The Nevada Achievement School District Receives Six Applications to Serve Students in Struggling Schools

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Las Vegas, NV - September 12, 2016

The Department of Education announced today that six organizations have expressed interest in creating high-quality, in-neighborhood Achievement Schools for families in Nevada.

“Nevada has taken the first step in partnering with school operators to change the trajectory of nearly 60,000 students currently enrolled in schools defined as underperforming,” said Jana Wilcox Lavin, Nevada Achievement School District (NVASD) Superintendent-in-Residence.

The school operators who have applied to align to the NVASD’s mission of serving students in Nevada’s underperforming schools include ASPIRA, Democracy Prep, Marzano Academies, Pathways in Education, Celerity Schools Nevada and Futuro Academy. The applications will be reviewed over the next eight weeks with an announcement on which operators are qualified by November 1.

“The applications we received mark a collective commitment from school leaders, the Nevada Department of Education and the Nevada Achievement School District to take a concrete step towards meeting the Governor’s charge to provide students in our lowest performing schools with a path to a five-star school,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction.

NVASD, which was authorized by AB 448 during the 2015 Legislature, partners with communities, families and approved school operators to transform the state’s lowest performing schools beginning in the 2017-18 school year. The goal of the initiative is to turn underperforming schools into high-quality, in-neighborhood schools that provide exceptional opportunities for student academic achievement and preparedness for success in the global 21st century. The NVASD does this through neighborhood school transformation, with the addition of high-quality in-neighborhood seats and partnering with local districts on current and future efforts to change the trajectory of underperforming schools.