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Private Schools Start School Year in Clark County

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LAS VEGAS - The 2012-2013 school year will begin for thousands of Clark County public school students, but several private schools in the area have already started classes.

At Cornerstone Christian Academy, administrators expect more students than they've ever had.

The school has adapted to its growing student body. Cornerstone has expanded its middle school curriculum. Teachers are offering more electives as well as a block schedule.

Administrators say parents are paying attention to the changes.

"That's a big change for us. We have never had 70 kindergartners before. We've never had 75 fourth graders. But this year, that's what we have, and we're just looking forward to it," said Cornerstone Christian Academy principal James Whiddon.

An increasing number of kids are also getting outside the classroom. Cornerstone has transformed its athletics program and added two coaches. More than 100 kids are now involved with sports at the school.

International Christian Academy has also seen a jump in kids. Principal Robert Mekus says parents are asking detailed questions before enrolling their children.

"For your family, is this going to be a fit, where you're not only going to spend your money monthly, but what is this going to do for your family academically?" Mekus said.

Administrators say they have seen parents wait until the last minute before committing to a school. They expect to see many parents wait until the end of the first week of school to decide.

Administrators also say parents want to see what programs and electives are offered. Foreign language, sports and computer/technology programs are the most popular.

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