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

Albuquerque Public Schools Administration Building

Albuquerque Public Schools is among the top 40 largest school district in the nation and the largest in New Mexico, serving nearly 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; and the pueblos of Isleta and Laguna.

Another 7,100 students attend APS-authorized charter schools.

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

Two-thirds of our students are Hispanic and 16.6 percent are English Learners. We also serve many students in need: nearly two-thirds qualify for the federal school meals program. Another 17 percent of students have disabilities. 

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) 27
High Schools (9-12) 21
Alternative Schools 2
Total Number of Schools 142
Charter Schools 53
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 Tres Volcanes 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 2018.

Title I Schools*
Number of Title I Elementary Schools 74
Number of Title I Middle Schools 22
Number of Title I High Schools 13
Charter Schools 19
Total Number of APS Title I Schools 109
Total Number of Title I School Supported by APS 128

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

Go to the Title I Department page


Total Number of APS Students 83,987
Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch 68.2%
Percentage of English Learners 16.6%
Percentage of Students with Disabilities 17.2%
Percentage of Students in Gifted Programs 5.9%


Student Ethnicity
Hispanic 65.8%
Caucasian/White 22,9%
American Indian 5.5%
African American 3.2%
Asian 2.3%
Other 0.2%

Go to the Students page for information and links

    Teachers and Employees

    Total Number of Employees 14,000
    Total Number of Full-Time Employees 12,000
    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 (Route & Spares) 445
    Number of APS-operated Buses 227
    Number of Students Transported Daily 39,910
    Miles Traveled Daily 31,615
    Miles Traveled in 2016-17 School Year 5,627,417
    Number of Routes 1,800+
    Number of Bus Stops 9,760+
    Number of Bus Contractors 9

    Go to Student Transportation Services for more information

    Meals Served

    Breakfast per School Day 29,000
    Lunch per School Day 41,000
    Schools that Qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision*  84

    *All students at these schools can get breakfast and lunch for free.

    Approved Budget (2018-19)

    Operational Fund* $693.5 million (50.2%)
    Capital Fund $338.4 million (24.4%)
    Debt Service $165.3 million (11.9%)
    Grants $103.3 million (7.5%)
    Food Service $53.2 million (3.8%)
    Transportation $19.8 million (1.4%)
    Instructional Materials $4.2 million (0.3%)
    Enterprise $4.6 million (0.3%)
    Athletics $2.4 million (0.2%)
    TOTAL $1.38 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


    Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Award
    La Cueva High School was presented with the 2018 Special Olympics Unified Champion Award.
    Rebuilt, Renovated and Repaired
    APS has spent millions of voter-approved dollars renovating, rebuilding and repairing aging schools. Here is a list of more than 150 projects since 2010.
    Student of the Week JC Sandoval
    5th grader School at Comanche Elementary School
    New Application Notice of Intent Due January 8, 2019
    APS is accepting applications for new charter schools. The deadline to submit a letter of intent is Tuesday, January 8.
    Register to Vote in Mail-In Election by Jan. 8
    In her weekly message, Supt. Reedy encourages employees to vote in the mail-in election on a bond/mill levy package for school improvements.