November 05, 2015
As a Bosque parent I was surprised by the personal attacks and misinformation in the review posted below. Some excellent teachers have left (retirement, moved to be near aging parents, etc.), but the replacement teachers have been outstanding. Some students have left (family moved, financial situation changed, etc.)—which isn’t uncommon. I haven’t heard of any teacher or family leaving because of the administration. We do find the administration has zero tolerance for bad behavior, and students are held accountable for their actions, including suspensions and expulsions.
Our children take rigorous, honors-level courses and have no more than one free block per day. The study hall is important because of the heavy homework load. If a student has 2-3 frees per day then that is a poor choice made by the student and/or parent who signs off on what sounds like a minimum course load. Seniors do have privileges to leave campus; it is forbidden for other students, and it is inaccurate to suggest otherwise.
Some public high schools do have advantages—more team sports and facilities, greater diversity, and less financial burden. These are compelling incentives. For us, at Bosque, we like the strong emphasis on reading and writing papers starting in 6th grade. We like the small class sizes that allow teachers to engage and support students. We like that there is an authentic engagement with the community—Horizons at Bosque offers enrichment programs to APS elementary school students, Sofia at Bosque fosters professional development for educators, BEMP, a joint project with UNM, conducts research on the Bosque ecosystem, plus there are numerous service learning programs in place. Finally, we find the administrators and teachers are devoted and care deeply about the students, value academic achievement and integrity; and in turn, we are struck by the kindness of students, their passion for learning, and the abundance of raw talent. So, Bosque has its advantages, too, which set it apart from other schools—both public and private.
- submitted by a parent