Bosque School

Bosque School Photo #1 - 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 School Photo #2 - 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 Photo #3 - 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.
Bosque School Photo #4 - 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.
Bosque School Photo #5 - 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 Photo #6 - 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.
Bosque School Photo #7 - 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.
Bosque School Photo #8 - 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.
Bosque School challenges traditional education, with an inquiry-based curriculum in which students gain knowledge by researching and discovering solutions to real problems.
At Bosque, we instill a philosophy of lifelong learning, while abiding by our core values of scholarship, community, and integrity.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NM School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 486 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,000
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 17 / Mar. 1 / rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia and mild learning differences
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
$315 per week for full-day classes, half-day classes are $160. Learn more here:
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
486 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
Bosque School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Feb. 17 / Mar. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Flexible tuition plans allow you to make a one-time payment, pay by semester, or make monthly payments.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Ryan Hannon
Admissions Associate
Suzie Castilleja



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

Club or Organization:
Lego Robotics, Mock Trials, Spanish Model UN, VEX Robotics

Arts and Music Programs:
BATS - Arts Honor Society, Jazz Band

School Notes

Bosque School challenges traditional education, with an inquiry-based curriculum in which students gain knowledge by researching and discovering solutions to real problems. At Bosque, we instill a philosophy of lifelong learning, while abiding by our core values of scholarship, community and integrity.

  • Low student/teacher ratio 9:1
  • Small class sizes 16
  • Bosque School is centered 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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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (12 reviews)
My son is in his second year at Bosque School. He absolutely loves it! I can not think of anything more worthy, than the investment in our children's education. And I could not be more pleased with our choice of schools! Their mission: "To create transformative learning experiences that empower a diverse community of students to lead lives of intellectual curiosity, personal integrity, and compassionate contribution to a more just world" could not be more fitting, given what is going on in our world today. Something worth striving for. Bosque School's commitment to community is obvious in everything they do and extends well beyond their campus. The holistic approach to the wellness of all their students, and their families, is at the forefront of the students' well-rounded education. I have had the privilege of experiencing this first hand; Bosque's ability to pivot to ensure that students are safe and stay healthy during this COVID pandemic, to immediately start a Community Commitment Fund to support families hit by the economic crisis caused by this same pandemic and today, pivoting again to help our students pause and process, after what took place at our Capital Building yesterday.I am proud to be a member of this community. I wholeheartedly recommend that you look at Bosque School, as you consider the future and the education of your child(ren).
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We have been a Bosque family since 2010 with our daughter who graduated in 2017; our son graduates in 2021; and another daughter in 2025. Yes, the academic experience is solid & meaningful. The "extras" have been incredibly impactful (drama, technical theater, art, service learning, college counseling). But the thing I appreciate the most (and is well worth the financial priority) is that Bosque faculty & staff honor the souls of our children. Our children & their Bosque peers grow into young people I enjoy. They are articulate, thoughtful & confident. Academically they are well prepared for college and beyond. Emotionally, they are well prepared for life!!
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We were impressed with everything we kept learning about Bosque, through friends' children that have attended, the research we did on our own, and with what the faculty had to say when we met with them. Our son applied for early admission into 6th grade last year and it was a relief to know that he was accepted so we didn't have to worry about it during the spring (especially since Covid hit at that time). Starting a new school would be daunting under any circumstances, but as has happened for so many kids, beginning remotely is its own surreal experience for students and parents alike. Bosque's communication through emails and videos was exceptional. Holding "Back to School Night" online, in videos we could access anytime, was particularly helpful. It gave us, as parents, a chance to see each of our son's teachers and get a feel for what his classes might look like. A transition to Hybrid learning. when our son began attending in person two days a week, and remotely 2 days a week, was much more seamless than I was anticipating. Our family could not be more pleased with the school our child has chosen, nor more impressed with how the school has navigated these unique times & circumstances.
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We are so happy to be part of the Bosque School community. From the start, we have felt an unprecedented welcome, warmth, and support from the Bosque School staffulty (staff/faculty) and fellow families. We were unsure we would be able to attend the Bosque School due to financial concerns, but there are options available to meet many levels of need, and the admission process is straightforward, highly structured, thoroughly explained, and more than adequately supported through school outreach via email, phone, website, Zoom, and (pre-COVID) in-person meets. The staffulty is extremely accessible, friendly, and knowledgeable. Our academic experience here has been similarly fluid, changing to meet the requirements of the environment at large, as well as our family's specific needs. We entered as a new family in 2020, and the academic year started in a remote model due to COVID-19 restrictions/concerns. The school has since moved to a hybrid model, and so my son has been able to explore the campus and meet his teachers and fellow students face-to-(masked)-face. Throughout these changes, the Bosque School has impressed, maintaining rigorous academic expectations while remaining open and responsive to individual student and family needs.I cannot say enough in praise of this challenging, supportive school community. Bravo Bosque, and thank you!
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Bosque is an excellent choice of schools. Small class sizes and individual attention help students thrive. Community service is a priority. The inquiry-based curriculum connects students to the real world beyond the classroom walls! We enjoy watching our child grow academically and socially at Bosque!
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We love Bosque; it is all we hoped for our daughter's education and more! The teachers and staff take a unique perspective for each student, putting in place programs and support to allow each to succeed. This is our daughter's last year, on to College, but we know Bosque has given her the best foundation for her future success. Thank you Bosque!!
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Bosque school has helped my child grow in confidence, become aware of her values, and inspired her to use her skills and talents to serve the world around her. The inquiry model has allowed her to engage in learning in a way that allows real time hands on learning, research, and data collecting. She has gained an appreciation for how each class relates to the other and how they contribute to society. She has learned that every individual matters and has a part to play in the community. She has learned to appreciate NM, the land, where she is from. The teacher's are of the highest quality with sincere devotion.
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We absolutely love being a part of Bosque and we feel so blessed that our daughter is able to attend school there. She has the best educational experiences she has ever had. She is more involved in school than she has ever been, and it has been great to see her open up in this way. She has made great friends and loves all her teachers. She actually wants to talk to me about school when she comes home!
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Bosque is a place for kids to thrive. Bosque has a growth mindset in pursuit of excellence. Students can be artists, athletes, and academics- as most are through high school. It is all valued. There is a high level of respect on campus. It is a developmental need for kids to be actively involved in community service as they try to find their place in the world. Bosque does an amazing job of facilitating this with students. I believe that as our children "give birth to themselves" in adolescents, it is profound what they learn about who they are in the community that they live in and that they have a connection to a greater purpose. Bosque curriculum allows for enhanced, deep learning. It uses the inquiry method to engage students and best prepare them with skills for the future. For 7th grade, my daughter had an English/History project where she interviewed a family member about a family artifact, researched the artifact and its context in history. They wrote about the importance of the artifact and family stories. Students then presented. They learned an appreciation for a variety of backgrounds among friends and community. It was a beautifully layered project that also gave context for NM History. In science, they did a watershed project that culminated in a watershed congress with schools from around the state. It is such rich, deep learning. My oldest child attended a different local private school that was more about surviving than thriving. Sadly, that school has really lost its way under the newer head of school and allowed an insidiously toxic culture to develop. Upon this realization, we moved to Bosque and are so glad we did!
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My daughter was lucky enough to attended Bosque School from 6th to 12 th grade. In that time time she received a wonderful high quality education that has prepared her for college and the future. The campus is beautiful and inviting, the teachers are caring, passionate and involved with all their students. It has a warm and inclusive environment and a challenging curriculum. We couldn`t be happier with the education our daughter obtained at this wonderful school.
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I am going into my senior year at Trinity University, prior to my time at Trinity I spent 7 amazing years at Bosque. At times it could feel too small but with three years of perspective I`ve realized what a gift that was for the development of relationships both with faculty and friends and in fact it lead me to seek out a small university. For example, the head master while I attended now resides in the same city as I do and I still get to see him frequently. I am truly grateful for my time at Bosque and feel like it prepared me exceptionally for college especially in regards to writing and reading. In my freshman writing seminar in college we covered things Bosque taught me in 8th grade. I can not speak highly enough of this school and the kind, generous faculty and staff that work there. Thank you Bosque.
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There are many things I really like about bosque not only as a school but as a community. It`s a very accepting place that not only is open to diversity but seeks it out. It attempts to seek out every different voice in a problem and that is something I admire quite a lot. I like the sense of a community that surrounds bosque in the way that everybody is aceptes and welcomed and has they`re own support system. There are only a couple of things I don`t like about bosque. That is the drop off of students from middle school to high school. I think that is due to the curriculum and while it`s good information I think the teachers are encouraged to hold the hand of students too much throughout the system. There is no real danger in not doing your work in middle school and I think that is something that can be improved apon. I also don`t like the fact that winterums seem to be scaled back every year because I think Wintermute is a great program. I think that this program should be supported because it is a very helpful way for students to learn in different environments and about different perspectives.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NM School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 486 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,000
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 17 / Mar. 1 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Albuquerque, NM is $10,981 for elementary schools and $14,675 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Albuquerque, NM is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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