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Mission and Core Values


The mission of Rio Grande School is to challenge each child's intellect, to inspire each child's imagination, and to nurture each child's desire to learn. 


Rio Grande School is a small, coeducational, nonsectarian independent school for children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. We strive to inspire a lifelong journey of learning and self-discovery that empowers students to find their own true passion and transforms the way they think about, engage with, and impact their world.


Rio Grande School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and The New Mexico Public Education Department.


At Rio Grande School we combine academic rigor and excellence with a collaborative, experience-based education. We bring learning to life through a challenging, integrated curriculum enhanced by differentiated instruction from master educators. We fully prepare students for the next phase of learning. Our K-6-quality curriculum taught by master educators enables preschoolers to make strong/seamless transition to elementary while our K-6 program provides a solid foundation for students to advance into middle school with skills/spirit that enable them to excel.

Rio Grande School offers a stimulating program in a safe community which values:

Academic Excellence: the foundation of thinking and communication skills, strong habits and the authentic integration of the arts with core subjects to prepare children for success in the 21st century

Child-Centeredness: the promotion of each child’s strengths, interests and learning style to foster personal and academic growth

Diversity and Inclusivity: the respect for human differences in race, culture, ethnicity, religion, lifestyle and socioeconomic background

Character Development: the empowerment to serve others and the recognition that children learn best when social and emotional competencies are integrated with academic skills

Environmental Stewardship: the nurturing of the sense of responsibility for the natural world that the name of our school implies

Global Perspective: the confidence to navigate through international cultures to create new ideas and different ways of perceiving the world

Strong Relationships: the leadership of outstanding educators partnering with committed parents to guide children on their journey