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The only thing better than a quality education from one of the top Las Vegas private schools is learning that you may not have to pay for your children to attend classes. With the approval of Assembly Bill 165 and Senate Bill 302, you may be able to provide your children with a superior education at the CornerStone Christian Academy for free. Learn more about these important bills and find out how the CornerStone Christian Academy can significantly change your children’s lives, without breaking the bank.
What are Assembly Bill 165 and Senate Bill 302?
Assembly Bill 165 (AB 165), also known as the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program, helps students get money from private donors or businesses to attend private schools. It’s important to note that this bill no longer requires students in the state of Nevada to attend public schools to qualify for this money.
Senate Bill 302 (SB 302), known by many as Nevada’s Education Savings Account Program, aims to offer assistance to parents looking to send their children to a private school or academy. Parents can apply for an Education Savings Account, which can be used to send children to participating private and online schools.
How do these bills help my children?
Simply put, these bills will help send your children to a first-rate Christian academy at a significantly discounted, or even free rate. Both of these bills offer assistance to parents hoping to send their children to a private academy, offering funds from two separate entities. While AB 165 provides money to students from non-profits or Scholarship Granting Organizations, SB 302 offers funds from the state of Nevada by taking a percentage of the average price per pupil.
The benefits of a quality Christian education
With Nevada public schools consistently ranking among worst in the nation, a quality education at a private Christian academy can set your children up for a bright and successful future. Instilling the values of hard work, determination and faith, an education from a Christian private academy provides more than academic excellence; it provides children with a strong sense of community. The lessons your children will learn at a Christian school will not only impact and shape their lives, but also the people around them.
When it comes to education, your children deserve nothing but the best. Start their journey towards adulthood on the best possible path. By securing funds through the use of AB 165 and SB 302, you can send your children to one of the top Christian academies in the state for next to nothing.
For more information on sending your kids to one of the best Christian schools in Las Vegas, CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes is here to help! Give us a call at (702) 939-5050 to schedule a tour.
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Since the approval of Assembly Bill 165 and Senate Bill 302, many parents have questions regarding eligibility, the application process and the resources available to them. As an ESA and Educational Choice Scholarship Program approved school, the staff at Cornerstone Academy are very familiar with both of these bills and the steps taken to apply. If you have questions or need assistance completing your forms, our team is here to help.
Applying for the Educational Choice Scholarship Program in Las Vegas
The Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program (Assembly Bill 165) provides tax credits to businesses that contribute scholarships for students to attend private schools. With this particular program, families and schools do not receive any money directly from the government. Rather, nonprofits (commonly called Scholarship Granting Organizations, or SGO’s) receive donations from private donors and businesses, and distribute them as scholarships for students attending private schools. Click here for more information on Assembly Bill 165.
As of the date of this post, there are four active Scholarship Granting Organizations, or SGO’s. Please visit the Nevada Department of Education for the most up-to-date information. The two SGO’s currently accepting applications are the Education Fund of Northern Nevada and Dinosaurs & Roses.
Applying for an ESA in Las Vegas
The Educational Savings Account Bill, or the ESA program, (Senate Bill 302) allows parents of public school students to apply for an Education Savings Account which can be applied toward participating entities. These may include private schools, online schools, and more. The state of Nevada takes a percentage of the funding provided per pupil and places it in an account. These funds can be used to pay for education-related expenses including tuition, services or tutoring. The application form for the ESA program can be found on the Nevada Treasurer website. Click here for more information on Senate Bill 302.
If you are looking to enroll your child in a private school in Las Vegas and would like assistance understanding these two bills and the options available to you, please call us at (702) 939-5050.
What is Assembly Bill 165?
In April 2015, Nevada Governor Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 165, or AB 165. This bill enacted school choice and established tax credits for businesses that donate money to the scholarship program for disadvantaged students to attend private schools, including those operated by religious organizations.
Highlights of Assembly Bill 165 include:
- There is no public school commitment.
- Beginning in 2016, a pupil who has previously received a scholarship has priority for renewal.
- The money received by the Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGO’s) comes directly from private donors, not the state.
- Businesses that donate money to an SGO can claim 100% tax credit.
- Parents can apply to multiple SGO’s to broaden their opportunity to receive an award.
- The Nevada Department of Education determines the maximum amount of funding any one student is allowed to receive. In 2016-2016, this amount may not exceed $7,755 for any one student.
How do I apply for the Educational Choice Scholarship Program?
Cornerstone Academy is an ESA and Educational Choice Scholarship Program approved private school in Las Vegas, and our staff are happy to assist you with the application process. Whether you have general questions or would like help completing your application form, please feel free to contact us at (702) 939-5050.
What is Senate Bill 302?
Senate Bill 302 (or SB 302) provides an opportunity for parents to apply for an Educational Savings Account that can be used toward education-related expenses at participating entities outside of the public school system. This includes approved Las Vegas private schools. Funding can be applied toward tuition and fees, tutoring, supplies and materials, transportation and more.
Highlights of Senate Bill 302 include:
- Early application period ends November 30, 2015.
- Funds should be available April 2016.
- No financial component.
- Applicants must be in attendance in a Clark County public school for 100 days prior to approval (with the exception of
- Kindergarten and 1st grade students).
- Parents can apply to receive $5,700 to spend at a private school of their choice.
- Each agreement is valid for one school year and may be renewed for any subsequent school year.
How do I apply for an Educational Savings Account?
For more information on how to apply for an Educational Savings Account in Nevada, visit the Nevada Treasurer website. For general information on Senate Bill 302, including application requirements, click here.
If you are hoping to enroll your child at Cornerstone Academy, our staff are happy to assist you with the application process. The team at Cornerstone places a high priority on school-related communication and as an ESA approved Las Vegas private school, we are here to help. Please call us at (702) 939-5050 with any questions you may have regarding Senate Bill 302, our facility or our programs.
As parents, we want the best for our children, especially when it comes to their education. That’s why it’s so important to find the right school for your child. A Christian education can help build a strong foundation that will last a lifetime. Here are just a few of the advantages of a Christian education.
As it turns out, it’s not just a stereotype that private schools are better equipped to prepare students for higher education; The National Center for Education Statistics released a report suggesting that students who graduate from private schools are more likely than their public school counterparts to complete an advanced degree by their mid-20s.
Less red tape isn’t the only benefit of choosing a private, Christian education for your children (though it’s a great perk!). Private schools are allowed to instill certain values that are often banned or left out of public school curriculum. Many parents choose private schools because they know that their children will be fully allowed and encouraged to exercise their right to practice their religion freely in a supportive environment. Teachers in private, Christian institutions are not just tolerant of Christian values; they practice the teachings of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives and love sharing the teachings of scripture with their students.
You can feel great about the friends your child makes at school and what they’re learning both in and out of the classroom, since it’s quite likely that their friends are being raised with similar values at home (and in school). Instead of dreading PTA meetings and other school functions, many parents at private, Christian schools actually look forward to them since they know that each parent, teacher, and administrator at their child’s school cares about the same things that they do: raising happy and successful children by using the winning combination of great academics and Christian principles.
Smaller Class Sizes
Many parents of children in public schools might feel like their child is treated as a number, and that their teachers and school administrators don’t make an effort to get to know them as the unique individuals that they are. Private schools often have smaller student/teacher ratios, and teachers often choose to teach at private schools because they truly care about their students and believe wholeheartedly that instilling Christian values is vital to a child’s development. More individualized attention means that fewer things go unnoticed.
Unlike most public school systems, private schools provide the unique opportunity to stay and grow within the same academic community from preschool, all the way up to middle school. That means your child will build lasting relationships with both their teachers and peers that they will cherish well beyond graduation.
At Cornerstone Christian Academy & Preschool, we understand the importance of balancing academic strength with a Christian curriculum. To learn more about Christian education, or to schedule a tour of our school, contact us at 702-939-5050.