Clark County School District
The Clark County School District, or CCSD, is the fifth largest in the nation with more than 316,000 students and 357 schools. The vast majority of military children who attend local primary and secondary schools throughout Clark County attend public schools.
CCSD serves the entire county, including the incorporated cities of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. CCSD also provides public education to the cities and townships of Laughlin, Blue Diamond, Logandale, Bunkerville, Goodsprings, Indian Springs, Mount Charleston, Moapa, Searchlight and Sandy Valley.
In addition to a comprehensive education program for kindergarten through grade 12, the district has magnet schools and career and technical academies geared toward those students with unique interests, skills and abilities. Additional programs include special and occupational education, a before-and-after-school program, tutorials, various parent organizations and a liaison division for home education. The district has made Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, three of the last five years, according to stipulations of the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act also known as No Child Left Behind.
The state of Nevada's Department of Education and CCSD unveiled a new component used to evaluate schools in 2011 called the Nevada Growth Model. It provides parents with a three-year comparison of individual school growth and grade-level achievement; essentially, the model measures each student's growth in achievement over time.
CCSD has seen a number of changes since the appointment of the new superintendent in 2013. The biggest change is probably the very structure of CCSD. The number of area service centers, or ASC, were reduced from four to three and their primary functions have changed. The newly conceived ASCs will focus on trouble-shooting non-academic issues, while academic managers assigned to 16 performance zones focus on improving academic standards. Each ASC also features an ombudsman charged with facilitating the process for answering questions and resolving concerns at schools when the perfunctory "chain of command" fails to yield a resolution.
While there are federally connected children associated with Nellis, Creech and the Nevada Test and Training Range matriculating at public schools throughout Clark County, the majority of military children attend schools in the northwest area of the Las Vegas Valley, specifically what has been and will continue to be called ASC 1. The zone in ASC 1 where military parents will find the schools zoned for Nellis Air Force Base - - Lomie G. Heard Elementary School, Carroll M. Johnston Middle School and Mojave High School -- is performance zone two, comprised of 20 schools.
Most schools deemed "empowerment schools" are now part of the autonomous zone if they continue to meet the required performance zone targets.
Clark County School District Administration Center: 702-799-5000
Homework Hotline: 702-799-5111
Educational Ombudsman Office: 702-799-1016