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JF1 Enrollment Priorities for Students Under the Open Enrollment Act

Albuquerque Public Schools shall comply with and implement federal and New Mexico state statutes regarding enrollment priorities for students.  Albuquerque Public Schools shall establish enrollment priorities for students wishing to enroll in Albuquerque Public Schools as follows:

  1. Students residing within the geographical attendance area of the school and students who had resided in the attendance area prior to a parent/legal guardian who is an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States or a member of the National Guard being deployed and whose deployment has required the student to relocate outside the geographical attendance area for custodial care
  2. Students who qualify under federal education legislation
  3. Students who previously attended the school including those who were relocated because their parents were deployed as active duty members of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard or children of a military family who will be attending school in the district during the upcoming year
  4. Students who qualify under the following provisions:

A. Siblings of students who currently and will simultaneously attend the school requested

B. Students who qualify in one of the following preferences:

      1.  Siblings requesting the same school but none currently attend the requested school
      2. Children of an employee of the school being requested

C. Students who qualify for one of the following preferences:

      1. After-school care for students
      2. Child care for siblings of the student attending the requested school
      3. Extreme hardship
      4. Location of the student’s previous school
      5. Student safety

D. Students who indicate other preferences

5. All other applications

Unless otherwise outlined in this policy, enrollment of applicants in the second through fifth categories shall be approved for the requested school according to procedures created and implemented by the superintendent and in accordance with available programs and classroom space established by the district.  Students qualifying for preference in priority 4.A. shall be placed at the requested school regardless of whether there is site capacity or program availability, but only when there are no students on the waiting list for priorities two and three.  The superintendent may override the automatic placement of students qualifying in priority 4.A in any case where it is not physically or financially feasible for the district.

Administrative Position

  • Chief Operations Officer

Department Director: 

  • Executive Director of Student, Parent, and Employee Service Center


Legal Cross Ref.:

  • 42 U.S.C. 11301, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015
  • §22-1-4, NMSA 1978
  • §22-10A-20 NMSA 1978
  • §22-12-5 NMSA 1978
  • §22-15-5 NMSA 1978

Board Policy Cross Ref.:

Procedural Directive Cross Ref.:

NSBA/NEPN Classification: JFBA

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Revised: July 10, 1991
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