A national education model that is giving underperforming schools more resources is really taking flight in the Las Vegas valley.
ReInvent Schools Las Vegas is a fairly new type of school model that is just two years old. But during that time, it has grown from four schools to 13. They serve the City of Las Vegas’ most at-risk youth.
As a way to kick off a new school year, city leaders and more than 1,100 teachers and staff celebrated the growth of the schools Friday morning.
The ReInvent Schools Las Vegas initiative is a partnership between the city and the Clark County School District.
The schools, which are concentrated in the city’s urban core, have different programs, depending on student needs, including food banks, dental and, vision health care, along with trauma recovery yoga.
“For us; we have Americorps, and they come in, and they provide mentoring services and tutoring services to teachers in our school and a lot of support for students,” said Danny Eichelberger, the principal of West Prep Academy.
“The interesting thing about this is that it’s not instant gratification,” said Scott Adams, Las Vegas City manager. “At the end of the day, the long-term measure of our success is improving high school graduation rates.”
8 News NOW was told some families earn less than $10,000 a year. Poverty, homelessness, along with not knowing where their next meal will come from are just some of the issues students face every day.
ReInvent Schools Las Vegas serve over 8,800 students combined.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman said some of the students are destined from birth to have limited resources, but Reinvent Schools Las Vegas is an initiative that is trying to break that cycle.