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It Happened in Vegas: Notes from a Turnaround School: Walter Bracken STEAM Academy

Clark County School District

Las Vegas, Nevada

Walter Bracken Elementary School, an urban school near downtown Las Vegas, was declared In Need of Improvement in 2002. Reinventing itself as an elementary magnet school for math and science through technology, accessible via random lottery, Bracken exited In Need of Improvement status in two years and has been a “5-star” school since 2010.

With a vibrant, multicolored landscape, Bracken draws students into a rich learning experience, complete with magic fairy gardens, a venerable tortoise, vegetable gardens, and learning walls, doors, and sidewalks. Principal Katie Decker supports her extraordinary vision through strong relationships with community stakeholders.

Read Walter Bracken’s STEAM Academy’s school summary. Download the school’s 2013 application. 

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Download the transcript of It Happened in Vegas: Notes from a School Turnaround

Contact Information

Principal: Ms. Katie Decker
1200 North 27th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101-1517
Telephone: (702) 799-7095
Website: http://schools.ccsd.net/bracken
Email: deckekl@interact.ccsd.net

 Student Demographics 2013

Number of students Pre-K – 5 562
Students eligible for subsidized meals 61%
Limited English proficient students1 42%
Students receiving special education services 5%
Student mobility rate 9%
Hispanic or Latino students 55%
White students 18%
African American students 10%
Asian students 8%
Students of 2 or more races 8%
Native Hawaiian 1%
Average daily student attendance 97%

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