Las Vegas charter schools and Henderson charter schools provide parents an additional choice in public education. Charter schools can either be sponsored by the local school district, Clark County School District or by the the State of Nevada.
Charter Schools in Las Vegas | Pros and Cons
While the pros and cons of any education choice should be made by the parents, and if applicable the child, there are things that set a charter school apart from traditional public education.
Charter school admission is often lottery based and limited to the amount of students they have planned for in the upcoming academic year. In contract, your zoned public school is required to accept your child and accommodate as necessary.
Las Vegas charter schools often do not have the services or amenities that a public school may offer, including cafeterias, a hot lunch program, free or reduced lunch program, libraries, before and after school care and transportation.
Transportation should be considered when enrolling your child in a Las Vegas charter school. Unlike your zoned school in the Clark County School district, Las Vegas charter schools are not required to provide your child transportation to and from school.
Parent involvement is often a criteria of enrollment in a charter school. Ask questions about what is expected of you in terms of volunteer hours and cost for supplies that you may not incur in a zoned public school.
Curriculum is often a reason parents turn to Las Vegas charter schools for their children. Charter schools are able to adopt a curriculum and philosophy that is different than traditional public education. While charter schools are still required to meet or exceed the Nevada Academic Content Standards, they are free to choose how the teach those standards. Many Las Vegas schools offer a programs that aren’t available or a curriculum that is suited to a child’s special interests or needs.
When choosing a charter school, consider the grades they serve and their plans for the future. Many schools only offer education through grade 5, others have expanded education programs through grade 8, while there are very few currently offering a high school curriculum.
Many of you have asked us how to determine school rankings! That’s a great question and the answer is by visit www.NevadaReportCard.com. The Nevada Report Card sites gives data and information on all public and state-funded charter schools.
We have downloaded and simplified the data for schools in the Clark County School District including state-sponsored charter schools. Complete data on Nevada school can be found here.
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Title I is the federal education law that provides funding to elementary and secondary schools for programs and services to help economically disadvantaged students to succeed.
The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to reach State learning standards. Title I is intended to help close the gap in academic achievement between students in different ethnic and income groups.
Programs funded by Title I include:
- School Based Programs
- Parenting Centers & Programs
- Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten
- Homeless Services, Project HOPE
- Charter School Services
- Private School Supplemental Services
- Migrant Services
- Neglected and Delinquent Services
Title I was first enacted in 1965 as part of the “War on Poverty.” It was part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children. Its purpose was to close the achievement gap between poor and affluent children by providing additional resources to schools serving disadvantaged students.
Las Vegas Charter Schools | Enrollment
To enroll in a charter school, parents must contact the individual school to see if they have openings. Most Las Vegas charter schools have an open enrollment period during January and March. Open enrollment allows you to place your child in the admissions lottery. Once enrollment closes a random lottery-based system is used to choose students and form a waiting list.
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