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About Us

APS is the largest school district in New Mexico. Find out more about APS here, including district information, leadership, and goals.

APS Foundation

Raising Money for APS

The APS Education Foundation raises money on behalf of a variety of district programs, including Fine Arts, middle school activities, reading and literacy programs, and classroom mini-grants.

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APS Statistics

Schools: 139
Students: 89,500
Teachers: 6,500
Employees: 11,500
  • Students earned more than $45 million in scholarships in 2009
  • 15,000 students in 50 schools are receiving bilingual educations
  • More than 1 in 10 students are receiving special education services, including 1 in 20 who are receiving gifted education services
  • The average annual teacher salary is $45,860
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Who We Serve

APS provides educational services to students in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Corrales, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, Tijeras, San Antonito, and Edgewood.

Additionally, we serve Laguna and Isleta pueblos, Chilili, Tohajiilee, and the Atrisco Land Grant.

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Albuquerque Public Schools is also the city’s second largest employer, providing jobs for nearly 11,500 people. We are considered an urban-suburban-rural school district. We also are a widely diverse district, with more than a third of our students coming from homes where the primary language is not English.

How We're Governed

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.

New Mexico Public Education Department

APS also works closely with the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) to provide the most effective education possible for all APS students.

The New Mexico Public Education Department is the state-level governing body overseeing the state’s 89 public school districts. NMPED’s primary function with the Albuquerque Public Schools District is to administer funding.

The legislature allocates educational funds; NMPED then uses a funding formula to distribute that money to school districts.

The New Mexico Public Education Department also interacts with APS by:

  • Creating some policies, but local school boards have most of the authority to run individual districts.
  • Managing teacher licensure (APS can only hire teachers with certifications from NMPED).

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