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City Centre, Albuquerque Public Schools

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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

Schools

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) 89
Middle Schools (6-8) 27
High Schools (9-12) 13
Schools of Choice 13
Total Number of Schools 142
Charter Schools
Number of APS Authorized
Charter Schools
20

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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.

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Students

Total Number of Students in APS Schools 87,338*
Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch 68%
Percentage of English Language Learners 18%
Percentage of Students with Disabilities 15%

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

Student Ethnicity
Hispanic 66.1%
Caucasian/White 22.7%
American Indian 4.2%
African American 2.9%
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
    Teachers 6,300
    Teacher Aides 1,900
    Average Annual Teacher Salary $43,260
    National Board Certified Teachers 350
    Number of Labor Unions 6

    Go to the Employees page for information and links >

    Transportation

    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
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    Students turned in the most reading scorecards in the state.
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    Holman's USA and its foundation donated iPads and equipment.
    Special Ed Teacher Uses Grant Money to Buy Service Dog
    Capetta the service dog brings joy to McCollum ES classroom.