Educational Choice Programs in Nevada

Nevada offers the following education options: 

Opportunity Scholarships

In 2015, Assembly Bill No. 165 (AB 165) was passed and signed into law by Governor Sandoval. This established the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program, which allows qualifying families to receive grants to pay for private school tuition and fees. Currently approved are five Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) to which parents can apply for funding.

Opportunity scholarships are open to all income-qualified pupils whether currently attending private or public schools as well as those in home school scenarios.

Education Savings Account

Education Savings Account (ESA) programs setup accounts through which the state can deposit funds for parents to use as they wish for customizing the educational program most fit for their child’s educational needs. The funding is not limited by family income, and the funds granted to each family allow them to access a variety of educational services.Currently, this Nevada state plan is unfunded although it remains written as law.

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School Choice in Nevada

Private Schools

Private schools are not administered by local, state or national governments; thus, they retain the right to select their students and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition, rather than relying on mandatory taxation through public (government) funding.

Magnet Schools

Magnet schools are public schools with specialized courses or curricula. "Magnet" refers to how the schools draw students from across the normal boundaries defined by authorities (usually school boards) as school zones that feed into certain schools. They are free and open to anyone; due to high demand, most schools determine student acceptance by a lottery system. Magnet schools are accountable to state standards.

Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations that are imposed upon district schools. Charter schools are accountable for academic results and for upholding the promises made in their charters.

Home Schooling

Homeschooling, also known as home education, is the education of children inside the home. Home education is usually conducted by a parent or tutor. Homeschooling is a legal alternative to public and private schools.