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Somerset Academy of Las Vegas - North Las Vegas Campus

Charter | K-8

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Living in North Las Vegas

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $155,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,250.

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Posted May 18, 2014

I'm extremely schocked by all the negative reviews! My son has been a part of the Somerset family for 3 years now. I truly believe this school has helped my son both academically and socially. He was going to the public school in the area and failing miserably. We were thrilled when we got the acceptance. In my opinion, Somerset has so much to offer compared to the public schools. Smaller class sizes (he was in a class of 35 in public school), extracurricular activities, field trips, open communication (my experience over the past 3 years, elementary & middle), a diverse student body, awesome parent teacher organization and the ability to teach freely. I started the year with conferences with each of his teachers to introduce myself and give them insite on my "issues" with my son. I try to be very involved in his education even being a FT working mom. I noticed none of the bad reviews complained about their child not being educated properly. That say a lot to me. Like every school, there can be some improvements made but I appreciate what this school has done for my son and highly recommend them to everyone I meet with school aged children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2014

The administration in this school hands down is THE WORST Ive seen since weve moved here to Vegas 7 years ago. I wanted to give them a 1 star for admin and a 5 star for the teachers because its because of them that we didnt leave this school. Theres a new campus on Lossee opening up but we will not be guinea pigs 2 years in a row! Somerset NLV admin get your stuff together its a pathetic unorganized mess! Hopefully next year will be less painful to the new people coming in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

I'm surprised by the low ratings this year. This is my second year and I haven't had any problems. I will admit that they are disorganized a bit. However, I've noticed that it is getting better. The Facebook account has been better at sending updates and I have been getting more emails lately letting me know what it going on. As a working mom I need to know what is going on at the school so I appreciate the communication. I have been disappointed with some of the staff trying to pass their religious beliefs to the students. I have heard one staff member preach to parents on more then one occasion (including myself). The library has asked for books promoting this religious faith and there was an issue with the 8th grade dance because of the religious beliefs of the principal. I find this very disappointing. I hope this does not continue. Other then that, I do love this school. My kids are happy here and enjoy their teachers. My son has made a lot of progress and I like the fact that I am welcome to be involved. We hope to be there for a long time!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

Last year was better....this new administration is terrible! I have tried to set up several parent meetings with no response. This school lacks focus and goals for helping new teachers. We are now transferring to another school. We wasted an important school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

The prior review is clearly written by the current principal, or someone on her behalf. They are the only ones who use the phrase "we are great and getting greater", which is a tagline that was stolen from Kitty Ward Elementary school. This school is a mess with no organization,. Rather than admit mistakes, the school will cover them up, and has even gone as far as sending back dated emails to parents. At the beginning of the year I offered to help with several events. I was rebuffed by the principal and made to feel not welcome. Even the hours I have volunteered are not properly recorded by the office. It is the same with student absences. The record keeping at this school is shoddy at best. In the office there is also a huge bulletin board that lists each teacher's name. Below their names there are sticky tabs with the initials of each student in their class. These are color coded and placed in order of their current level (such as at risk, emergent, meeting skills, etc). To me this is a HUGE invasion of student privacy. While it does not say whole names, initials would be very easy to figure out which student they belonged to in any particular class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

My children have attended this school since it opened. I was extremely pleased with the school the first two years. This past year has been another story. The new administration is a disaster. The principal is a braggart, more interested in talking about herself and all her accomplishments, than doing what is best for the students or the school., Many of the returning families that I have known for several years are also dissatisfied with the current administration and are planning to leave the school at the end of this school year. It is a disappointment to have witnessed the decline in this institution. The principal also pushes her religious beliefs to the students, which is not acceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2014

This school is fantastic! The principal is an outstanding leader, the majority of the teachers is incredible, and the diversity of the students adds to the overall wisdom and growth of the school. I understand that some parents feel this campus has gone downhill, but I disagree. My children have been a part of this campus since the onset of the school, and I see only progress. There have been many changes, some of which have been difficult. I am positive that with time, patience, and hard work on the parts of every parent, student, and member of the faculty/staff this will become a top notch school. I do wish that more parents helped out around campus. It seems that 90% of the volunteering is done by the same 10% of the parents. I am so excited to be a part of Dr. Lea taking yet another school to a five star rating! We are great and getting greater!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

I am a student who has been here for all three years. The first two years were amazing. I have disliked the current principal since the very first day when we had to go to an E-time for first period. Nobody ever informed us of that. The band class before me had 2 kids in it. Mine had 9, and the one after mine had 56. That is unacceptable. Now they even want to change the schools name probably to get all of the negative reviews off. There is very little communication and when there is it is rude. There was a change to the dress code and the staff acted like it was there the entire time. If the principal makes any mistakes she finds some way to ignore it. The rules for electronics are an absolute joke. We can't use them outside or at lunch because they say the school can be held liable if you break it even though the handbook CLEARLY states that the school is not responsible for your device. The middle school teachers are great but some of the elementary school ones sound horrible. Every Wednesday we do reading plus in English. It involves pressing the space bar if you see a C in a bunch of Os. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL the other somerset locations in Las Vegas are great, NOT HERE!


Posted March 11, 2014

The NLV campus has gone down bad. My kids have attended since the first year and it has been a pleasure not even the first year as bad as now, middle school kids fighting, kids getting picked on and complain to staff and it's like whatever, my child's teacher which I won't name is so childish better off a preschool teacher with her fantasies, front office is a huge joke, no organization the student aides do more work and are left unattended, lack of communication. I will not be returning next year and the assistant principal is a joke and a half. So sad as it was a great school till this year. Kids dress code is not enforced and try to get someone to email you back haha just don't hold your breathe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2014

The 'hands off' and 'zero tolerance for bullying' policies are not enforced at this school and incidents are not commonly reported to parents. When I volunteered, I watched children hitting and kicking without consequence constantly. My child was bullied constantly by another child in particular. Even after multiple complaints, administration did not ensure my child's safety, they simply promised to pull the offender out of class after incidents and not return the offender until they had 'calmed down' (at which point another incident would occur). We had no choice but to leave the school. Very disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

The teachers in middle school love those kids so much! They want all to succeed. They push them to their limits, lovingly and tenderly, with encouraging words. The principal is involved with everything, and makes her presence known. She is easy to get ahold of, and returns calls, promptly. She always makes sure that everyone in her sight gets a hello, handshake, or a hug. Our elementary teacher has made my little guy who hated reading, or doing anything with the alphabet, come to love these things. I can't keep enough books on hand. There is a great No Bully tiolerance in place! We absolutely love it here! Thank you for being great, and getting greater!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

We have been VERY happy with Somerset NLV. This is our second year here and our family has three children attending, in both the middle school and elementary grades. While there have been some growing pains with new campuses opening, resulting in new teachers, administration and students at *our* campus, we are very pleased to be attending Somerset and feel it is a great alternative to the public school system in Las Vegas. The administration is forward-thinking and accessible, the teachers are generally very engaged with their students and the atmosphere in general at the school is very positive. It will be nice when the playground expansion has been completed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

My son was accepted into Somerset Academy this year and after visiting the school and taking the tour we found the school to be unacceptable. It was a filthy mess in the hallways and the school is poorly funded with such a cry for a needed school library in which it had nothing on its shelves. We tried to get answers of what set Somerset apart from CCSD. The Principal stated that the teachers wanted to be there and that they were able to teach their own way and that we should go ask them. Also she mentioned the class sizes were supposedly smaller but they were no smaller then my sons class in public school. After looking and comparing statistics with this new chartered school, we found no merit or difference to switch him to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

Somerset has not lived up to the hype. We have been in school for 6 weeks and I have yet to see any work. Progress reports have been sent home without any comments or work to reflect the grades given. Our teacher shows up late for line up every day. Ist grade has been a huge disappointment. So much time is spent 'putting out fires' in the classroom, I have seen NO instruction. We have even had a 1st grader expelled already in our class. Somerset seems to have fallen victim to poor parenting that unfortunately seeps its way into the classroom. Our teacher is dysfunctional and highly unorganized. I do not think we will be able to 'wait it out' to see if these behavior problems and lack of administration follow up will be worked out. So sad! Another school has turned into a daycare, essentially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

My son has attended the Emerson campus for Full Day Kinder and 1st grade now. He is challenged academically and on an IEP, and I truly feel like the staff care about him as an individual and truly want him to succeed. They have gone above and beyond for him and us and are always in good communication. I highly recommend this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

My kids were in a private school due to our zoning, I got my kids into this charter school and i truly believe they actually care about my kids learning! They can contacted by email or notes, happy Teachers equal happy kids!!! I sold my home but stayed in the area because of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

If you are lucky enough to get in, go here! It's a great school. Ms. Moore is the BEST Kindergarten teacher ever in the history of kindergarten teachers. This school has a happy atmosphere, and good kids from good families. There is so much parental involvement it's crazy! It's wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

I am a Parent of three students at Somerset's Emerson Campus. This is a great school, with a great Principal, and a great environment. The reading program is incredible. My children have all excelled and love attending the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

We are so fortunate to have found this school! We moved our son from another charter school and couldn't be more happy with that decision. He is challenged by the curriculum. The electives are fantastic, especially art! Not only do they complete art projects, they learn art history at the same time. The teachers and principal are always in contact with the families. I personally love that each family has to volunteer 30 hours as part of their childs enrollment. I am looking forward to many more happy years at this school with our son and daughter when the time comes!
—Submitted by a parent


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385 W Centennial Parkway
North Las Vegas, NV 89084
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Phone: (702) 633-5616

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