School was good but the current administration has really taken its toll. Billy Handmaker has seen 20% of the faculty leave in the last 2 years and 10% of the families have left as well. What does that say about the school? Good teachers are leaving (Hannaford, Lester, Bapty, Mahoney, Curry, Breault to name a few) as are families long affiliated with the school because of the lack of institutional control. The policies of Billy Handmaker, Doug Key, and Carly Andrews are driving away people in droves. How else do you explain a loss of over $1 million in revenue in the last 2 years when Albuquerque Academy and Sandia Prep are doing just fine?
Bosque School lacks the academic rigor and integrity to be taken seriously in this competitive market. No AP courses, too much free time during the day (some students have 2 or 3 "free blocks" in the course of a day or are allowed to go to Montano Plaza during class), courses that do little to prepare students for college as they lack direction or rigor, and the list goes on. If this school seriously wants to contend with any of the private or parochial institutions in Albuquerque, there needs to be a reboot of administration.
Save your $22K for college tuition and send your kid to Eldorado, La Cueva, or Sandia.
The school has a very nurturing environment. The arts and athletics departments are top-notch. Academically, there should be more rigor as this is supposed to be a college preparatory school. Scholastic performance seems to be a secondary and grade inflation is a big issue.
Bosque's performing art include drama, technical theater, choir, band, jazz ensemble, string ensemble, wind ensemble, dance and guitar. My daughter's involvement in performing arts has shown her what she is capable of accomplishing and has built her confidence.
Bosque School is amazing. They have an interactive and challenging program. They have accelerated/honors programs. It is a small community where the teachers care! I can email any teacher and within the hour I have a response. Teachers stay after school or offer help during activity period. The course work is compelling. I read the posts below and it appears that some were written by students not in attendance at the school. These forums can be manipulated. Go, check out the school for yourself. Find someone who attends and talk to them about it. If you are looking for a school where the kids are safe and the grounds are pleasant, and the program college prep with honors & advanced options, Bosque is your School. I am very pleased.
Bosque school has changed my life for the better. Yeah, there are certain people that will party, that will happen anywhere. But, I have never felt like going to Bosque was a bad decision. I know that I can go to any of the teachers with any issue and they will care about me and help me get through it. Every one of the teachers WANTS to be there and will work their hardest to reach their students, I know that isn't the case with every private high school. Bosque has been a second home to me and my classmates/teachers have become a second family. The current headmaster on his first week made an effort to learn every single student's name and meet them in person, I haven't felt that type of community anywhere else. From the second I walked onto campus as a 6th grader, I felt more welcomed than I had at any other school. It would be nice if there was more of a variety in classes, but the small class sizes is worth it.
the school is a very wonderful school, but some of the students and some of my friends are like some of the students at any other public school. They are mean or cut them selves. Even if I thought this wouldn't happen at this school, I was wrong. Now I realize this is life.
As a parent of two Bosque Bobcats I am very pleased with their academic challenges and social interactions. The middle school sports program could use more attention and with 7 grades fighting for time in the one gym it gets complicated. The environmental science at the school is a strong hold for them and worth while for any kid who loves nature. There is a new head of school coming in and all indications are that there is a renewed excitement about the internal growth at Bosque rather than the external promotion. It is good to be a Bosque Bobcat.