Welcome from the Head of School
Welcome to the Bosque School website. I hope you find it both interesting and intriguing. As the head of school, a classroom teacher, and a parent of a current student and an alumnus, I can tell you that Bosque is an exceptional place. Our commitment to Bosque School’s core values of scholarship, community, and integrity manifests itself in a variety of ways throughout our campus and our programs.
As a school devoted to scholarship, we strive to challenge and support students as they prepare for college and the world beyond. The combination of a college preparatory curriculum with innovative teaching helps students gain the skills and content that will enable them to be successful wherever they go. Every student ends his/her education with Bosque’s capstone program, the Junior, and Senior Thesis. Students research a historical or literary topic in junior year and write a 10-15 page thesis; in their senior year, they choose a topic in any field, write a 15-20 page thesis, and defend their findings in front of an audience composed of teachers, peers, adults, and often alumni. This capstone project is just one of many ways Bosque School prepares students for the academic rigors of college.
Our commitment to community at Bosque creates a school where students encourage each other in classes, in the arts, and on the fields and courts of play. Having support from their teachers and peers allows Bosque students to challenge themselves and try new things that they might not have had the confidence to do in another setting. For example, every week in upper school commences with a student performance during Monday’s morning meeting. Students will sing or play a piece of their choice ranging from opera to folk to jazz from "The Lumineers" to a song they wrote themselves. One student even commemorated the premier of The Hobbit movie by composing an entirely new piece on the violin that combined music from the three Lord of the Rings movies. Whether it’s students cheering each other on at games, attending each other’s concerts or having a meaningful conversation at a Friday night coffeehouse, the young women and men at Bosque are there for one another. It is this commitment to the community that students at Bosque often say differentiates us from other schools. Bosque students are also devoted to the greater Albuquerque, New Mexico, national, and global communities. This commitment is evident in the admirable work they do in Bosque’s unique and extensive service learning programs that begin in sixth grade and continues through the senior year.
Integrity at Bosque is more than just a buzzword. Although we are a secular school, we believe in teaching students values, like honesty,
compassion, and doing the right thing in every area. As we often say, integrity is not only what you do when others are watching—it’s what you do when nobody can see you. Students demonstrate their dedication to integrity in all aspects of their lives at school from the classroom to the studio to the fields and courts of play. As a community, we actively teach what it means to be a whole person in everything we do.
At Bosque, we want our students to become well-rounded, passionate, and enthusiastic leaders who see the connection between the work they do in the classroom and the outer world. Bosque students are driven to be excellent students and, just as importantly, outstanding people. I hope you will come and visit us in person so you can see for yourself why we are so honored and so proud to work with them.
William B. Handmaker
Head of School