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Posted: March 29, 2019

APS Opens International Center

The community space is for newcomer students and families including immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

The Albuquerque Public Schools International Center celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, March 28. The center supports parent engagement in schools, school navigation, cultural connectivity and more.

  • It is a place where families can go to for information on APS and community resources. 
  • It is a place where teachers and other APS staff can reach out for assistance in working with refugee and ELL (English Language Learner) newcomer youth. The district’s three refugee case managers have offices at the center. 
  • Soon, the center will house the district’s International Library which will include books in various languages from around the world to support first language literacy and cultural connectedness among youth and adults. 
  • And it is a place for community events and training. For example, the center recently held a spring break camp for high school refugee youth leaders.

The center is open in Portable 11 at La Mesa Elementary school, 7500 Copper Ave. NE.

For more information, contact Brandon Baca, Refugee Point of Contact, at brandon.baca@aps.edu or 505-803-7781.

Watch the KOB-TV story about the grand opening: