|Albuquerque’s educational system has risen to the demands
of a growing population through innovation and one-on-one contact with
students. From the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) to the University of
New Mexico, the quality and range of programs in the city continues to
increase in step with Albuquerque’s population. The University of New Mexico
defines a regional and national standard of excellence with its 11 degrees
granting programs and distinguished research facilities.
The APS district is one of the largest in the U.S., with over 85,000
students. APS includes 79 elementary schools (K through grade 5), 24 middle
schools (6 through 8), 11 regular high schools, and 6 alternative high
schools for students with special needs. All APS schools offer special
educational opportunities for handicapped and gifted students.
Parents are encouraged to discuss details of specific projects and facilities
personally with principals and administrators. You can reach the APS Central
Office at (505) 842-8211 or visit the web site at www.aps.edu. APS’s Community
Relations Department also distributes a comprehensive information packet,
including district boundary maps. Call (505) 842-3606 to order. Rio Rancho
established its own school district in 1997, independent of APS. For more
information, call Rio Rancho Pubic Schools at (505) 896-0667.
A complete list of high, middle and elementary schools is included in
the information packet distributed by Community Relations Department.
Albuquerque has an excellent selection of private and parochial schools.
Approximately 13% of Albuquerque’s children attend one of over 70 private
or parochial schools in the community. The Albuquerque Academy is considered
to be one of the area’s top private nondenominational schools, and is first
among area independent schools in endowment.
Some of the larger private/parochial schools include the following: