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Welcome to Our School

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A Message From the Principal

Falcon Families,

First and foremost, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Shawn Morris and I will be serving as the Principal for Van Buren Middle School. I have been a middle school principal for the past five years in APS, I have nineteen years of experience, either teaching or in administration, and I’m truly excited to serve as the Principal of Van Buren Middle School.

I want to be the first to welcome you to Van Buren Middle School, Home of the Falcons! We are ecstatic that you all decided to join us and welcome you to the Falcon Family. I also want to thank you for allowing us the opportunity to educate your child. Together with your help, we can make a difference in the young lives of all the children that come through the doors of Van Buren.

Van Buren is a great school. A school that takes great pride in our history and a school that is constantly evolving in order to meet the needs of our students. Van Buren is proud to serve students from all over the world as well as students from Kirtland Air Force Base. We are truly honored to be one of the most ethnically diverse schools in the district and honored to be a true community hub of the International District. We take great pride in being a Community School and we will do whatever possible to meet the needs of our Falcon Families.  “A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends (“What is a Community School,” n.d.).”

At Van Buren Middle School, we wholeheartedly believe in developing partnerships with families and truly believe in the African Proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Some of our activities, which will focus on our students and families this year, are below:

 The VBMS Language Acquisition Center (Open 3 Days a week)

Homework Diner

Boys and Girls Club Afterschool Program

Volunteer Opportunities


The VBMS Family Center

Once again, I take great pride in welcoming you and your family into our family at Van Buren. We look forward to meeting each and every one of you and look forward to developing relationships that will last a lifetime!


Principal Shawn Morris

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Address: 700 Louisiana SE Albuquerque, NM 87108

Telephone: (505) 268-3833


Together we prepare students for their academic futures by achieving grade-level standards through high expectations, rigorous courses, and support to achieve.


Preparing For The Future Together!