School choice in Nevada

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School choice refers to the educational alternatives available to parents who do not wish to send their children to the local district public school to which they are assigned. Public school choice options include open enrollment policies, magnet schools and charter schools. Other options include traditional school vouchers, scholarship tax credits, personal tax credits and deductions and Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), which allow parents to receive public funds directly for educational expenses.[1][2]

School choice options in Nevada include: charter schools, homeschooling, online learning, private schools and voluntary inter-district public school open enrollment.

Educational choice options

See also: Number of schools by school type in the U.S.

Charter schools

Charter schools operate under a charter issued by a local school district or the Nevada State Board of Education.[3] In the 2009-2010 school year there were approximately 27 charter schools in the state of Nevada.[4] The number of charter schools in Nevada grew to 32 during the 2012-2013 school year.[5]

Charter school authorizers are, according to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), the organizations "designated to approve, monitor, renew, and, if necessary, close charter schools." As of June 2014, the following organizations were listed by NACSA as charter school authorizers in Nevada:[6]

Nevada charter school authorizers
Organization Authorizer type Number of schools overseen
Carson City School District Local education agency 1
Clark County School District Local education agency 7
Nevada Department of Education Office of Charter Schools Independent chartering board 20
Washoe County School District Local education agency 10
Note: If the total number of charter schools accounted for in this table differs from the total number listed elsewhere on this page, the discrepancy owes to differing calculation methods and data sources.
Source: National Association of Charter School Authorizers, "Nevada Charter Authorizers," accessed June 18, 2014


An estimated 12,812 students were home-schooled in Nevada during the 2012-2013 school year, which represented approximately 2.67 percent of all students in the state.[7]

In order to homeschool their children in Nevada, parents or guardians must file a Notice of Intent to Homeschool for each child between the ages of seven and 18. This form is filed with the superintendent of the school district in which the children reside and only needs to be filed once, unless the name or address of the parent or child changes.[8][9]

Online learning

As of September 2013, Nevada had 11 online and blended charter schools and 15 district online programs. During the 2012-2013 school year, these online schools and programs served 10,414 fully online students, which represented a 19 percent increase from the previous school year.[10]

Private schools

In the 2011-2012 school year 23,735 students, or 5.41 percent of school age children, were enrolled in 146 private schools. Nevada ranks 43rd in the U.S. in private school attendance.[11]

Public school open enrollment

Nevada has a voluntary inter-district public school open enrollment policy. This policy authorizes school districts to admit students living in adjoining school districts, in state or out of state, and allows them to pay tuition for students attending an adjoining school district.[12]

Education ballot measures

See also: School choice on the ballot and List of Nevada ballot measures

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