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Walter Bracken STEAM Academy Elementary School

Grades PK-5 | Las Vegas, NV

Engaging Students Through Real-World Learning

Walter Bracken STEAM Academy teaches their students real-world skills through imaginative practices.
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What This School Is Achieving

A boy and girl working in the garden; adding to the composter

Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, a Title 1, PK-5 public magnet school in Las Vegas, Nevada, converted a janitor's closet into a financial center for student banking; transformed the entire school into a library; overhauled 32,000 square feet of dry grass into student-centered learning gardens; and revolutionized enrichment curriculum teaching math with drones and science with candy.

  1. 2013 National Blue Ribbon School
  2. Five Star rating on the Nevada School Performance Framework
  3. Outperforms both state and county proficiency rates in science and writing by more than 20 percentage points
A boy and girl working in the garden; adding to the composter

How They Do It

Interest-Based Electives: Engaging Students With STEAM Explorations

Interest-Based Electives: Engaging Students With STEAM Explorations

Educators at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy engage students by letting them choose outside-the-box enrichment classes, like toy making, drones, and candy chemistry.  

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Series Reading: Tracking, Rewarding, and Encouraging Literacy

Series Reading Program: Creating a Culture of Reading

At Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, 100 percent of the fifth-grade students are meeting grade-level fluency standards in reading.

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Garden-Based Learning: Engaging Students in Their Environment

Garden-Based Learning: Engaging Students in Their Environment

From fairy gardens to garden towers, Walter Bracken STEAM Academy transformed its school grounds into a student-centered, garden-learning wonderland.

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Piggy-Bank Friday: Life Skills Through Financial Literacy

Piggy-Bank Friday: Life Skills Through Financial Literacy

Through the Piggy-Bank Friday program, K-5 students at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy have saved over $30,000 in one year.

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Voices From the School

Inspiring Learning Through Incentives

Kathleen Decker
Kathleen Decker Principal of Walter Bracken and Walter Long STEAM Academies

Growing a Community to Build a Garden

Kathleen Decker
Kathleen Decker Principal of Walter Bracken and Walter Long STEAM Academies

"Welcome to School, Parents!"

Anna M. Hurst
Assistant Principal of Walter Bracken STEAM Academy and Walter Long Elementary School

Franchising Success Across a District

Mike Barton
Chief Student Achievement Officer

Transforming Unused School Spaces Into Something Amazing

Kathleen Decker
Kathleen Decker Principal of Walter Bracken and Walter Long STEAM Academies

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