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City Centre, Albuquerque Public Schools

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Albuquerque Public Schools is the 31st largest school district in the nation and the largest in New Mexico, serving about 87,000 students. We have 142 schools scattered across nearly 1,200 square miles. Our students live in the city of Albuquerque and surrounding areas including the Isleta and Laguna pueblos.

APS is the second largest employer in Albuquerque, providing jobs for over 15,000 people including 6,166 teachers.

We are a minority majority district: two thirds of our students are Hispanic. Nearly two out of 10 students are English Language Learners. We also serve many students in need: two thirds of our students qualify for the federal school lunch program and more than 70 of our schools 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 2
Middle Schools (6-8) 26
High Schools (9-12) 13
Schools of Choice 12
Total Number of Schools 142
Charter Schools
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 George I. Sanchez Collaborative Community School (K-8)***

*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 2015.

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
Percentage of Title I Schools 72%

*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 87,000
Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch 68%
Percentage of English Language Learners 17%
Percentage of Students with Disabilities 15%
Percentage of Students in Gifted Program 7%


Student Ethnicity
Hispanic 67%
Caucasian/White 21%
American Indian 4%
African American 2%
Asian 2%
Other (Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, etc.) 1%
Multi-Race 3%

Go to the Students page for information and links >

    Teachers and Employees

    Total Number of Employees 15,261
    Total Number of Full-Time Employees 12,314
    Teachers & Librarians 6,166
    Teacher Aides 1,941
    Average Annual Teacher Salary $45,800
    National Board Certified Teachers 407
    Number of Labor Unions 6

    Go to the Employees page for information and links >

    APS Employee FAQ 2015-2016 >


    Number of Buses 389
    Number of Students Transported Daily 41,627
    Miles Traveled Daily 31,787
    Number of Bus Stops 8,440

    Go to Student Transportation Services for more information >

    Budget (2015-16)

    General Operating Funds* $687.6 million
    Capital Funds** $342.3 million
    Special Revenue Funds*** $142 million
    Debt Service Fund (for repayment of outstanding debt) 134.1 million
    Total $1.3 billion

    *Funding from the State Equalization Guarantee, transportation, instructional materials, etc.
    **Including special capital outlay, GO bonds, HB33, SB9, debt service funds
    *** Grants, athletics, food services

    More about the budget >

    Document Actions
    Caring Deeply for Students
    Otilio Ruiz, the APS Education Foundation/Pepsi Teacher of the Month, is a kindergarten teacher at Coronado Elementary.
    Appreciating our Teachers
    During Teacher Appreciation Week, and throughout the school year, we say thanks for all you do!
    Student of the Week Mckenna Guidice
    5th Grade at Osuna Elementary
    Three APS Seniors Receive National Merit Scholarships
    Scholarships are sponsored by national corporations.
    Student Photo Exhibit Runs May 1-June 5
    The opening reception for Focus on Youth is Sunday, May 1 at the Albuquerque Museum.