At a Glance: The Los Alamos Public Schools

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Current K-12 enrollment: 3,700

Mean SAT scores (Class of 1995 profile):

  • Los Alamos: verbal, 560; math, 630
  • New Mexico: verbal, 485; math, 530
  • United States: verbal, 428; math, 482

Annual operating budget, 1995-96:

$24 million, about a third of which is from U.S. Department of Energy payments

Average per-pupil expenditure for operations, 1994-95:

  • Los Alamos: $6,097
  • New Mexico: $3,741

Average teacher salary, 1994-95:

  • Los Alamos: $34,256*
  • New Mexico: $28,288
  • United States: $36,744

Enrollment in Advanced Placement courses, 1994-95:**

  • Los Alamos: 728 out of 3,700 students
  • Albuquerque: 791 out of roughly 90,000 students.
  • (Albuquerque is the state's largest school district.)

Number of National Merit Scholarship finalists, 1994-95:

12 finalists out of nearly 300 seniors

Overall cost of living in Los Alamos is about 23 percent higher than the national average.

* Numbers do not reflect the exact number of students in AP courses because one student can take multiple AP courses.

SOURCES: Los Alamos school district; New Mexico education department.

Vol. 15, Issue 29

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