LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – A Las Vegas charter is closing at the end of the school year, according to a letter sent to parents.
The Democracy Prep High School Agassi Campus is located off of Lake Mead and MLK. In a letter sent to families, the school said classes will continue through the end of this school year.
School staff will provide more details at a town hall meeting Thursday in the school’s cafeteria where they will share more about resources for families.
A spokesperson said elementary and middle school students will not be impacted, but that the closure of the high school will allow staff to focus on younger students.
The letter is copied below:
Dear DPAC Families,
We are reaching out with heavy hearts to share an announcement in advance of tomorrow’s Town Hall. The Board has made the incredibly hard decision to close the DPAC High School at the end of this year in an effort to preserve and strengthen the longevity of the elementary and middle school programs. We have every aspiration of providing a high school experience in the future but, unfortunately, we cannot restart the high school until we have a larger pool of students in the K-8 program which would then feed into a much larger high school. Therefore, a restart of the high school program will likely not happen for several years.
This is a difficult and challenging situation and we want you to know that our greatest priority is ensuring you are all well-supported through a successful transfer process. At our meeting tomorrow we will share more with you about the resources we have available to you including direct partnerships with local high schools looking to welcome our students and a dedicated team to partner with you every step of the way. This long runway will provide ample time for us to support you and ensure this process is as smooth as possible.
For those of you with children in our elementary and middle schools, we want to emphasize that this closure reflects our commitment to helping our elementary and middle schools thrive for many more years to come. As you may have seen in the news over the past year or so, schools across the country have faced challenges with declines in enrollment, the end of federal funds, and even a reduction in available donors to provide support. In watching these trends closely, we’ve identified that the way we can best serve students for the long term is by only operating a K-8 model.
We are holding a Town Hall, tomorrow January 18th, at 5:30pm in the cafeteria to discuss this in more detail and to share student transfer resources. This Town Hall will replace the previously scheduled PTA meeting tomorrow evening. We will also hold a series of student meetings on January 19th and provide additional family office hours on January 22.
We understand that this transition comes with a lot of emotion and that change is never easy. We are committed to being your partners every step of the way and working transparently and collaboratively, to ensure you and your family enroll in a school that best meets your needs.
I look forward to speaking with you tomorrow.
Chief Executive Officer
Democracy Prep Public Schools
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