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Welcome from Executive Director





Hello and welcome to the Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School website.  Whether you are visiting our site for the first time, or the hundredth, we hope that you are able to find what you are looking for and get a good sense of the kind of place that we have worked so hard to create here!


Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School is a  charter school in Albuquerque authorized by the Albuquerque Public School district that was founded with the idea that all children should have access to a high-quality, rigorous college preparatory experience.  That is what we strive to provide.  While there are many challenges that we face in public education, we believe that the charter school model is one of our best chances to, in many ways, rebuild the public educational landscape and push the traditional public schools to become more and more relevant in the lives of their communities and the children within them.


We are lucky to have made such great progress in a relatively short amount of time (the school opened its doors in the fall of 2008), and look forward to continuing to "push the envelope" about what high-quality, supportive college preparation can look like for students.  We are grateful to the families who were the "early adopters" of Cottonwood Classical and know that we are a choice among many.  While we are not the school for everyone, we do believe that anybody who comes to Cottonwood has the opportunity to be the best that they can be.  We strive to create the kind of learning environment where children are joyfully engaged in the relationships that they are forging, the activities that they are completing, and the demonstrations they are performing.


The school was founded on the idea that we can provide “a private-school education at a public-school price.”  And, although we have had some growing pains in our short ten years of existence, we believe that we are living up to that motto and making our city and state proud.


Welcome to Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School!  We are glad that you are here.




Sam Obenshain

Executive Director