ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – For APS students thinking about transferring to a different school within the district, now is the time to do it.
This year, APS is hoping to get more students transferred into their magnet schools rather than go to charter schools outside their district.
APS officials say they hope a number of special programs offered at the APS magnet schools draws kids there.
Ryan O’Brien, an APS senior, transferred from Manzano High School last year to a magnet school called College and Career High School.
“It’s a small environment and i like small environments,” said O’Brien.
He’s part of a shrinking group of kids who transfer within the district. During the past three years, more and more kids are leaving APS.
In the 2012-2013 school year, APS lost 700 kids. That cost them about $4 million : on average, $6,000 per student.
“The fact that we have declining enrollment is an issue for the district. It means that we’re going to have to become leaner,” said Katerina Sandoval of the APS Office of Innovation.
Before deciding on that, APS officials are working on better educating families about the dozens of existing magnet schools.
“Families are really looking for middle schools they feel are small and safe and where they know the kids by name. it’s sometimes the perception that our longer comprehensive middle schools may not by that place, but it’s just a perception,” said Sandoval.
The magnet schools offer some similar programs to those in charter schools, such as taking college-level classes in high school.
O’Brien goes to class at Central New Mexico Community College. It’s the only high school in the city that is housed full-time on a college campus.
“I could take as many college classes as i wanted and not have to go back and forth between high school,” said O’Brien.
He will be able to get his EMT certificate through the special program.
Applications should be sent in for a transfer by March 15 in order to be part of the first round of drawing.