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Posted March 18, 2013

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements Approved

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education approved new school enrollment requirements on a 4 to 3 vote on March 18, 2013. According to the new requirements, each year families will have to provide proof of residency in the attendance area where they are enrolling their child in school.

Formerly, students and their parents or guardians only had to provide proof of residency when they were enrolling at a school for the first time. APS administrators proposed the policy change because of crowding at a number of schools around the district.

Among the documents that will be accepted to establish residency are:

    • Current New Mexico driver’s license or voter registration
    • Deed or mortgage payment receipt, dated within 60 days of enrollment
    • Current property tax bill, a current lease or Section 8 housing agreement; and
    • Utility bill, dated within 60 days of enrollment.

Voting in favor of the policy changes were APS Board of Education President Martin Esquivel and board members Lorenzo Garcia, Kathy Korte and David Peercy. Voting against the changes were Analee Maestas, Steven Michael Quezada and Donald Duran.

Board Policy Citations

JC1: Assignments of Students to School

Students shall attend the school in the attendance boundary area in which they reside unless assigned to a different school per the direction of the superintendent or because the student has received approval for a transfer under provisions of federal and state statute or Board of Education policy.

Each year the student and/or parent/legal guardian shall provide evidence of residency within the Albuquerque Public Schools district, to ensure the student attends the school in the attendance boundary area in which they reside. Students who are homeless and are provided protections under federal law shall be required to follow appropriate enrollment procedures as outlined in federal law.

A student changing residence during any of the following conditions shall be granted permission to complete his/her program at the school where he/she has been attending with full privileges:

  • second semester of grades four (4) or seven (7);
  • either semester of grades five (5) and eight (8);
  • the second semester of his/her junior year;
  • or, either semester of his/her senior year.

JF: Student Enrollment Requirements

Upon initial enrollment of a student in the Albuquerque Public Schools, the student and/or parent/legal guardian shall present the student’s birth certificate or other satisfactory evidence of the student’s age to the district.

Upon initial enrollment, the student and/or parent/legal guardian shall provide the district with evidence that the student is in compliance with immunization requirements under New Mexico state statute.

Each year the student and/or parent/legal guardian shall provide evidence of residency within the Albuquerque Public Schools district, to ensure the student attends the school in the attendance boundary area in which they reside. Students who are homeless and are provided protections under federal law shall be required to follow appropriate enrollment procedures as outlined in federal law.

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