Albuquerque Public Schools breaks ground on new Westside school

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Kindergarten through eighth grade students in one part of Albuquerque will soon be getting a new school. It’s Albuquerque Public Schools’ latest project to battle overcrowding on the Westside.

APS broke ground Tuesday morning to build a brand new school that will be located out by the new football stadium. It is a $50 million project that was voted on by taxpayers and will serve up to 1,600, kindergarten through eighth grade students near I-40 and 98th Street.

The design will be similar to the George I. Sanchez collaborative community school that opened in 2015 in the South Valley. It will move away from the traditional small isolated classroom and focus on collaborative learning environments that encourage mentorship between the grade levels.

The school will help ease the overcrowding at Painted Sky Elementary and Jimmy Carter Middle School. It’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

APS came up with the George Sanchez name through a contest. The district hasn’t said how it will come up with a name for the new K-8 school. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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