School of Choice

This week started off in a hugely celebratory manner when we learned that Bosque School had been named the city’s best private school and best summer camp by the Albuquerque Journal Readers’ Choice Awards (pg. 40). 

Bosque was founded 26 years ago by Dr. Peggie Ann Findlay who saw a need for greater educational choice in Albuquerque and envisioned a school where students would be challenged academically and nurtured through community, and could learn to contribute with integrity to the world around them. As the newest independent school in Albuquerque (by almost 40 years), Bosque has had to work hard to identify and distinguish itself among the more established schools in town. 

When I interviewed for the Head of School position, I asked the hiring committee what false narratives they felt existed about Bosque. They expressed that for years they felt a need to apologize for what the school was not, but they were now ready to loudly and proudly celebrate why Bosque was the “school of choice.” I couldn’t have agreed more and have found significant joy in my past 14 months sharing our story, mission, philosophy, relevance, and value. 

Bosque’s model of Challenging Education reflects exactly what I see today’s students most needing to thrive as learners, leaders, and community members and to develop the core skills they will need to succeed in college and careers that may not yet exist. Bosque is bravely and very intentionally challenging what has become known as the “traditional model” of education that was designed to serve the needs of the Industrial Revolution and continues to define most schools across this country. The “traditional model”—often characterized by passive learning, sage-on- the-stage teaching practices, siloed content, breadth over depth, and a focus on extrinsic motivators—is no longer serving the needs of today’s students or those of our global, digital, and ever-adapting world. Through our updated mission statement—to create transformative learning experiences that empower a diverse community of students to lead lives of intellectual curiosity, personal integrity, and compassionate contribution to a more just world—and our core values—inspiring academic excellence, cultivating community, fostering integrity, and learning from place—Bosque has designed an educational model that develops student agency, voice, and passions while deepening and connecting learning across disciplines and to the world around them. Not only are Bosque students well-served by our model,  but also our students are often recognized locally, nationally, and even internationally through their impressive accomplishments and through their diverse college matriculations

It has been very exciting to see how powerfully our message and model are impressing prospective students, families, and community partners. Last year, we saw a 22% increase in our admissions yield (the percent of families who received and accepted their offer to join us at Bosque) and our philanthropic engagement enhanced significantly across constituent groups through participation levels and dollars raised in support of our mission. To now receive this recognition as the best private school in Albuquerque feels like the icing on the cake of Bosque’s deserved reputation and outreach in Albuquerque.  

I hope you can celebrate success with us both today and into the future. We are so grateful for each of you who shared your support by voting for us, and who help spread Bosque’s message and impact either by sharing your positive feelings of the school through online reviews (please click here to do so today!) or by encouraging your friends and colleagues to learn more about our amazing school. We will be launching some VERY exciting ways for prospective families to engage with our school this coming Sunday (what would have traditionally been our big View of Bosque admission event which launches our 2021–22 application season). 

I couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments of our school and of the students, staffulty, alumni, parents, guardians, grandparents, trustees, community partners, and friends who have made Bosque the BEST private school in Albuquerque. THANK YOU! 

With gratitude,

Jessie Barrie, PhD
Head of School
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