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


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.

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

School Information

Walter Bracken Elementary School

Ms. Katie Decker


1200 North 27th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101-1517
(702) 799-7095

 Student Demographics 2013

Number of students Pre-K – 5562
Students eligible for subsidized meals61%
Limited English proficient students142%
Students receiving special education services5%
Student mobility rate9%
Hispanic or Latino students55%
White students18%
African American students10%
Asian students8%
Students of 2 or more races8%
Native Hawaiian1%
Average daily student attendance97%