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Home to some lower-income communities on Las Vegas’ Eastern side of town, the 89104 zip code hosts one strongly-rated public school amid a limited range of other choices.

The zip code features one four-star school – which is neither a magnet nor a charter – but most (4,700 students) find themselves in two- and three-star schools, as measured by Nevada’s School Performance Framework.

The 16,287 households that live here have a median household income of $34,792, or three-fifths of the Clark County average, making it difficult for families to move to find school options around the valley.  More than half of the population identify as Hispanic. Ten percent of adults 25-years old or older possess a Bachelor’s Degree – five percent below the Clark County average – while 22 percent have attended some form of college but have not or did not finish. Thirty-two percent have earned only a high school diploma, slightly higher than the Clark County average (29 percent).   

Crestwood Elementary increased its performance from three stars to four stars this past school year, an important indicator of progress.  Driving this gain were strong student growth outcomes in both math and English, both well above the school district average.

The school features a 55 percent English Language Learner population and 81 percent of the students are on free or reduced lunch. Crestwood’s score offer a strong example of why the state’s five-star system promotes equity with a system that shows schools can succeed with a strong score despite low proficiency rates and challenging populations.

According to its latest results, six out of 10 students are on track to be proficient in English within three years, which also ranks among the highest in the zip code.  Crestwood Elementary posted a 64, meaning if you take a student and compare them to 100 other students at the same level of proficiency, Crestwood students will be growing faster than 64 of them. According to the growth score, five out of 10 students from Crestwood Elementary are on track to be proficient in math.

Crestwood participated in the Nevada Department of Education’s Zoom program for the first time during the 2016-17 school year.  Through this program, it received targeted funding for special initiatives for English Language Learners like extra tutoring and services to improve English language proficiency. Crestwood Elementary was one of 31 schools to receive such extra supports from the state.

William Snyder Elementary, a three-star school, posted some strong numbers in terms of MGP. The school posted a 68 and 74 in math and English respectively. The school is on the cusp of becoming a four-star school, thanks mostly to these numbers. K.O. Knudsen — the zip code’s lone magnet school, meaning students must apply, meet any academic entrance requirements and be accepted to attend the school — posted a three-star rating, remaining the same as it did last year.

The zip code is also home to two one-star schools (Walter Long Elementary and Morris Sunset East Elementary ) and four two-star schools Park Elementary, Fremont Elementary, as well as two charter schools operated by the Clark County School District, Innovations Elementary and Innovations Middle School.

The 89104 zip code is also home to two private schools, St. Anne Catholic School, which serves grades preK-8, and Applied Scholastics Academy, an academic acceleration program based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard.

For more information on the performance of public schools in Clark County, visit the GreatSchoolsAllKids website operated by Opportunity 180.

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Located near central Las Vegas, the 89107 zip code is another underserved community limited in high-quality school options. The zip code has no schools rating about three-stars – with 59 percent attending one- to two-star schools – as measured by Nevada’s School Performance Framework, which rates school on a five-star rating system.

The median household income in the zip code is $41,501, 80 percent of the Las Vegas median, making it difficult for families to move to find school options around the valley. Forty-seven percent of the population identify as Hispanic. Eight percent of adults 25-years old or older own a Bachelor’s Degree, while 23 percent have attended some form of college but have not or did not finish.  

Families in search of high-quality options will likely have to make a significant commute to enroll in a charter school, assuming they secure enrollment into these schools, which often have long waitlists which are resolved by lottery. Also, families eligible to receive private school tuition under the state’s only funded private school choice program may also benefit from luck to overcome a high demand for these scholarships.

The zip code features a trio of three-star schools – Hyde Park Middle School, Gibson Middle School and Pittman Elementary School, accounting for 3,394 students in the 13,967 households.

A majority of students (3,593 students) find themselves in two-star schools — Garside Middle School, Wasden Elementary, Adcock Elementary, Warren Elementary and Fyfe Elementary. The zip code is also home to two one-star schools — Griffith Elementary and Red Rock Elementary, the lowest rating in Nevada for school performance.

It is important to consider other aspects to a school’s performance rating that contribute to its star rating.  For example, schools are evaluated on the growth of their individual students over time in both math and reading. Pittman Elementary School’s performance increased from its 2016 ranking, showing in its English Growth Median Growth Percentile (MGP) compared to the amount of academic growth in reading its students showed compared with students at the same achievement levels in other elementary schools.

Its MGP rated as a 61 – the highest for an elementary school in the 89107 zip code. This number signifies that if  you take a student and compare them to 100 other students who performed at the same level of proficiency, the student at Pittman Elementary is growing faster than 61 of them. According to its growth score, five out of 10 students are on track to be proficient in English within three years, which also ranks among the highest in the zip code.

The 89107 zip code lacks charter options for parents, but is home to three private schools – Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic School (K-8), Las Vegas Valley Water District’s School’s Out Program (Kindergarten) and Trinity International Schools (K-12). Our Lady of Las Vegas is also an active participant in the Nevada Opportunity Scholarship program.  

For more information on the performance of public schools in Clark County, visit the GreatSchoolsAllKids website operated by Opportunity 180.

As measured by Nevada’s School Performance Framework, the 89123, located in southwest Las Vegas, features a wide-range of school choices, ranging from district-zoned schools to state charter schools to private schools. The zip code serves 8,174 students with 50 percent attending three-star schools.

The zip code features three five-star schools – a pair of Coral Academy of Sciences schools (elementary and middle school) and one magnet (Roger Gehring Elementary School) – accounting for 1,690 students in the 27,525 households.

A majority of students (4,094 students) find themselves in three-star schools (Silvestri Middle School, Schofield Middle School, Beatty Elementary School, and Cartwright Elementary School). The lone one-star school (Nevada Virtual Academy) serves 540 students  — it is important to note that Nevada Virtual educates students from all around Nevada in their own homes, with its office in the 89123 zip code.

The 89123 is a picture of school choice with a healthy mix of state charters, private and district-zoned schools, providing families plenty of options. The zip code is home to a trio of private schools, including Omar Haikal Islamic Academy (K-8), Kids R Kids Quality Learning Center (K), and Challenger School Silverado Campus (K-8). The private school options go hand in hand with public charter options in Coral Academy of Sciences and Nevada Virtual Academy – both servicing students kindergarten to high school. The zip code is also home to Roger Gehring Elementary, a magnet school where students must apply, meet any academic entrance requirements and be accepted to attend the school. The school is open for students kindergarten through fifth grade.

Education is viewed positively in the area as 91 percent of the 56,300 residents posess a high school diploma or higher, with 7,716 residents over the age of 25 holding a Bachelor’s degree. The median household income is $61,006, well above the Las Vegas average.

For more information on the performance of public schools in Clark County, visit the GreatSchoolsAllKids website operated by Opportunity 180.