For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Bernalillo County, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the county as well.
To be enrolled in a New Mexico school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. Check with the school for additional requirements. For details on New Mexico’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at http://nmhealth.org/about/phd/idb/imp/sreq.
In 2010, New Mexico, along with 42 other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics, with science and social studies in development, though New Mexico has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.
Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information and a listing of charter schools in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department’s website at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/charter-schools.
For an introduction to home schooling in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department’s website at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, testing information, home-school curriculum providers and more.
The Albuquerque Homeschool Sports Association provides an opportunity for home school students to develop character and athletic skills while participating in competitive athletic programs. The organization offers a variety of sports to choose from, including volleyball, tennis, soccer and basketball.
The Atelier visual art program was developed to aid parents in teaching art in a homeschool environment. Using DVD-based teaching methods, Atelier provides the home educator with the tools to help their students learn a valuable skill.
Time 4 Learning helps the home educator by providing information regarding curriculum, resources and information about home schooling in New Mexico. There is also an online support group and help for those with gifted or special needs children.
To search for local private schools in New Mexico, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.
Albuquerque Public Schools
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110 505-880-3700
Albuquerque Public Schools is the 31st largest district in the nation, with more than 85,000 students in 141 schools. There are 88 elementary schools, 27 middle schools, 13 high schools, 11 alternative schools and two combined elementary and middle schools.
Bernalillo Public Schools
250 Isidro Sanchez Circle
Bernalillo, NM 87004..................505-867-2388
The Bernalillo Public Schools School District includes 11 schools that serve 3,100 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. There are four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, two combined elementary and middle schools and one preschool.
Rio Rancho Public Schools
500 Laser Road
Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-896-0667
Rio Rancho Public Schools has 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools and one preschool. The district has an enrollment of more than 17,200 and is the third-largest in the state.