2009-2010 school year begins in Summerlin

More than 20,000 students recently headed back to school for the 2009-2010 school year in the master-planned community of Summerlin. With 25 public and private schools and five institutions of higher education, Summerlin offers exceptional educational facilities, including some of the valley’s top-performing schools, and is a desirable community for families in Southern Nevada, according to Kevin Orrock, top division executive for The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin.

“Proximity to schools with top academic rankings is a priority for many of our residents,” Orrock said.

“Many Summerlin schools also perform well in athletic and extra curricular activities that help to create a diverse, well-rounded student body.”

To highlight Summerlin’s schools, the community recently sponsored a back-to-school promotion, Summerlin School Days. The campaign included a school supply drive for the Public Education Foundation’s Teacher Exchange program and drawings for back-to-school shopping sprees at Fashion Show and/or Meadows malls in addition to the grand prize of a new laptop computer from Best Buy.

“We always enjoy the celebration and significance of a new school year,” Orrock said.

“It reminds us of the new generations who call Summerlin home. Children whose families were among the community’s first residents are now having children of their own. And there is no better place in Las Vegas to raise a family and attend school than Summerlin. Our schools say it all.”

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corp., an affiliate of General Growth Properties Inc., Summerlin began to take shape in 1990.

The community is currently home to more than 95,000 residents. Amenities available include 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 and nearly 100 actively selling floor plans.

Homes are available in a variety of styles — from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts — priced from the upper $100,000s to more than $2 million.

For a complete list of educational facilities in Summerlin, visit summerlin.com or call 791-4500.

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