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The APS Handbook for Student Success outlines student rights and responsibilities. If you are a student or family member, it is your responsibility to read and understand this handbook.

About the Handbook for Student Success

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, respectful and nurturing environment for all members of the school community including students, staff, parents, community partners, and visitors. 

This handbook is an official policy statement of the APS Board of Education. Students and parents should review and be familiar with this handbook, as well as, the handbook from the student’s school.


  • The Handbook for Student Success will be reviewed by the Board of Education on an annual basis.
  • Suggested changes should be submitted to the Student, Parent, Employee Service Center by phone at (505) 855-9040 or be email at by the end of the first semester for consideration for inclusion in the following year’s handbook.


  • Copies of this handbook will be made available to students upon registration. It will also be posted on the district’s website at
  • District Policy and Administrative Directives are also available on the district’s website. They can be accessed by typing “Policies and Procedural Directives” in the SEARCH engine. 

Table of Contents

  1. Letter from the Superintendent
  2. Albuquerque Public Schools Goals
  3. School District Authority and Jurisdiction
  4. Expectations of Students, Parents/Guardians and Families
  5. Addendum: Student and Staff Expectations
  6. Student Rights and Responsibilities
  7. Dress Code
  8. What To Do If You Believe That Your Rights Have Been Violated
  9. APS School Attendance Guidelines
  10. School Safety
  11. School Interventions for Handling Disruptions of the Educational Process and Unacceptable Conduct
  12. Discipline Matrix
  13. District-Wide Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy
  14. Disciplinary Considerations for Students with Disabilities Under IDEA
  15. Disciplinary Considerations for Students Under Section 504
  16. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  17. Student Records
  18. Child Custody Issues
  19. Glossary of Terms

Transportation Handbook

The Student Transportation Handbook webpage has guidelines and rules about:

  • Registration
  • School bus disciplinary plan
  • Schedule for snow days and school delays
  • Bus stops and routes
  • Evacuation drills
  • Activity and field trips
  • Students receiving modified services
  • Student responsibilities
  • Parent responsibilities

Athletic and Activity Code of Conduct

The Athletic and Activity Code of Conduct (PDF, 147 KB) outlines:

  • Conditions of participation
  • Prohibited conduct
  • School attendance requirements
  • Conduct on activity-related trips
  • Expectations for parents

For Additional Information Contact:

Student, Parent, Employee Service Center
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 100 West, Albuquerque 87110
Hot Line: (505) 855-9040,, Fax: (505) 855-9051

The Student, Parent, Employee Service Center assists the APS and Albuquerque community by providing information, policy explanation, problem-solving support, and related student services in a collaborative and cooperative manner that promotes student success.