In North Las Vegas’ 89031, School Choices Rated Below Average

For families living in the 89031 zip code of North Las Vegas, the quality of accessible school choices is quite limited overall. In fact, 65 percent of students living in its 21,770 households attend one- or two- star public schools, according to the state rating system where five-star schools represent the highest performers.

The zip code plays home to one four-star school, four three-star schools, three two-star schools, and two one-star schools. Households in the 89031 zip code have a median income of $63,000, or more than 10 percent above the average for Clark County – demonstrating that above-average income levels do not always translate to above-average schools.

Addeliar Guy Elementary earned the zip code’s lone four-star rating, boosted by strong student growth scores in math and English. While less than half of Addeliar Guy students scored at grade level proficiency, they scored a 67 and 62 in its math and English Median Growth Percentile (MGP), respectively, well above the state and county average. These scores indicate that for students with identical proficiency levels on last year’s test, students at Addeliar Elementary are growing their math performance faster than 67 percent of them, and ahead of 62 in English. All students enrolled at the school, all of them qualify for free or reduced lunch programs.

The zip code also houses a handful of three-star schools, including Eva G Simmons Elementary, Lee Antonello Elementary, Raul P Elizondo Elementary and Steve Cozine Elementary. Clifford O. Findlay Middle School earned a two-star rating with Eva Wolfe Elementary and Fredric W. Watson Elementary earning one-star ratings.

Mojave High School – the zip code’s lone high school – earned a two-star rating. The school graduated 85 percent of its students within four years. It should be noted, however, that only two percent of 11th grade students scored a 22 on the ACT, typically a baseline of college readiness. The 22 is the baseline number that a student does not need to repeat high school work once they get to college.

Out of the school’s 2,508 students, 70 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch and 19 percent are English Language Learners. Mojave also features a 30 percent transiency rate – one of the highest in Clark County School District. The transiency rate is determined by the percentage of students who do not finish at the same school they started. The school also saw 46 percent of its student miss more than 18 days of school.

On the bright side, 54 percent of students took courses that prepared them for education beyond college – meaning they took an Advanced Placement Course, International Baccalaureate, Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment, and/or Career and Technical Education classes.

The zip code is home to one state charter school – Legacy Traditional School, which teaches grades six through eight – which earned a two-star rating. There are two private schools in the area: Kids Campus Learning Center (kindergarten only) and University Baptist Academy (kindergarten through 12th grade). A charter school nearby, Somerset Academy’s North Las Vegas campus, offers a two-star rated elementary school and a three-star rated middle school.

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