Master Plan Update: A look into the plan for back-to-school

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – While most Albuquerque Public School students are getting ready for their first day on Thursday, administrators and board members are looking much farther ahead with the Academic Master Plan.More Back-to-School News »

“Thank you for giving us this opportunity to update you on this eve of the first day of school,” said Associate Superintendent Yvonne Garcia, presenting an update to the Board of Education during a meeting Wednesday night.

The Master Plan aims to focus on early learning, college and career readiness and what APS calls “developing the whole child.”

“Not just the academics,” Garcia said. “So, the emotional, the socio-economical, all of the different aspects that a child comes to us with.”

Fostering an environment for well-rounded students, teaching them things like integrity.

“Those kinds of skills that we don’t test for in an academic test but yet our classroom does prepare our students with those skills,” Garcia said.

One issue highlighted in the notes compiled after input from community forums and teacher focus groups is the course load for high school freshman: Are we piling on too much in 9th grade?

“If we’re looking at the whole child and we’re asking them to take six or seven classes with no electives, are we truly developing the whole child? So, they’re probably going to look a little bit at that,” Garcia said.

At this point, she emphasizes what all the notes say, that it is still “in progress.”

Garcia said APS aims to finalize the 5-year academic master plan by the spring.

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