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Posted: October 9, 2019

APS Considers Longer Year for More of Its Schools

The district is seeking public input on two proposed calendars, one that would add 10 days to the beginning of the school year and a second that would add 5 days to the beginning and 5 days to the end of the school year.

 

Albuquerque Public Schools is considering adding 10 days to the 2020-2021 school year for many of its schools.

Background

Last spring, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation to fund extended learning opportunities for public school students. 

In the 2019-2020 school year, several APS schools took advantage of this opportunity to help improve the academic success for many students, including some of our most vulnerable. Research shows that more time in the classroom can boost student achievement, provide additional resources, and help students retain more of what they learn over the summer.

2020-2021 School Year

Now, the district is looking at an extended school-year calendar at many more of its schools. Schools haven't yet been decided. But all APS elementary and middle schools are being considered.

High schools are not being considered for an extended school-year calendar at this time. 

Proposed Extended-Year Calendars

Calendar Proposal 1 adds the extra 10 days to the beginning of the school year.

  • The first day of school would be Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
  • The last day of school would be on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Calendar Proposal 2 adds 5 days to the beginning and 5 days to the end of the school year.

  • The first day of school would be Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.
  • The last day of school would be Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

All breaks and holidays are the same for both proposed calendars, including fall, winter, and spring break.

Proposed High School Calendar

  • The first day of school for high schools would be on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.
  • The last day of school for high schools would be Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

All breaks and holidays for the proposed high school calendar would be the same as both proposed extended-school year calendars. 

Tell Us What You Think!

APS wants to hear what students, families, staff, and community members have to say about the two proposed extended-year calendars under consideration.

Take a look at at the two proposed calendars (described in more detail below), then send us an email and tell us:

If your school was to extend its year by 10 days, which calendar do you prefer?

Email your preference, concerns, and suggestions to . Deadline for public input is Wednesday, Oct. 16. 
Calendar Proposal 1 Year At-A-Glance
DateDescription
July 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 2020 Student registration, professional development days, and preparation days
July 29, 2020 First Day of School
Sept. 7 Labor Day 
Oct. 8-9 Fall Break 
Nov. 3 Election Day 
Nov. 11 Veterans Day 
Nov. 23-24 Elementary & Middle School Conferences
Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Break 
Dec. 21-Jan. 1, 2021 Winter Break 
Jan. 4, 2021 Professional Development Day (staff only)
Jan. 5, 2021 First Day of the Second Semester
Jan. 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
Feb. 15 President's Day 
March 18-19 Elementary, Middle & High School Conferences 
March 22-26 Spring Break
April 2 Vernal Holiday
May 22, 2021 Last Day of School
May 31 Memorial Day 
May 26-28 and June 1 Weather Make-Up Days
Calendar Proposal 2 Year At-A-Glance
DateDescription
July 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 3, 4, 2020
Student registration, professional development days, and preparation days
Aug. 5, 2021
First Day of School
Sept. 7 Labor Day 
Oct. 8-9 Fall Break 
Nov. 3 Election Day 
Nov. 11 Veterans Day
Nov. 23-24 Elementary & Middle School Conferences
Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Break 
Dec. 21-Jan. 1, 2021 Winter Break
Jan. 4, 2021 Professional Development  (staff only)
Jan. 5, 2021 First Day of the Second Semester
Jan. 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 15 President's Day
March 18-19 Elementary, Middle & High School Conferences 
March 22-26 Spring Break 
April 2 Vernal Holiday 
May 31 Memorial Day 
June 2, 2021
Last Day of School
June 3, 4, and 7 Weather Make-Up Days
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