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Posted August 5, 2014

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Welcome Back!

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


Teachers and school staff return to work on Wednesday, Aug. 6 (welcome back!) Student registration continues through early next week. Check with your child's school for details.

The first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 13 for most students. Some of our schools on an alternative calendar started a few weeks ago.

The last day of school is Friday, May 22.

School Calendars

School Meals

Breakfast is $1.25
Lunch is $2.00 at elementary schools; $2.25 at middle and high schools

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.
Application (English)
Application (Spanish)

Want to know what's for breakfast or lunch?
Elementary School Menus
Middle and High School Menus 

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 for details.

 APS Dress Code

Clothing Assistance

The APS Community Clothing Bank is partnering with Goodwill Industries of New Mexico to make sure students in need have clothes, shoes, undergarments and coats so they can focus on learning. Your school counselor can help you access this program.

You can help, too: Community Clothing Bank for more information.


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 the Student, Parent and District Responsibilities for School Bus Transportation.

Before & After School Programs

Many organizations offer before and after school programs at our schools. Find the right program for your child.


Whether you are a student seeking community service opportunities, a family member seeking to become more involved in the education of your children, a retired citizen seeking an outlet for your talents, or a corporation wishing to give your employees greater opportunity to be involved in their community, the APS Volunteer Services program has the answer to your needs.

Learn more about volunteering at our schools.


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
  • Career or workplace readiness, arts, or language course
  • 8 elective credits 

In addition, students must take 1 credit of AP, honors, dual enrollment or distance learning.

Also, students must pass state-mandated exit exams. Stay tuned for more information of testing.

2015 graduation dates

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