Guide to Albuquerque Area 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 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

Founded in 1938, Manzano Day School is an independent, nonprofit elementary school 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!

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 turn an acceptance into an 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 1,164 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

Top ranked private, non-denominational Christian school – serving Preschool through High School

Advanced Academics
Spiritual Development
Athletics & Arts programs
Nationally Accredited
Armed Security all campuses

Brand NEW state-of-the-art building!
Extended Care / After School programs
Music, PE, Cursive still in curriculum
Extracurricular sports from 1st grade
Apply for 2022-23 starting October

MIDDLE SCHOOL (6th – 8th)
Advanced and Honors classes
Electives, including Music, Art, Drama, and Broadcasting
Community Service & Outreach
Athletics Program; 8th graders eligible for HS sports

HIGH SCHOOL (9th – 12th)
College-Preparatory Curriculum
Dual-Credit program (college credits)
Senior Internship
Championship Athletics
Comprehensive Arts program
Community Service, Missions Opportunities
98% of graduates college-bound

Montessori ONE Academy

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 Preschool program introduces 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 can inspire excellence from your child through immersive, dynamic, and transformative learning experiences. By challenging traditional education through an inquiry-based curriculum, our students gain knowledge by thinking critically, creatively approaching problems, and collaborating with cultural competence.

At our core, we are a college preparatory school serving students in grades 6-12. Our model creates 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.

Explore Bosque School for your child and experience Challenging Education in action by visiting our picturesque 42-acre campus alongside the Rio Grande. During your visit, you’ll learn why we’ve been voted the best private school in the city for two years in a row by Albuquerque Journal Readers’ Choice Awards. Learn more by visiting our website below.

Escuela del Sol

Escuela del Sol Montessori’s 50+ year history provides a rock-solid education you can count on. Escuela del Sol, New Mexico’s first accredited Montessori school, offers child-centered programs for in-person learning. The staff at Escuela is committed to offering robust learning opportunities that adhere to century-old Montessori principles, which center around fundamental skills integrated in an interdisciplinary program to nurture creativity and enthusiasm for lifelong 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, a sense of dignity, and academic success. The experienced Classroom Guides and staff at Escuela also know that safety is the top priority when it comes to your children, that’s why they are operating from a thoroughly researched, Covid-19 Operations Plan that meets CDC, PED and NM ECECD guidelines and includes expansive indoor-outdoor classroom spaces.

Escuela del Sol Montessori is accepting applications for admission for the Early Childhood, Elementary and Jr. High programs, ages 18 months through 14 years. Limited spaces are available. 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

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 Open House on October 14th, from 5-7pm.

Immanuel Lutheran School

Teaching a Changeless Christ to a Changing World since 1924.

Immanuel Lutheran School offers private Christian Education from 2-year-old Preschool through 8th grade, located conveniently in downtown Albuquerque, off of 1-25 and Central. In person learning from last year till now has ILS students testing above the National grade average. Enrollment is open and transfers accepted. 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, (band & choir) art, and bible time, in all grades, all year long. 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 fit in at our Immanuel Lutheran School family!

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.

Cottonwood School

At Cottonwood School, how children learn is as important as what children learn.  We partner with parents who believe that the early years are the most important in the whole of a lifetime. Together we cultivate each child’s talent and character by nurturing their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Our state accredited, quality programs unleash the potential of every child and develop a foundation for academic achievement and lifelong success.

Our classrooms are warm, open environments conducive to exploration and collaboration as well as independent study. Our students, from 18 months through the sixth grade, are grouped in multi-age clusters which facilitate optimal learning through peer mentoring, teamwork and community building. We consistently maintain low student-teacher ratios.

We are located five minutes from Albuquerque and Rio Rancho in the historic Village of Corrales. Our cozy campus is on seven acres of bosque land which includes an apple orchard, an organic children’s garden, a 1,500 square-foot greenhouse, a chicken coop maintained by our students, and several small playgrounds.

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 and 2021 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 live or virtual personal meeting

Albuquerque Christian School

Founded in 1982, Albuquerque Christian school is the premier educational choice in Albuquerque for families seeking a Christ centered community. Our student focused environment is dedicated to academic excellence and the development of the whole person, guiding our students to become graduates that are committed to leadership and service through Jesus Christ.

As an ACSI accredited school, Albuquerque Christian School provides loving care and an exceptional education to children from Preschool through eighth grade. We offer families full time learning in person, in Christ and adhere to strict Covid-19 safety protocols. We invite you to visit our school to tour our campus and facilities. We would love for you to meet our staff and students, as there is no better way to understand the culture of a school than to spend time with the people who bring it to life every day. We want you to get to know us!

Gospel Light Baptist Academy

GLBA has been serving the Rio Rancho and ABQ communities for 22 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!

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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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