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MIMS: Educating the Whole Person for the Whole World

Welcome to the home of Mandela International Magnet School, the only equal access public International Baccalaureate (IB) school in Santa Fe.  As a fully authorized IB school, we serve students in grades 7-10 with the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and grades 11-12 with the Diploma Programme (DP).  As an IB World School, we fully embrace the tenets and mission of the IB to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  

Mandela opened its doors four years ago with the intention of providing a unique and rich academic opportunity for the entirety of the Santa Fe community.  As such, we serve a diverse population of students who are interested in a rigorous education that emphasizes international engagement and cultural competency.  Our stated mission is to empower learners to become compassionate and principled decision makers and responsible world citizens, and to provide the skills and tools so that our students can become agents of positive change.

As part of our programming, we offer a rich academic setting that includes world music, orchestra, theater, visual arts and a choice of either Spanish or Chinese as a second language.  Our students experience an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on teaching students how to learn for understanding through a concept-based curricula - not just content acquisition. In addition to being an IB school, we embrace the ideology of Harvard Project Zero, an education research group dedicated to understanding and enhancing learning and thinking.  Project Zero’s focus on visual thinking, the creation of agency through the design process and teaching within global context align with our school’s mission. Most of our professional development outside of the IB requirements are Project Zero based.

If you are interested in learning more about MIMS, what it means to be an IB World School, the MYP and DP, Project Zero or the extra-curricular opportunities we provide, please visit us at our Pathfinder website.


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Mandela International Magnet School offers an opportunity for students to experience the rich academic setting of the International Baccalaureate Programme.  Both our mission as a Santa Fe Public School, and as an IB school, is to develop multilingual, inquiring, knowledgeable and caring learners who will help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

In addition to being intellectually rigorous and highly academic, IB learners strive to be open-minded, caring, reflective, balanced, principled, knowledgeable, and hard-working.  Our students are known as enthusiastic inquirers, creative and ethical thinkers, resilient risk-takers, and collaborative communicators.

Is Mandela International Magnet School a good fit for your child and your family?  Prospective students looking to join the MIMS community should:

·      be prepared to cope with multiple demanding classes simultaneously

·      be ready to think critically and creatively

·      have a desire to acquire some fluency in a second language

·      engage in an international mindset

·      be compassionate and have a genuine concern for others

·      desire to develop self-discipline, self-motivation, and time management by establishing personal study habits

·      seek to support the local community through volunteer work and mentorship

By providing comprehensive and balanced curricula, in tandem with challenging assessments, Mandela’s aim is to develop the individual talents of our students while encouraging independent, critical thinking and engagement with the world as global citizens.

For more information on both the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme, please visit our pathfinder website.

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