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District Information

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

District Information

City Centre, Albuquerque Public Schools

As the largest school district in New Mexico, Albuquerque Public Schools provides educational services to nearly 90,000 students, serving nearly a third of the state’s students in:

  • Albuquerque
  • Rio Rancho
  • Corrales
  • Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
  • Tijeras
  • San Antonito
  • Edgewood

Additionally, APS also serves Laguna and Isleta pueblos, Chilili, Tohajiilee, and the Atrisco Land Grant.

It is also the city’s second largest employer, providing jobs for nearly 15,000 people. We are considered an urban-suburban-rural school district. We also are a widely diverse district, with more than a third of our students coming from homes where the primary language is not English.

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.

The following is some information about schools, students, teachers and employees, transportation, capital projects, and the budget.


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)
Alternative Schools
Total Number of Schools
Charter Schools
Number of Charter Schools Authorized by APS
Number of Students in Those Charter Schools
Average Class Sizes*
Kindergarten 20 student average
Grades 1-3 22 student average
Grades 4-5 24 student average
Grades 6-8 27 student average
Grades 9-12 30 student average

*Class sizes are state mandated.

Go to the Schools page >

District Size in Square Miles 1,230
Square Feet of Instructional Space
13 million
Oldest APS School
Albuquerque High*
Oldest School Building
Eugene Field Elementary**
Newest APS Schools
Tony Hillerman Mid-School,
Rudolfo Anaya Elementary, and
Coronado Elementary

*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 69
Number of Title I Middle Schools 20
Number of Title I High Schools 9
Total Number of Title I Schools 98
Percentage of Title I Schools 68%

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

Go to the Title I Department page >

School Facts

APS Human Dividends

Great things happen at APS every day. Check out the APS Human Dividends report for an overview of some of our greatest recent accomplishments >>

  • APS is the 30th largest school district in the nation with more than 89,500 (including pre-K) students in 140 schools.
  • 70 schools made gains of 5% or more in math scores on state mandated tests in 2009.
  • 33 schools made gains of 5% or more in reading scores in state mandated tests in 2009.
  • The average age of school buildings is 42.5 years.
  • Nine elementaries, one middle school, two high schools, and one alternative school have been built in the past five years.
  • APS has a classroom in the Sandia Mountains visited by most 5th graders each year.
  • APS has nine elementary schools and one middle school on year-round
  • The newest APS comprehensive high school, Atrisco Heritage Academy, has its own film studio.
  • Five APS schools now have students enrolled in AVID, a program designed
    to help students in the academic middle prepare for college.


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 >

Student Facts

  • Students earned more than $45 million in scholarships in 2009.
  • The number of students in Advanced Placement classes has increased by 78% since 2004. The number of Latino students in these classes has more than doubled.
  • More than 1,000 students took dual college enrollment classes in spring 2009.
  • About 15% of students attend summer school.
  • Nearly six out of 10 students qualify for free or reduced meals.
  • 15,000 students in 50 schools receive bilingual education.
  • More than one in 10 students receive special education services; one in 20 receives gifted services.
  • The APS Homeless Project served more than 5,000 homeless students in 2008-09.
  • The graduation rate is 63.2% (closer to 80% if you count students who take more than four years to graduate).

Teachers and Employees

Total Number of Employees 14,810
Teachers & Librarians
Teachers' Aides 949
Average Annual Teacher Salary
Teachers with an MA or Higher
Average Years of Experience for Teachers 11
Average Salary for Non-Teachers $32,290
Average Age of Employees 46
Number of Substitute Teachers 1,030
Number of Educational Assistants 1,853
Average Educational Assistant Salary
Number of Labor Unions 6

Teacher and Employee Facts

  • APS is the city’s second largest employer with 14,810 full- and part-time employees.
  • Almost half of teachers have master’s degrees.

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 >

Capital Projects

Share of City’s Commercial Construction Value 68%
Number of APS Projects in 2008 571
Value of Projects in 2008 $716 million
Number of Schools Built in the Past 5 Years 13
Number of Schools to be Rebuilt by 2010*
Number of Athletic Complexes to be Built**

*S.R. Marmon and Georgia O'Keeffe Elementaries.

**A community stadium scheduled for groundbreaking in 2010.

Capital Projects Facts

  • APS was responsible for 68% of the city’s commercial construction value in 2008.
  • In 2008-09, on average APS contributed $20 million a month in construction costs to the local economy.
  • Nine elementaries, one middle school, two high schools and one alternative school have been built in the past five years.

Budget (2012-2013)

General Operating Funds* $626.4 million
Capital Funds (including special capital outlay, GO bonds, HB33, SB9, debt service funds)
$421.9 million
Total $1.22 billion

*Transportation, instructional materials, etc.

More about the budget >

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