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North Las Vegas extends Southern Nevada Urban Micro Academy into 2021

Posted at 6:38 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 00:40:03-05

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The North Las Vegas City Council unanimously approved the extension of the Southern Nevada Urban Micro Academy (SNUMA) through the end of the spring 2021 semester.

Wednesday's vote comes one day after city leaders announced substantial academic gains made by children enrolled in SNUMA's microschool program, according to the city of North Las Vegas.

Mayor John Lee and the city council started SNUMA in August as an innovative way to get children back to in-person learning. SNUMA is believed to be the first public-private partnership microschool in the country.

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"Along with the health and safety of our children, my ultimate goal is that North Las Vegas students have a chance to make great academic strides," Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown, who has led the city's efforts at SNUMA, said. "We are achieving that at SNUMA. Our kids are learning and thriving in a safe environment. I could not be more proud of their progress."

The Southern Nevada Urban Micro Academy reports it follows the health district and CDC best practices. The city says there have been no cases of COVID-19 at SNUMA.

Further highlights shared about SNUMA from the city of NLV:

  • 78% of children arrived at SNUMA below grade level in reading. 62% of children now are at or above grade level.
  • 93% of children arrived at SNUMA below grade level in math. 100% of children are currently working on material that is at least on grade level.
  • Nearly three-quarters of third-grade children (71%) were reading below grade level. 42% are now at grade level and 28% are above grade level. Additionally, 85% have completed at least one year's worth of growth since their initial assessment.
  • Similarly, 71% of third-grade children were testing below grade level in math. 57% are currently working at grade level and 43% are working above grade level.

Parents can enroll their children online or by calling (702) 202-3490.