Metropolitan Detention Center

The Gordon Bernell Charter School is second of its kind in the nation.

Gordon Bernell Charter SchoolDedicated to the education of 150 inmates in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Detention Center and Sandoval County, and 200 students at the downtown Roma campus, Gordon Bernell offers students an opportunity to recover credit and earn a high school diploma. Core classes in math, science, social studies, language arts, art, and physical education are available to students. Our mission is to transform lives through academics, career counseling, community support, and self-awareness.

The school honors the legacy of Mr. Bernell and his family on behalf of the countless lives transformed by his benevolent and inspiring presence at the Bernalillo County Detention Center. Among his many accomplishments were the nation’s first jail-based computerized literacy lab, the Youth Outreach Program, the BCDC inmate and Child Christmas Program, and a 15,000 book library at the jail. He was loved and admired by inmates and employees of Bernalillo County throughout his 18 years of service to the community.

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