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Learning Resources for the Entire Family
One of the highest priorities for relocating families is finding a new school for their children and providing a smooth transition so learning can continue and new friendships can be formed. This chapter will provide an overview for learning more about the educational resources available in the Las Vegas area. You will find facts about the Clark County School District, the fifth largest in the United States, as well as private-school resources. You will also be impressed with the selection of higher education institutions that are detailed in this section.

Southern Nevada education institutions and educators provide students throughout the community with the tools necessary to succeed in the classroom today and as part of the workforce for tomorrow. Educators are aware of the need for students to be competitive in the global economy, where innovation and problem solving are essential for success. The region’s educators and institutions provide educational opportunities, promote academic excellence, motivate students to excel and work to improve quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership to students from pre-K to the graduate level.

According to the Nevada State Board of Education, for a child to enter kindergarten, he or she must be 5 years old by September 30, and for the first grade, the child must be 6 years old by September 30. For a child to enroll in the second grade within the public schools of Nevada, the child must be 7 years old by September 30 of the school year and must have completed kindergarten and first grade. There are no exceptions to the age requirements except for students who became residents of Nevada after they completed kindergarten or first grade in another state that allows an earlier attendance age than Nevada. It is noted that the Nevada Revised Statutes only define minimum age requirements for kindergarten, first grade and second grade.

The Nevada Proficiency Examination Program (NPEP) is Nevada’s system for assessing students. In 2011–12, Nevada used the criterion-referenced test (CRT) or Nevada Alternate Assessment (NAA) to test students in Grades 3–8 in reading and mathematics, and in Grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. High school students (Grades 10–12) took the Nevada High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) in reading, mathematics, science and writing, allowing for students to take the NAA for all subjects in Grade 11. Students must pass the HSPE to graduate. The CRT, NAA and HSPE are standardized tests that measure specific skills defined for each grade level by the state of Nevada. Nevada also used the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) to test all limited-English-proficient (LEP) students in Grades K–12 until they exit the English as a second language (ESL) program.

CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
As the fifth largest school district in the United States, the Clark County School District (CCSD) encompasses all of Clark County, which covers 7,910 square miles and includes the metropolitan Las Vegas area, all outlying communities and all rural areas. Under state law, each of Nevada’s 17 counties has one school district responsible for K–12 education. Starting with the 2010–11 school year, all 357 schools in CCSD operate on nine-month schedules.

As a result of the bond passed by voters in 1998, approximately $4.9 billion was spent in the last 13 years to build new schools and improve existing schools. The district opened five new schools in fall 2010, including four elementary schools and one career and technical academy (high school). These schools represent the last schools built with moneys from the 1998 bond.

For students to graduate from CCSD, they must complete required coursework and pass the Nevada HSPE in reading, mathematics, writing and science. Students must earn 22.5 credits in the following subjects to graduate: English (4 credits); mathematics (3 credits); science (2 credits); U.S. History (1 credit); U.S. Government (1 credit); physical education (2 credits); world history, arts or humanities (1 credit); health (0.5 credit); computers (0.5 credit); and electives (7.5 credits).

To prepare students and parents for success, CCSD provides detailed curricula overviews for elementary (Grades K–2); elementary (Grades 3–5); middle school (Grades 6–8); and high school (Grades 9–12). These can be found online at http://ccsd.net/divisions/curriculum-professional-development-division.

CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT AREAS
Under the leadership of their respective superintendents, the focus of the Area Service Centers and Superintendent’s Schools Division remains that of student achievement. Each service area and division provides services to schools and local school communities and serve as liaisons to central office departments and divisions as they work to ensure compliance with district, state and federal procedures, regulations and laws. Effective July 14, 2011, CCSD’s schools are assigned to one of the following three service areas, which are subdivided further into performance zones:

— Three Areas

Area 1: 
5240 Goldfield Street, North Las Vegas, NV 89031, (702) 799-1719

Area 2: 2298 Vegas Valley Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89169, (702) 799-1222

Area 3: 4760 West Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102, (702) 799-2640

CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT REPORT CARD 2010–11
Regularly published school accountability reports contain detailed information about each school in Nevada. These reports are prepared annually in compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, which requires all Nevada school districts to inform citizens about the performance of local schools. Schools use these reports to develop academic plans to improve student achievement. Accountability reports are distributed to all parents of students attending schools in CCSD. A copy of any school’s accountability reports may be requested at the school website. The most recent reports can be viewed online at http://ccsd.net/schools/accountability-repotrs.php.

Below are the most recent highlights available for Clark County from Nevada Annual Report of Accountability.
  • In 2010–11, the CCSD overall obtained the adequate yearly progress (AYP) designation of Watch; however, 11 schools were recognized as High Achieving and six schools were recognized as Exemplary.
  • Students taking the ACT increased from 3,553 to 3,744.
  • Students increased in proficiency on the CRT in mathematics from 66 to 69 percent at the elementary level and from 61 to 68 percent at the middle school level.
  • First-time pass rates for 10th-grade students on the HSPE increased from 49.5 to 52.4 percent in mathematics and from 44 to 52.3 percent in science.
  • Students attending magnet schools increased 20 percent, and families mostly were given their first choice.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
CCSD encourages parents to be involved in their children’s education. The district understands that some parents have the time available to volunteer in a classroom or serve on committees while others have more limited opportunities. Being involved in children’s education at home is the best place to begin.

— Getting Involved in Your Child’s School
Following is a number of ways parents can be more involved at their children’s school in Clark County:
  • Library/Media Committee—This committee reviews library books and textbooks when concerns are expressed. Two parents at each school are chosen to serve on this committee.
  • School-Generated Funds/Budget Committee—One parent serves on this committee at each school to help determine fund expenditures.
  • School Safety Committee—A parent is selected to work with this committee to help develop and implement a school safety plan.
  • Learning Improvement Team (LIT)—The Learning Improvement Team, with two positions for parents, develops a school improvement plan designed to increase student learning, which is coordinated with the Professional Development Center and the Academic Council.
  • Parenting classes—Many schools offer classes on parenting skills. Call your school’s office or the Area Service Center for information on available classes.
  • PTA, PTO, PAC or other parent organizations—Many opportunities exist for parents to serve through parent organizations. Attend meetings to get involved; call your school’s office for details.
  • School functions—Parents should attend special events, such as open houses, parent-teacher conferences, concerts and other events. Read your school’s newsletter or bulletins or call your school’s office for information about special events.
  • Parent surveys—Take the time to respond to questionnaires sent to you by the principal. Surveys allow parents to have opportunities to give input and provide valuable feedback to principals.
  • Classroom volunteers—Check with your child’s teacher to see how you can volunteer in the classroom. If you would like to visit your child’s classroom, notify the principal to make arrangements.

Following are district opportunities available for parents:
  • Attendance Zone Advisory Commission (AZAC)—AZAC reviews attendance zones every year and provides recommendations to trustees concerning necessary changes to attendance boundaries. The 15-member committee consists of individuals from the community appointed by the Board of School Trustees. All meetings are open to the public.
  • Bond Oversight Committee (BOC)—This independent 19-member body that monitors compliance with building program goals, advises the Board of School Trustees on capital bond fund construction programs and keeps the public informed. BOC members are appointed by the Board of School Trustees. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
  • Friends of Special Education—This is a support group for parents with children requiring special services. Parents who have concerns about their child’s education, individualized education program (IEP) or services are matched with a parent volunteer from the Friends’ Network whose child has the same type of disability and who can provide direction and suggestions.
  • Sex Education Committee—This is an advisory committee consisting of parents and community members who advise the board concerning the content and materials to be used in classroom instruction as well as the recommended grade levels at which the instruction is offered.
  • Ad Hoc Committees—From time to time, the board creates committees with the task of studying specific concerns, such as reading or the dropout rate. Parents often are appointed by trustees to serve on these committees.
  • Newsletter Mailing List—Some board members send newsletters on a regular basis. If you would like to be included on a mailing list, call your Area Service Center.

Finally, parents also can be involved through their Board of Trustees in the following ways:
  • Parent Advisory Committees (PACs)—Each trustee organizes a PAC designed specifically to encourage communication between parents and board members. Call the Area Service Center or the School Board Office to learn about the time and location of your trustee’s PAC meetings.
  • Regular Board Meetings—School board meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Meetings begin at 4 p.m.; citizens wishing to address the board at these meetings must sign up to speak by calling (702) 799-5307 or (702) 799-5310 between 7:30 a.m. the day prior to, and 2 p.m. the day of, the meeting. Although the public is encouraged to attend board meetings, they also are encouraged to attend the other committee meetings to have greater input on matters of concern to them.

— ParentLink
ParentLink® is a computer-based tool that allows parents to have greater access to their child’s progress as well as to contact school staff via e-mail or voice message. ParentLink® can be utilized both online and by telephone and is available in English and Spanish for Grades K–12.

The 24-hour system provides up-to-date information of each student’s attendance, gradebook assignments, links to teachers’ e-mail and class websites, announcements, cafeteria information and much more.

MILLENNIUM SCHOLARSHIP
In 1999, Governor Kenny Guinn’s Millennium Scholarship initiative was enacted into law by the Nevada Legislature, creating the Millennium Scholarship trust fund to be administered by the State Treasurer. The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents adopted policy guidelines for the administration of the scholarship. Interested students are encouraged to seek assistance from their high school counselors and the admissions and financial aid offices of all colleges being considered. For more detailed information regarding program requirements, refer to the Millennium Scholarship Program Policy and Procedures of the NSHE Board of Regents at www.nevadatreasurer.gov.

MAGNET AND CAREER TECHNICAL ACADEMIES
CCSD’s Magnet and Career Technical Academies programs offer coursework associated with a variety of pathways leading to both careers and opportunities for higher education, such as aerospace and aviation, information technologies, performing and fine arts, communications, law preparatory, health services, travel and tourism and engineering. Students from across CCSD may apply to a magnet school or academy regardless of the region in which they reside.

The purpose of the magnet schools is to improve student achievement, promote diversity and create an awareness of career opportunities relative to the fields of study in which students may be interested.

At the elementary level, there are no specific requirements to attend a magnet school. Parents of interested students must submit applications postmarked or hand delivered to the magnet schools to which they are applying by the annually specified deadline, generally by February for the following school year.

At the secondary level, entrance criteria have been established for admission to most of the magnet programs. Students interested in applying to a magnet school or academy should talk with their counselors or contact the specific school staff to determine if there are entrance criteria for the programs of interest. In addition to meeting the entrance criteria for the specific program, students must submit an application on or before the application deadline. For both elementary and secondary applications, if there are more applications than there are seats available, a computerized random lottery will be utilized for student selections.

Elementary Schools (Grades 1–5)
  • Gilbert Magnet School of Communication and Creative Arts
  • Jo Mackey Academy of Leadership and Global Communications, North Las Vegas
  • Kit Carson Empowerment Elementary School
  • Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet Elementary School
  • Sandy Searles Miller International Baccalaureate School Primary Years Program
  • Walter Bracken Magnet Empowerment School for Math and Science Through Technology

Middle Schools (Grades 6–8)
  • Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Bridger Middle School, North Las Vegas
  • Academy of Science and Mathematics at Hyde Park
  • Cashman Middle School Academy of Mathematics, Science and Engineering
  • K. O. Knudson Middle School Academy of Creative Arts, Language and Technology
  • Robert O. Gibson Middle School Dual Language Immersion and Leadership Academy
  • Roy W. Martin Middle School International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

High Schools (Grades 9–12)
  • Advanced Technologies Academy
  • Canyon Springs High School and the Leadership and Law Preparatory Academy, North Las Vegas
  • Desert Pines High School
  • East Career and Technical Academy
  • Ed. W. Clark High School
  • Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts
  • Northwest Career and Technical Academy
  • Rancho High School
  • Southeast Career and Technical Academy
  • Southwest Career and Technical Academy
  • Valley High School
  • Veteran’s Tribute Career and Technical Academy
  • West Career and Technical Academy

BEFORE- AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

— Safekey
Safekey is a before- and after-school program for children in Grades K–5. The program was designed for children whose parents or guardians are required to be at work before or after school hours. The recreation departments of the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City and Clark County administer Safekey programs in conjunction with Las Vegas–area schools. At several area schools, teachers or other educators administer the program, which provides study sessions and assistance with homework. Recreational activities also are offered, including arts and crafts, theater, dance and cooking. A nutritional snack is provided daily. Most schools conduct Safekey programs before school from 7–8:30 a.m. and after school from 3–6 p.m. The program provides the following:
  • Safe, recreational environment
  • Homework period
  • Arts, crafts and games
  • Special and community events
  • Nutritional snack
  • Healthy lifestyles through the inclusion of 60 minutes of moderate physical activity or play per day

Safekey Office East: 300 East Charleston Boulevard, Suite 105, Las Vegas, NV 89104, (702) 229-2526

Safekey Office West: 1651 South Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89117, (702) 229-3399

Safekey Health Initiative Office: (702) 229-2883

Fitness education through partnerships with local agencies, national programs and educational institutes implement several other city programs that include the following:
  • Batteries Included Youth Initiative—This program offers access to after-school educational activities and opportunities for youth engagement through health, safety, education and leadership components.
  • Mayor’s Healthy Lifestyle Initiative—This provides opportunities for a healthy and active community through a three-point plan to “Get smart! Get up! and Get out!” The emphasis is on diet, nutrition, fitness and physical activity.
  • Diversity Initiative—Students learn to value one another as well as appreciate each person’s unique differences.

For more information, visit www.parksandrec.com.

CHARTER SCHOOLS
Nevada’s Charter School Legislation was enacted in 1997 to provide teachers, other education personnel, parents, legal guardians and others who are interested in public education in Nevada the opportunity to do the following:
  1. Improve the learning of students and, by extension, improve the system of public education.
  2. Increase the opportunities for learning and for access to quality education by students.
  3. Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods.
  4. Establish appropriate measures for, and assessments of, learning achieved by students who are enrolled in charter schools.
  5. Provide a more thorough and efficient system of accountability of the results achieved in public education in the state.
  6. Create new professional opportunities for teachers and other education personnel.

These schools have the potential to facilitate education reforms and develop new and creative teaching methods for the benefit of all children with different or unique learning styles.

Publicly funded, charter schools are designed to offer families an alternative to traditional public schools. They may be sponsored by the state of Nevada, a college or university within the Nevada System of Higher Education or a local school district. Charter schools are monitored on a continuing basis and are subject to the same laws, regulations and policies as traditional public schools.

Charter schools are public elementary, middle and/or secondary schools that are relatively autonomous schools of choice operating under a charter or contract issued by a public entity, such as a local school board or a state board of education. Individual states determine in their charter school legislation what rules must be adhered to, what rules may be waived and what procedures must be followed to obtain a charter. In return for autonomy, charter schools are held accountable for student performance. If the goals of the school set forth in the charter are not reached, the school’s charter may be revoked or not renewed.

Following are the charter schools located in Clark County:
Following are the Distance Education charter schools located in Clark County:
For more information about charter schools in Clark County, visit www.doe.nv.gov/SchoolsDistricts/Charter/AA-Charter_School_Directory.pdf.

HOMESCHOOLING
Among the reasons why parents decide to homeschool their children include providing an excellent education, dedicated teachers, education that can be customized to each student and the ability to provide a long-term consistent education plan. Nevada law (NRS 392.070) provides for a waiver of the compulsory attendance laws and procedures for parents or guardians to follow. More information is provided at the Nevada Department of Education website at www.doe.nv.gov/SD_Homeschooling.htm or contact the Homeschool Office of the Clark County School District at (702) 799-8630, Ext. 323. Another helpful resource is the Nevada Homeschool Network at www.nevadahomeschoolnetwork.com.

PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS
Southern Nevada private schools offer parents a wide range of options. Some are strictly early learning while others educate children from pre-K through the eighth or 12th grades. Most schools are co-educational and represent various religious affiliations, including Christian, Jewish and Lutheran or are nondenominational. In general, private schools are known for the high standards they set. Teachers expect excellence from students, and students tend to live up to those expectations.

Students who attend private schools can be challenged more in academics, exposed to clearer value systems, given greater access to teachers and may simply feel safer than in local public school options. Further research has shown that private high schools typically have more demanding graduation requirements than public high schools, private school graduates are more likely than their peers from public schools to have completed advanced-level courses in academic subject areas, and private school students are more likely than public school students to complete a bachelors or advanced degree by their mid-20s.

A report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) found that private school students scored higher on standardized tests, had more demanding graduation requirements and sent more graduates to college than public schools. The report said that students who had completed at least the eighth grade in a private school were twice as likely as other students to graduate from college as a young adult.

NCES statistics also show that students in private schools are much more likely than others to take advanced-level high school courses. Students thrive when allowed to learn in a safe and supportive environment. Joint reports by the NCES, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and a private study by the Horatio Alger Association have found that private school students are significantly more likely than others to feel safe and be safe in their schools.

The NCES reports that more than three-quarters of private school parents are “very satisfied” with their child’s school compared with less than half of parents whose children were assigned to a public school. Parents often look to private schools as an extension of the home in promoting the values they embrace, and private schools respond. A recent NCES survey found that promoting religious or spiritual life was second only to academic excellence in the goals of private school principals.

— Fast Facts About Private Schools
According to the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), following are a few facts about schools:
  • One in four schools is a private school.
  • One child in nine attends a private school.
  • Private schools produce an annual savings to taxpayers estimated at more than $48 billion.
  • Ninety percent of private high school graduates attend college, compared to 66 percent of public high school graduates.
  • Private school students from low socioeconomic backgrounds are more than three times more likely than comparable public school students to attain a bachelors degree by their mid-20s, meaning that private schools contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty for their students.
  • Private schools are racially, ethnically and economically diverse. Of private school students, 23 percent are students of color and 28 percent are students from families with annual incomes under $50,000.
  • Private secondary school students are nearly 50 percent more likely to take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses in science and mathematics than public school students.

A few tips to know before choosing a private school in Las Vegas include the following:
  • Parents need to visit the campus and most likely need to interview with the school. This will be a great opportunity for both the parents and the school to ensure a good fit.
  • Parents will need to complete the application forms for their child to be considered a candidate.
  • Parents need to be prepared to have their children tested and will need to pay for those tests.
  • Many schools encourage a certain level of parental involvement, so parents need to clearly understand what is expected of them.

HIGHER EDUCATION—COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Higher education institutions abound in the Las Vegas area, including two-year, four-year and business-training schools to assist every type of student. Community residents understand the necessity of pursuing a degree or certificate to compete and excel in the workplace. As employment opportunities increase in the Las Vegas area that require more education and training, pursuing advanced learning has become a necessity. In fact, Nevada’s Top 5 in-demand occupations include elementary school teachers, general and operation managers, accountants and auditors, secondary school teaches and financial managers. All require a bachelors degree or higher.

— College of Southern Nevada (CSN)
Founded in 1971, the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) (www.csn.edu) is a state-supported institution of higher learning offering two-year degrees, certificates and workforce training. CSN comprises three main campuses and more than 20 academic and learning centers spread throughout four counties in a 42,000-square-mile area the size of Virginia. CSN is the largest college within the Nevada System of Higher Education and America’s fourth largest single-college, multicampus community college.

CSN’s typical enrollment is about 43,000 students each year. Enrollment is at a sharp increase from prior years, perhaps in part due to the relatively low total tuition and fees estimated at just more than $1,000 per semester for Nevada residents. The school offers more than 3,000 courses each semester, with more than 120 fields of study from which to choose. In addition to a bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene, there are more than 200 degree and certificate options. Those planning to attend a four-year college or university will find that the college offers many transferable courses to fit almost every educational need.

— Nevada State College (NSC)
Founded in 2002 as the first, four-year state college in Nevada, Nevada State College (NSC) (www.nsc.nevada.edu) offers more than 24 majors and minors leading to a bachelors degree. NSC’s main 509-acre campus is located in the southeast corner of Henderson, with a satellite campus located in the heart of Henderson’s Water Street District. As of 2011, NSC had more than 3,000 undergraduates and nearly 120 full-time faculty and staff. Academic units include the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Nursing and the Business Program. In every field of study, classes are taught by experienced faculty who serve as mentors and guides. With an average class size of only 20 students, NSC fosters a personal learning environment where students receive the support they need to succeed.

— Roseman University of Health Sciences
Formerly University of Southern Nevada, the Roseman University of Health Sciences (www.roseman.edu) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution of higher learning with a focus on health care education. The university has campuses in Henderson, Nevada and South Jordan, Utah. In Nevada, Roseman offers a bachelors and accelerated bachelors of science in nursing through its College of Nursing; a doctorate of pharmacy and professional continuing education in pharmacy through its College of Pharmacy; and an advanced education in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics MBA through its College of Dental Medicine. Roseman also offers a general and health care–focused masters of business administration.

Roseman utilizes a block curriculum system rather than the traditional semester and quarter system to emphasize student-centered, active learning. The system allows students to concentrate on one subject at a time, enabling them to master the content. This system also necessitates that faculty teach using varied instructional activities for students, which supports active learning techniques and strategies and accommodates different learning styles to promote high achievement. Classrooms are designed to emphasize active and cooperative learning, in an inclusive atmosphere with the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology. In addition to the didactic component of the curriculum, all programs incorporate experiential learning at internal or external clinical sites, allowing students to see, feel and understand what is presented in the classroom setting.

Roseman University of Health Sciences is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and each academic program is accredited or is a candidate for accreditation by its respective accrediting body.

— University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) (www.unlv.edu) is a comprehensive research university of approximately 28,000 students and 3,100 faculty and staff. Founded in 1957, UNLV offers more than 220 undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs, including internationally recognized hotel administration programs, professional degrees in law, architecture and dental medicine and leading programs in fine arts, sciences and education. UNLV is located on a 350-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in dynamic Southern Nevada. The university is classified in the category of research universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

OTHER AREA UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS
Residents interested in furthering their education or supplementing a college degree can find plenty of options in the Las Vegas Valley. Numerous national schools and neighboring universities have realized that growing industries in the region will need to be supported with a base of employees who have the proper skill sets to help organizations thrive. Following are some of the schools that have established campuses in the valley.

— DeVry University
DeVry University (www.devry.edu) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Students select from associates, bachelors, or masters degree programs within five distinguished colleges—the College of Business & Management, College of Engineering & Information Sciences, College of Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and College of Media Arts & Technology. In the Las Vegas area, the DeVry campus is located in Henderson.

— Everest College
Everest College (www.everest.edu), formerly Las Vegas College, is located in Henderson. Everest offers its students diplomas and associates degrees from instructors with real-world experience. The hands-on career training encourages group discussion among students in its small work teams. Programs offered include accounting, business administration, criminal justice, medical administrative assistant, medical assistant, medical insurance billing and coding, nursing and paralegal.

— National University
Since 1971, National University (www.nu.edu) has been dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging and relevant to a diverse student population. National University offers a wide range of educational opportunities that will help students earn an associates, bachelors or masters degree or teaching credential. In Southern Nevada, the campus is located in Henderson and an information center is located in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas.

— Regis University
Regis University (www.regis.edu) offers a nationally recognized bachelors or masters degree online or at its Henderson campus backed by more than 130 years of Jesuit academic excellence. Regis University serves the adult student and provides flexible online- and campus-based learning, five- and eight-week accelerated classes, multiple start dates per year and faculty who bring real-world theory to the classroom.

— Sierra Nevada College (SNC)
Sierra Nevada College (SNC) (www.sierranevada.edu) combines the liberal arts and professional preparedness through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and environmental, social, economic and educational sustainability. General education includes the humanities, arts, sciences and social sciences that allows for a more inclusive education and gives students historical and social perspectives on society’s contemporary issues. In Southern Nevada, SNC’s campus is located in Henderson.

— University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE)
UNCE (www.unce.unr.edu) is an outreach arm of the University of Nevada, Reno, funded by county, state and federal dollars that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from the university to residents of Southern Nevada. This outreach school delivers nondegree education programs in agriculture; children, youth and families; community development; health and nutrition; horticulture; and natural resources. For more information about the program in Clark County, call (702) 222-3130.

— University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix (www.phoenix.edu) has more than 100 degree programs at the associates, bachelors, masters and doctorate levels in employment areas ranging from business and technology to health care and education. Working to remove the barriers to education, Phoenix offers flexible scheduling that allows students to enroll at any time as well as convenient learning formats that enable students to learn online at times and places they choose or in person at the nearby Henderson Learning Center location as their schedule permits.

VOCATIONAL, TECHNICAL AND OTHER SCHOOLS
Vocational, trade or technical schools offer students the opportunity to pursue a certificate or a two-year degree for a position in a particular field of employment, such as the health sciences, accounting, information technology, the culinary arts and hospitality. Interested Las Vegas residents can select from a wide range of vocational choices. Many are affordable and offer payment plans or financial aid.

Academy of Hair Design (www.ahdvegas.com) is nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS). Classes include hair design, cutting, perming, straightening and coloring using certified Learning in Cosmetology techniques. Salon-management techniques are covered as well. Other classes are offered in esthetics and manicuring.

Academy of Healing Arts (www.academylasvegas.com) offers specialty training in health services, including medical-office information technology, massage therapy, phlebotomy and medical assistance.

Anthem Institute (www.anthem.edu/las-vegas-nevada), formerly High-Tech Institute, is an accredited family of schools that offers career-focused training programs in health care, technology, visual communication and criminal justice. The school’s real-world career training equips students with the job skills that today’s employers expect.

Art Institute of Las Vegas (www.artinstitutes.edu/las-vegas) is a design, fashion, media arts and culinary arts postsecondary school that provides degrees in audio production, digital filmmaking and video production, digital photography, drafting technology and design, interior and Web design among other specialties. Each degree program is offered on a year-round basis on the quarter system, allowing students to continue to work uninterrupted toward graduation.

Century 21 Real Estate Academy offers classes to students who wish to become real estate professionals, including associate, broker, mortgage broker and continuing-education classes.

Contractor’s Exam Center (www.contractorsexam.com) assists new contractors in obtaining the licenses and other requirements that may be necessary to qualify as a licensed contractor in Nevada.

Crescent School of Gaming and Bartending (www.crescentschools.com) in Las Vegas is located only a few blocks away from the Strip. Since its founding in New Orleans in 1983, Crescent Schools has placed thousands of graduates in rewarding positions throughout the gaming and hospitality industries. Classes are available days and evenings on weekdays.

Huntington Learning Center (www.huntingtonlearning.com) was founded in 1977 and has served America’s students and families longer than any other tutoring provider. Students from the ages of 5–17 are assisted in achieving remarkable improvements in their grades, test scores and self-esteem. In the Las Vegas area, Huntington is located in Henderson.

International Academy of Design & Technology (www.iadt.edu/Las-Vegas) provides academic excellence and classes in interior design, game design, graphic design and fashion design.

ITT Technical Institute has two locations in Southern Nevada are committed to helping students develop the skills and knowledge they need to pursue many opportunities in today’s fastest growing career fields, including electronics, Web development, computer programming, computer networking, computer drafting and design, criminal justice, business and the health sciences.

Kaplan College, Las Vegas (www.las-vegas.kaplancollege.com) offers real-world education in a positive learning environment. Students have access to career-focused programs to prepare them for a professional position in their chosen field. Kaplan provides teaching techniques that encourage active participation in activities, such as group discussions and projects, lab work, simulations, demonstrations, field trips, presentations by guest speakers and lectures.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas (www.chefs.edu/Las-Vegas) was established in January 2003 to bring a renowned culinary curriculum to a city with a booming hospitality industry. The school represents a union of some of the finest European and North American culinary arts training programs available today. Graduates receive the coveted Le Cordon Bleu Diplôme in addition to an associates of occupational science degree.

Nevada School of the Arts (www.nsamusic.org) is dedicated to providing diverse opportunities for quality education and creative expression in the performing and visual arts to the entire community. For more than 30 years, the school has offered arts education to residents of the Las Vegas Valley. The faculty includes many of Southern Nevada’s most gifted music and art educators.

New Horizons Academy (www.nhalv.org) programs are devoted to the development of a healthy sense of self in every child enrolled in its programs. Programs are directed to help infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children.

Pima Medical Institute (www.pmi.edu/locations/las_vegas.asp) provides students with medical career education for careers, such as being a nurse, occupational therapy assistant, ophthalmic medical technician, physical therapist assistant, radiographist, respiratory therapist and veterinary technician.

Protocol Etiquette School of Nevada-Las Vegas (www.peson-lv.com) provides etiquette and protocol training to businesses, schools, organizations, colleges, at-risk youth, children, teens and adults. The school’s mission is to provide contemporary etiquette and dining training of the highest quality, presented in the most professional manner.

Summerlin Dance Academy (www.summerlindance.com) offers a wide variety of dance, from hip hop to modern, tap to jazz and many others. Classes are offered for beginning students to students at the advanced and competitive levels. Instructors at Summerlin Dance Academy have many years of dance and instruction experience, and students are accepted as young as 2 years old.

Kumon of Summerlin (www.kumon.com/summerlin) is an after-school mathematics and reading program that unlocks the potential of children by motivating them to achieve more on their own. Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses a systematic individualized approach that helps children develop solid command of mathematics and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 centers in 46 countries and more than 4 million students worldwide.

West Air Aviation (www.westairaviation.com) offers flight training for students and licensed pilots at the North Las Vegas Airport.

LIBRARIES
— Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (LVCCLD) is the largest library district in the Las Vegas Valley. Free library cards are obtained by applying online at www.lvccld.org or by visiting your local library. Children under the age of 14 need a parent or guardian’s signature to obtain a card. There are 25 LVCCLD branches in Las Vegas that supply residents with 2 million items. The selection of books available for checkout includes fiction, nonfiction, paperback and hardbound books. LVCCLD also maintains an extensive collection of music CDs and movie DVDs. The online catalog also offers library patrons an extensive selection of eBooks, eMusic and eMovies available for download.

Library patrons can benefit from the variety of special events offered through the LVCCLD. Programs, such as youth storytimes, book and poetry discussion groups, gallery exhibits and film series, are available at various times and locations. Computers are provided conveniently at all 25 branches. LVCCLD provides support and assistance to Las Vegas Valley youth with programs, such as Homework Help. Two Web pages designed especially for children, “Kids & Parents” and “Teens,” can be accessed through the library’s main Web page. LVCCLD also provides senior resources, including computer classes, library events and services, other links for seniors and homebound services.

— Boulder City Library
A library card obtained at the Boulder City Library (www.bclibrary.org), located 20 miles from Las Vegas, can be used at all libraries in Clark County. The Boulder City Library maintains an extensive adult collection, featuring both fiction and nonfiction books of general interest topics. The library also maintains a collection of noncirculating reference books, local history and interest books. This special collection is located in the library’s Nevada room and features books with an emphasis on Hoover Dam–related topics. The Boulder City Library also offers a Youth Department for children of all ages and reading levels. Additional items available for borrowing include audio books, CDs, large-print books, periodicals, Spanish books, videotapes and DVDs.

Books may be borrowed without a library card at the paperback book swap. The library asks that individuals borrow 10 books or fewer per week. Donations of gently used books also are accepted. The library maintains computers with Internet access and one copy machine for public use. There are also two meeting rooms that can be reserved. The Boulder City Library offers a children’s storytime every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for toddlers and at 10 a.m. for preschool-age children.

— Henderson District Public Libraries
The Henderson District Public Libraries include six locations throughout the Henderson area. The district also has a Bookmobile outreach team that serves multiple locations and visits senior centers and living facilities. For a complete “Book Mobile” schedule, visit the library’s website at www.mypubliclibrary.com. In addition to a large selection of books and movies, the district also has an extensive online digital section that offers downloadable books, audio books and a historical collection of local photos.

The district has “Kids” and “Teens” pages online that offer young people homework assistance seven days a week from 3–7 p.m. In addition, the district offers computer classes for all skill levels at different branch locations. In 2011, Henderson District Public Libraries held its fourth annual Read & Run For Your Health 5K & 1 Mile Walk (a joint presentation of the library and the Las Vegas Running Team). All proceeds from the annual events are used to purchase books, magazines, DVDs and audio books for the Henderson District Public Libraries.

— North Las Vegas Library District
The North Las Vegas Library District (www.nlvld.org) has three locations: the North Las Vegas Library, the Aliante Library and the Alexander Library. The North Las Vegas Library maintains a collection of 92,000 books in its 18,000-square-foot facility. The Aliante Library offers books, videos, DVDs, magazines, newspapers and public access computers. The Alexander Library opened its doors in 2009 and features a two-acre park that includes walking paths and demonstration gardens. The North Las Vegas Library District offers a variety of adult, student and children’s services as well as a full schedule of special events and programming. For more information about current services and programming, visit www.nlvld.org.

Las Vegas abounds with world-class education options for every kind of student, from preschoolers to professionals to lifelong learners. Go out and find the program right for your needs and start learning.
 
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