Kathy Sandoval-Snider, director at the Albuquerque Institute for Math and Science at the University of New Mexico, will present the Blue Ribbon Shield award to Regents during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10 starting at 9 a.m. AIMS was one of only 12 charter schools nationally to receive the prestigious award recognizing its ‘exemplary high performance’ this past September.

The award is part of a national program by the U.S. Department of Education that recognizes schools of educational excellence. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements toward those standards.

"This award proves what’s possible when we all focus on what counts," Sandoval-Snider said. "At AIMS we are dedicated to the success of each and every one of our students.  I congratulate every member of our staff, our teachers and our students for once again proving New Mexico schools and students can be ranked the best.”

In partnership with UNM, AIMS is committed to providing an extraordinary education to students in the Albuquerque metropolitan area who are interested in pursuing careers requiring advanced math, science and technology skills. AIMS prepares students for post-secondary education, gainful employment and leadership in the New Mexico technology industry.

"Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers," Secretary Duncan said. "National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education."

For more information, contact Kathy Sandoval-Snider at (505) 559-4249.