ABQ Moms Blog Guide to Private Schools


We are excited to present our readers with the Albuquerque Moms Blog Guide to Private Schools. This guide aims to be a one-stop shop for our families out there 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!

Manzano Day School

Open House: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Founded in 1938 by Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms, Manzano Day School is dedicated to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching, and Joy in Learning® to prepare children for a life of discovery and community involvement. Our curriculum features core subjects, six co-curriculars (library, music, physical education, Spanish, technology, and visual art), the Fenton Ranch outdoor environmental program, and service-learning. Within our curriculum, we strive to develop young adults through four core values: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, and Striving for Excellence. As a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, we are accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Diversity is an integral part of the student body at Manzano Day School with approximately 465 students in grades Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. Twenty-six percent of these students receive financial aid while 47% identify as a student of color. Manzano Day School employs a full-time teaching faculty of 48. Forty-six percent of faculty hold advanced degrees and the average class size is 18 students.  Our 5.25-acre campus is located between Old Town Albuquerque and downtown. To schedule a private tour, visit our website or give us a call.

Hope Christian School

Open Houses January 30 & April 2, 2020

A Private Christian School (Pre-K through 12th grade)

  All Campuses

  • Advanced academics
  • Spiritual Development
  • Nationally accredited
  • Armed security on all campuses

Elementary (Pre-School – 5th)

  • Extended Care / After School programs
  • Music & Art
  • Extracurricular sports (1st– 5th grade)
  • NEW building planned for 2020

Middle School (6th – 8th)

  • Advanced and Honors classes
  • Electives, including Music, Art, Drama, and Broadcasting
  • Community Service & Outreach
  • Athletic program

High School (9th – 12th)

  • College-preparatory curriculum
  • Championship Athletics
  • Comprehensive Arts Program
  • $11.2 million in scholarships offered to the Class of 2019
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Albuquerque Academy

See how learning moves forward at Albuquerque Academy

At Albuquerque Academy, labels and boundaries don’t apply. Like our teachers, Academy students are world-class artists and athletes, scholars and explorers. The Academy is one of the top schools in the country, and we set each student on their own lifelong path of learning and doing. Through challenging coursework, deep connections with faculty and friends, and meaningful experiential education, our students grow to understand the greater world and how they can go out and serve it with wisdom, conviction, and compassion.

Albuquerque Academy is a non-denominational, coeducational, independent day school serving 1,149 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. Your child, too, has unique gifts and talents that can benefit from and be served by our community.

Sunset Mesa

Sunset Mesa School is a nonsectarian, private school for preschool, Pre-K, kindergarten, and elementary school-aged children through grade 5.  A Blue Ribbon School, Sunset Mesa has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence and fostering independent thinking and problem solving.  Our students enjoy enrichment classes weekly in art, music, Spanish, technology, PE, and library; thus rounding out their experience. 

For decades, our successful approach to learning, coupled with small class sizes, allows our teachers to know and differentiate for their students.  Expectations are high and our students successfully strive to meet them.  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.

Sunset Mesa School students graduate with an advanced academic foundation, a strong desire for learning, and the organization and study skills for success in their next educational and life experiences.

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

Immanuel Lutheran School

Open House: Every Thursday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Information Night: Saturday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. Free tuition scholarship to be given away that night!

Teaching a Changeless Christ to a Changing World since 1924.

Immanuel Lutheran School offers Pre-K to 8th grade private Christian Education located conveniently in downtown Albuquerque off of 1-25 and Central. Individualized instruction in a secure, gated campus is worth it for your child. Confidence, conscientiousness, and academic quality are found in our family, Christ centered, campus. Traditional values and Christian character are taught by our NM certified teachers in all of your child’s academic classes. Along with strong academics, ILS offers PE, music, art and religion in all grades, all year long.  After school, ILS offers sports in both elementary and middle school. For Kindergarten and up there are various Student Council run clubs (Robotics, Entrepreneur, Art, etc.) that will round out your child’s success at ILS.

Call today for your Education Success Consultation with our principal to see how you’ll fit in at our Immanuel Lutheran School family!

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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.

Escuela del Sol

Escuela del Sol Montessori, an independent not-for-profit school in Albuquerque, NM, provides the best educational conditions to engage and nurture every child’s innate passion to learn.

Escuela del Sol serves children ages 18 months through 9th grade. Fundamental skills are integrated in an interdisciplinary program to nurture creativity and enthusiasm for learning while fostering critical thinking and social responsibility. Learning in an environment of kindness, courtesy, self-respect and consideration for others is crucial to moral development, sense of dignity and academic success

Montessori ONE Academy

Montessori ONE Academy is Albuquerque’s only Association Montessori International/USA (AMI/USA) recognized school. As one of the city’s top private schools, Montessori ONE children progress through and consistently exceed standardized benchmarks.

The Montessori curriculum promotes a global perspective that is academically rich and challenging. Its integrated, thematic approach ties the separate disciplines together into a coherent, meaningful whole. Science and social sciences such as anthropology, biology, astronomy, geology, history and chemistry are integrated with mathematics, language, arts, and music. In this way, students develop contextual understanding that informs future learning and problem solving. Hands-on materials demonstrate abstract concepts in a concrete manner, so children develop a deep understanding of complex concepts.

Fostering independence is an important part of Montessori philosophy. Students are gifted with ownership over their own learning. They work individually or collaborate in small, self-selected groups. Teachers actively observe and assess the child’s choices; they are ready to step in with new challenges and offer guidance when students are unable to choose for themselves.

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Cottonwood School

Cottonwood School offers unparalleled Montessori teaching for pre-K through 6th grade on our beautiful 7 acre campus located in Corrales.

We believe that environmental education supports students in growing their connections to the natural world, which sustains us all.  When students appreciate their environment they continue wondering and learning throughout their lives. They become conscientious citizens and stewards of the earth. Our unique gardening program is an environmental science model which emphasizes sustainability and resourcefulness in harmony with nature.

In addition to environmental education, we also pride ourselves on our weekly enrichment programs and low student to teacher ratios (12:1) in our Early Childhood and Elementary programs.

Come visit our school during our two Open Houses, October 4, 2019 and February 2, 2020 for a chance to meet our nurturing staff and learn more about our belief in whole child, whole brain learning experiences.

Annunciation Catholic School

Open House: January 30, 2020 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Annunciation Catholic School (ACS) has provided Catholic Education in Albuquerque for over 60 years.  ACS is proud to serve 445 students in grades JK–8. Our devoted faculty and staff work in partnership with parents to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students to flourish: developing their social, academic, and emotional well-being. ACS provides students the necessary tools to be critical thinkers, collaborators, communicators and creators.

In addition to core classes, we prepare our students for their future by enhancing our strong academic program with the latest in technology, along with providing enriching classes: STEM, music, art, library, Spanish and Physical Education classes. Catholic values and teaching are the foundation of all that takes place at ACS. We invite all to come and learn the good news Annunciation has to share.

Bosque School

Open House: January 23, 2020

Bosque School, serving students in grades 6–12, is challenging traditional education. We provide a dynamic, immersive learning environment with unique educational opportunities for each student. Our nurturing, socially conscious community supports students as they learn to work hard, think critically, and solve problems to prepare them for the changing world in which they live. By developing the creativity and work ethic of our students, we aim to foster a desire for lifelong learning and inquisitive thought, rather than merely teaching to a test. Come and experience a different level of education, dedication, and participation at Bosque School.

Gospel Light Baptist Academy

Open House: April 30, 2020

Founded in 1999, GLBA has been meeting the educational needs of families for 20 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!

Menaul School

Menaul School is a grades 6-12 College Preparatory Day and Boarding school in the heart of Albuquerque serving 200 students from New Mexico and around the world. Menaul School is recognized as the most diverse independent school in Albuquerque. Our unique, internationally diverse community brings global context to classroom content. As an open and inclusive Christian community, students learn and grow in a safe environment, in which they explore a variety of perspectives along with their own personal values. Our tuition is individualized to your family’s income.

Come meet our community! Open House is November 7th at 5:30 pm at Menaul School, 301 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107.

Albuquerque Christian School

Albuquerque Christian School is located in the Northeast Heights and serves students in PreK3-8th grade. The mission of ACS is to provide Christ-centered, quality academics for children in the Albuquerque area. ACS partners with parents to provide rigorous academics and a sound moral foundation for students. Class sizes are small at ACS so students receive the individual attention and space they need to thrive. A variety of enrichment programs such as art, music, computer, library, and home economics bolster the core curriculum of bible, math, reading, language, science, and social studies. ACS strives to develop strong leadership qualities and provides opportunities for students to develop through public speaking, presentations, mentorship, and community service. Call for a tour today!

Holy Ghost Catholic School

Open Houses: January 10, January 24, February 21, March 20

Holy Ghost Catholic School (HGCS), a pre-k – 8 Catholic School in SE Albuquerque’s International District, provides students with a quality academic curriculum that meets the needs of the whole child as an individual learner. We continue our 66 year tradition of fostering faith, learning, and service through our commitment to academic achievement, physical development, artistic expression and the demonstration of Catholic values through service. HGCS remains the only Catholic school in New Mexico to earn the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and is the first school in NM and one of the first Catholic schools in the nation to earn the National Certificate for STEM Excellence. Visit our website or email us at [email protected] to schedule a tour.

Acton Academy

Acton Academy Albuquerque is a mastery-based, learner-driven school for grades K-12.
Shouldn’t school be preparing kids to succeed as adults? The world is in a constant state of change. In addition to strong academics, our kids will need to be strong communicators, collaborators, agile critical thinkers, and calculated risk takers. They won’t develop those skills regurgitating information on tests.
Our students set their own goals, work at their own pace in core skills like math and grammar, use accountability and governance systems to run their own Studios, and participate in Socratic discussions and hands on projects. They learn to lead by serving others. Oh, and we don’t assign homework. Ever.
If you are an out-of-the box thinker looking for a learning environment that will foster creativity, agency, kindness, and entrepreneurship, then we are the school for you.

St. Mary's Catholic School

Open House: January 30, 2020 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

St. Mary’s Catholic School is located in historic downtown Albuquerque.  We are 126 years old and rich in tradition and legacy.  The virtues of Jesus are imbedded throughout our rigorous curriculum, taught daily, expected of our students and modeled by our staff.  We are a mission driven and led school.  We know our mission; we live it, recite it daily and believe it.

Saint Mary’s Catholic School Community embraces the Gospel message by enriching the world through Catholic teachings, academic excellence, Christian leadership and service.

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  1. Western Heights Learning Center (Christian Academy) is a great private elementary school as well. They’ve been in Albuquerque for over a year 50 years. Great list though, thanks for sharing.

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