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Posted August 6, 2012

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Welcome Back! School Starts Monday, Aug. 13

Here's some information to help make it a smooth transition.


  • Registration continues this week. Check with your child’s school for details.
  • The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 13, for most schools. Some of our schools on an alternative calendar started a few weeks ago.
  • The last day of school is Wednesday, May 22.
  • Make-up days (if needed) are Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 (before Memorial Day). If necessary, we'll also use Tuesday, May 28, and Wednesday, May 29 (after Memorial Day), as make-up days as well.

Go to school calendars.

What to Wear

APS has guidelines for student dress, but schools can modify them to fit the needs of their community. Check with your child's school.

Read the APS Dress Code

Clothing Assistance

APS partners with non-profit organizations to help families in need. Check with your child's school counselor or principal for more information:

  • Assistance League of Albuquerque sponsors Operation School Bell which provides children in need with three sets of new school uniforms, a package of socks and a voucher for shoes at Payless Shoes.
  • Bernalillo County Council of the PTA operates a clothing bank that supplies clothing to students in need. Donations accepted.

School Supplies

Here are some generic school supply lists, but remember that schools and teachers may have their own requirements. Check with your child's school and teachers.

Elementary school supplies

Middle school supplies

High school supplies

School Meals


Breakfast is $1.15.

Lunch is $1.95 at elementary schools; $2.20 at mid and high schools (lunch prices have increased by 10 cents).

Better Nutrition

While the price of lunch went up slightly, so did the nutritional content. Beginning this school year, at least half of the grains served in school breakfasts and lunches will be whole grain. Calories ranges for school meals have been revised so that they are more age-appropriate. And lunches will include a larger variety of vegetables. Items on the lunch menu for this coming fall include peas, baby carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, acorn squash and spinach.

For the second year, APS schools will only serve 1 percent white or fat-free chocolate milk.

Free or Reduced-Price Meals

Nearly two-thirds of APS students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Families must reapply every year. For an application, check with the school cafeteria. You can also apply online.


Want to know what's for breakfast or lunch?


Who Can Ride the Bus?

APS provides bus transportation to:

  • High school students whose home address is 2 or more miles from school
  • Middle school students whose home address is 1.5 miles or more from school and
  • Elementary school students whose home address is 1 mile or more from school.
  • APS doesn't provide school bus transportation to transfer students.

Who to Call

Is your child’s bus more than 20 minutes late? Call the APS Transportation Office

at 880-3989.

During peak times, the office receives a high volume of calls. If your call is not answered, you may call APS Police at 243-7712.

You should know your child’s bus number as well as the school he or she attends and the stop location.


Albuquerque Public Schools, students and parents all bear the responsibility of ensuring that bus transportation to and from school remains safe. Working together, recognizing and understanding each other's responsibilities will help the district and families keep the system running smoothly. Student safety comes first.

Review Student, Parent and District Responsibilities for School Bus Transportation

What's New

Common Core

We're implementing Common Core Standards in our kindergarten through third grade classes this year. Next year, we'll use them in all grades.

What's that mean for your child? Common Core does two things:

  • It returns to the basics and
  • It narrows the focus of what's being taught in the classroom.

APS Superintendent Winston Brooks may have described it best: "We used to try to cover everything for everybody and we ended up not covering anything very well. Now, instead of a curriculum that is a mile long but only half an inch thick, our focus is about a quarter mile long and just as thick."

Read more about the Common Core Standards.

AVID Now in 24 Schools

At the mid-school level, the district has expanded AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), a program designed to engage students in the middle of the academic spectrum and provide them with the extra help they need to realize their potential. Two more mid-schools will have AVID classes this school year - Jefferson and Polk.

Rio Grande High also will also provide AVID for its students this year. The addition of these schools will bring the total number of schools with AVID programs to 17 middle schools and seven high schools.

Read more about AVID.

Discovery Education

APS has partnered with Discovery Education to provide innovative, state-of-the-art learning materials to science, social studies and health classes at all levels. Stay tuned for more information.

Preview Discovery Education.

Graduation Requirements

This year's senior class and beyond have additional graduation requirements. To graduate, APS students must earn 25 credits including:

  • 4 English credits
  • 4 math credits
  • 3 science credits
  • 1 U.S. history credit
  • 1 world history credit
  • 1/2 NM history credit
  • 1/2 economics credit
  • 1/2 government credit
  • 1/2 health credit
  • 1 PE credit
  • 1 practical/fine arts credit
  • 8 elective credits.

In addition, students must take 1 credit of AP, honors, dual enrollment or distance learning and 1 credit in one of the following: career cluster course, workplace readiness or a language other than English.

Also, students must pass the math and English sections of the state Standards Based Assessment. Make-up state exams will be given in late September/early October. Stay tuned for more information.

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