Personal tools

About APS

APS is New Mexico's largest school district, serving more than a fourth of the state's students.

Albuquerque Public Schools Administration Building

Albuquerque Public Schools is among the top 40 largest school district in the nation and the largest in New Mexico, serving nearly 84,000 students in 143 schools scattered across nearly 1,200 square miles.

  • Our students live in the city of Albuquerque and the towns of Corrales and Los Ranchos; the counties of Bernalillo and Sandoval; and the pueblos of Isleta and Laguna.
  • Another 7,100 students attend APS-authorized charter schools.
  • APS is the largest employer in Albuquerque, providing full-time jobs for more than 12,000 people including 6,000 teachers.
  • Two-thirds of our students are Hispanic and 16.6 percent are English Learners. We also serve many students in need: nearly two-thirds qualify for the federal school meals program. Another 17 percent of students have disabilities. 

Board of Education

Albuquerque Public Schools is governed by a seven-member, elected school board that sets policy and approves the annual budget. The board also hires the APS superintendent, who oversees the operations of the district.

Albuquerque Public Schools is made up of seven individual board member districts. The districts are represented by board members who are elected for staggered terms.

APS Demographics

School Statistics
Type of SchoolNumber
Elementary Schools (K-5) 88
K-8 School 4
Middle Schools (6-8) 27
High Schools (9-12) 21
Alternative Schools 2
Total Number of Schools 142
Charter School Statistics
Type of SchoolNumber
Charter Schools 53
APS Authorized Charter Schools 29
District Statistics
District Size 1,200 sq. miles
Instructional Space 13 million sq. feet
Oldest APS School Albuquerque High*
Oldest APS Building Eugene Field Elementary**
Newest APS School Tres Volcanes K-8 ***

*Albuquerque High was established as Albuquerque Academy in 1879 and was taken over by the city and renamed Albuquerque High in 1891.
**Construction of Eugene Field Elementary began in 1927.
***Opened in Fall 2018.

Title I Statistics
Type of Title I SchoolNumber
Elementary Schools 74
Middle Schools 22
High Schools 13
Charter Schools 19
Total: APS Title I Schools 109
Total: Title I School Supported by APS 128
Student Statistics
Type of StudentNumber
Total Number of APS Students 83,987
Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch 68.2%
Percentage of English Learners 16.6%
Percentage of Students with Disabilities 17.2%
Percentage of Students in Gifted Programs 5.9%
Student Ethnicity
Hispanic 65.8%
Caucasian/White 22.9%
American Indian 5.5%
African American 3.2%
Asian 2.3%
Other 0.2%
Teachers and Employees
Total Number of Employees 14,000
Total Number of Full-Time Employees 12,000
Teachers & Librarians 6,063
Teacher Aides 1,800
Average Annual Teacher Salary $44,900
National Board Certified Teachers 396
Number of Labor Unions 6
Transportation Services
Number of Buses (Route & Spares) 445
Number of APS-operated Buses 227
Number of Students Transported Daily 39,910
Miles Traveled Daily 31,615
Miles Traveled in 2016-17 School Year 5,627,417
Number of Routes 1,800+
Number of Bus Stops 9,760+
Number of Bus Contractors 9
Meals Served
Breakfast per School Day 29,000
Lunch per School Day 41,000
Schools that Qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision (PDF): All students at these schools can get breakfast and lunch for free. 84
Approved Budget (2019-20)
Line ItemAmount
Operational Fund $702.3 Million
Transportation Fund $19.8 Million
Transportation Enterprise Fund $2.7 Million
Instructional Materials Fund $5.2 Million
Athletics Funds $2.4 Million
Food Services Fund $65.2 Million
Grant Funds $112.3 Million
Capital Funds $395.8 Million
Debt Service Fund $151 Million
KANW Enterprise Fund $721 Thousand
Graphics Enterprise Fund $434 Thousand
Facilities Enterprise Fund $589 Thousand
Self Insurance Reserve Fund $137.2 Million
Construction Services Fund $7.7 Million
Grant Total $1.6 Billion

APS Non-Discrimination Statement

The Albuquerque Public School system does not discriminate nor condone discrimination by students, employees, or third parties on the basis of ethnic identity, religion, race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, HIV status, mental or physical disability, marital status, or pregnancy in any program or activity of, or sponsored by, the school district and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.


To file a complaint, go to the Office of Equal Opportunity Services Complaint Process.


The following departments have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Section 504 and Equal Opportunity
Services/Title IX contacts, listed by department
DepartmentServicesContactPhysical Address
Equal Opportunity
Services and
Title IX
and harassment
based on Civil
Rights issues
(505) 855-9831
Suite 510 West
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE
Albuquerque 87110
Section 504 Student Specific
Nora Ellis
Section 504 Coordinator
(505) 855-9840
Suite 480 West
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE
Albuquerque 87110
ADA/Section 504 Employee Specific
Socorro Rodriguez
ADA Coordinator
(505) 855-9852
Suite 400 West
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE
Albuquerque 87110
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 25704, Albuquerque, NM 87125-0704