Our residents consistently rank education as a top community priority, and the City of Henderson has responded by actively supporting student achievement at our local schools. Since 2015, the City has donated millions to public schools in our community for items that improve and preserve educational facilities, increase technology resources and pre-kindergarten skills assessments as well as provide for enhanced curriculum, learning specialist positions, and special education assistants. The City also actively partners with community representatives and nonprofit organizations to further educational outcomes and is committed to sustaining involvement in our children’s education.
Education finds its way through all of our Priorities... and I think education is so important that it needs its own category.
- Councilman Dan Stewart (Strategic Plan, 2019)
CITIZEN SATISFACTION RATING: Importance of quality education in Henderson = 94%
Preschools Participating in QRIS
This measure includes the proportion of licensed early childhood education centers participating in the state Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). This system is one of the state's quality initiatives and participation demonstrates a commitment to high-quality programming for young children.
Henderson High School ACT Scores
To be eligible for graduation in Nevada, all students, free of charge, must participate in Nevada’s College and Career Readiness (CCR) assessment during their junior year of high school on the day selected for testing. The State Board of Education chose the ACT as Nevada’s CCR assessment. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on The ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses. The ACT is a nationally recognized college admissions exam that is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Henderson high schools continue to have higher than average ACT composite scores.
PRIORITY UPDATE HIGHLIGHTS
- In time for the start of the new school year, expanded the capacity and enhanced the quality of the city’s licensed preschool located at Valley View Recreation Center through a renovation of the physical space, completed in August 2020. Efforts now focus on updating the school’s curriculum and assessment tools.
- Collaborated on applications for Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support the city’s preschool program as well as emergency childcare. Both received funding totaling nearly $300,000.
- The city launched its “Henderson Hope Squad” initiative in December 2019 and local middle and high schools were implementing the program in January and February 2020. School closures impeded the ability for some schools to continue but most are planning to implement virtual “Hope Squads” to continue the program. Linked the city’s initiative to the Hope Means Nevada program
- Partnered with the Public Education Foundation to donate $200,000 to the CCSD Technology Fund, enabling the purchase of Chromebooks for 2,000 Henderson students learning remotely.
- Partnered with the Andson Foundation to utilize Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for tutoring at two Henderson elementary schools.