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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 34th largest school district in the nation and the largest in New Mexico, serving 84,000 students in 141 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 nearly two out of 10 students are English Language Learners. We also serve many students in need: nearly three out of four 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) 27
High Schools (9-12) 13
Schools of Choice 11
Total Number of Schools 141
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 84,000
Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch 73%
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 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 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

    Approved Budget (2016-17)

    Operational Fund* $698 million
    Capital Fund $350 million
    Federal, State and Local Grants $82 million
    Food Service $51 million
    Transportation** $19 million
    Instructional Materials** $6 million
    Debt Service $134 million

    *The approved operational fund, which comes from the State Equalization Guarantee, was reduced mid-year by $23 million.
    **The Transportation and Instructional Materials fund were reduced mid-year by $3 million.

    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


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