Menaul School Mission
Educating for Life
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”—Matthew 5:16
The Menaul School in Albuquerque, New Mexico provides a vivid example of this faith in action. Ninety-nine percent of Menaul Students graduate, regardless of racial/ethnic background, in contrast to Albuquerque Public Schools graduation rate of 53%. This impressive statistic is the result of dedicated, energetic and faithful Presbyterian Women and our mission dollars at work.
Historically, Menaul School began when the Presbyterian Board of Missions rejected the Rev. Sheldon Jackson’s request for funds to establish mission schools among exceptional peoples with diverse cultures in the 19th Century. He turned to the women of the Presbyterian Church and mission societies of women were organized to serve and support missionary workers around the world. A career as a missionary teacher gave young, unmarried, and well-educated women an opportunity to answer God’s call to serve. The main emphasis of their work was teaching, community work, health matters, and improved social life in the communities.
In fact, it was Presbyterian Women who gave James Menaul the funding to begin a boarding school and farm for Hispanic boys back in 1896. Menaul has maintained the same mission for over 111 years of providing an excellent faith-based education to New Mexico’s young people. From a first graduating class of eight men, today it has grown into a co-ed college preparatory day school for 175 students in grades 6-12.
Beating the socio-economic and racial limitations plaguing school systems across the country, non-economically advantaged students have been thriving at Menaul School for generations. The diverse student body includes seventy percent Students of Color: 45% Hispanic, 16% Native American, 4% African American, and 6% Asian American. Fifty percent of the students receive financial aid, generously provided by the Christmas Joy Offering of the Presbyterian Church, congregations, individuals, and alums.
Educating a diverse student body is not a token effort. The core values (respect, diversity, intellectual curiosity, responsible leadership and spiritual growth) at Menaul help each student to grow personally and spiritually by teaching the virtues of integrity, compassion, and leadership. In the last five years, 97 percent of the graduates have gone on to college. In addition to having a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum, Menaul has a daily worship service, religious studies, and Menaul teachers teach the importance of serving others.
Would you like to be a partner in Menaul’s mission? You can make a difference in the lives of these young people by answering a call to become involved in a major new project. The school is starting a fund drive to provide personal Study Bibles for each student that could be used from year to year. Study Bibles are very costly—approximately $40 per Bible. If this project interests you, contact our Mission Board Representative, Pat Johnson for further information.



Menaul School has been changing the lives of children since inception in 1896, when it was founded by Presbyterian missionaries. It has been supported by Presbyterian churches, such as ours, for the past 114 years. It is a college preparatory institution for grades 6-12. Students selected usually come from social-economically depressed situations, which make them at risk for school dropout and limited life achievements.

The diverse student body includes Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians, and African Americans. Most of the students are the first in their family to attend, and 50% are in need of financial aid. Provided with a 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio, a limit of 28 students per core class, daily chapel, and after-school activities, these students thrive. The school’s academic program is creative, progressive, accredited, and proven excellent college preparation. Ninety-eight percent of those graduating go on to attend colleges across the United States. Enrollment has increased over the years to 156 in 2008.

Your continued support to this school is needed and appreciated. Send checks to:

Desert Palms Presbyterian Church Menaul School, and visit the display in Fellowship Hall on January 4, 2009.


Last Published: December 19, 2008 2:55 PM
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