Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School is located in Reno, NV and is one of 117 schools in Washoe County School District. It is a charter school that serves 227 students in grades K-8.
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system.
Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School made AYP in 2010. Under No Child Left Behind, a school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if it achieves the minimum levels of improvement determined by the state of Nevada in terms of student performance and other accountability measures. See Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.
Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School
The administration has a very good dream about what this school is and what it will become but this dream just does not match the reality of how the school functions. The staff is, in general, friendly and does care about the students as people but the grounds are small; which in theory should offer students more one on one time with the teachers but that is not necessarily the case since class sizes are growing. They are adequate if your child is still in elementary school but once they start 5th or 6th grade an alternative really should be considered.
For my daughter, who started at SNACS as a 7th grader and is ahead of her grade level, the school really stunted her education and forced her to slow down to the teachers educational level. This is especially true for math and science, both of which are essential to a higher education.
Now I do commend her math teacher for taking action and going back to school so she is prepared to teach her students, algebra for example, but I feel she should not be teaching the students those courses in the mean time. Science on the other hand is a nightmare! Her science teacher is, by profession, an art teacher and really has no background in any type of science other than what she may have taken in high school or college for her general education. As a person nearing the end of my college career with a biology degree, I am appalled that I am more qualified to teach the students math and science than her teachers are.
Additionally, the textbooks are very old and outdated. Her science book in particular is atrocious, which may bother me so much because my academic career is based off of the sciences, but they are giving the students information that was outdated when I was in middle school...15 years ago.
I feel they are doing a great disservice to the students by offering a mediocre, at best, education.
Finally, yes I am aware that this review has become quite long, is about requiring the students to constantly supply things for school activities or...at the beginning of the year...office and cleaning supplies. On almost a weekly basis one or both of my daughters are required to bring enough of something to school for the entire class along requiring us to buy things from whatever fund raiser they have going on at the time, like the book fair, and then penalizing the students when, for whatever reason, their parents were unable to get something for them.
I know times are tough and money is tight because of school district budget cuts but parents really should not be responsible for picking up the slack when it comes to administrative supplies like printer paper, white board markers, and all purpose cleaner. Those are the things that public money is meant for, not whatever they do with it.
Again, SNACS has a ver good vision for what the school could become and all of the staff's hearts are in the right place. But currently, they are very far from this dream which is causing our children to suffer.
by a Parent
on Nov 29, 2011
Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School
I observed the 4th grade teacher as having
great teaching skills. She had the ability
to control her class and maintain structure.
In 2011, Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School had 45% of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch programs. Nevada had 50% of eligible students for free or reduced price lunch programs. Eligibility for the National School Lunch Program is based on family income levels.
The Washoe County School District spends $8,520 per pupil in current expenditures. The district spends 60% on instruction, 37% on support services, 3% on other elementary and secondary expenditures. More about Washoe County School District District
In 2011, Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School had 24 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Nevada average is 20 students per full-time equivalent teacher.