The ASK Academy Androids

Welcome to the online home of The ASK Academy, a STEM Innovation academy in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. ASK is an independent, non-profit academy for 6th through 12th graders that teaches through a hands-on, research-based program. Our relationships with local businesses and educational partners enable scholars to learn in a realistic setting.

Please take the time to browse our website to learn what we are all about. Our unique perspective on teaching and learning allows our scholars to explore concepts truly unique to most middle and high school students. If you have any questions, please contact us for more information.

A Message from Our General Manager

Dear ASK Community,

What a phenomenal year this has been! We began the year way back in July in very cramped quarters at our Sara Road location. We weathered the inevitable construction delays and moved the whole Academy over the course of a weekend! That is ASK attitude in action! A special assembly honoring Colin DeGroot as this year’s New Mexico Milken Educator Award for Outstanding Educator capped the move. What a great reflection on Mr. DeGroot and the quality of our Academy. Many state dignitaries including Governor Susanna Martinez, Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera, and a host of state and local dignitaries attended the event. We followed that up with our official grand opening in March, which included both the ribbon cutting and an incredible presentation by Dr. Larry Crumpler of Mars Rover fame. What a great launch of our new facility! 

We saw robotics and humanities scholars take home multiple awards from both local and state competitions. Our research in the Action/ReCon program had over 300 entries for both fall and spring events. The dodge ball and Angry Birds competitions pitted scholars against scholars and scholars against managers in contests designed to help us build relationships that carry back into the learning spaces within all of us. From Fall Fest, senior camping, model UN, additions to our National Honors Society, and our inaugural Junior National Honors Society, we continue to grow our Academy into something unique and unprecedented.  

When our scholars adhere to our career pathways and apply the skills and knowledge they are learning every day – the sky is the limit! If you were out in the fields recently you would have seen how true that is as scholars launched both water propelled and chemical powered rockets into the skies above the Academy, parking lots, walls, the arroyo, and many other places! It was spectacular to watch the joy and pride that the aerospace scholars displayed as their projects took flight! 

On Saturday, May 14 we watched 34 scholars reach the pinnacle of their high school careers at our graduation ceremony. Approximately $1.8 million dollars in scholarships (exclusive of the lottery awards) is currently offered to our graduates! What a great day for all of us, but especially for our seniors as they take the next steps in their academic journey. We will also have five scholars finishing this summer. This brings our class total to 39 – all of whom have the attitude, skills, and knowledge to excel in whatever field they choose.   

Thank you all for an incredible year! I cannot wait to see how we top this!