Award Year: 2013

Walter Bracken STEAM Academy

1200 North 27th Street
Las Vegas, NV, 89101-1517

(702) 799-7095

Kathleen Decker, Principal at time of Nomination

Clark County School District

School Website

Bell Award Winner


The staff of Bracken Magnet School is committed to preparing our students for the future by improving academic achievement through investigative experiences.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 10%
  • White: 18%
  • Hispanic: 55%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • ELL: 42%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Walter Bracken Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) Academy provides students with an education that emphasizes academic and behavioral excellence. Our award winning program is ranked among the top 5% of all elementary schools in the Clark County School District. With an experienced staff empowered to make decisions, student achievement is soaring higher every year. Learning labs focused on earth, life, and physical sciences are used to enrich the curriculum and add hands-on experiences. Children explore and investigate using critical thinking skills. Special instructional days; Super Science, Mighty Math, Ecological Engineering, and Multicultural Field Days, involve the entire staff and community in our themes. With computer labs and 1 to1 iPads, students have access to modern technology for data collection, analysis, interpretation, and publication. Career education is highlighted so that students are taught about future opportunities. Outdoor gardens, tortoise habitats, and investigative field trips provide additional opportunities for hands-on discovery. All students participate in gardening and help to maintain the multiple school gardens. Parent and community support is abundant and provides our students with an optimal learning environment. We have many partnerships that involve on-site support and constantly involve them directly in our program.