Boarding Life

Mission Statement:

Menaul School’s dormitories offer a safe environment in which dorm parents, faculty, and residents work together to create a community that supports personal growth. We aim to teach students to live a balanced lifestyle, so they are ready to engage in their daily responsibilities. We help students gain communication, conflict resolution and academic skills, while living together in a joyful, vibrant learning community.

Overview: Menaul School is committed to developing boarding students who demonstrate self-reliance, independence, and accountability while learning to appreciate diverse perspectives in a safe environment. Our boarding students are not only scholars; they are a member of a living and learning community. Lifelong friendships are formed and the responsibility of everyday life is placed squarely on their shoulders. Students live in dorms, manage their use of their time, and are accountable for their actions. This combination of enjoyment and responsibility transforms boys and girls into young men and women prepared to handle the entirety of their university experience. Students learn to balance structured and unstructured time. They also get the priceless advantage of friendships based on time spent far beyond the classrooms and hallways of their academic experience.


Menaul’s residential program fosters a safe 32 acre environment where students live with one another and learn how to best conduct their own lives. The boarding students live in two facilities: Boys Dorm (Bennett Hall) and the Girls Dorm (Barber Hall).

Both dorms house up to 20 students. Heading up each residence are experienced, full-time dorm parents, who have their own private quarters within each dormitory. Dorm parents are readily accessible to students, as are other members of the Residential Life Staff, including the Residential Life Coordinator. Dorm Parents play an integral role in Menaul’s boarding students’ lives. They supervise students’ academic progress, ensure that they focus on their studies, and help them to obtain any needed extra help. Also, Dorm Parents lead off-campus activities on weekends, and serve as adult mentors – offering a listening ear to students when they need to talk or be counseled on personal matters.

Residential Handbook

There is always an abundance of fun and exciting opportunities for students to experience on the weekends. Whether it’s a shopping excursion to Talin Market World Food Fare or a trip to some of New Mexico’s finest Art’s and Craft’s Festivals, there is always something to do. For those who love the outdoors, the residence life program offers many unique experiences associated with New Mexico. Students will experience the Sandia Mountains, Santa Fe National Forest, Petroglyph National Monuments, Carlsbad Caverns, and White Sands National Park, and there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, and rock climbing. Menaul also encourages students to attend a few cultural events each semester. Choices in Albuquerque include performances at the KIMO Theater and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Students might also choose to attend a New Mexico Isotopes Baseball game or New Mexico Lobo’s Football game. Weekend/Holiday Activities Schedule


During a couple of the major school holidays–Fall Break and Thanksgiving breaks-students have the opportunity to go on school-sponsored trips to places such as the Grand Canyon, Colorado and exploring around New Mexico. During Christmas vacation and Spring Break, the school closes down and all dorms are closed. Most students during these breaks travel home while some choose to stay with family members in other parts of the country.

Menaul is a diverse community comprising students from all over the world. The boarding program is a key component to providing both day and resident students an opportunity to experience new cultures and broaden their view of the world around them.

International students who attend Menaul are expected to have a working knowledge of English. For those students who are not fluent, the School offers English as a Second Language (ESL) instead of or in addition to standard English courses. Fluency will come as a result of immersion into this culture. To encourage language acquisition, international students are placed, whenever possible, with English-speaking roommates.