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APS is New Mexico's largest school district, serving nearly a third of the state's students.

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City Centre, Albuquerque Public Schools

Albuquerque Public Schools is the 30th largest school district in the nation and the largest in New Mexico, serving more than 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 14,000 people including 6,300 teachers.

We are a minority majority district: two thirds of our students are Hispanic.Two out of 10 students are English Language Learners. We also serve many students in need: two thirds of our students qualify for the national school lunch program.

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)
Middle Schools (6-8)
High Schools (9-12)
Schools of Choice
Total Number of Schools
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 Schools
Atrisco Heritage Academy HS
Tony Hillerman MS
Rudolfo Anaya &
Coronado ES

*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 begain in 1927.

Title I Schools*
Number of Title I Elementary Schools 70
Number of Title I Middle Schools 20
Number of Title I High Schools 11
Total Number of Title I Schools 101
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
Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch
Percentage of English Language Learners
Percentage of Students with Disabilities

*Total number of students doesn't include charter school students

Student Ethnicity
American Indian
African American
Asian 2.3%
Other (Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, etc.) 1.8%

Go to the Students page for information and links >

Teachers and Employees

Total Number of Employees 14,000
Total Number of Full-Time Employees 11,500
Teacher Aides 1,900
Average Annual Teacher Salary
National Board Certified Teachers
Number of Labor Unions 6

Go to the Employees page for information and links >


Number of Buses 464
Number of Students Transported Daily 38,500
Miles Traveled Daily 35,195
Number of Bus Stops 8,000

Go to Student Transportation Services for more information >

Budget (2014-15)

General Operating Funds* $690 million
Capital Funds (including special capital outlay, GO bonds, HB33, SB9, debt service funds)
$397 million
Total $1.3 billion

*Transportation, instructional materials, etc.

More about the budget >

Document Actions
APS Board Names Interim Superintendent
Former Chief Operations Officer Brad Winter will take on the job.
We're Giving School Supplies to Families in Need Saturday
Thousands will get back-to-school basics thanks to our community!
APS Faces Bus Driver Shortage
We're working with contractors & the state to resolve issue
Fondue-Raiser at the Melting Pot
Aug. 26-27 celebrating back to school and teacher appreciation
And So it Begins. . . #BackToSchool
Students went back to school on Wednesday, April 13.