What is Nevada State High School (NSHS)?
NSHS is a state sponsored charter school developed for 11th and 12th graders where students attend college classes and earn dual credit for their coursework.
How much does it cost?
Students attend for free. NSHS pays college tuition for up to 3-5 college classes each semester and provides a reimbursement process for textbooks, SAT and ACT tests, and remedial summer classes (pending allotment each year).
What are the requirements to attend?
All students MUST be entering 11th grade with 11+ credit or 12th with 17+ or more credits (fall semester applicants). The majority of students attend showing a minimum of a 2.0 GPA or higher and have a minimum of 11 credits. The school has multiple measures of admission so call if you would like to inquire about options.
How many students currently attend NSHS?
NSHS has 345 students (2015-2016) for 11th and 12th grade between Henderson and Summerlin.
When can students register?
Registration for fall begins February 1st to July 31st of that year. Spring registration occurs between Mid-November – Mid-January each year (see registration). The school offers multiple measures of admission if students do not meet the minimum qualifications defined above. All students must be going into their 11th or 12th grade years.
How do students prepare for college classes?
The students are required to attend a two week long course designed to teach them how to successfully transition into college. It takes place in August during the two weeks prior to the start of college classes.
What type of college support does NSHS provide?
NSHS has mandatory classes that guide students into creating their own pathway for college into their careers beyond. NSHS offers free tutoring, office hours with NSHS administration and staff, individual meetings with students, and a variety of methods to help parents transition as well.
Where do students take the college classes?
Students take classes at local colleges that includes in person or online at any of the College of Southern Nevada campuses (Cheyenne, Charleston, or Henderson campuses) or Great Basin College. For those that qualify and under a very limited basis, there is an option to take classes at Nevada State College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Are NSHS students in class with college students?
Yes, students are completely integrated in the college experience.
Can students handle the college coursework?
Students traditionally earn the grades they were receiving when taking courses in high school. Students who were not committed in high school find it difficult to focus in college too. However, some students have taken the initiative to receive extra support that NSHS provides, and these students show great improvement in their academics by being committed!
Who attends NSHS?
All types of students attend NSHS looking for a challenge including: valedictorians, students from magnet programs, and private school students. In general, NSHS students are made up of students who are motivated to begin college early. Students are given a large amount of freedom in that they are in a college setting. NSHS staff assists and guides students, but it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to attend every class, keep up with the college work load and exhibit mature behavior. The students who achieve in the school are motivated to learn and self-disciplined.
Is this school for real?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions about NSHS. The answer is simply, YES! People find it amazing that students can get something for free – a college education while still in high school. With nearly 1000 graduates in which over 91% have been documented as going on to college after high school, it is one of the best schools in the State! Furthermore, in thirteen years of operating, NSHS has repeatedly earned the Nevada Department of Education’s “Exemplary or 5-Star” status and several National recognition from the US News and World Report.
Do students give up their high school experience?
To some extent, yes. NSHS students are fully included in the college environment. NSHS does have its own student government that plans for high school activities such as prom, yearbook, and graduation. The college student government also plans activities for students on a regular basis. Students can be as involved as they choose.
Do the credits transfer to other colleges?
Nearly all of the students’ college credits transfer to in-state colleges. NSHS teaches students how to track college credits toward a degree to ensure the best transfer decisions are made for the student. Students who plan to transfer out-of-state are encouraged to contact the college of their choice to see which credits will transfer. NSHS has graduates attending college across the country in over 40 states. Over 78% of NSHS graduates have chosen to stay in-state.
How does transportation work?
NSHS does not provide transportation. Students can drive themselves, get a ride from friends or family, or take the public bus. If students have difficulty with transportation, they are encouraged to contact the NSHS administration for more information on alternatives.
Are sports offered?
NSHS has no sports teams; therefore, under NRS 386.560 students may petition their home school to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities not conducted at NSHS.
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Can I get high school credit for religious courses on my transcript?
As a public education institution, funded by the State of Nevada, a student cannot get credit for religious classes.
Can I attend NSHS if I’m a home schooled student?
Yes. Home schooled students can attend NSHS as long as they meet the requirements of having a valid transcript showing they meet the minimum qualifications for admittance. Sometimes they need to bring in documentation of curriculum for validation. They must also provide home school documentation that they were not truant in accordance with State Law.
I have been home schooled, and I don’t have a comprehensive high school transcript, what do I do?
If students are coming from a home schooled environment, and they have utilized various curriculum methods that have resulted in their educational records not being on one comprehensive transcript, they must have their proctor create one for them. For the transcript to be valid, the student must also bring in the notebook/textbook/supplemental material with documented curriculum from each class listed on their transcript for NSHS validation.
Can high school freshman and sophomores join?
Only 11th and 12th grade students can attend NSHS. 11th grade students must have a minimum of 11 credits and be going into their third year of high school and 12th graders must have 17 credits and be going into their 4th year of high school to be considered (fall semester only). NSHS does not have high school core teachers and classes to fulfill the 9th and 10th grade required high school curriculum as it is a dual-credit focused school.
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How does scheduling work?
Students arrange their schedule based on available college classes which are typically Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday or online. Courses may be offered morning, afternoons, nights or even weekends to accommodate various schedules. Students attend school from mid-August to mid-December and from the end of January to mid-May.