Mosaic Academy test

A Public Charter School

In Aztec, NM

Mosaic Academy will create an environment, characterized by a passion for learning, purposeful inquiry and expectations of excellence. The educational community will support each learner in achieving personal goals and academic success,  and becoming a fully contributing member of society.


Design principles

  • Appropriate challengeInstruction is differentiated and encourages and supports all students as they use and develop individual strengths in all learning areas.
  • Wholistic educationLiteracy-rich, authentically-integrated curriculum emphasizes the connections and interdependence between learner, teacher, content and environments.
  • Multiage settingsStudents are grouped in multiage classes promoting collaboration and mentoring.  This structure supports individual students as they work and interact at their own academic and social levels and also provides peer and staff continuity.

Unique features

Quest—science and social studies topics presented through hands-on, inquiry-based instruction provided for multiage groups of students

Mosaic University (MU) –competition-based, long term projects including science fair, Battle of the Books, Destination Imagination, Robotics and others

Exploratorium—interest-based mini-classes offered twice weekly in the areas of art, music, computers, games, crafts and many others


Current enrollment:  180 students, grades K-8; 70 students on a waiting list

We are 65% Caucasian, 23% Hispanic, 9% Native American, 2% Black, and 1%Asian

Currently, approximately 26%of our students receive special education support.

Nearly half of our students receive free or reduced price lunch and are classified as economically disadvantaged.


The Mosaic Academy staff consists of 25 wonderful individuals, highly qualified experts in the field of education.  Mosaic meets individual student needs in classrooms using the expertise of the classroom teachers, special education teachers and educational assistants.  Our students’ experiences are enhanced through PE, art and music (K-2).  The administration includes a principal who serves as the educational and instructional leader, and a Director of Operations who oversees the safety, custodial and maintenance needs of the school.  The Office Manager provides a positive focal point for our school, and our Business Manager takes care of all of our financial needs.


Facilities and Technology

Mosaic Academy is housed in six double portables (9 classrooms, a special education room, a multi-use room and an office) on about 2 acres in downtown Aztec.  Students walk to the Boys and Girls Club for physical education, visit the Aztec Library weekly, and use city parks, a playground and fields for recess and outdoor PE activities.

Mosaic has one laptop computer for each of our third through eighth grade students. Students use these daily to support classroom learning as well as for other activities including quest, Exploratorium, and MU.

A brief history of Mosaic Academy.


Aztec Municipal School District (Re-authorized December 2013, for five years)

For more information, contact:

Diane Mittler, Principal mittlerd@mosaic.k12.nm.us

Amanda Knight, Director of Operations knighta@mosaic.k12.nm.us