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About APS

Educating and caring for our diverse student population, supporting their families, and partnering with the community with the promise of a better future for all.

Albuquerque Public Schools Administration Building

Albuquerque Public Schools is the largest of New Mexico's 89 school districts, serving about a fourth of the state's public school students in 144 schools scattered across 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.
  • Nearly 10,000 students in the metropolitan area attend APS-authorized charter schools.
  • APS is the largest employer in Albuquerque, providing full-time jobs for more than 12,000 people including about 5,500 teachers.
  • Two-thirds of our students are Hispanic.
  • English isn't the first language for about 17 percent of students.
  • APS serves many students in need: more than two-thirds qualify for the federal school meals program and about 19 percent have disabilities. 
  • The oldest school is Albuquerque High. Established as Albuquerque Academy in 1879, then renamed Albuquerque High in 1891.
  • The oldest APS building is Eugene Field Elementary, constructed in 1927.
  • The newest APS school is eCADEMY K8, opened in Fall 2020. The District has 13 million square feet of instructional space.

Fiscal Year 2021 Budget

Approved Budget for Fiscal Year 2021

The New Mexico Public Education Department approved a $1.56 billion budget for APS on July 1, 2020. The budget provided funding for 12,600 full-time jobs.

Budget Breakdown
FundAmount (rounded)
Operational $819 million
Capital $347 million
Debt Service $148 million
Federal Grants $127 million
about Food Service $62 million
Transportation $21 million
State/Local Grants $17 million
Athletics $2.4 million
Instruction Materials $749,000

Adjusted Budget Due to the Coronavirus

The economic toll of the global pandemic, including its negative impact an oil and gas revenue which helps pay for public education in New Mexico, devastated school funding. The APS operational budget for fiscal year 2021 was reduced by more than $40 million to about $778 million. To cover the shortfall, the district cut 180 jobs mostly through attrition as well as department budgets and several programs and services.

Academic Master Plan

APS Dashboard Visualizations

The APS Dashboard is provided by Strategic Analysis & Program Research (SAPR) as a resource for the APS Community. 

If you have any questions about the dashboards, please contact Strategic Analysis & Program Research (SAPR) by phone at (505) 872-6807 or by email at .

Dashboards include statistics on:

  • Enrollment and demographics
  • Academic performance
  • Parent and student engagement
  • College readiness

About the 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. 

APS is made up of seven individual board member districts, represented by board members who are elected for staggered terms:

144 Total Schools

  • Elementary Schools
    88
  • Grades K-8 Schools
    5
  • Middle Schools
    27
  • Traditional High Schools 
    13
  • Magnet High Schools
    8
  • Alternative Schools
    2
  • Special Education Complex
    1
  • APS Authorized Charter Schools
    30
Student Statistics
Type of StudentNumber
Total No. of APS Students PK-12 (2019-2020) 80,100
Total No. of APS Students PK-12 (2020-20201*) 75,300
Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch 68%
English Learners  17%
Students with Disabilities 19%
Students in Gifted Programs 5%
Four-year Cohort Graduation Rate (Class of 2019) 74%
*During the pandemic, APS saw an enrollment decline of about 5,000 students. Many of these families chose to homeschool their children. Others went to smaller private schools or charter schools. We expect our current enrollment to increase once school gets back to normal.
Title I Statistics
Type of Title I SchoolNumber
Elementary Schools 71
K-8 Schools 2
Middle Schools 22
Traditional High Schools 12
Charter Schools 12
Total: APS Title I Schools 107
Total: Title I School Supported by APS 128
Student Ethnicity
EthnicityPercentage
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Asian 2%
Black/African American 3%
Two or more 4%
American Indian 5%
Caucasian/White 21%
Hispanic 66%
Teachers and Employees
TypeNumber
Total Number of Employees 12,000
Number of Teachers 5,400
Number of Educational Assistants 2,000
Certified Staff Experience (incl. Teachers) with Master's Degree 40%
Certified Staff Experience (incl. Teachers) with Doctorate Degree 1%
Staff Demographics
TypeNumber
Female 74.3%
Male 25.7%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.5%
Black/African American 2.5%
Hispanic 40.4%
White/Caucasian 53.5%
Transportation Services
TypeNumber
Number of Buses (Route & Spares) 462
Number of APS-operated Buses 255
Number of Students Transported Daily 41,405
Miles Traveled Daily 29,417
Miles Traveled in 2019-2020 School Year 5,236,226
Number of Routes 2,530
Number of Bus Stops 10,800+
Number of Bus Contractors 8

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.

Complaints

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

Contacts

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
Discrimination
and harassment
based on Civil
Rights issues
(505) 855-9831
Suite 510 West
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE
Albuquerque 87110
Section 504 Student Specific
Accommodations
Section 504 Coordinator
(505) 239-5173
Suite 480 West
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE
Albuquerque 87110
ADA/Section 504 Employee Specific
Accommodations
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