Bosque School

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Bosque School
Location
4000 Learning Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
United States

Information
Type Private, Grades 6–12
Established 1994
Head of school Billy Handmaker
Faculty 70
Enrollment 550
Color(s) Blue and White
Mascot Bobcat
Website

Bosque School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory school for grades 6–12. Founded in 1994, Bosque School takes a progressive and inventive approach to learning. The school sits on a 42 acres (170,000 m2) site along the Rio Grande bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Surrounded by the riparian forest of the bosque, the school emphasizes environmental science, the Arts and service learning. With 550 students and 60 teaching faculty, there is a 9:1 student/faculty ratio. An average class size at Bosque School is 16 students.

When students enter middle school (6th–8th grades) at Bosque, they take a full schedule of required courses including English, Spanish, Math, Social Studies, Science, fine art, performing art, service learning, and physical education. As students enter the upper school (9th–12th grades), they are required to take four years of English, four years of History, three-four years of science, three-four years of math, two years of Spanish, two years of Latin, two years of performing or fine art, four years of service learning, and two years of physical education or equivalent interscholastic athletics. Upper School students are also required to take a college seminar course and complete a junior and senior thesis.

Since its first graduating class in 2001, one-hundred percent of all Bosque students have matriculated to college receiving, on average, $12,000 in merit scholarships. Bosque alumni are currently attending colleges and universities across the United States and abroad.

During an expansion project in early 2007, an ancient Native American pueblo was found on the southern end of the campus. To preserve this archeological discovery, the tennis courts and the Klaus Weber Championship Soccer Field were moved slightly to preserve the land. This ancient pueblo site is used as an educational resource in history classes.

Given its location in a vast environmental ecosystem, Bosque students are leaders in becoming good stewards of the land. The Black Institute for Environmental Studies at Bosque School builds connections between students, community, and the Rio Grande and its riverside forest and watershed through research, education and action. The Black Institute programs include; the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP), The Cebrin Goodman Youth Leadership and the Environment Project, citizen science, and wildlife conservation. These environmental projects involved over 6,000 students and teachers from Bosque School and other private, public, pueblo and home schools.

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Bosque School from above.

Coordinates: 35°08′40″N 106°41′11″W / 35.14444°N 106.68639°W / 35.14444; -106.68639