About the Foundation

Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School (CCPS) is a charter school in the Albuquerque Public School system. Founded in 2007 and offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program to juniors and seniors, we serve almost 800 students (chosen through a very popular admission lottery) in grades 6-12 – and as such we are the 2nd largest charter school in New Mexico.

CCPS is historically rated as one of the top five public schools in the state by niche.com and US News, and has consistently received high marks from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Students come from across Albuquerque and surrounding communities and represent the ethnic, racial, cultural, and economic diversity of this city. CCPS is completely tuition free.

The CCPS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides funding and other means of support to CCPS, enhancing its mission to develop skillful, knowledgeable, compassionate, balanced, and internationally-minded lifelong learners who are inspired to improve themselves and shape a more peaceful world. The Foundation has a volunteer Board of Directors, and works closely with school administration to pinpoint where funding and other resources will make the most difference to students and their families.

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CCPS Foundation Board Members

John Binnert

CCPS Executive Director

Curtis Holloway

CCPS Foundation President

Crystal Megofna

CCPS Foundation Vice President

Matt Merhege

CCPS Foundation Board Member

Alexandra Hartman

CCPS Foundation Secretary

Isaiah Nixon

CCPS Teacher

Jessica Weems

CCPS Foundation Board Member

DeAnza M. Valencia, Esq.

CCPS Foundation Board Member

Keith Jordan

CCPS Foundation Board Member

Juan Lopez

CCPS Foundation Treasurer

Igor Dernov

CCPS Foundation Board Member