Learn about the elementary schools UNLV has partnered with for the Adopt-A-School program.
Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School
Cynthia Cunningham is an at-risk school serving a population of approximately 750 students, with 71 percent of those students qualifying for free and reduced lunch.
Despite some of these challenges, students, parents, and teachers work diligently every day to help student success in school and become productive citizens in our society. As a result of combined efforts, Cunningham students' reading scores have increased by more than eight percent this past year.
Dean Petersen Professional Development School
Dean Petersen Professional Development School was built in 2003 to meet the needs of the students in the community. The school educates students from a low-income population with more than 96 percent of the students receiving free and reduced meals. The student population is comprised primarily of Hispanic/ELL students (more than 70 percent) and the transiency rate is more than 50 percent with all students living in apartments.
In an effort to meet the community needs, the school has created a family center to provide parents with information and training to assist them in providing care for their children. As a professional development school, the school also works collaboratively with UNLV to provide pre-service training, professional development and research opportunities.
Oran K. Gragson Elementary School
Of the 856 students at Oran K. Gragson Elementary School, 83 percent are Hispanic, 9 percent are African American, 6 percent are Caucasian, and 2 percent are Asian. They have a 34 percent transiency rate and free lunch is given to 85 percent of the students. The average daily attendance rate for Gragson Elementary is 95 percent.
Paradise Professional Development School
Paradise Professional Development School was built in 1998 to meet the needs of the students in the surrounding community. The school educates students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. The student population is comprised primarily of Hispanic/English Language Learners (ELL) students and the transiency rate is more than 44 percent with students living in apartments, weekly units or hotels.
In an effort to develop a stronger school community, Paradise has created a Family Center to provide parents with information and training to assist them in providing care for their children. As a professional development school, the school also works collaboratively with UNLV to provide pre- and in-service training, professional development and research opportunities.
Ruth Fyfe Empowerment Elementary School
Ruth Fyfe Empowerment Elementary School is one of 30 schools in the district that was chosen to be an Empowerment School. This is a special initiative from the Governor's office that allows schools certain autonomies to achieve their goals. Through this initiative, Fyfe is able to use every dollar spent to be tied to individualized student achievement growth.
Fyfe has approximately 515 Pre-K to 5th grade students. They have made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) as required by No Child Left Behind for five consecutive years. They are a caring, collaborative and committed group of professionals and community members working to ensure each student’s success.