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Admissions FAQs

What is the average class size?

Our class size does not exceed 19 students in a class.

Do you provide transportation to your campus?

Bus service is available to our families residing in the Henderson area.

Is tuition assistance available? Who is eligible, and how do we apply?

Adelson Educational Campus offers generous tuition assistance, which benefits approximately 35% of our student body. All families with students in kindergarten-twelve, are encouraged to apply. For more information, click here.

Does Adelson Educational Campus have a dress code?

Adelson Educational Campus has a dress code for students in Preschool through Grade 12. For more information, see our Student-Parent Handbook.

In what ways are the parents involved in the school?

Adelson Educational Campus encourages our families to become active in the school community through the PTO, fundraising and joining various committees. In addition, there are opportunities to volunteer in the classrooms and to assist at events and school-wide activities. 

Does Adelson Educational Campus provide lunch? May children bring food from home?

As a Kosher facility, no outside food items should be brought onto campus. Our students are provided with healthy options each day at snack time and lunchtime. For a sample of our lunch menus, please click here.

My child is not currently taking Hebrew. Will my child be behind?

Each student is treated as an individual in all subjects. We are aware that students enter our school with varying levels of Hebrew mastery. Our goal is to meet the educational needs of each student in reaching his or her potential. While not required at the Upper School level, Hebrew is offered along with Spanish, French and Mandarin.

Does the school have any policies regarding the use of computers and technology?

All students must adhere to the school's Acceptable Use Policy for their respective division. The school regards computers and technology as essential tools for learning. Students are expected to demonstrate responsible and ethical use of these resources. Accounts are provided for students and are subject to monitoring. Students are responsible for the content of their computer accounts at all times.

I still have so many questions! Who should I ask?

The Admissions Office primary goal is to get to know each applicant family as thoroughly as possible, and for the applicant family to get to know us. The Admissions Office is available to answer all questions via phone, e-mail, or with a personal meeting. Individual tours are also a good opportunity to discuss any personal questions with an admission officer. If there is something that the application does not convey about your child, if you have questions that may be unique to your family, or if any other questions arise during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is the philosophy of Adelson Educational Campus’ Preschool?

At the Adelson Educational Campus Preschool, we create a nurturing and stimulating environment to help children explore the world around them. We provide children with activities that facilitate development through an abundance of hands-on, sensory, experiential and nurturing activities that promote identity and community. Our comprehensive program fosters children’s love of learning, as well as their social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual growth, all while providing children with a meaningful exploration of Jewish traditions and values.

Really…how important is Preschool?

Increasing evidence suggests that children gain a great deal from attending preschool, from being exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes to learning how to socialize…getting along with other children. Furthermore, children who attend a high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not. Preschools teach kids how to be students, that is, learning how to raise their hands, taking turns, and sharing the teacher's attention. Kindergarten teachers will tell you that the students who are ready to learn are those who come into school with good social and behavior-management skills.

What Preschool options are offered?

Our programs consist of two-day classes, three-day classes or 5-day classes, for 18 month olds, 2 year olds, three year olds and 4 year olds (Junior Kindergarten).  Half-day sessions run from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Full-day sessions run from 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

How do you communicate with parents about how their little ones are doing in class?

We feel it is extremely important to be in close contact with our parents in regard to your child’s day. We send a daily email highlighting the activities of each class with reminders for calendar events, hold semi-annual parent/teacher conferences and send letters and notes home with your children. Teachers are also accessible through email.

What percentage of Preschool students continue at Adelson Educational Campus for Lower School?

Approximately 85% of our Preschool students continue at our Lower School.

Must my child be potty trained to attend Preschool?

Children entering our 3 year old program and beyond must be potty trained. But not to worry…we assist you in the process and help your little one in the 2 year old classes.

What special afterschool programs are offered to Preschoolers?

Preschool Enrichment & Aftercare for children 18 months - Junior Kindergarten is provided on all regular school days, from 2:45pm - 6pm. Past classes have included: ballet, yoga, art, soccer, karate, and jewelry making.

Lower School (Kindergarten - 5th grade) What’s the cutoff age for Kindergarten?

Your future Kindergartener should be five years old by October 1st of the year you wish him or her to enter.

Do Lower School students take standardized tests?

Lower School students in grade 4 and 5 will take ERBs (an assessment test devised for independent schools by the Educational Records Bureau).  We do not teach to the test. We teach the reading, writing and math skills that the ERB assesses. The results show us how our students compare with national norms, suburban schools and independent schools. Our students are ranked competitively with students at other independent schools.

What percentage of Lower School students continue at Adelson Educational Campus for Middle School?

Approximately 80% of our Lower School students continue at our Middle School.

What special afterschool programs are offered to Lower School Students?

Lower School Aftercare & Enrichment is available for students in grades K-5 and is provided on our campus, on all regular school days, from 3:15pm - 6pm by the JCC of Southern Nevada. Snacks are also provided. After-school enrichment courses provided by Adelson Educational Campus are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Past classes have included: karate, tennis, basketball, soccer, band, theater, science and computers.

Middle School (Grades 6-8) How do you handle welcoming and acclimating new students who enter in Middle School?

An array of programs are scheduled to help introduce our new students to faculty, staff and classmates and ensure a seamless transition, including a new family swim and ice cream social, orientation program and welcome event, meetings with faculty advisors and a variety of social activities.

What interscholastic teams do you offer to the Middle School students?

We offer interscholastic team sports for girls and boys in soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf and swimming. Adelson Educational Campus is a member of the Red Rock Athletic Conference, competing with other independent schools in the Southern Nevada area. Teams are divided within our Middle School by grade level…5/6 grade boys, 5/6 grade girls, 7/8 grade boys and 7/8 grade girls. Visit our athletics web page for details. 

What percentage of Middle School students continue at Adelson Educational Campus for Upper School?

Approximately 75%-80% of our Middle School students continue at our Upper School.

Do Middle School students take standardized tests?

Middle School students in grades 6-7 will take ERBs, an assessment test devised for independent schools by the Educational Records Bureau.  We do not teach to the test. We teach the reading, writing and math skills that the ERB assesses. The results show us how our students compare with national norms, suburban schools and independent schools. Our students are ranked competitively with students at other independent schools.

 

What opportunities are there for enrichment in the Middle School?

To supplement creativity and elective options, all Middle School students must enroll for one club each quarter. Club period is held during the school day, once a week for 50 minutes. Sample clubs include: Spirit and Cheer, Film Study, Physiology of Sports, and Computer Coding and Language to name a few. 

High School (Grades 9-12) What is the school’s approach to college counseling?

Beginning in the Freshman year, students and parents meet with our college counselor to ensure a smooth, successful college application process. While our graduates are known for attending some of the finest colleges and universities, our counselor is a great advocate for all students, making sure that each student attends the best possible school for him/her.

What does a drug-free high school look like?

Understanding that early intervention is critical to helping prevent teens from drug abuse and addiction, we focus on drug education and preventative programming. High School students, teachers and staff submit to mandatory drug testing.

How do you handle welcoming and acclimating students who enter in High School?

An array of programs are scheduled to help introduce our new students to faculty, staff and classmates and ensure a seamless transition, including a new family swim and ice cream social, orientation program and welcome event, meetings with faculty advisors and a variety of social activities.

 

What interscholastic teams do you offer in High School and how competitive are they?

We offer interscholastic team sports for girls and boys in soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf and swimming. Students compete on Varsity and JV teams in fall, winter and spring. Adelson Educational Campus is a member of the NIAA, competing with other independent and public high schools in the Southern Nevada area. We have established a high-quality, competitive athletics program that adds greatly to the excitement, spirit and pride in our school for all students. Visit our athletics web page for details. 

 

Do you have a Student Council at the High School level?

Yes! The High School Student Council gives students a voice in determining school activities and environment. It helps promote activities for the entire student body and fosters a positive climate throughout the school.

Being a member of Student Council is both an honor and a challenge. Members are elected to their positions through a student-wide general election.  Student Council members are responsible for planning and organizing all High School spirit activities, including homecoming, dances, spirit week, fundraisers and rallies.