North Las Vegas launches new Southern Nevada Urban Micro Academy
This fall, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, families in North Las Vegas will have an innovative new option to help their children succeed, North Las Vegas and Clark County leaders announced Tuesday.
SNUMA opens Monday, August 24, coinciding with the first day of instruction for the Clark County School District. This groundbreaking program provides education support to children during the fall semester.
"Many of our students do not have the resources needed to be successful during this learn-from-home time," North Las Vegas City Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown said. "As a career educator and administrator, I know that our community has been subject to historic inequalities in so many areas, including education, so it was clear we needed to do something different so that kids in North Las Vegas aren't left behind."
"We cannot allow our students to fall behind in their education," Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly said. “So I’m thrilled to see the Urban Micro Academy being made available to families in this area so that children can truly learn in a positive and supportive setting.”
Children attending SNUMA will have two options. First, SNUMA will provide education support to children who are being homeschooled. This includes students who are currently being homeschooled, or those children who chose to begin homeschooling. This option is available to children in grades 1-8. These children have the option to follow online homeschooling lessons aligned with Nevada Academic Content Standards with live in-room support from a trained guide, along with enrichment and extracurricular activities during a highly-structured instructional day. Learning pod sizes are capped at 18 children per room. Children can attend for $2 per day. Need-based scholarships are available. Parents/Guardians of children in the homeschooling option assume full responsibility for the education of the child while the child is being homeschooled.
"So many families are wondering what they’re going to do with their children this fall,” Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. “This is a wonderful option for families who want to ensure that their children are being provided learning opportunities in a structured and enriching environment.”
"This is an economic crisis unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes," North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee said. "Now more than ever, our families need support and assurance that their children are being more than just supervised."
SNUMA also provides support to CCSD students in grades K-8. This option provides a place for students to go to attend CCSD online classes with in-person support from trained guides in a classroom setting. Students will also receive enrichment and extracurricular activities during the school day. Class sizes are capped at 18 students per teacher. Students can attend for $20 per day. Need-based scholarships are available.
Additionally, the City of North Las Vegas will provide learning space for homeschooling co-ops, commonweaths and other education groups.
Safekey programming and care before and after school hours is also available.
The Southern Nevada Urban Micro Academy follows SNHD and CDC best practices, and abides by all directives from the State, including mandated face coverings, socially-distant classroom seating, and frequent cleaning and sanitizing of classrooms and facilities.
Parents can enroll their children now on NLVCares.com or by calling (702) 202-3490.