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Welcome to the LZ!

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, Albuquerque Public Schools is dividing into four smaller, geographic Learning Zones or LZs, each designed to meet the unique needs of its community through support, resources and professional learning.

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Schools in Learning Zone 1
Schools in Learning Zone 2
Schools in Learning Zone 3
Schools in Learning Zone 4

Picture it: Four smaller, geographic Learning Zones in Albuquerque Public Schools, each meeting the unique needs of its community through support, resources and professional learning.

The result: A more personalized approach to education resulting in high-quality instruction and programming for students and improved academic outcomes for all.

That’s what it’s all about, so that’s what we’re doing.  

Welcome to the LZ!

Albuquerque Public Schools is among the largest urban school districts in the country, with more than 84,000 students, 142 schools and 12,000 full-time employees. There are some real advantages to being part of a large school district: more resources, more choices and more opportunities as well as economies of scale.

Though we have a lot of students, they all want the same basic things from their education – to be good readers, problem solvers and critical thinkers; to graduate from high school prepared to go to college, trade school or into the military on their way to successful careers; to feel safe and comfortable.

Even though they share similar goals, our students' paths might look a little different depending on the neighborhood – or LZ – in which they live. 

That’s why APS is taking a more personalized, pre-K to graduation approach to education.

If you’re closer to the problem, you’re closer to the solution, right?

How will these zones work? Well there will be 4 of them:

  • LZ-1 consists of Albuquerque, Highland and Manzano high schools and their feeder schools.
  • LZ-2 is made up of Atrisco Heritage, Rio Grande and West Mesa high schools and their feeder schools. 
  • LZ-3 includes Cibola, Valley and Volcano Vista high schools and their feeder schools.
  • LZ-4 consists of Del Norte, Eldorado, La Cueva and Sandia high schools and their feeder schools.

Each LZ will be assigned an associate superintendent along with support staff. They will be on hand to support the schools and provide needed services on a daily basis. They’ll help with

  • Training
  • Instruction
  • Data Collection and Interpretation
  • Technology
  • Testing
  • Special Education

and more.

The schools will learn from and support each other, too. One way they’ll do this is through monthly rounds. Similar to hospital rounds made by doctors, instructional rounds involve colleagues – in this case, associate superintendents and neighboring principals – making visits to provide feedback based on school developed problems of practice.

The rounds have been very effective, resulting in enhanced dialogue, collaboration among feeder school communities and support and strategies for improvement.

It’s a vertical approach to education. APS is looking at schools less as levels – elementary versus middle versus high – and more as a continuum of education that begins in pre-school and ends with seniors walking across a stage to pick up their diploma.

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