Campus & Security
One of Bosque School’s core values, Learning from Place, is meaningfully manifested each and every day on our stunning campus, beautifully integrated into the Rio Grande bosque. Our modern campus reflects the research on the importance of natural light and outdoor learning to enhance students’ academic performance, cognitive function, and mental and physical wellness. Most of our classrooms have direct access to the outdoors, and teachers frequently integrate learning beyond the walls of our bright and modern classrooms, providing opportunities to enrich lessons through hands-on application, reflection, and engagement across our campus and into the bosque.
Sanchez Park, our own private park, provides a place of celebration (as it plays host to our annual ceremonies such as convocation and commencement) and a space for daily play, quiet time with friends, and fierce games of sticker tag. Our campus pond is frequently filled with students in waders, working alongside their science teacher to investigate invertebrate populations or water chemistry. Our beautiful athletic fields, courts, and cross country course are abuzz with the twice daily 6th-grade movement break, PE classes, and competitive sporting events. Over lunch, students relax in our quad, string hammocks between the trees, and throw frisbees.
When you visit us at Bosque School, you will be amazed by the beauty of our campus. It is a gift none of us ever take for granted!
One of our top priorities as a school is to create a community where our students can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Effective risk management is an important part of that priority.
As part of our commitment to school safety and risk management, we employ two full-time security officers from Desert Wolf Security. These unarmed officers provide a visible and dedicated security presence during the school day. They are well integrated into our community, take the time to know our students, and work in collaboration with our staffulty to uphold our mission, values, ECC Principles, and best practices through effective campus safety measures. Their role is not as law enforcement, nor do they engage in disciplinary actions. Instead, they are the eyes and ears of our campus as they aid in drop off and pick up, direct visitors to our screening and badging system, keep our campus free from unauthorized personnel, help with our crisis management training and drills, and more.
As a school, we also lean heavily into the research-based recommendations of what schools can and should be doing to mitigate risk most effectively. While it is natural to assume that gates and metal detectors make our campus safer, the statistics prove, over and over, that is not the case. The research explains that the way to reduce the risk of school shootings is through creating a campus culture that builds and maintains deep and meaningful relationships between students and adults (including licensed student support experts), that proactively addresses red flags, that partners with families regarding the biggest threats to safety — adolescent access to guns and mental health supports — and that trains and empowers students to speak up regarding any concerns for community safety or wellbeing.
Bosque School very intentionally does all of these things alongside our security efforts. Bosque School’s head of school is a leader in crisis management and has consulted, presented, and written on this topic at the national level. We maintain a very close relationship with the Albuquerque Police Department, who partner with us in staffulty and student training, drill observation and feedback, and risk mitigation. All campus visitors sign in at our front desk and go through an immediate background check. Finally, our whole community (including our security & facilities staff) is deeply committed to ensuring our campus is a place where students feel safe and supported and can focus on feeling free to learn and live with joy and confidence.