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
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I don't like LVA...I love it! I'm a freshman theater major and my school is the bomb(: the teachers encourage you to push beyond your limits and break free of the mold. whoever said that our school is too liberal and is pushing the boundaries, we sure do! Mr. long, our fabulous principle, really knows what he's doing! he makes sure that the classes are going well and sits in on them a lot! He was in my theater class when we were doing improvisations and he was hysterical! He congratulated us at the end of class and it made me feel really good about myself. I will be at LVA til they force me to leave when I graduate, but I'll never want to(:
I graduated from LVA, and I firmly believe that no other high school could have better prepared me for college on every level. It has not only strengthened my creativity and dance skills, but it has made me a more open minded, tolerant, respectable, and (frankly) tough-skinned person. The teachers truly care about their students, academic and major alike. You have to work hard and yes, suffer some emotional damages (not getting the lead, knowing somebody is more advanced than you). There is a positive pressure put on every student to be the best they individual they can be. All of my teachers and my counselor helped me in choosing, applying, and getting into college. They did this without reluctance; they genuinely cared. I find that I am more mature than other students at my college, and that I was much more prepared for college than my peers who did not attend LVA. I will not be a professional dancer, and I still believe that LVA has done me worlds of good in the classroom, studio, and society.
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