What is a New Mexico charter school?

A charter school is a public school that is independent from a district and is free to attend. Charter schools are created by the State of New Mexico or through a local school district. They operate much like a school district by setting their own curriculum, creating their own budget, and hiring & firing their own staff. Charter schools must follow the same laws and regulations that other public schools throughout the state follow.  ACE Leadership is a locally chartered school.


What does “lottery” mean?

As a charter school, ACE Leadership is required to use a “lottery” student selection process. “Lottery” means that the ability to enroll and attend the school is based on chance. The “lottery drawing” is the public time that the school will draw a set number of names from the list of those who have completed lottery applications. This gives every interested student an equal opportunity to enroll. Nothing that is included in the lottery application affects a student’s chances to get drawn. The only requirement is that the lottery application is complete and turned in at the time of the drawing.

We are currently accepting lottery application for 9th – 12th graders for both our day and evening re-engagement programs for 2020-2021 school year.


 The lottery drawings will be held daily at 9 am until October 2020. Once we receive your lottery application, it will be included in the next scheduled drawing and you will be notified if it was picked.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the process — we’re more than willing to talk with you and your family to find out if ACE Leadership is the right fit for you. The only requirement to be included in the lottery is a completed application form returned to our office prior to a lottery drawing.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call 242-4733, or contact us via email at enroll@aceleadership.org.



Lottery Application Submission

Click here to download the Lottery Application. You may also submit your application online below.