Summerlin celebrates new school openings

Summerlin will add two private schools and one public school to its educational facilities when the 2007-2008 school year begins. The additions bring the number of public and private schools in Summerlin to 22.

The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson School, located in The Trails Village, is the state’s first Jewish high school, opening Aug. 27 with grades nine and 10. The school will add a grade each year as students advance.

The new high school will operate this year from portable modular classrooms as well as classrooms in the adjacent Milton I. Schwartz Hebrew Academy. When complete, the school is planned to feature classrooms with integrated media technology and computers; a complete media center and research library; music and art facilities; performing arts center; computer center; and a dining facility.

Unique to any high school in the Las Vegas area, the Adelson School will ultimately house an indoor swimming pool, plus a full physical education facility with a regulation-size basketball court, indoor track, fencing, volleyball. outdoor tennis courts and a soccer field. The school’s construction has been funded in part by its namesakes, Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, who have given $25 million for this new high school.

Bishop Gorman High School, the state’s oldest private Catholic high school, opens the doors of its 187,000-square-foot facility Sept. 5 with about 1,200 students. Located on 35 acres at Hualapai Way and Russell Road near Interstate 215, the Las Vegas Beltway, the campus will include a 300-seat chapel, technology in all of its classrooms, research library and science labs. It will also feature art facilities, a performing arts theatre and athletic facilities suitable for both school and community use.

Having operated in the heart of the city for more than 50 years, Bishop Gorman is one of the valley’s oldest educational institutions and the third school opened by the Diocese of Las Vegas. Bishop Gorman’s move to Summerlin represents a new chapter in the school’s tradition of excellence in Catholic education in the valley, according to Dr. Richard Facciolo, chancellor and vicar general of education for the Diocese of Las Vegas.

Wilbur and Theresa Faiss Middle School, located just south of The Mesa Village in the southernmost tip of Summerlin, opens its doors Aug. 27. Operated by the Clark County School District, Faiss Middle School features a full-size gymnasium with locker rooms; classroom studios to accommodate band, orchestra, drama and fine arts programs; five full computer labs; multi-media broadcasting rooms; cafeteria with full-service kitchen; and library and administrative offices.

“Since Summerlin’s inception, schools have been recognized as keepers of the community’s heart and soul,” said Kevin Orrock, top division executive of The Howard Hughes Corp., an affiliate of General Growth Properties and developer of Summerlin. “Schools are not only places of learning for our children, they bring residents together and create a social bond within the community. We continue to work with Clark County School District and private school operators to ensure that the educational needs of the community remain a top priority.”

According to Orrock, the community’s newest schools give Summerlin even more reason to be proud of its educational offerings.

For more information, call 791-4500 or visit summerlin.com.

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