CCSD celebrates 25th anniversary of magnet schools in the district

These 1,700 Las Vegas Academy students are celebrating more than just their first week back to school ... it's LVA's 25th anniversary! (Kyndell Nunley | KSNV)

It was 25 years ago that the Clark County School District launched their idea for magnet schools -- an idea that recognizes unique and specific talents of students.

Friday not only marks the end of the first week of classes for CCSD students, but it is also the anniversary for magnet schools in Clark County.

At Las Vegas Academy of the Arts on Friday, around 1,700 students, alongside 150 teachers and school staff, lined up in perfectly-formed rows.

Together, the group spelled out anniversary celebration on the field to read: LVA 25.

In 1993, LVA, Clark High School, and Mabel Hoggard Elementary School were the first, and only, magnet schools to open in the district.

As of 2017, CCSD families have 37 nationally-recognized magnet campuses to choose from, 12 which opened in the last three years, alone.

"We still got the old building over there. It's still in function and we get to go to it for our classes and stuff, it's really cool," said LVA student Dallin Benson.

CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman were among those to speak out to the kids Friday.

The school's principal says LVA currently holds a 99.7-percent graduation rate and that the school has won more Grammy Awards than any other public arts high school in the nation -- big accolades for big dreams.

"It's pretty exciting to be here at such a great institution in the school district and know that we are one of the number one art schools in the country," said LVA student Isaac Anderson.

The celebrations don't stop here.

CCSD officials say the other two original magnet campuses will get Silver Anniversary celebrations of their own, throughout the year.

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