Charter schools in Vegas and Henderson provide parents another choice – and it is still a public choice. Public tax dollars are the primary funding source for charter schools; however, the charter school is governed by either a board of parents and community members or a private educational-services firm. Charter Schools have a different organizational model (i.e. they have a charter that releases them from the regular public school administration).
Charter Schools in Vegas
The schools have open enrollment with no discrimination, no religious associations and no tuition. Charter schools have several flexible opportunities in their day-to-day operations that do not exist with traditional schools; for example, they can hire non-certified teachers, hire teaching personnel on at-will contracts and negotiate personnel salaries. Charter schools often have a uniform policy all students must conform to. They also incorporate sports and after school programs just as public schools do.
Charter Schools in Vegas | Pros and Cons
Parents choose charter schools primarily for educational reasons – high academic standards, small class size, innovative approaches, or educational philosophies in line with their own. Some also have chosen charter schools for their small size and associated safety (charter schools serve an average of 250 students). These schools are required to continue with the often dreaded Common Core but can choose HOW they teach the lessons.
Although charter schools are free to attend, there is the price of uniforms (if the charter school you choose uses uniforms) to factor in. Most charter schools have a uniform policy.
Charter Schools in Vegas | How to Enroll
To enroll in a charter school, parents must contact each individual school to see if they have openings. If they have more applicants than available slots, an open lottery must be instituted to fill the remaining spots.
Not all charter schools go through the high school level, many stopping at 8th grade, thus making it mandatory that the child transition to a new school. Not all charter schools are conducted in a building! When charter schooling is available for home learning, they are categorized as “Distance Learning Schools”. These are popular with families who would like to homeschool, but still want a formal CCSD curriculum. Schooling from home is a great opportunity for families!
|100 Academy of Excellence||K-8 currently, eventually k-12||2341 Comstock Drive, North Las Vegas NV 89032||702.636.2551||Website Link|
|American Preparatory Academy||K-8||600 W Oakey, Las Vegas, NV 89146|
*New campus opening Fall 2015 2015 at Sunset and Durango
|Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy||K-12||1201 West Lake Mead Boulevard, Las Vegas NV 89106||702.948.6000||Website Link|
|Beacon Academy of Nevada (Distance Education)||9-12||7360 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89147||702.726.8665||Website Link|
|Coral Academy of Science-Las Vegas||K-12||8185 Tamarus St., Henderson (K-2 Campus); 2150 Windmill Parkway, Henderson (3-5 Campus); 1051 Sandy Ridge, Henderson (6-12 Campus)||702.776.8800||Website Link|
|Delta Academy, The (Distance Education)||6-12||818 West Brooks Ave, North Las Vegas, NV 89030||702.396.2252||Website Link|
|Discovery Charter School - Mesa Vista Campus||K-8||Mesa Vista Campus|
3883 E. Mesa Vista Way, Las Vegas 89120
|Discovery Charter School - Hillpoint Campus||K-8||Hillpointe Campus|
8941 Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas 89134
|Doral Academy of Nevada - Cactus Campus||K-8||9025 W Cactus Avenue, Las Vegas, 89178||702.960.7500||Website Link|
|Doral Academy of Nevada - Saddle Campus||K-8||9625 W. Saddle Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89147||702.776.6491||Website Link|
|Doral Academy of Nevada - Fire Mesa Campus||K-8||2445 Fire Mesa Street, Las Vegas 89128||Website Link|
|Founders Academy||K-8||4025 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130||702.998.8368||Website Link|
|Explore Knowledge Academy||K-12||K-5 Campus: 5871 Mountain Vista St., Las Vegas, NV 89120|
6-12 Campus: 4801 South Sandhill Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89120
|Imagine School at Mountain View||K-2||7885 W. Rochelle Ave., Las Vegas 89147||702.631.3925||Website Link|
|Innovations International Charter School of Nevada||K-12||1600 East Oakey Boulevard, Las Vegas 89104||702.216.4337||Website link|
|Leadership Academy of Nevada||6-12||7495 W. Azure Drive, Las Vegas 89130||702.350.1472||Website Link|
|Mater Academy of Nevada||K-6||2525 Emerson Avenue, Las Vegas, 89121||702.431.6260||Website Link|
|Nevada Connections Academy (Distance Education)||K-12||175 Salomon Circle, Sparks 89434||775.826.4200 x301||Website Link|
|Nevada State High School||11-12||233 N. Stephanie St., Henderson 89074||702.953.2600||Website Link|
|Nevada Virtual Academy (Distance Education)||K-12||8965 S. Eastern Av., Suite 330, Las Vegas 89123||702.407.1825 x7001||Website Link|
|Odyssey Charter Schools (Distance Education)||K-12||2251 South Jones Boulevard, Las Vegas NV 89146||702.257.0578||Website Link|
|Pinecrest Academy of Nevada||K-8||1360 S. Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89015||702.749.3500||Website Link|
|Quest Academy Preparatory Education||K-12||6610 Grand Montecito Pkwy., Las Vegas 89149||702.631.4751|
|Rainbow Dreams Academy||K-5||950 West Lake Mead Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106||702.638.0222||Website Link|
|Silver Sands Montessori Charter School||K-7||1841 Whitney Mesa Drive, Henderson, NV 89014||702.522.6220||Website Links|
|Silver State Charter Schools (Distance Education)||7-12||3719 North Carson Street, Carson City NV 89706||775.883.7900||Website Link|
|Somerset Academy of Las Vegas - Northern LV Campus||K-8||385 W. Centennial Parkway, Las Vegas, 89084||702.633.5616||Website Link|
|Somerset Academy of Las Vegas - Stephanie Campus||K-8||50 N. Stephanie Street, Henderson, 89074||702.998.0500||Website Link|
|Somerset Academy of Las Vegas - Sky Pointe Campus||K-10/expanding K-12||7038 Sky Pointe Drive, Las Vegas, 89131||702.478.8888||Website Link|
|Somerset Academy of Las Vegas - Losee Campus||K-9/expanding K-12||4650 Losee Road, Las Vegas, 89030||702.636.5577||Website Link|
Did we forget any? Please comment below and we’ll add it once we’ve confirmed the info! *This table is up to date as of January 2015.
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