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Extended Year Schools, 2022-2023

Twenty-nine schools will participate in the Extended Learning Time Program (ELTP), extending their school year by 10 days for the 2022-2023 school year.

Extended Year and Extended Day Schools: 

  • Alamosa
  • Atrisco
  • Bel-Air
  • Bellhaven
  • Carlos Rey
  • East San Jose
  • Emerson
  • Hawthorne
  • Inez
  • Kirtland
  • Lavaland
  • Lew Wallace
  • Longfellow
  • Los Padillas
  • Los Ranchos
  • Lowell
  • Mary Ann Binford
  • Matheson Park
  • Reginald Chavez
  • Pajarito
  • Whittier

Extended Year
Only Schools: 

  • Armijo
  • Barcelona
  • Edward Gonzales
  • Helen Cordero
  • Kit Carson
  • Mountain View
  • Navajo
  • Tomasita 

More About Extended Learning Time (ELTP)

How the Decision Was Made

The APS Board of Education voted in April to continue allowing individual schools to decide in collaboration with students, staff, and families whether to extend the school year. APS schools conducted surveys of staff and communities. Majorities of both had to favor extended learning for it to be implemented next school year.

The APS administration encouraged schools that serve some of the district’s most vulnerable students to strongly consider the option. All schools on an extended calendar next school year receive federal Title I dollars, meaning at least half of their students are identified as economically disadvantaged.

How the Extended Calendar Works

The extended calendar adds four days to the beginning of the school year, with students starting on Thursday, Aug. 4, instead of Wednesday, Aug. 10. The extended calendar cuts fall break by a day, keeps schools open on Election Day, and has one instead of two days off around the Vernal Holiday. The last day of school for the extended calendar is Thursday, June 1, compared to Thursday, May 25, for schools on a traditional calendar.  

How the Extended School Day Works

Eleven APS elementary schools have participated in a Transformational Model pilot program that extends the school year by 10 days and lengthens the school day by an hour and a half, allowing for more professional development for teachers and Genius Hour for students to explore their interests.

About Program Funding

State lawmakers and the New Mexico Public Education Department asked school districts across the state to consider adding 10 days to the school year to address learning loss resulting from the pandemic. The state-funded Extended Learning Time Program also responds to a lawsuit that found that the state has failed to provide adequate programs and services for marginalized students. 

The longer day, paid for with funding from the federal American Rescue Plan, will embed daily professional development and student enrichment. These schools also will receive funding for a community school coordinator, a transformational coach, planning, and Genius Hour, a block of time each day that allows students to explore their interests.  

Most of the cost for the longer school day and year goes to pay for salaries and benefits.

In response to a recent New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee program evaluation, APS encouraged legislators to consider providing funding for both a longer school day and year, arguing that adding days without extending time for training, collaboration, and enrichment isn’t transformative.