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APS is New Mexico's largest school district, serving more than a fourth of the state's students.

City Centre, Albuquerque Public Schools

Albuquerque Public Schools is the 31st largest school district in the nation and the largest in New Mexico, serving 84,000 students in 142 schools scattered across nearly 1,200 square miles. Our students live in the city of Albuquerque and the towns of Corrales and Los Ranchos; the counties of Bernalillo and Sandoval; the pueblos of Isleta and Laguna.

APS is the largest employer in Albuquerque, providing jobs for more than 12,000 people including 6,000 teachers.

Two-thirds of our students are Hispanic and 15 percent are English Language Learners. We also serve many students in need: seven out of 10 qualify for the federal school meals program and seven out of 10 have been identified as high poverty Title I schools that qualify for federal funding.

Albuquerque Public Schools is governed by a seven-member, elected school board that sets policy and approves the annual budget. The board also hires the APS superintendent, who oversees the operations of the district.

APS Demographics


Board Member Districts

Albuquerque Public Schools is made up of seven individual board member districts. Those districts are:

The districts are represented by board members who are elected for staggered terms.

Elementary Schools (K-5) 88
K-8 School 4
Middle Schools (6-8) 29
High Schools (9-12) 21
Total Number of Schools 142
Charter Schools 52
Number of APS Authorized
Charter Schools

Go to the Schools page

District Size in Square Miles 1,200
Square Feet of Instructional Space 13 million
Oldest APS School Albuquerque High*
Oldest School Building Eugene Field Elementary**
Newest APS School Coyote Willow Family School***

*Albuquerque High was established as Albuquerque Academy in 1879 and was taken over by the city and renamed Albuquerque High in 1891.
**Construction of Eugene Field Elementary began in 1927.
***Opened in Fall 2017.

Title I Schools*
Number of Title I Elementary Schools 71
Number of Title I Middle Schools 23
Number of Title I High Schools 11
Total Number of Title I Schools 105

*Title I schools are high-poverty schools that get federal funding.

Go to the Title I Department page


Total Number of Students in APS Schools 84,200
Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch 70%
Percentage of English Language Learners 15%
Percentage of Students with Disabilities 16%


Student Ethnicity
Hispanic 67%
Caucasian/White 21%
American Indian 5%
African American 3%
Asian 2%
Other 2%

Go to the Students page for information and links

    Teachers and Employees

    Total Number of Employees 14,811
    Total Number of Full-Time Employees 12,090
    Teachers & Librarians 6,063
    Teacher Aides 1,800
    Average Annual Teacher Salary $44,900
    National Board Certified Teachers 396
    Number of Labor Unions 6

    Go to the Employees page for information and links 


    Number of Buses 436
    Number of APS-operated Buses 214
    Number of Students Transported Daily 41,000
    Miles Traveled Daily 32,000
    Miles Traveled in 2016-17 School Year 5.7 million
    Number of Bus Stops 10,000+
    Number of Bus Contractors 10

    Go to Student Transportation Services for more information

    Approved Budget (2017-18)

    Operational Fund* $679 million
    Capital Fund $338 million
    Debt Service $159 million
    Grants $84 million
    Food Service $55 million
    Transportation $18 million
    Instructional Materials $2.5 million
    Enterprise $3.57 million
    Athletics $2.3 million
    TOTAL $1.34 Billion

    More about the budget

    APS Non-Discrimination Statement

    The Albuquerque Public School system does not discriminate nor condone discrimination by students, employees, or third parties on the basis of ethnic identity, religion, race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, HIV status, mental or physical disability, marital status, or pregnancy in any program or activity of, or sponsored by, the school district and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. To file a complaint go to: following departments have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

    Equal Opportunity Services and Title IX
    6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 240 East
    PO Box 25704
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87125-0704
    (505) 855-9853 or (505) 855-9855

    Section 504
    6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 400 East
    PO Box 25704
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87125-0704
    (505) 872-6815


    Document Actions
    APS Hosts Summer Graduation on Monday, July 23
    More than 200 students will get their diplomas during the ceremony that begins at 7 p.m. in the Kiva Auditorium.
    Peanuts and Pencils, Crayons and Crackerjacks
    The Albuquerque Isotopes will be collecting school supplies for students in need during their homestand Aug. 1-5.
    APS Test Scores Improve
    The average gain was 3.5 percentage points in English/language arts and 1.6 percentage points in math.
    Back to School in July for Several APS Schools
    Hawthorne, Los Padillas and Whittier start school on July 30. The first day of school for eight elementaries that follow an alternative calendar is July 23.
    Time to Register Students for School
    Register online using ParentVUE. The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 13!