Our Story and Quick Facts

Our Story

Like the Rio Grande and the surrounding woodlands that are our namesake, Bosque School has grown and developed with the purpose of nurturing those around us. Since our humble beginnings, gathered at a small dining room table in 1994, our first priority has been setting our students on a path for success at every stage of their lives. Like our founder, Dr. Peggie Ann Findlay, we still believe in the need for independent educational opportunities in Albuquerque and we have challenged ourselves to help fulfill that need in a way that emphasizes scholarship, community and integrity.

Bosque’s first Head of School, Dr. Gary Gruber, believed that the most important part of building the school from the ground up was to “hire exceptional faculty who could not only teach but could design a curriculum that met the demands of college preparatory work.” We still abide by that important principle and Dr. Gruber’s challenge to the educational status quo. We are not only providing means for artistic expression and deep community involvement but also the tools to exceed college expectations, build 21st century skills, and cultivate a lifelong love of learning.

Our growth over the years has led to many great milestones, including an address from President Gerald R. Ford, which helped launch the first capital campaign for our original 23-acre campus (we’ve since grown to cover 42 acres); our Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP), which has been an integral part of state and federal monitoring of the Bosque and Rio Grande; as well as the addition of the 10,000 square foot Rod and Mary Kay Pera Science Center, three soccer fields, six tennis courts, Budagher Hall, and the Schoolhouse. But our greatest sense of achievement still comes from the growth and successes of our students and alumni.

Accreditation, Memberships, and Affiliations

NAIS certifies that the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS), a member of the Commission on Accreditation, has voluntarily submitted to a rigorous and impartial review of its accreditation program and demonstrated its adherence to the Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation practices. NAIS commends ISAS and confirms its confidence in the quality of the association’s accreditation program for its independent schools. Bosque School is also members of local community organizations and numerous local and regional school affiliations.

Accredited by (ISAS) – Independent Schools Association of the Southwest
Accredited by the New Mexico State Department of Education
Member School (NAIS) National Association of Independent Schools
Member N.M. Assoc. of Independent Schools
Member National Association for College Admission Counseling
Member Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling
Member Secondary Schools Admission Testing Board
Member of NMAA - New Mexico Activities Association
Member of the APIAL, Albuquerque Parochial Independent Athletic League for middle school athletics
Member Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce
Member Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce
Member Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce
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