Sandoval joins Agassi in welcoming Democracy Prep to run Agassi Prep

LAS VEGAS - Governor Brian Sandoval, R-NV, was in the Las Vegas valley Friday.  The governor joined former tennis star Andre Agassi to welcome charter school operator Democracy Prep to the campus of Agassi Prep.

During the event, the governor had nothing but glowing things to say about Agassi Prep, but the announcement that Democracy Prep would take charge was met with mixed feelings.

The public charter school is the first member of the Achievement School District which is a program the state says is around to provide high-quality alternatives in areas with underperforming schools.

Governor Sandoval says the school's namesake made a good choice in recruiting charter school operator Democracy Prep to run the school.
   
"This is the best of the best," Gov. Sandoval said.  "Democracy Prep is going to come in and take on an already very successful school, and take it to the next level.  This is what it's about, getting the best in class charters.  We're hoping that this will be a model for the other schools that come to the Achievement School District."

Some parents disagree with the direction the school is headed.  Rallies outside the school came ahead of the school's governing board voting to go with Democracy Prep.

Parents were concerned about the possibility of a 6-day school week and 10-hour days.  They were also worried about the possibility that there would be minimal interaction among students during passing periods and at lunch.  However, the CEO of Democracy Prep says that's not the case.   

Agassi Prep is a Kindergarten through 12th-grade college preparatory school that has about 1,100 students.  Last year, 88 percent of its students graduated from high school.  That percentage is far beyond the Clark County School District's 71 percent graduation rate.

Since opening in 2001, Agassi Prep has had a 95 percent rate of its graduates being accepted into college, but there have been some performance struggles at the middle school level. 

 


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