The education system in Albuquerque is struggling and the grades continue to show it. Only 13 schools within the Albuquerque Public School system received an A grade for the 2015-2016 school year, the most recent grades received.
Grades are given to schools by the Public Education Department based on proficiency, growth, graduation, and other factors. They are then graded on how well they do in different categories in comparison to other schools. In APS, only a handful of schools received an A grade.
The majority of schools received a D. The district overall got a D, although that final grade was lowered from a C because it failed to test at least 95 percent of students, part of the state’s requirement. Only six districts in the state received an A — Animas Public Schools, Cloudcroft Municipal Schools, Corona Municipal Schools, Dora Municipal Schools, Grady Municipal Schools and Texico Municipal Schools. Neighboring Rio Rancho Public Schools got a B.
See the graphics below for a more detailed description of individual school grades.
APS schools, by overall grade
Last year, some business leaders weighed in on what problems they saw with the public school system and how they would fix them. Their ideas ranged from additional work experience programs and increased STEM education to dual language classes and changing the school calendar.
There are over 150 schools in the Albuquerque Public Schools system. You can find certain schools and the grade they received here, as well the grade they received the year previous.
Top 25 Schools in APS