Guide to Albuquerque Area Private Schools

Guide to Private Schools

We are excited to present our readers with the ABQ Mom’s Guide to Private Schools. This guide aims to be a one-stop shop for families who are considering private education for their children.

Check out the info below and make sure to stop by one of the open houses for a more in-depth look at your school of choice!

Albuquerque Academy

Albuquerque Academy

Are you curious about Albuquerque Academy? 

Albuquerque Academy students are defined by their curiosity. They are eager to learn. They question, engage, and challenge. They lead, solve, and invent, and they have endless opportunities to explore. They gain confidence in their successes and find humor and develop humility when they are less successful. And at all times they are supported by a caring community. 

Tuition assistance is part of our mission. Every year the tuition assistance team works with curious parents and guardians who have financial concerns to determine if they can help transform an acceptance into enrollment. Any family is welcome to apply for tuition assistance, and their ability to pay tuition will not affect their child’s admission decision.  

The Academy is a non-denominational, coeducational, independent day school serving 1,183 students in grades six through 12. The diversity of our student body fosters mutual respect and the sharing of unique ideas, important components of learning and growing. Find out how your child’s curiosity can benefit from and be served by our community.

Hope Christian School

hope christian school

Advanced Academics
Spiritual Development
Athletics & Arts Programs
Nationally Accredited
Armed Security
Hope for the Next Generation Initiative
Application process begins mid-October

New state-of-the-art building
Extended Care / After School Enrichment Programs
Music, PE, and Cursive included in curriculum
Extracurricular Sports from 1st grade

MIDDLE SCHOOL (6th – 8th)
Advanced Math & Science classes
Electives, including Music, Art, Drama, and Broadcasting
After School Clubs, Music, and Sports
Full Athletics Program; 8th graders eligible for HS sports
Community Service & Outreach

HIGH SCHOOL (9th – 12th)
Dual-Credit Program (college credits)
Senior Internship Program
Championship Athletics
Comprehensive Arts Program
Community Service, Missions Opportunities
College-bound graduates: 96%

Manzano Day School


Founded in 1938, Manzano Day School is an independent, nonprofit elementary school that inspires Joy in Learning® for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. It is the only Albuquerque elementary school accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). In addition to the core academic subjects of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies, the co-curricular areas of art, library, music, physical education, Spanish, and technology are part of every student’s schedule.

Manzano Day School offers its students many unique experiences such as an outdoor environmental education program hosted at Fenton Ranch, the school’s scenic property in the Jemez Mountains; community service based learning at each grade level; and time to explore and care for the school garden. The school’s core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, and striving for excellence are central to its strong and inclusive community.

Manzano Day School hosts open houses during the fall and spring and gives campus tours by appointment throughout the year. Please contact the Admission Office at 243-6659 or [email protected] for more information. Financial aid is available. We look forward to meeting you!

Montessori ONE Academy

Montessori One School

Montessori ONE Academy is a private, AMI-recognized Montessori school serving infants, preschool, and elementary students. Our award-winning programs are based upon the internationally-celebrated and scientifically-supported Montessori Method: an individualized, experiential approach to education whereby the whole child’s needs, curiosity, and interests are prioritized leading to a lifelong love of learning.

The infant program fosters freedom of movement, fine motor development, early socialization, and language development in a nurturing environment. Our Toddler and Primary programs introduce Montessori fundamentals such as universal values, practical life, and academic curriculum materials in a mixed age group setting– a key to providing positive role models, exposure to higher levels of learning, and opportunities for leadership development. The Elementary program continues these elements at increasingly complex levels with an emphasis on executive function and soft skill development resulting in independence, confidence, focus, leadership, collaboration, abstract thinking, problem-solving, and time-management skills. Montessori ONE graduates are prepared to succeed at any of the city’s top private middle schools and beyond.

Call (505) 822-5150 to schedule a tour. Find out how Montessori ONE can guide your child towards a lifelong love of learning!

Sunset Mesa

Sunset Mesa School is a nonsectarian, private school for preschool, Pre-K, kindergarten, and elementary school-aged children through grade 5.  In Preschool, parents have the option of an Early Childhood program or a Montessori program, in addition to a variety of schedules.  In both programs, our focus is play that is intentional, building basic school skills, and a joy in learning!

At our elementary school, Sunset Mesa has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence, fostering independent thinking, and applying foundational skills to real world problems.  Our students also enjoy weekly enrichment classes in science, art, music, Spanish, technology, PE, and library; thus, broadening  their experiences. 

For decades, our successful approach to learning, coupled with small class sizes, allows our teachers to know and differentiate for their students.  Our students successfully strive to achieve a high standards in math, novel studies and writing.  Sunset Mesa students are encouraged and challenged daily to become creative, responsible, and caring people by learning in an environment where values such as mutual respect, compassion, and ethical behavior are modeled.

The result, Sunset Mesa School students graduate with an advanced academic foundation, a strong desire for learning, and the organization and study skills for success in middle school and beyond.

Give your child a soaring start at Sunset Mesa School! To learn more, please call 505.298.7626 to schedule a tour or visit us on Facebook or Instagram at @sunsetmesaschool.

Bosque School

Bosque School

At Bosque School, the education is the experience. Our field-based science curriculum means that students don’t just learn science, they do science.

Our inquiry-based learning approach—built upon a solid college preparatory foundation—sparks curiosity and encourages students to deepen their understanding. By the time they graduate, each student has completed and presented a college-level senior thesis project.

Visual arts and performing arts are required courses—promoting a lifelong appreciation for the arts and ensuring students learn creative thinking and communication skills that are so valuable in today’s world.

Bosque School is committed to educating the whole child. Wellness, social-emotional learning, and life skills are embedded into the curriculum. This holistic approach means that not only are our students well prepared for college, they are well prepared for life.

Escuela del Sol

Escuela del Sol

Escuela del Sol Montessori nurtures an enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Our Toddler through Jr. High program fosters fundamental academic and emotional skills as part of an interdisciplinary curriculum that cultivates creativity, collaboration, and ingenuity while developing critical thinking, communication, and social responsibility. Studio classes in art, music, garden and Spanish, support exploration and expression while encouraging students to take age-appropriate risks in a safe, reassuring environment. Escuela shares a lush urban campus with its community outreach organization, the Harwood Art Center. Students are invited to experience and participate in exhibitions by working artists. They often work with Harwood artists to explore ideas, learn techniques, and share inspiration. A culture of kindness, courtesy, self-respect, and consideration for others is crucial to moral development, a sense of dignity, and academic success. Escuela del Sol Montessori, New Mexico’s first accredited Montessori school, has a 50+ year history of providing solid education that will last a lifetime.

Escuela is accepting applications for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Jr. High, ages 18 months -14 years. Limited spaces are available. Escuela del Sol Montessori, an independent not-for-profit school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, provides the best educational conditions to engage and nurture every child’s innate passion to learn.

Menaul School

Menaul School

Menaul School offers a small school environment for grades 6-12. Menaul School is recognized as the most diverse private high school in Albuquerque and the top Christian school in Albuquerque ( With students from 20 different countries, friendships with students from around the world are the norm. Students forge friendships that take them around the world. 

With about 65 students total in the middle school, participation rates in activities are high. Learning support is built-in to the daily schedule, as well as curriculum that helps students build resilience as they develop personally and socially. 

In the upper school, students participate in dual credit options, and take online courses through BYU to branch out or individualize their education path. Families are encouraged to participate in dorm activities and host international students. 

Find out if Menaul School is a great fit for your student at our next open house on October 2nd from 2-4 PM.

Immanuel Lutheran School

Immanuel Lutheran School offers private Christian Education from 2-year-old Preschool through 8th grade, conveniently located in downtown Albuquerque, off of 1-25 and Central, ILS has been nationally recognized as our students test above national averages. Enrollment is open, and transfers are accepted. Individualized instruction in a secure, gated campus is worth it for your child.

Immanuel graduates are confident, caring, and well-prepared for the next step in their educational journey. Traditional values and Christian character are taught by our certified teachers in all of your child’s academic classes along with strong academics, ILS offers PE, music, (band & choir) art, and Bible time, in all grades, throughout the year. Athletics and after-school clubs will round out your child’s success at ILS.

Call today for your Educational Success Consultation with our principal to see how your child will blossom in our Immanuel Lutheran School family!

Oak Grove Classical Academy

Oak Grove Classical Academy

Oak Grove Classical Academy, dually accredited for grades PreK-12, stands out in Albuquerque as the only Christ-centered, classical school uniquely partnering with parents by utilizing the University-Model® of education.

For thousands of years, the purpose of school has been the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the hearts and minds of children with truth, beauty, and goodness across all fields of learning. We aim to continue in that tradition- integrating classical literature, the arts and sciences, ancient languages, grammar, logic, and rhetoric. The classical pedagogy and curriculum are designed to cultivate the “whole man” in lifelong habits of mind and heart, as we wholeheartedly pursue Christ. With feet firmly planted in the wisdom of the past, we prepare our students to face the future with discernment, courage, character, and hope in Christ. We invite you to join us on this journey!

Sandia Prep

We are an independent, college preparatory school serving students in grades 6 through 12, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

At Sandia Prep, students take meaningful risks in a supportive community while learning who they are and who they want to become. Through a blend of contemporary and traditional education, our students think creatively, critically, and without limits. They grow in confidence and resilience as they navigate the world.

Learn more and apply today. The future goes to Sandia Prep.

Acton Academy

Acton Academy

Acton Academy is a self-directed learning environment that allows young people to take ownership of their education and peer relationships. Adult Guides use the Socratic method to present challenges and options. 

Our “Spark” studio (K-2nd) is a play-based studio designed to foster curiosity and a love of learning. Upper Elementary (3rd-6th), Midschool (6th-9th), and Launch Pad (9th-12th) studios use a combination of self-directed online “core skills” curriculum and project based learning.  

We believe children learn best by doing important work and mastering concepts. We do not assign homework, tests, or grades. Acton students are building real-life skills every day.

Gospel Light Baptist Academy

GLBA has been serving the Rio Rancho and ABQ communities for 24 years. Starting with kindergarten all the way through 12th grade, GLBA partners with families to provide rigorous academics and Christian character training.

At GLBA, we believe God is focused on the whole individual – mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. From teaching reading with a phonics foundation, to traditional math in small classroom settings, to extracurriculars such as music and athletics, GLBA strives to develop students that are well-rounded and balanced. We desire to partner with parents to provide a safe, structured, spiritual, and inspiring environment where students can thrive!

Calvary Elementary School

At Calvary Elementary School our goal is clear: we yearn to educate the whole student within a Christian context of intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social development (Luke 2:52). Calvary Elementary School exists to help students cultivate a relationship with God, to discover and encourage their gifts, and to inspire each student to realize his or her full potential in serving God in spirit and truth. We desire the best loved and best taught students in the Albuquerque region.

Calvary Elementary School’s academic teaching path is best understood with the word paideia. The Apostle Paul uses the word in relationship to the nurture of children (see Ephesians 5: The Greek word Paul uses is paideia). In a similar manner, Jesus modeled a whole-person—paideia approach to education.  In Luke 2: 52, the text states that Jesus grew in wisdom (mentally), stature (physically), favor with God (spiritually), and favor with man (socially).  This wholistic approach towards education is at the heart of a paideia framework. Paideia is a full-orbed instruction, encompassing all aspects of life via three foundational teaching tactics:  didactic, coaching, and seminars. Our unique approach to education is encouraging, challenging, and will help students flourish.

Call 505-338-4848 to schedule a tour and learn more about our program. We would love for you to be part of our school family!

St. Mary's Catholic School

St. Mary's Catholic School

St. Mary’s School is the only Catholic dual language school in New Mexico. We have served New Mexico children since 1893. Voted Top Workplaces in 2020, 2021 and 2022, we are passionate about education where we believe in meeting all of our children where they are at both academically and spiritually. We are a mission-led school with a proud past and an enlightened future! Students receive rigorous instructional opportunities in all core content areas as well as art, music, STREAM, Spanish, PE, and library. Contact us today for your personal meeting and tour.

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