On Friday, the Estancia Valley Classical Academy is breaking ground on its new Edgewood location. 

“Although our students have thrived in our portable facilities, it is just not fitting for a classical school, which emphasizes instruction in the foundational knowledge of Western Civilization and the enduring values of good behavior and human happiness, to be without a permanent facility,” said the school’s executive director, Tim Thiery. “EVCA also has a vision for the new facility to serve as a center of scholarly activity and the exploration and understanding of American history and heritage for area residents of all ages.”

The move will take 540 students and staff from its portable modular facilities on Route 66 between Edgewood and Moriarty to the new 20-acre site on N.M. 344 just north of Walmart. The planned facility will double the school’s current 33,000 square feet to just over 60,000, and is expected to be completed in 12 to 14 months depending on weather conditions.

The charter school serves students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

According to a fact sheet provided by the school, its most recent state report card shows EVCA with 82 percent of 11th-graders scoring proficient or advanced in science on the state’s standards-based assessment, compared to 39 percent of 11th-graders statewide.

Students study Latin starting in the earliest grades, and study history through primary source documents. For more information contact Tim Thiery at 505-832-2223 or tathiery@theevca.com.