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Posted: February 21, 2020

15 APS Schools Choose a Longer School Year in 2020-21

Six will add 5 days to the beginning and 5 days to the end of the school year; nine will be on a year-round calendar.

After reviewing options for a traditional calendar or two extended learning plans that add 10 days to the 2020-2021 school year, 14 elementary schools and one alternative high school in Albuquerque Public Schools voted for the longer school year.

APS schools got to choose their 2020-2021 calendars after reviewing the options through their Instructional Councils, parent organizations, staff meetings, and community meetings. During the review process, school communities were asked to consider how they would use the 10 extra days to improve educational outcomes. They looked at remediation and enrichment, innovation, co-curricular activities, community partnerships, and more.

Staff and families then voted. Final decisions were due to the district by Feb. 12.  

Voting Results

Schools on Extended Learning Plan A

Six elementary schools voted for Extended Learning Plan A, which adds five days to the beginning and five days to the end of the school year:

  • Barcelona
  • Carlos Rey
  • Duranes
  • Marie Hughes
  • Pajarito*
  • Sierra Vista

Students who attend these schools will head back to school on Aug. 5 and wrap up the school year on June 2, 2021.

Schools on Extended Learning Plan B

Eight APS elementary schools and one alternative high school voted for Extended Learning Plan B, a year-round calendar that starts in mid-July and ends in mid-June but has several breaks throughout the school year:

  • Hawthorne*
  • Kirtland*
  • Kit Carson
  • Los Padillas*
  • Mountain View
  • Navajo*
  • Tomasita
  • Whittier*
  • School on Wheels High School*

Students who attend these schools will start the 2020-2021 school year on July 21 and end it on June 11, 2021. 

Seven of the 15 schools (with asterisks next to their names) had already added 10 days of instruction this school year. The eight schools that will extend the school year for the first time are Barcelona, Carlos Rey, Duranes, Kit Carson, Marie Hughes, Mountain View, Tomasita, and Sierra Vista.

New Futures High School, which added 10 instructional days this school year, voted to return to a traditional calendar in 2020-2021.

APS began looking at lengthening the school year for some of its schools after the state made funding available for an Extended Learning Time Program last spring. Research shows that more time in the classroom can boost student achievement and help students retain more of what they learn over the summer. Also, more time in school means more access to resources including hot meals, counselors, nurses, social and community services.

The extended learning plans provide more time for professional development. All employees who work at schools on an extended learning plan calendar are compensated for the additional hours. 

Traditional Calendar

Most of the rest of APS schools, including all of its comprehensive high schools and middle schools, will follow the traditional calendar in 2020-2021, with students returning to school on Aug. 12 and ending the school year on May 25, 2021.

The traditional calendar includes 178 instructional days. The extended learning plans include 188 instructional days.

Alternative Calendar

Six APS elementary school voted to stick with their alternative calendar, which, like the traditional calendar, has 178 instructional days but starts earlier than most APS schools and includes a couple of two-week intercessions during the school year:

  • Cochiti
  • Eugene Field
  • Mark Twain
  • Mary Ann Binford
  •  Oñate
  • S.R. Marmon

These students will return to school on July 21 and wrap up the school year on May 25, 2021.

CNM Calendar

College and Career High School, a dual-credit magnet school located on the CNM campus, follows the community college’s trimester calendar.