine arts, physical education, and information resources. Our educational program has further refined state standards and benchmarks into integrated units and learning goals per grade level. Balanced literacy is fundamental to our instructional program, as is a comprehensive bilingual/ESL program, and inclusion of special education children in the mainstream of classroom instruction to the greatest extent possible.

Through the enriched experiences offered at the school, students gain a greater sense of basic human values, particularly through the exposure, appreciation, and respect of multiple lifestyles and cultures present in our community.