Guide ranks Summerlin classrooms high in Clark County School District

According to the 2005-2006 School Guide, an independent publication that summarizes official test scores of schools within Clark County School District, Summerlin schools scored high relative to others in the district.

The report states that schools within the community scored better than 230 of 284 schools in the district in the subject of reading. In writing, Summerlin schools scored better than 217 of 284 schools, while schools in the community scored better than 216 of 284 schools in math, and 239 of 284 CCSD schools in the subject of science.

"Schools have long been at the heart of our community," said Kevin Orrock, top division executive of The Howard Hughes Corp., an affiliate of General Growth Properties and developer of Summerlin. "We are pleased with the strong performance of our community schools."

"We encourage and applaud the parents and teachers in our community who strive for strong academic performance and achievement," he said. "We support our schools through the Summerlin Children's Forum, a nonprofit organization that works to enhance the educational experience in Summerlin."

The community holds activities that include formal recognition of high-achieving students at the annual Evening of Excellence, providing annual scholarships to college-bound high school seniors, and providing more than $50,000 in small grants that enrich the learning experience for students at Summerlin schools.

Three new schools recently opened for the 2007-2008 school year. They include Bishop Gorman High School, the largest Catholic college preparatory school in Southern Nevada; The Adelson School, the state's first Jewish high school; and Faiss Middle School, owned and operated by the district.

Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and is a 22,500-acre master-planned community located along the western rim of the Las Vegas Valley.

The community is currently home to more than 95,000 residents. With 7,500 acres still to develop, including its urban core, Summerlin Centre.

Summerlin is home to more than 100 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of the Summerlin trail system, nine golf courses, a dozen houses of worship, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks, 22 public and private schools and more than 100 floor plans.

Single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and lofts are available. Prices range from the low $200,000s to more than $2 million. Custom home sites in The Ridges are priced from the $500,000s.

For more information on the master-planned community, visit or call 888-898-5015.