Bosque School

4000 Bosque School Road Nw
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Tel: (505)898-6388
Bosque School, founded in 1994, is a challenging college preparatory school for students in grades 6-12. The campus sits on 45-acres adjacent to the Rio Grande bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bosque School, founded in 1994, is a challenging college preparatory school for students in grades 6-12. The campus sits on 45-acres adjacent to the Rio Grande bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
At Bosque School we design learning experiences that inspire students to explore challenging concepts and ideas and to be daring in their pursuit of deep understanding. Our academic program is grounded in inquiry and prizes curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking.
The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) is long-term ecological research using volunteers (mainly K-12 teachers and their students) to monitor key indicators of structural and functional change in the Middle Rio Grande riparian forest. Started with fewer than 200 students in 1997, BEMP now has over 7,000 students participating in field data collection, lab processing, and follow-up.
Although Bosque School's academic curriculum is the backbone of the Bosque education, we feel strongly that education is more than just the exchange of knowledge and ideas within the classroom. Understanding is gained by the actual experiences that take place on the stage, in the bosque, on the playing fields, in the hallways, and through service learning opportunities.
At Bosque, we strive for honor and excellence on and off the playing fields. With nine upper school athletic programs and seven middle school athletic programs, students can continue a sport at a competitive level or join a team at a more recreational level.  Students are allowed to participate in multiple sports throughout the year.
Service Learning is an educational experience that takes students from the classroom into community settings, applying academic and real-world concepts while meeting a real community need.  At Bosque School, we believe strongly that integrating meaningful service with instruction and reflection will enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and engage students in issues affecting the larger community  locally, nationally, and globally.
Bosque Summer is an exciting summer full of creative, flexible, and engaging programming for students in grades 1-12. Most Bosque Summer programs are 1-week, full-day schedules (8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.) multiple class options throughout the day. In addition, before and after care programs are available.  Bosque Summer is flexible and individualized per family and student.
Experiential learning engages the student in hands-on opportunities to explore the subject matter in a direct and comprehensive way. Winterim is experiential learning at its BEST! Explore the Sonoran Desert, tour New York art galleries, swim with the manatees, canoe the Big Bend, learn to ride a horse, or surf in the Pacific.
  • Bosque School is renowned for its innovative program, which is designed to engage each student's passion and purpose and to prepare them, in the words of our mission, "to become lifelong learners with the highest character values and academic goals.".

Upcoming Events and News

  • Not Your Parent’s Classroom - 07/18/2017 - Bosque School's Head of School Billy Handmaker and Shawn Berman, acting dean with the Anderson School of Management (ASM) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) join The University of New Mexico's Planning Design & Construction as they discuss education in New ...more

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the South West (ISAS)
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
Year Founded 1994

Student Body

Total Students 464 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade Bosque School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 57 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 16 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Middle School Math, Advanced Physics, Advanced Spanish Seminario, Advanced Writing Seminar, Calculus II
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 17 / Jan. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost $21,570
Tuition Notes 34% of the student body is supported with need-based financial aid
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $10,127
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Doug Key
Admissions Associate Suzie Castilleja


Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballGolf,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 24 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Amnesty International, BATS - Arts Honor Society, Band, Book Club, Cantate, Cantate Choir, Chess Club, Choir, Drama, Jazz Band, Key Club International, Literary Magazine, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Model UN, National Latin Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Outdoor Club, Spanish Model UN, Startup Teen, Strings, Student Diversity Leadership, Student Government, Tech Club, Yearbook Band, Book Club, Cantate, Cantate Choir, Chess Club, Choir, Drama, Jazz Band, Model UN, Outdoor Club, Startup Teen, Strings, Tech Club, Yearbook, Amnesty International,
BATS - Arts Honor Society,
Key Club International,
Literary Magazine,
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC),
National Latin Honor Society,
National Spanish Honor Society,
Spanish Model UN,
Student Diversity Leadership,
Student Government,

School Notes

Bosque School is a co-educational, non-sectarian, college preparatory school for students in grades 6-12.

  • Low student/teacher ratio 9:1
  • Small class sizes 16
  • Bosque School provides a balanced education based on the school's core values of Scholarship, Community, & Integrity. Bosque School emphasises a core curriculum of challenging academics in the sciences, math, English, and history, along with a strong language curriculum in Spanish and Latin, endless leadership opportunities, exciting electives, competitive athletics, award winning programs in visual and performing arts, engaged service learning, and an emphasis on innovative and experiential learning.
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The average private school tuition in Albuquerque, NM is $6,918 for elementary schools and $14,095 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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