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K-12
Public charter
Las Vegas, NV
Students enrolled: 700

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5981 Mountain Vista Street
Las Vegas, NV 89120

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(702) 870-5032
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September 30, 2014
This is my daughters 5th year attending this school. It has been wonderful for her! It is so much better than the regular public school my daughter attended!!! Overall, the teachers have always been excellent at responding to our emails, voice messages and concerns promptly. In all the years at the school, I have a only had a serious communication issue with one teacher and when discussed with the principal it was handled promptly. The projects can at times be a lot of work but it is worth it. We have learned that it is all about using the time wisely and having her start on her project right away and work on it weekly so it is not a rush just before it is due. We have seen our daughter grow so much through the experience and she is much more confident when speaking in front of people! We also love that every weekend is a 3 day weekend! She loves her school and so do we!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
As a high schooler, I hated this school. Inappropriate topics were debated, and I could never find myself comfortable there. Also it seemed as if the teachers did not take their jobs seriously. In math all the kids were failing and the homework was worth about half the grade anyway.

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2014
I have been going to this school for seven years. I have always loved this school. The teachers are great. The only problem that I have ever had was was when I was in third grade. This was when the school just started out. Ever since then the school has improved. The ipads that I use on a day to day basis actually have helped me broaden the way that I learn. I am also very pleased with the teachers that are there. I am able to have a very closr relationship with them because it is such a small school.

- submitted by a community member
December 30, 2013
My child was bullied and handed worksheet after worksheet in his CCSD school and I knew he needed something more for his middle school years so we tried EKA last year. The staff is so friendly and really pushed my son to a higher standard. The kids all get along well and they place an emphasis on community building and small classes of 20 or less is the norm. It's not a perfect fit for everyone but we love it and look forward to trying the EKA high school program.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2013
My daughter had a lot of trouble with the administrators and principals, routinely dragging her into the office during class time for silly things like her outfit being too inappropriate for their taste, things she had posted on facebook in regards to how the school had been treating her, a club she wanted to start but was not allowed to, etc. She ultimately left after new administration was not willing to work with her 504 and continued to badger her. I only wish she could have stayed for the teachers, but all the best teachers have also left the school. I don't know what's going on there, but I hope it gets sorted.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
The test scores and reviews speak for themselves. I tried to post a google review and they have it locked so you can't post a review.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
My daughter has been attending this school for 6 years. She has never and will never attend another school. My son will start kindergarten here next year. Though I am disappointed that so many of the teachers I was used to left, I still feel this is an amazing school. My children would be lost in a regular school. When they raised the attendance cap from 500 to 700 it was expected that class sizes would get larger but because of the schools learning system the children still get a individual learning platform. One of my favorite teachers is mrs. Snyder she is an absolute god send for me and my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
This has to be the worst school in the district!!! Im only giving them a star because i have to. Drop off and pick up is a joke, they should have never got zoning for this school. 10 new teachers and this is their 3rd year, they had a second grade teacher leave 2 weeks into a new year. And now they have the principle trying to teach? Are you not supposed to be managing a school? Maybe this is why the school is rated so low. They sell you on the leveling and the Ipads. The leveling is a good concept if you child is above level but if there behind level when would they ever catch up? I would not recommend this school to anyone!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
this will be my son's 2nd year and he loves it. i had him in clark county school district since 1st grade and it seems that all i got everyday from teachers was him not doing good but it turns out he was bored and know he's being challenged and he is doing good. thanks eka

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
This school is absolutely ridiculous! The valet system is a joke. If you have been in line waiting and it hits 3:30 but they still haven't made it to your car they claim you were late. They have you sign a form saying if you are late again they will call CPS!!! My daughter's teacher is only considered a long term sub with the district. She doesn't allow them to use the bathroom during class (1st grade!!) and when children ask to go she tells them to "hold it!" I have left messages for the director with no return call to find out what is going on. We are one week in and we are withdrawing her tomorrow. The concept of the school is great but they can't seem to figure out how to execute it. No wonder the BEST teachers have left!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
My daughter is starting her 3rd year at EKA, and i have to say i am very happy with the school. They are warm and friendly and i feel the education is very good. Kids here are doing things most young children don't see until high school. As of now we plan on her doing all her education here.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
I am very frustrated about this new school year coming up. (august 2013) because of several reasons! Class sizes are at 26-28 kids! (MORE THAN MY NEARBY PUBLIC SCHOOL!) <<------ RIDICULOUS! Over the summer approx 10 teachers left which is really concerning about what's going on behind the scenes! The principal isn't helpful even in bullying and potentially dangerous situations that involve several parents at the school. AND the teacher my kid was assigned this year is NOT a teacher. Her credentials listed online say she is only a "Long-Term Sub" ! NO teaching credentials! Last year she was a sub for 1st but prior all she did was highschool ... How does that make her qualified to teach 26 1st graders?!!!! I AM VERY FRUSTRATED.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2013
I love attending EKA. This is my fifth year attending and it is wonderful. It is not an easy school. You are not lead by that hand and you have to work for your grade. The school is not perfect, but as this is only the tenth year we have been in existence, I think we are doing pretty good. This school is not for everyone, many kids are not made to learn in this type of school, but they almost always leave after the first year. If you are an individual learner, this is the school for you.

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2013
My son has been attending this school for the past five years and LOVED attending until he had Mrs. Maahs as a Teacher this year. She constantly yells at the students and does not offer positive student encouragement. It takes her over a month to respond to concerned parent emails and only responded because I brought it to the Principals attention. She was "claiming" that he never turned his homework in, even though he spent hours the night before completing. It baffled me that he was failing her class, but excelling in all his other classes and it was never brought to my attention. We are at the point where I have the Teacher sign his planner every time he turns in homework. It's ridiculous and we can't wait for this school year to end. If you do enroll your child in this school, pray that they don't get Mrs. Maahs as a Teacher!!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
My son LOVES this school and I am actually shocked at some of the reviews here. My son just finished his 1st grade here and I am impressed with the knowledge he has learned and eagerly shares with us daily. I like that I can email his Advisor (homeroom teacher) and get a response within a day if not the same day. I think its great that the kids switch classes for different subjects. They test the kids at the beginning of the year and divide the kids by skill level for reading and math. This is beneficial to the kids compared to teaching at one pace for all kids in these subjects as some may be more advanced and/or learns faster than others. My son has become more confident researching, building a project and presenting even more than my middle school daughter. They also have taken field trips to the Planetarium, Museum and more. My only complaint is the valet when having to pick up my son each day. It can be quite a long wait. It was definitely more than I expected and I'm glad he attended EK Academy.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
I was so disappointed on how the teacher was teaching. My daughter was miserable here. She hating going to school and she is only in 2nd grade. The teacher should not be teaching because she wouldn't treat the children with TLC. she only cared for her paycheck. I finally transferred her to another school which not only meets my child's needs but exceeds in all levels of expectations.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
My son attended this school from kindergarten through second grade. This school went through three administrators in three years, each one worst than the last. The current administrator is probably the worst yet. The school was originally about parental involvement, but by the end the school acted like they owned your children and were doing you a favor by "letting" you help. Just another typical Clark County public school. If you like being able to meet your children's teachers, want to be involved in the school, and want an administrator that cares more about kids than being on TV and rubbing shoulders with political big-wigs, don't bother with this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2012
The two years spent at EKA ended in great disappointment. We were led to believe it was something it was not. We believed in the stated philosophy only to be treated very horribly by the administration and much of the support staff. The only reason we finished our last year there was due to our teacher. Nearly all the other students in my children's class started 2011-12 year at EKA and have now transferred elsewhere for much of the same reasons we left. Administration is not kind which is quite ironic with their "Be Kind" campaign. If I were a parent looking into EKA, I would definitely ask about the student turnover rate. Of course, I wouldn't expect administration to tell the truth about the color of the sky, let alone anything of consequence. Also, I would check where EKA lands on the growth model as provided by CCSD. Many of the parents I know were very distressed to find out how far behind their children were after leaving EKA. I know we played catch up this year. I would give this school negative five stars if it were an option.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2012
I am so incredibly disappointed in this school. I had very high hopes & thought I had found the perfect placement for my child. His teacher was enthusiastic, & wonderful with my son. Then he began with his reading & math teacher. It wasn't until she called me 2 days before winter break to come pick my child up that I even knew he had a problem in her class. And when I came to pick him up, it was the OTHER teacher that brought him to me & told me he had problems before. After winter break, he continued to have problems in her class & it took about 3 emails to get her to agree to a meeting, where she clearly did not want to be there- watching the clock, making comments about how my son shouldn't be struggling with math because she was his teacher. The last straw was when she told him he was horrible in front of other children. I asked him to be removed from her classroom in Feb & to this day nothing has been done about it. MS.Gustafson swept it under the rug & put a target on my son's back. This week he was suspended for 4 days for something that another child said he had done. I know my child better than she does & I know he is not lying, but she insists he is. I am disgusted.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
we LOVE this school. My son does great, and it is really building on his weaknesses. I definitely understand this school is not for every child. Nor should it be. I know that my family has had nothing but GREAT experiences from teachers, staff, and the curriculum!!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2012
My child has been going to this school for about three months now. We find it to be wonderful! His teachers are all caring, compassionate and professional. It's a tuition-free school with a private school feel because of the quality education and attention that the students receive. Minus the snootiness that can sometimes be associated with private school, of course. Students read in class and are encouraged to read at home as well. It seems that field trips are a bit more frequent for EKA students than at public school. My 8-year-old son and I are both so happy that we made the decision to take him out of the public school that he was zoned for and have him attend here. I have noticed a positive change in his attitude about school and his self-confidence. He is enthusiastic about going to school again. For that, I can't thank the teachers and staff of EKA enough.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
This school is by far the best school in Las Vegas. I'm very impress in the education quality this school offers.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2011
We agree with the previous posts. We too had great hopes when our son started this school late in elementary. We thought that the project-based curriculum was a great idea that would prepare him for college and real life situations. Unfortunately, the schools staff was terribly disorganized and essentially re-writing the curricula and offering courses on the fly. Through middle school he had both so-so teachers and bad teachers. Their organization, discipline and the ability to hold students accountable is dissmal. In our experience too, kids do as they please with very little structure, learning or discipline going on. In theory their vision paired with organization, structure, discipline and holding each student accountable would make this school awesome. However, we didn't see this happening anytime soon so we made the decision to take our son out and enroll him in online school where we control the accountability. So far, so good.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
We had two children who attended this school for a year, we were drawn in by the beliefs they stood for and project based learning. This school turned out to be a complete joke! The few good teachers they had were in a battle with the administration that acted like high school girls. The secretaries showed resistance to working with parents, especially step-parents. The secretaries up front were very disorganized, one time even telling my husband and I that she didn't know where my daughter was! Their new campus seems more like an office building than a school... this school left a bad taste in our mouths for charter schools. Their director Abbe Matson and their Principal Gustafson are the worst of all and act like as the ringleaders of this circus. Both have been caught lying and manipulating others, and my children told me many times that they didn't care for the principal. Don't go here... you will regret it!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2011
I have two children that have attended EKA for 3 years. We will not be returning. I appreciated this school in the beginning as I felt the project based learning was something my children would be engaged with; however, the school leadership has changed so dramatically over the last few years. The academic standards seem to have dropped. As an example, my child was out of school for a whole week due to a surgery and she was given NO makeup work even though we asked for it several times. I realize that next year they are implementing a new strong technology component via the ischool platform; however, I think technology is only as strong as the teachers implementing it. My understanding is that the teachers weren't even consulted regarding these major changed. Additionally, there are at least 3 teachers and the one of the former PTSA board members that are leaving EKA to start their own charter school. It is obvious that there is a fair amount of internal strife amongst the teachers, administrators, and parents. As much as my kids enjoyed the 4-day work week, I truly believe that it has hurt my children's academics. I am sad we didn't make the choice to leave sooner.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2011
Don't send your kids to this school!!!! This school is all over the place...they don't know what they are doing. Not good for the kids!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2010
Love this school. Learning completely out-weighs the busy work that is normally thrust upon our kids. My son loves the project based classes, it gives him a chance to express himself and really become interested in the subject.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
A grat project based school that allows kids live up to their full potential. I have my two sons their, and they are thriving!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
EKA is a great project based school where children are taught to be leaders and help guide their own education and work at eh level they are most comfortable. We have phenomenal teachers and staff

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
This is a great school. The teachers and staff are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
I am a very happy parent with 2 children who attend EKA. Both children have been attending for the last 4 years and continue to get the best possible education offered. Watching your children grow in an environment where the advisors treat your children like one of their own is as good as it gets. I have had nothing but positive outcomes in every situation with EKA. I would recommend to anyone to enroll their child.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2009
This is a very unconventional school. It has a four day school week. It offers freedom that the child can use to flourish or fall behind. Our child fell behind. They sit at group tables as opposed to desks. While this may teach cooperation, our child used it to copy answers and not learn.

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September 09, 2008
We tried this school two years ago so forgive me if it has changed, but we felt school has no structure. the kids were able to basically do as they pleased. I actually saw a teacher looking for a child and not knowing what room he was in. I can't say that I felt my child wasn't learning at all, but allowing children to do what they want when they want does not prepare them for the real world. I did not feel that my child was challanged at all.

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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2008
EKA gets better each year, thanks to a dedicated staff that works well together, and the parents who volunteer so much time. The kids are so awesome; kind, tolerant, friendly, and proud of their school.

- submitted by a community member
May 08, 2008
My daughter transferred here after spending two years lost in the system at the extremely large public middle schools. For the first time, she is passing all of her classes, has almost every assignment in on time, made friends instantly, and have chosen pretty complex subjects to study. Some of the teachers are easier to work with than others, and it seems that the PTA is in need of some reorganization, but overall, it has been a huge boost for my daughter.

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- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2007
Best school I've ever been to. Hard and challenging! My mom loves it too!

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2007
Great school! Terrific teachers and vision!

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June 26, 2007
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no rating June 16, 2007
My grandson attends this school. The teachers and staff there are personable, dedicated and caring. It seems all participants at the school educate in one way or another and everyone there is like extended family. This schol recognized my grandson's strengths and weaknesses and found the means to contend with both strengthening his weakness and helping him to excel with his strengths. He will never go back to conventional schools again, not as long as we live in Las Vegas.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2007
I have two children at EKA and both are doing great! The teachers are caring and interested in my children and they help them to be better people in general. My children love that they can pick their own subjects to learn and look forward to going to school every day. I could not ask for more!

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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2007
This is Las Vegas' best kept secret. I was looking for an alternative education that would foster my child's creativity, thirst for knowledge and meet my high standards. I teach at the university level and I know the skills students need to have. This school provides them. The teachers are excellent and care deeply about the kids. I can't say enough positive things.

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February 14, 2006
Amazing school. My daughter loves it. Child centered, project-based learning. Absolutely nothing like regular public (or private)school. When you go inside the fact that the kids want to be there, are enjoying school, is so apparent. The teachers are dedicated. Excellent school for a child who doesn't fit well in a large school environment.

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Explore Knowledge Academy
5981 Mountain Vista Street, Las Vegas, NV  89120
(702) 870-5032
Last modified Explore Knowledge Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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