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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 15,000 people including 6,100 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 15,463
    Total Number of Full-Time Employees 12,160
    Teachers & Librarians 6,118
    Teacher Aides 1,877
    Average Annual Teacher Salary $44,479
    National Board Certified Teachers 336
    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 >

    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
    Supt. Reedy Overflowing with Gratitude
    Read the superintendent's message and see what APS is thankful for.
    On Dec. 1, Help Buy Shoes, Socks & Underwear for Kids
    Support the APS Community Clothing Bank through the Foundation on Giving Tuesday.
    EHS Cupcake Wars Earn Money for Fallen Officer's Family
    Eldorado High School culinary arts students presented a $600 check to APD Police Chief Gordon Eden on behalf of the Daniel Webster family.
    Hayes AVID Students Make Holiday Decorations, Gift Bags
    The bags will be used by Gift Givers Anonymous to support those in need or crisis.
    North Valley STEM Day Included Underwater Robotics
    Students from nearly a dozen schools also learned about high altitude balloons, rockets, astronomy and much more.