Schools are NOT fully re-opening on Jan 18th.  We will be resuming our small group in-person learning ONLY on the 18th.  All other students will remain in the online-only model until further notice.

CONGRATULATIONS to JMA Senior, Ryan Helmer! 

His manuscript "Engineering a Desiccant-Driven (CaCl2) Self-Contained Solar Distillation System to Collect Drinking Water from the Atmosphere” has been accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of the New Mexico Journal of Science. 

This prestigious accomplishment, earning him a publication in the New Mexico Journal of Science, is well deserved. We are proud to recognize Ryan and his achievements in all areas, and we wish him the BEST as he continues his education at JMA! As our first published student, he is definitely a trailblazer! We look forward to his future achievements and even greater success in his post-secondary journey.  


(Keep an eye out for the next publication of the NM Journal of Science)


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

Congratulations to JMA’s 3rd-4th grade teacher, Ms. Carrie McDonald,
for being awarded the Chevron Catalyst Grant through The Carlsbad Foundation, to improve STEM education at JMA! Thank you Ms.McDonald for thinking outside the box to make learning fun and exciting! Thank you Chevron and Carlsbad Foundation for making it happen! We appreciate you all!

Congratulations to Senior, Ryan Helmer,
for being named a Top Scholar in the prestigious Society for Science’s  Regeneron Science Talent Search! 


Ryan’s remarkable research resulting in his innovative project titled “Engineering a Desiccant-Driven (CaCl2) Self-Contained Solar Distillation System to Collect Drinking Water from the Atmosphere” is deserving of many celebrations, especially considering the many challenges this year has presented. Please help JMA recognize and celebrate Ryan’s outstanding achievement. 


Ryan will receive $2,000, and our school, JMA, will also receive $2,000 to use toward STEM-related activities. (Thank you, Ryan!)


This is also a major accomplishment for the community of Carlsbad and the state of New Mexico, especially in the area of STEM education. Ryan Helmer is recognized not only for his astounding achievement but also as a role model for others, inspiring more students from JMA and local schools to participate in scientific research. Thank you for helping us recognize and support Ryan as he moves on to the next phase of the competition, especially during this difficult year for science competitions! 


Ryan could also be named as one of 40 finalists, whom each receives $25,000 and will participate in the final competition week in March (to be held virtually this year due to the pandemic). The top prize for the most promising emerging STEM leader in the United States is $250,000. The top 40 finalists will be announced on Thursday, January 21st. 


Sign up using the link below, to learn more about the Regeneron Science Talent Search, and to receive a notification when the 2022 application launches this summer. Continue to follow us on Facebook and on our website at for updates about Ryan and his journey to the final competition. We will also be sure to invite you to join us at the virtual Public Exhibition of Projects and the Awards Ceremony.


We would also like to recognize the JMA science teacher, Ms. Kerrie Thatcher! She has been Ryan’s teacher and mentor, encouraging and supporting Ryan’s research for this project and many more while he has attended JMA. She spent countless hours with Ryan and all of the JMA students participating in science fairs and competitions. It’s because of dedicated educators like Ms. Thatcher, who go above and beyond to inspire a love for learning that we have students “knocking it out of the park” every day! Thank you, Ms. Thatcher!

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Carlsbad NM 88220

Phone: 575.234.1703

Fax:  575.887.9391