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Posted January 29, 2013

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APS Transfer Process for 2013-2014 Begins

First applications accepted Feb. 1.

Families seeking to have their Albuquerque Public Schools students attend a school outside of their home attendance area for the 2013-14 school year may begin submitting requests for a transfer beginning Friday, Feb. 1. Parents and guardians can apply for a transfer online at, the district’s website, under the Parents section. 

Transfer requests may still be submitted in-person at the APS Student Service Center, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 100 West. For information, call the Service Center at 855-9050 or 855-9040. 

Students who currently have an approved transfer do not need to re-apply unless they are changing schools. Students changing levels from elementary to middle school, or middle to high school are required to complete a new transfer request. 

The Service Center first processes transfer applications received between Feb. 1 and March 15. Requests received after March 15 will be processed at a later time. They are accepted under the provisions of the APS Procedural Directive regarding transfers and the New Mexico Open Enrollment Act. Transfers are granted on a space-available basis and in compliance with district, state and federal requirements. APS uses a random lottery system in granting transfer approvals, following prescribed priorities: 

  1. Students living within the established attendance boundaries for a school;
  2. Students who are assigned to a school which has received an “F” rating for two consecutive years under the State’s A – F grading system and are applying to a school which is not rated “F;”
  3. Students who have previously attended the school; and
  4. Other enrollment preferences, including
  • Students with siblings already attending the school requested and who will be attending simultaneously for the upcoming school year. Those students will be placed into the requested school when possible.
  • If space is still available placement will be granted to students who are in one of the following categories:  1) students who have other siblings requesting the same school but none are currently attending the requested school; 2) students who are children of an employee of the school being requested; or 3) students who have at least one parent on active military duty stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base. 
  • Those placements are followed by students who have a specific reason such as child care needs, and other reasons. 

All other requests with no reason specified are considered as the fifth priority.

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