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Posted: February 21, 2024

APS Board Approves 2024-2025 School Calendar

Calendar includes longer summer break and shorter school days for many, but two more instructional days.

Calendar graphic

Calendar graphic

Albuquerque Public Schools students will get a few more days of summer break next school year under the calendar approved by the APS Board of Education on Wednesday. Students will begin school on Aug. 7, 2024 and wrap up the year on May 30, 2025.

The calendar aligns with feedback the district received from students, staff, families, and the community, and it also adheres to state requirements. More than 13,000 people took part in the calendar survey in December.

The 2024-2025 school year calendar will:

  • Give students one day off for Labor Day instead of the two days students had off this school year.
  • Add Election Day as a day off for students, in keeping with legislation passed last year.
  • Shorten Thanksgiving Break from a full week to three days.
  • Shorten Spring Break to one week from the current week and a half, and it would align the APS Spring Break with UNM’s.
  • Minimize instructional disruption throughout the calendar to improve continuity of teaching and learning for increased student outcomes. Specifically, it has 27 uninterrupted five-day weeks, three more than the current school year.
  • Add two additional parent-teacher conferences during the school year for grades 6-12.
  • Maintain instructional hours at TOPS schools with no additional days. 
  • Add two instructional days to the calendar while shortening the instructional day by 15 minutes for elementary, middle, K-8, and high school students. The extra two days would offset some of the lost classroom hours. 

The shortened instructional days were necessary to address a problem the district encountered during the current school year when teachers were beginning and ending their work days at the same time students were starting and ending class. That led to issues with before and after school supervision of students. Under the current proposal, all K-12 teachers would have 15 minutes built into their paid hours to cover morning or afternoon duties.

The calendar was developed by a committee of principals, union representatives, district administrators, and parents/community members. The calendar committee presented a proposed calendar to the APS Board of Education on Wednesday evening. Board members voted unanimously to approve an amended version of the calendar.

College and Career High School will operate under a different calendar that aligns with CNM.

2024-2025 Calendar At-A-Glance
DateDescription

Aug. 1, 2024

First day back for teachers and staff

Aug. 7, 2024

First day of school for grades 1 - 12

Sept. 2, 2024

Labor Day (schools closed)

Oct. 1, 2024

End of the first grading period

Oct. 9-10, 2024

Parent-teacher conferences K-12 (schools closed)

Oct. 11, 2024

Fall break (schools closed)

Oct. 14, 2024

Indigenous Peoples Day (schools closed)

Nov. 5, 2024

Election Day (schools closed)

Nov. 11, 2024

Veterans Day (schools closed)
Nov. 27-29, 2024 Thanksgiving Break (schools closed)

Dec. 20, 2024

End of the second grading period

Dec. 23, 2024-Jan. 3, 2025

Winter Break (schools closed)

Jan. 6-7, 2025

Professional development days for staff (schools closed)

Jan. 8, 2025

First Day of Second Semester (all schools)

Jan. 20, 2025

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (schools closed)

Feb. 17, 2025

Presidents Day (schools closed)

March 14, 2025

End of the third grading period

March 17-21, 2025

Spring Break (schools closed)

April 16-17, 2025

Parent-teacher conferences K-12 (schools closed)

April 18, 2025

Vernal Holiday (schools closed)

May 19-23, 2025

Graduation week

May 26, 2025

Memorial Day (schools closed)

May 30, 2025

Last day of school and end of fourth grading period