Well-Qualified Non-Profit Charter School Organizations for Achievement School District Approved by Department of Education

Immediate Release

Las Vegas, NV - November 01, 2016

The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) concluded its rigorous independent review process today by notifying applicants of their approval to operate a Nevada Achievement School and serve students currently attending the State’s Rising Star schools. The Nevada Achievement School District, created by the 2015 legislative session, may intervene in up to six chronically underperforming schools each year and today’s notifications are a critical step in the process of bringing better educational options to students and communities in Nevada.

“The Nevada Achievement School District was designed to create an avenue for great teachers, leaders and a school operator to serve our State’s most underserved student populations,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This marks the second year the Nevada ASD sought high performing charter operators to serve Nevada students and communities. Over two years the NV ASD has denied the vast majority of non-profit charter operators, today’s announcement reflects our commitment to quality and that Nevada is building and attracting talent.”

non profit school model grade configuration

 Non-Profit Name

School Model

Grade Configuration

Democracy Prep Public Schools

College Prep &

Civic Engagement


(or combination thereof)

Futuro Academy

College Prep & Community Based


Celerity Schools Nevada*

College Prep &

Individualized Learning


“The approved non-profit charter school organizations either have a proven track record in other states or are locally grown school leaders with research based plans to provide a high quality education to students in some of our state’s most struggling schools,” said Canavero. “Nevada has too many students enrolled in schools eligible for NV ASD intervention. These operators, in partnership with their local Board representatives, if matched with an eligible school site, will be the first Nevada Achievement Schools tasked with reducing that number to zero.”

The operators will be joining the NV ASD team at the State Board of Education meeting on November 10, 2016 to share more about themselves and their work. Please visit the operators websites to learn more:

 Democracy Prep Public Schools: www.democracyprep.org

 Futuro Academy of Las Vegas: www.futuroacademy.org

 Celerity Schools Nevada: www.celerityschools.org

By February 1, 2017, NVASD will announce the selection of no more than six schools to be paired with the non-profit charter school operators. A critical step in the success of the process will be to hear from the parents and families whose children currently attend these schools to align the efforts to the vision for their school, and their student.

* Celerity Schools of Nevada has been approved conditionally. They must meet a set of conditions by January 15, 2017 in order to be fully authorized. More details are available in our authorization Executive Summary located located to the right of this page.


According to the most recently available state data, on average, a school on the Rising Star School list in Nevada has two (2) out of ten (10) students reading on grade level; one (1) out of ten (10) students executing math on grade level; one (1) out of ten (10) students with a special education designation proficient in either reading or math; and, four (4) out of one hundred (100) students are college ready according to the ACT. Additionally, our Rising Star schools experience approximately five (5) violent or serious incidents per 100 students. More information about how schools are performing will be available through the Nevada State Report Card system in December. You can see more at www.destinationfivestars.org

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 provide high quality options to the students who need it most and turn chronically underperforming schools into high-quality, in-neighborhood schools that provide exceptional opportunities for students and prepare them for success in the global 21st century. The NVASD does this through neighborhood school transformation, the addition and expansion of high-quality in-neighborhood seats and partnering with local districts on current and future efforts to change the trajectory of underperforming schools. For more information visit www.destinationfivestars.org.