Our Mission
Alma del Mar (“Soul of the Sea”) is a K-8 Expeditionary Learning public charter school that opened in August 2011 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. We are committed to setting all of our students on a college trajectory and challenge them to be service-minded leaders.
By engaging in a rigorous academic program with an emphasis on meaningful work, our students master essential skills and content, take ownership of their learning and think boldly while addressing complex academic and community issues.


The Alma del Mar Difference

High Expectations. At AdM, we believe that EVERY student can achieve at high levels. ALL of our students do the hard work necessary to be on the path to college.

Clear Goals for Student Achievement. We set high targets, based on state standards, for student learning and track our progress toward those goals using “real-time” data.

Incredible Teachers. We recruit committed teachers from all over the country and empower them to lead all of their students to success. Teachers at AdM have the training, time and resources to focus on planning and teaching great lessons every day.

More Time for Learning. Real learning takes time. That’s why we have a longer school day and school year—nearly 25% more time than traditional public schools.

Meaningful Work.
Students at Alma del Mar do high-quality work that is presented to real audiences. While creating field guides, organizing community service events or conducting scientific studies of local habitats, our students do their best work because they know their work is important.