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From high-tech public magnet schools to advanced medical skills training universities, Southern Nevada has a wide selection of educational options. This section provides an overview of the city's educational institutions, including valuable information about early child care, school and program profiles, private school data and enrollment information.

Magnet Schools and Career & Technical Academies

The purpose of charter schools is to improve education in a setting where innovation, experimentation and research are used to identify effective methods of instruction. Charter schools are required to abide by state and county laws but are given a great deal of latitude in the day-to-day operation of facilities. Students from across the district are permitted to apply to these specialized schools. For information about charter schools in the Las Vegas metro area, contact the Clark County School District at 702.799.1605.

Home Schooling

The Nevada State Board of Education has more than 30 correspondence programs parents can select from for the purposes of home schooling their children. For information about Nevada laws and guidelines for home schooling, call the Nevada Department of Education's home school consultant at 775.687.9238 or view the state home schooling website at Parents must file a "notice of intent to home school" form, as well as provide the district with evidence that the child is enrolled in an approved correspondence program. To contact the Clark County School District regarding home schooling, call 702. 799.8642.

Private/Parochial Schools

Las Vegas is home to more than 40 large private schools that are independently owned and operated. Many schools are run by religious bodies or independent boards of trustees. Private schools receive funding primarily from non-public sources, such as tuition payments, foundations, religious bodies, alumni or other private donors. Choice is a defining characteristic of private schools - families choose private education and private schools may choose which students to accept. In contrast, public school districts generally assign students to particular schools and those schools usually accept all students.

Public Schools

The Clark County School District (CCSD) operates 357 schools as of the 2011-2012 school year, serving nearly 310,000 students and employing more than 37,000 people, 18,000 of them teachers. Community organizations and businesses that want to partner with CCSD should contact the CCSD School Community Partnership Program.

  • 217 Elementary schools
  • 59 Middle schools
  • 49 High schools

Before- and After-School Programs

Safekey is a before- and after-school program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The recreation departments of the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Boulder City, as well as Clark County's recreation department, administer Safekey programs in conjunction with Las Vegas area schools. Safekey is designed for school-aged children whose parents or guardians are working before or after school hours. At several area schools, teachers or other educators administer the program, which provides study sessions and assistance with homework. Recreational activities are also offered, including arts and crafts, theater, dance and cooking. A nutritional snack is provided daily. Most schools conduct Safekey programs before school from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. and after school from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Colleges and Universities

Las Vegas is home to a wide range of post-secondary educational institutes including colleges, universities and vocational and business training schools.

University & Community

The University and Community College System of Nevada (UCCSN) is a leader in higher education. The system is comprised of two doctoral-granting research universities (the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno), one state college (the Nevada State College of Henderson), one research institute (Desert Research Institute) and four community colleges, including the College of Southern Nevada.

Vocational/Technical Schools/Other

Las Vegas has a wide selection of specialty schools and training institutes, some of which offer degrees and others that provide certification for employment in specialty fields. Many of these schools offer scheduled payment plans, government loans, grants and Veterans Affairs benefits to make training more accessible. The following are just a few of the available alternatives:
Crescent School of Gaming & Bartending

The only accredited bartending/beverage management and casino dealing school in the nation, this school trains professional bartenders, beverage managers and casino dealers. Former students can attend a refresher course at no charge.