Choices for Fall 2020-2021

We are a public charter school, and we are proud to be a part of educational choice for the Carlsbad Community.  During this extraordinary time, we are striving to give our JMA family choices while abiding the laws and guidelines of the State of New Mexico and the Public Education Department.  Our priority is keeping our JMA family safe.

We understand that we do not have solutions that are a perfect fit for everyone.  Please understand we are striving to minimize the challenges of the coming school year for students so that our reason for being here can be fulfilled, education.

Two days a week in school instruction:

If you opt for two days a week in school instruction students will have their temperature checked daily before being allowed entrance to the school building.  They will be required to wear a mask/face shield at all times (with the exception of while eating, or during PE) while on campus, not just in the building.  Masks/face shields must not have offensive language, logos, or logos for alcohol/tobacco companies.  Locker boxes will be required, hall locker access will not be available.  Students will be required to sanitize their hands and work area frequently.  Social distancing will be enforced.  These are required, not optional or suggestions.  We will make every effort to schedule siblings for the same in-school days.

Online only instruction:

You may choose online-only instruction, no medical documentation required.

To request your preference please click HERE.

PLEASE NOTE:  Both options are a semester-long commitment (August - December 2020).


Jefferson Montessori Academy is a Carlsbad, New Mexico public charter school.  We offer a FREE K-12 Montessori education to all of Carlsbad's scholars while proudly working within the Carlsbad Municipal Schools District.

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June 25, 2020

JMA Family,

As many of you are already aware, the New Mexico Public Education Department has released directives on reopening schools in the fall.  The reopening plan calls for a mixture of face-to-face and online instruction.  There are a lot of details to work out to ensure the safety of all students and all staff.  I am currently working through these details with my staff and my Council of Trustees.  I am confident that this very detailed and thorough planning will allow for a safe reopening.  Please feel free to email any ideas or concerns to

JMA will release any plans that we arrive at or any additional information we receive via our website and our Facebook page. 

Thank you for your patience and support through these difficult and unique times.


Stacey Frakes

Until stay-at-home orders are lifted, and the building is re-opened there will be no parent/student access to the school.

Please visit the CoT page of this website, then the Documents folder for updates of CoT activities.


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500 West Church Street

Carlsbad NM 88220

Phone: 575.234.1703

Fax:  575.887.9391