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Las Vegas Academy of Int'L Studies Performing And

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Posted January 12, 2014

Please change the name of this school to it's official name: LasVegas Academy of the Arts
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2013

My daughter is an LVA student and I could not be more impressed with the school, the teachers, the staff, and the students. The students are accepting of one another, they are outgoing, the moral is high, and these students work towards success. The teachers expect a lot out of the students and provide every tool to help them succeed; the teachers are involved as well as the staff. There is a no tolerance policy that is strictly adhered to and the students respond well to this. My daughter has gone from not liking school to loving it; she doesn't want to miss a day. Every school in Clark County should be doing what LVA is doing; it works!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

I went to LVA my freshman year. Overall, it was an awful experience for me. The campus was filthy and crumbling apart. I even got strep throat for a week because I drank from a tainted water fountain in their gym. The teachers were nothing above average. I would assume that they would have outstanding teachers due to all of the praise the school gets, but that didn't seem to be the case. There were cramped class sizes and unfortunately got stuck with a few boring science and math teachers and ended up with a poor grade in both classes. Another issue I had with this school were the outrageously rude and apathetic hall monitors and deans.They showed no respect for my feelings.The majors programs are definitely a good reason to go to this school, but the students within your major might not be the extremely passionate people you'd expect.I was a band major and the students in my section always complained about either the band directors, band members, or their music and often goofed off when we should have been practicing. LVA is doubtlessly the most over rated school I have ever seen. There is nothing magical that it has the other magnet schools don't other than added diversity
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2013

The Las Vegas Academy. My 2 daughters attend this amazing and powerful school. One graduated as a dance major and is doing well in College. She came out well equioed to handle life with an incredible background in dance and academis. She made it in to a top California university! Any Teen that gets in to this school will have the best of everything!! My other daughter loves it also and its full of life and culture!!I I can not say enough for this outstanding school, the principal, counselers, administration etc. You will suceed if you make it in here and do everything. Every child in there is a leader and they just make you full fill your character, detrmination and make you the person you are meant to find in yourselfand be a star!!! Proud to say that my daughters are living proof of this Performing arts school in the downtown area which makes it worth the drive and more!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

This school not only demands students achieve academically it encourages and supports their growth and development in the area of the arts. There is no other school the provide young people the opportunity to become well rounded young adults. The contributions they will make to our country and our world because of the encouragement and inspiration they receive to be all that they can be will be tremendous. I found this education to be so positive in the growth of my granddaughters that I have encourage many friends to see if their young ones can be accepted into this learning experience.


Posted October 26, 2013

I am the aunt of two nieces that have and presently are attending LVA. I cannot express in words how thankful I am for the fine education and team building they have experienced since attending this amazing teaching institution. I know from hearing their shared enthusiasm about LVA, that this once in a lifetime exposure to quality teaching and caring facility will help them make honorable and well thought out decisions in their future endeavors.


Posted October 9, 2013

We have had three girls attend this school (one is still there) and they had (and still having) a wonderful experience. Everyone gets along with everyone... seniors help freshman, etc. The teachers are amazing! EXCELLENT language program (International Studies)... so good, in fact, they should use it as a model for other schools. My kids LOVE learning different languages now and all know at least two almost fluently. . Both girls that have graduated got accepted into every college they applied to. I believe Las Vegas Academy to be the crown jewel of all public schools (probably for private too but I wouldn't know) in all of Nevada and possibly the western region of the United States. Curriculum was (is) tough but the two that have gone to college are making straight As (so they were well prepared), Great theater program (Miss Saigon had an actual helicopter raise above the audience with Vietnamese actors clamoring to climb on as it was at the end of the war) and music program (you can actually major in guitar). My kids told me on nice days you'd see kids playing guitars and singing in the quad, just like in the movie Fame. AWESOME SCHOOL!! Absolutely no complaints!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I came from a particularly good public high school and transferred to LVA. The parents complaining here about the teachers seem to be a little bit confused. If a student needs help, they are expected to go and ask for it. Since the kids admitted are above average, they have more expected from them. The teachers here are all as good as the best teachers at my old school, and that's saying something.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2013

The people that are saying that LVA only has such high ratings, because they only let kids with high achievement are totally correct. This school does not do much, if anything at all, to help any kids who are talented in the arts, but perhaps may have a problem or two with academics. They just boot them out as soon as there is any problem that might affect their ratings. They are not interested at all in really helping a kid learn. There are teachers here that will not even return a test to the kids so that they know what they missed, and can study what they need to re-learn. What kind of education is that? Their ratings are not because of anything they do to earn them, they are what they are, because the only students they keep are the ones who can achieve academically on their own. There are good points about this school, but, I could never say that they are all that interested in educating kids. They are interested in their ratings, and how much they can brag.


Posted June 19, 2013

Academy or "The LVA Way", reminds me of the way schools use to be long long back. There is a sense of pride, focus on achievement, willingness to be unconventional and you see scores of similarly thinking creative, hardworking minds. I was there a few weeks for induction, and avidly watched students, their actions, teachers and their communication. I would say Its an eye opening experience and I am convinced that this one of the best schools if not the best that is publicly funded in Clark County. A reviewer has pointed out LVA picks the best of students and that's why they Excel. well guess what, that's demand and supply 101, I would rather accept a fair equitable way than a lottery system for selection. Imagine your Beethoven/Mozart/Einstein/Tesla teen could be a 4.0 GPA and still may not get to go to those facilities because of the lottery. In my mind it should be GPA alone or entrance test, along with prior teacher recommendations to get in. LVA is a magnet school which is fair to students by selecting based on minimum 2.5 GPA and students skills in Arts, where the school specializes. I will post my experience through next 4 years to know what to expect as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

My daughter has grown as both a student and a dancer, benefiting from the best of the best. Her teachers are nothing short of phenomenal (of course in any school there are always a teacher or 2 sprinkled in who will never end up as favorites.. but that's just life) . I wouldn't change this experience for her one iota. She is challenged daily and proud of her accomplishments. Teachers recognize kids who strive for their goals. I carpool and drive 45 min. to pick her up and an hour to get back home due to traffic. I would drive twice that to bring her to LVA. She adores her friends, they all have similar goals and a hard working, good girls who really want to achieve. I have not encountered a teacher yet who has not gone out of their way to help in any way possible. We give LVA rave reviews everywhere we go - so why not here, too. If your son or daughter is accepted, don't let it be an opportunity missed. Carpool, or rely on the buses - it is well worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

From what I can tell, if your child is already highly talented before they arrive then they will be fine. However, if your child needs any guidance whatsoever the school will do little to extend itself. In a parent teacher meeting( which I had to pursue for over month) I had a teacher tell me point blank that she doesn't like children and that she doesn't like being responsible for other people. I had another teacher essentially tell me that she didn't bother to call me back when my daughter started experiencing academic difficulties because she decided that my daughter was self-sabotaging and wasn't worth the effort. Finally, yet another teacher flunked my daughter on a project that she worked extremely hard on with the help of her sister who graduated from a prestigious college with high honors. This despite the project going above and beyond what was asked for. All in all I have been extremely unimpressed by Las Vegas Academy. The counselors mean well but the teachers are on the whole completely subpar. In my opinion LVA is a school that is far too pleased with its own self-generated hype despite its offerings being mediocre at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2012

Our son, a sophomore, LOVES this school, and we do too! It is a fantastic school for any kid that is passionate about his/her talent, wants challenging academics, and enjoys diversity and positive attitudes. The teachers are impressed by the kids' dedication to their majors and commitment to academics; the principal pushes the teachers and students to excel in all areas; and parents have many opportunities to get involved. It's worth the extensive daily travel time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2012

As a parent of a student graduating this year and one who graduated 4 years ago, I can state without question this is an amazing school.The full staff is so helpful,the teachers-caring and the students remarkable.To go to this school you have to audition be it in any of the arts or international studies.Yes, the atmosphere is interesting ,but lets not forget it is a school which specializes in the arts.Zero bullying the kids are all different in MANY ways so no one stands out.Teachers will push you as far as YOU want to go.the sky is the limit.Yes downtown is close ,but it is in a safe urban environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2012

Academics are very good at this school. Teachers and staff are excellent! Counselors very, very good as well. The problem with this school is the location. Right down town next to Fremont Street. This can create a problem. There are unfortunately opportunities for drugs such as drug houses very close as well. It is a very, very good school but if you are sending your child here make sure they are mature and able to handle a college like setting!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

LVA is the best school Clark County has to offer. Having recently graduated after spending all four years of high school there, I believe I am qualified to make that assumption. Yes, some of the teachers can be irritating to deal with on a daily basis, but they are doing their jobs. Yes, the classes can be hard, but would you rather your child not be challenged? This high school became my second home for four years. I do not know what I would have done at another school. You become so close to the class you are with since there aren't really that many students in the first place. I graduated with around 350 students. We all grew together and became very close friends. LVA has the best to offer regarding art programs AND education. As long as you keep your interest in your major, the high school experience will be the best you will ever have. Regardless of not having any sports. I would recommend this school to any parent or student. It is worth giving a shot at.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2012

Clearly the best public high school in Las Vegas, LVA rivals Bishop Gorman, Faith Lutheran, The Adelson School and The Meadows School - all private and charging tuition. What a remarkable place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

I love this school. LVA is the best high school in clark county. My son attends the school this is his junior year. They prepare the kids for college which is something that I have been looking for. With the economy in a bad situation, LVA does it's best to keep good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2012

LVA is an amazing school filled with people who are not just acquaintances, but a family. The students and staff at LVA are so accepting and caring, it's almost unreal. As a student at the Las Vegas Academy, I am proud to say that I attend a school that actually feels like a loving, supporting environment. There is generally no bullying or judging because, even though the school is large, we all know each other, or know people who know us. We don't look at others and automatically assume they are different. We look at them and think 'Hey. That person knows who they are and they're proud of it.' After all, who are we to judge? Who are we to assume? At the Las Vegas Academy, that's we live by. We're a family. We treat each other like family. That's how a school should be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2011

I graduated from Las Vegas Academy in 2008 and attended the school for all four years. LVA does so much for its students by preparing them for college and giving them the social skills to also conquer the real world. Every concentration--or major--requires dedication from each student, which teaches them what plain hard work is, from time management to the importance of practice. Each major also has corresponding extracurriculars and typical school clubs are offered too, such as Student Council and Key Club. On top of that, if students want a new club, they can form one! In my day, there was a Magic Club--how cool is that?! The teachers in majors as well as academic are quality instructors as well as individuals. They truly care and try to push students to learn more and work harder. The same goes for the administration--they constantly sit in on classes, attend student performances, show tons of support, and know many of the students by name. As in many schools, you get what you give. If your child tries out for a musical or join any club, you ll see him/her blossom into a responsible adult who can always rise to the occasion.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

379 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, writing, math and science. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male97%
Black/African American98%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial96%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian97%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch94%
Full price97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities97%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English97%
Not migrant96%

Reading

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black/African American100%
Asian96%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian98%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch95%
Full price98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English98%
Not migrant97%

Science

All Students95%
Female94%
Male97%
Black/African American88%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial91%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian98%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch91%
Full price96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant95%

Writing

All Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
Black/African American100%
Asian96%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian100%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch95%
Full price99%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English99%
Not migrant98%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, writing, math and science. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 39%
Hispanic 21% 39%
Black 11% 10%
Asian 9% 6%
Two or more races 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A50%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Tutor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (702) 799-7948

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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315 South 7th St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 799-7800

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