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Equipo Academy is a new college preparatory charter school for middle and high school students in East Las Vegas. Inspired by committed local families and designed by award-winning local educators, our school opened in August 2015. In its first year, Equipo Academy has served 430 students in grades 6 through 10. Next year, we will continue growing to serve students through twelfth grade.
The mission of Equipo Academy is to empower students to meet high expectations, excel to and through college, and become transformational leaders for East Las Vegas. Equipo Academy will bring together a team of committed families, educators, and community partners willing to do whatever it takes for all students to achieve their goals.
In Southern Nevada today, the zip code a student grows up in determines the educational opportunities that child has access to. A student raised in suburban Henderson’s 89052 zip code finishes their K-12 education at a high school where 93 percent of students graduate and 46 percent of them earn advanced diplomas. A student growing up in East Las Vegas’s 89110 zip code may attend a high school where only 57 percent of students graduate and only 6 percent earn advanced diplomas.
The differences are even starker for students of color and those students classified as English language learners, for whom the 2012 graduation rate is as low as 13 percent. Today in Clark County, the money a student’s parents make, the zip code a student lives in, the color of that student’s skin, and the language that student speaks at home with his or her family all determine the quality of education they receive and the life opportunities they have access to.
A NEW KIND OF SCHOOL VISION
The vision for Equipo Academy is an integrated sixth through twelfth grade campus where all students, regardless of starting point, are on a path to and through the college of their choice. Classrooms reflect consistently high expectations for academics and character. A college-prep curriculum exposes every student to a rigorous liberal arts education with a schedule and sequence designed for depth of understanding. Extracurriculars challenge students to become confident artists, thoughtful scientists, fluent programmers, lifelong athletes — leaders in whatever discipline becomes their passion. And close partnerships with families and friends foster a support network that ensures students’ continued success after graduation.
Within three years of opening, Equipo Academy will graduate its first class of seniors with 100 percent acceptance to four-year colleges. Seven years after opening, Equipo Academy’s first graduating class will have earned college diplomas. And within fifteen years of opening, the founding team expects that the school will be led by an Equipo Academy alumnus who has returned as a leader for East Las Vegas.
On January 26, 2015, the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority unanimously approved Equipo Academy's opening in August 2015. The decision was based on the past success of the Equipo Academy founders in building East Las Vegas's first five star middle school with The Scholars Working OverTime at Eldorado Prep.
Equipo Academy is open to all students in East Las Vegas regardless of language spoken, FRL status, past academic performance, or any special needs. All interested families with students entering grades six through ten may submit an enrollment application during our annual application window. In the event more students apply for a grade than there are seats available, a lottery is held following all rules set forth in the school's approved charter.
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