LAPS Heads Back To School – Details On Schedules, Registration, Buses And Food Service


Students attending Los Alamos Public Schools will head back to the classroom on Wednesday, Aug. 9 for the start of the 2023-2024 school year.

All students in kindergarten through 6th grade will be dismissed at noon. It will be a full day for middle and high school students.

Thursday, Aug. 10 and Friday, Aug. 11 will be full days for all students.

Wednesday will be a 7-period day at Los Alamos High School. Los Alamos Middle School will also follow a 7-period day schedule on the first day of school.

Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8 are flexible days for each school site to arrange activities including providing time for students to meet teachers, and pick up schedules and books. Students will not be at school all day on these days. Class lists will be posted at the elementary schools no later than 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Elementary students will attend school 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will continue to be half days, with students dismissed at noon.

Los Alamos Middle School students will attend 8 a.m. to 2:57 p.m.

Los Alamos High School students will attend 7:50 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Academic time at LAHS runs 2:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

The first day of school for PreK4 students will be Thursday, Aug. 10. Students in the PreK4 program attend school Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There are no PreK4 classes on Wednesdays.

The first day of school for the PreK3 morning program will be Thursday, Aug. 10, 8:30-11:30 a.m. The first day for the PreK3 afternoon program will be Friday, Aug. 11, 8:30-11:30 a.m. The regular schedule for the PreK3 morning and afternoon programs will start on Monday, Aug. 14. There are no PreK3 classes on Wednesdays.

If you haven’t already completed registration for the 2023-2024 school year, please go to and complete this process as soon as possible. Middle and high school students who completed course selection are also required to complete registration, as this is a different process than course selection.

In addition, students who are eligible for bus service must complete  the 2023-2024 Student Bus Card. LAPS provides bus service for all Los Alamos County elementary students who live at least 1 mile from the school, for middle school students who live 1.5 miles from the school, and for high school students who live 2 miles from the school. The district can provide transportation for students who live outside of Los Alamos County as space is available. Students must complete the 2023-2024 Student Bus Card to get on the waiting list. Parents of 3Y PreK students should contact the Student Services Department at (505) 663-2208 to arrange for transportation. For more information regarding LAPS transportation and to view bus routes, click here.

Starting this year, Los Alamos Public Schools is pleased to offer free breakfast and lunch to all of our students.  As we transition to feeding all of our students, we would like to highlight some items for you.  Breakfast at our elementary schools will be a sack option to ensure all students who want a meal are served in a timely manner. Free lunch service will be available for all Los Alamos Public Schools. This will be a serve option that meets the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) guidelines for each grade level. During the fall semester none of our school sites will serve a la carte options. This is so we can ensure that our food service partner is able to focus on quality, speed of service and presentation. Students are still able to bring a lunch from home if that is their preference.

If a student has a dietary need (this includes vegan requests), this must be communicated with the school site nurse. The school site will inform our food service partner so they can prepare the requested meal for the student. In addition to our one hot lunch option, the district will offer a sack lunch option as well. You can view menus online at The August menu will be posted no later than Aug. 7, 2023. Even though all students can participate in the breakfast and lunch program we are asking that families fill out the free and reduced meal program application.  This is important as our free and reduced numbers are used for other important funding opportunities which support the district and our students. Please use the online option at If you are unable to complete the online option please download a copy of the Free and Reduced Meal Program application. Email the completed form to

Check out the LAPS Back to School section on the district website for more information. 

“We are looking forward to a great year!” –LAPS