Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Rio Grande School was founded in 1978 as a Kindergarten - Grade 6 by a group of parents who sought an arts and experiential focus. The following year, the school acquired five acres in the foothills on the east side of Santa Fe and built a modest two-story structure, known today as the Early Childhood Building. As the school approached the 21st century, families and a $6 million-phased capital campaign helped develop the current campus and evolving programming.
Today the school educates an average capacity of 155 students from three years of age to sixth grade. The school has an endowment approaching $5 million, operates debt-free and is fully funded through tuition revenue and targeted fundraising. RGS provides tuition assistance to 27% of the student body and 30% of its population represents ethnic diversity.
The significant campus improvement in the last decade occurred in tandem with the growth of the school's curriculum, reflecting a real world, forward thinking student experience. Rio Grande School educates early childhood and elementary school students in an academically rigorous, enriched, and student-centered program, engaging them to master, to their potential, the skill areas of reading, writing, math, speaking, and listening. The program guides students to think critically and reflect deeply, inspiring them to be excited lifelong learners, prepared to succeed as emotionally secure individuals and thoughtful, caring members of society.
The School's highly trained and experienced Educators approach learning in the Pre-school environment through play based activities. Preschoolers thrive in this environment of choice, an enriched environment and a thematic based curriculum Through inquiry, involvement and discovery they develop an enthusiasm for learning based on their personal interests and their individual level of development. The themes and interests of the children are integrated throughout their school experience with the Co- Circular Specialist Educators, who continue to enrich and develop the children’s interests and learning.
The School employs best practices to nurture social, emotional, and intellectual intelligences, creating a culture in which high-quality relationships are integral to each student’s personal and academic well being and to their desire to pursue a fulfilled life.
Rio Grande School is accredited through the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.