At the root of the world’s eminent cultures is the importance of education, supported by deep-seated values and pride in heritage. In 1980, the Hebrew Academy Las Vegas opened in its temporary facility at Temple Beth Sholom with 57 students in kindergarten through second grade. In 1983, the school moved to East Bracken Avenue. Students benefited from small class sizes, a science center, computer labs, a library, gymnasium and playground area. In 1986, the school became the first and only accredited college preparatory community school in the State of Nevada.
In 1988, Las Vegas businessman Milton I. Schwartz and others in the community identified the need for a larger community Jewish day school, open to children of all affiliations that offered a strong secular and Judaic education. The Milton I. Schwartz Hebrew Academy in Summerlin opened with a 35,00 square foot facility in what would become one of the largest and most successful master-planned communities in the nation. The more spacious facilities allowed for greater enrollment, including a preschool, and a middle school for grades 5-8.
As years passed, and Las Vegas became a large multi-cultural city, the need grew for an exceptional independent day school that focused on traditional Jewish values and served students through high school.
Encouraged by the Chairman of the Board, Victor Chaltiel, Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson took the school to the next level and committed a major gift to the community. With the Adelsons’ generous donation, we built a state of the art campus, serving children 18 months to 18 years old. The School changed its name to the Adelson Educational Campus.
Victor Chaltiel led the Adelson Educational Campus’ board of trustees as chairman for ten years. Together with the Adelsons’, Victor Chaltiel developed a visionary plan to build a sustainable Jewish day school that would serve as a model for other communities around the country.
In August 2008, the Adelson Educational Campus opened in Summerlin with a 171,000 square foot one-of-a-kind facility. The Adelson Campus’ motto is “education for life,” reflecting how we strive to prepare our students for college as well as teach them substantial values for life. Administrators and educators are handpicked from around the globe, and our graduates have gone on to pursue higher education at prestigious institutions.
Already the Adelson Educational Campus has grown in unimagined ways. It has emerged as an innovative model that serves the community by offering superior academics for students of every affiliation, intertwined with core Jewish traditions and values. The school conducts random urine drug testing to all high school students, as well as all staff, ensuring a drug free environment. Our students learn in a safe, drug-free community that embraces them for who they are; everyone is considered part of the School family.
Today, the Adelson Educational Campus has grown exponentially from 145 students in 2006 to almost 550 students. We have over 130 alumni, over a dozen NIAA competitive athletic teams, and over 80 world-class faculty members. Adelson Educational Campus graduates have been accepted at the best universities in the country. More significantly, our students are well prepared for the challenge. They have made Dean’s Lists at Ivy League schools, been elected presidents of national collegiate organizations and received over two million dollars in merit-based scholarships.
Thanks to Milton I. Schwartz, Victor Chaltiel, and Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson’s generosity and tireless dedication, as well as that of many others who have joined, our school has emerged as a forward-thinking, innovative, community-centered, and values-focused institution, preparing students for the endless possibilities of the 21st century.