APS debunks year-round school myths

Posted at: 08/12/2013 8:12 AM
Updated at: 08/13/2013 11:04 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

While many Albuquerque students get ready to head back to school tomorrow, some kids have already been in class for weeks.

Right now, the district has eight year-round schools in session.

Parents can decide if they want to make their schools year round, like Navajo Elementary, which has been in school since July 23.

“The schools that have these schedules absolutely adore it. The community must vote every other year if they would like to continue with this single track schedule,” said Raquel Reedy of APS.

APS says year-round schools have been around for about 20 years here in Albuquerque. The district says the goal of these schools was to help with overcrowding, which they have.

While the term “year-round” makes many think that students endure more days in class, the truth is that they also attend 180 days like students in traditional schools.

But as for the assumption that year-round students perform better than traditional school students—the district just recently looked at test scores from both types of schools and saw no difference.

“A lot of people, staff and parents are intrigued by this single track concept,” Reedy said. “There's been talk like, ‘Wouldn't it be wonderful if everybody were under this,’ because those 2 week breaks are really very soothing to folks, but really, it's a community option.”

Kids who go to year-round schools have a couple of breaks throughout the year. The first is a fall break from Oct. 23 to Nov. 5.