APS is New Mexico's largest school district, serving nearly a third of the state's students.
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:
- Rio Rancho
- Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
- San Antonito
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)
|Total Number of Schools
|Number of Charter Schools Authorized by APS
|Number of Students in Those Charter Schools
|Average Class Sizes*
||20 student average
||22 student average
||24 student average
||27 student average
||30 student average
*Class sizes are state mandated.
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|District Size in Square Miles
|Square Feet of Instructional Space
|Oldest APS School
|Oldest School Building
||Eugene Field Elementary**
|Newest APS Schools
||Tony Hillerman Mid-School,
Rudolfo Anaya Elementary, and
*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
|Number of Title I Middle Schools
|Number of Title I High Schools
|Total Number of Title I Schools
|Percentage of Title I Schools
*Title I schools are high-poverty schools that get federal funding.
Go to the Title I Department page >
- 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.
|Other (Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, etc.)
Go to the Students page for information and links >
- 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
|Teachers & Librarians
|Average Annual Teacher Salary
|Teachers with an MA or Higher
|Average Years of Experience for Teachers
|Average Salary for Non-Teachers
|Average Age of Employees
|Number of Substitute Teachers
|Number of Educational Assistants
|Average Educational Assistant Salary
|Number of Labor Unions
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
|Number of Students Transported Daily
|Miles Traveled Daily
|Number of Bus Stops
Go to Student Transportation Services for more information >
|Share of City’s Commercial Construction Value
|Number of APS Projects in 2008
|Value of Projects in 2008
|Number of Schools Built in the Past 5 Years
|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.
|General Operating Funds*
|Capital Funds (including special capital outlay, GO bonds, HB33, SB9, debt service funds)
*Transportation, instructional materials, etc.
More about the budget >