Menaul School is a private coed school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you don't count Menaul School, there are 59 private schools in Bernalillo…
Known as the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico is a fascinating place for growing children to receive high quality education. With a multicultural heritage stretching back over 400 years, the state provides ample opportunities for visiting students to explore unique historical and cultural opportunities. Parents interested in boarding their children at a school in New Mexico have relatively few options, but the schools that are available are exceptionally high quality.
New Mexico boasts only two full-time boarding schools with truly world-class reputations: The Menaul School in Albuquerque and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.
These are not the sum total of the state’s boarding school resources, though. Smaller schools like the Clearview Horizon school for distressed girls in Albuquerque offer more specialized services.
The Menaul School is well known for providing a fully-rounded college preparatory education. It offers full coeducational courses for grades 9-12 (ages 13-18). Day classes are available for younger students. The school was originally founded as a Presbyterian institution, but its current environment is non-denominational. The school has a diverse student body, with nearly a third of the students hailing from overseas.
New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) is, obviously, a military boarding school. It has a strong reputation for academic excellence, and it is also a “feeder” school for the US service academies. The school accepts male and female students for grades 9-12 and also offers two years of post-graduate junior college courses for those who are interested. ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) participation is strongly encouraged at the post-graduate level but not actually required.
The most important fact for parents who are considering sending their children to New Mexico to understand is that the state is vast and sparsely populated. Unless a school is located in the major cities at the northern end of the state — Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and to a lesser extent Los Alamos — a child’s boarding school experience is likely to be quite rural. NMMI, for example, is located in the southeast part of the state in a town of less than 50,000 people.
While New Mexico is a wide-open state with relatively few people, it’s not a lonely place. The state’s boarding schools give parents a fair degree of choice when it comes to educational opportunities for their children, and years spent studying in New Mexico are likely to be highly memorable ones.