The Best Elementary Schools in Las Vegas: SchoolSparrow’s Top 5 Hidden Gems

Las Vegas & the Clark County School District

Las Vegas has the 28th largest population for a city in the United States. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is an internationally renowned major resort city. Often called the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas is well-known for its shopping, fine dining, casinos, and nightlife. But that’s not all this city has to offer: below you’ll find the Top 5 Best Elementary Schools in Las Vegas.

The Clark County School District (CCSD), which provides primary and secondary public education in Las Vegas, is the fifth most populous school district in the nation. In fact, the CCSD served a total of 314,653 K-12th students during the 2013-2014 school year.

For a better idea of what school zone your current or future home is located in, use the Clark County Zoning Tool. The Clark County School District website has many helpful resources for families moving to the Las Vegas Metropolitan area.

SchoolSparrow

SchoolSparrow has put together this list of 5 incredible schools in Las Vegas as part of our mission to provide equitable school rankings for America’s public K-12 schools. 

The current school rankings that exist today are biased towards schools in wealthy neighborhoods. This is because the largest driver of test score performance at any school is family income. As a result, schools with socio-economic diversity are discounted on most school ranking websites. 

SchoolSparrow has created a ranking system that normalizes for parent income. By elevating diverse schools, we turn the focus away from family income and towards educational excellence. Check out this blog post to learn more about how the dominant school ranking systems are misleading parents!

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Below are SchoolSparrow’s top 5 best schools in Las Vegas.

Congrats to @SchoolSparrow’s 5 Best Schools in Las Vegas @DiskinES @HayesCCSD @IversonEagles @CCSD_FACES @ClarkCountySch

1. P A Diskin Elementary School – Las Vegas, NV

@DiskinES, way to go for your educational excellence! This school made @schoolsparrow’s Top 5 Vegas Schools list!

P A Diskin Elementary is located in the Spring Valley, a southwestern neighborhood of Las Vegas. Located about 2 miles west of the Strip, its was 178,395 at the 2010 census. 

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With a 20.0 diversity score (out of 40 possible points), P A Diskin Elementary offers a welcoming and inclusive educational environment. And check out their test scores! Nevada schools with similar income profiles typically score a 39 on the Reading/Language Arts (RLA) section of the National Assessment of Academic Progress (NAEP) students. (This means 39% of their students meet or exceed state standards.) Diskin scores 46% higher than this, with an actual average score of 57!

If you only check out Diskin Elementary on GreatSchools, you might dismiss them because of the 6/10 rating GreatSchools gives them. Don’t make that mistake– Diskin is anything but average. Because of their diverse learning environment and high achieving students, SchoolSparrow rates P A Diskin an A (10/10) for the great work they are doing. They deserve to rank among the best elementary schools in Las Vegas.

What’s more, students at P A Diskin are continually improving! This school improved their score by 54% in the span of a single year. Keep up the good work, P A Diskin Elementary.

Looking for a home in this area? The median home value in the Spring Valley region of Las Vegas is $294,000. Check out this 3-bed, 3-bath home currently listed at $264,900 within the Diskin attendance boundaries.

Address: 4220 Ravenwood Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89147

Website: http://schools.ccsd.net/diskin/index.html 

2. William & Mary Scherkenbach Elementary School – Las Vegas, NV

William & Mary Scherkenbach Elementary is located in the Centennial Village South neighborhood of Las Vegas. Centennial Village South is a cozy suburban neighborhood with a population of only 700.

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Check out @schoolsparrow’s Top 5 Las Vegas Public Schools list… Way to go, William & Mary Scherkenbach Elementary!

William & Mary Scherkenbach Elementary scores a 20 for diversity out of a possible 40. Nevada schools with similar income profiles typically score around 38 on standardized tests, meaning 38% of their students meet or exceed state standards. A closer look at its test scores will show you that Scherkenbach Elementary is smashing expectations– this school scores 56% higher than the average!

GreatSchools only scores Willam and Mary Scherkenbach a 6/10. According to SchoolSparrow’s ranking system, however, this elementary school deserves closer to a 10/10, making it one of the best (and underrated) elementary schools in Vegas!

Interested in a home in the Scherkenbach attendance zone? The median home value in Centennial Village South is $310,000, and the median list price is $154 per square foot, which is lower than the Vegas average of $171. Take a look at this 4-bed, 3-bath listing in the area.

Address: 9371 Iron Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89143

Website: https://0347-scherkenbach.wixsite.com/mysite 

3. Marshall C Darnell Elementary School – Las Vegas, NV

Look who made @schoolsparrow’s Top 5 Las Vegas Public Schools list… Way to go Marshall C Darnell Elementary!

Marshall C Darnell Elementary is located in the 89149 zip code in the Las Vegas Valley, part of the Las Vegas metro area.  

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With 30 out of 40 possible points, Marshall C Darnell has the highest diversity score of the schools on our list. Parents can rest assured this school provides a vibrant and inclusive community for all students.

Diversity is not the only reason Darnell Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in Las Vegas. In addition, students at this school exceed expectations when it comes to standardized testing! The school scores 41% higher than expected, with 58% of their students meeting or exceeding state standards.

So why does GreatSchools score Marshall C Darnell Elementary 6/10? Here at SchoolSparrow, we rank this school at A level (10/10) for their outstanding performance in and out of the classroom.

Looking for a home in this area? The median home value in zip code 89149 is $334,000, and the median price of homes currently listed in 89149 is $339,900. Check out this 3-bed, 3-bath listing within Darnell’s attendance boundaries.

Address: 9480 W Tropical Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89149

Website: https://darnell.ccsd.net/ 

4. Keith C & Karen W Hayes Elementary School – Las Vegas, NV

@HayesCCSD, you made @schoolsparrow’s Top 5 Las Vegas Schools list!

Keith C & Karen W Hayes Elementary is located in Spring Valley, a southwestern neighborhood of Las Vegas, about two miles west of the Strip. The population as of the 2010 census was 178,395. 

Keith C & Karen W Hayes has the other highest diversity score of the schools on our list, with 30 out of 40 possible points. And students here are shattering standards when it comes to testing!

In other Nevada schools with similar parent income profiles, an average 39% of students meet or exceed state standards. At Hayes, 56% of students do so. When you see a difference like this, you know it’s the school’s excellence (and not just the parents’ wallets) that is doing the work. Way to go, Hayes!

That’s why SchoolSparrow scores Keith C & Karen W Hayes Elementary an A (10/10) for their outstanding hard work and dedication to their students. GreatSchools underscores them with a 6/10, but parents should know that Hayes Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in Las Vegas.

Curious about houses in this area? The median home value in the Spring Valley region of Vegas is $294,000, and this listing is a great example of a home you can buy in this school district.

Address: 9620 W Twain Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89147

Website: https://www.hayeselementary.com/ 

5. Mervin Iverson Elementary School – Las Vegas, NV

@IversonEagles, you’re rocking it! This elementary school just made @schoolsparrow’s Top 5 Las Vegas Schools list!

Mervin Iverson Elementary School is located in the Orchards neighborhood of Las Vegas. The Orchards borders Hollywood Regional Park and the Mojave Desert, while still only being a 20 minute drive to downtown Vegas.

Photo courtesy: Las Vegas Review

Mervin Iverson Elementary offers a diverse educational environment (20 out of 40 possible points) and has beautiful test scores to match! In fact, the school scores 40% higher than Nevada schools with similar parent income profiles.

Don’t overlook Iverson just because GreatSchools rates it a 6/10. This school is anything but average! Iverson students are continually improving and have test scores trending upward by 33% over the span of just one year.

Parents, don’t let that 6/10 fool you: Iverson Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in Las Vegas. That’s why SchoolSparrow gives Iverson a 10/10, A-level rating.

Interested in homes in this area? The median home value in the Orchards is $242,000, and the median list price lower than the Vegas average, at $152 per square foot. Take a look at this 3-bed, 3-bath home listed at $200,000, within Iverson attendance limits.

Address: 1575 S Hollywood Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89142

Website: http://iversonelementary.weebly.com/ 

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