Bosque School

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Bosque School
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An aerial view of the school. Pictured also is a partial view of the proximate riparian forest or "bosque".
4000 Bosque School Rd. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120

United States
TypePrivate, Grades 6–12
Head of schoolDr. Jessie Barrie







Nickname"Bosque" "Bosque Prep"

Bosque School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory school for grades 6–12 founded in 1994.[1] 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. The school is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. Bosque School was voted the #2 private school in Albuquerque by the 2019 Albuquerque Journal Reader's Choice Awards. The annual summer camp at the school, Bosque Summer, was voted #1 at the same awards.


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 college level year long senior thesis.

College Matriculation[edit]

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. Of the school's 60 graduating seniors in the class of 2019, students matriculated to over 30 schools, including: Stanford University, The University of Chicago, Pomona College, Northwestern University, University of California, Berkeley, Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, and Washington University.

Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program(BEMP)[edit]

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.


A view of the "Schoolhouse", taken from the west. Designed by architecture firm RMKM, this building is lauded for its modern masonry "projecting a bold symbol of educational excellence". [2]

The campus sits on 23 acres of land directly adjacent to the riparian forest supported by the Rio Grande. It has numerous buildings, including: Peggie Ann Findlay Performing Arts Center, Budagher Hall, Upper and Middle School Buildings, a gymnasium, the Gerald Ford Library, and the 15,500 square foot "Schoolhouse".

Archeology On Campus[edit]

During an expansion project in early 2007, an ancient Native American pueblo was found on the southern end of the campus. To preserve this archaeological 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.

Notable alumni[edit]

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

  1. ^ "History". Archived from the original on 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  2. ^ RMKM, [1]"The Bosque School Schoolhouse Building"