Exploring Nevada’s Private Education Sector
By Drew Catt
Exploring Nevada’s Private Education Sector is the third entry in the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice’s School Survey Series, following our reports on Indiana and Ohio. It is especially significant in light of Nevada’s recently enacted education savings account (ESA) and tax-credit scholarship programs, which will make private school choice an option for more than 453,000 Nevada students.
In this report, you will learn:
Private School Tuition CostsFor more than half of the schools for which tuition data are available, Nevada’s ESA funding would cover more than two-thirds of the average cost of tuition and fees for private elementary and middle schools and slightly less than two-thirds for private high schools. In addition, the majority of respondent schools provide some tuition assistance, with half of those schools offering $1,050 or more to the 13 percent of students receiving this assistance.
Private School AvailabilityFor the 2015–16 school year, we project approximately 6,600 private school seats will be available. That represents a capacity shortfall, even by conservative program participation projections. Notably, the ESA program is expected to drive growth over time in private education supply, whether schools or other learning services.
Special Needs AvailabilityNevada private schools are generally open to enrolling students with special needs. Private school enrollment ratios for students with special needs are on par with public school enrollment ratios, and half of respondent private schools said students with special needs make up 5 percent or more of their overall enrollments.
Private School Participation in Choice ProgramsThe majority of respondent schools—79 percent—said they would or probably would participate in an ESA program and nearly as many—75 percent—said they would or probably would participate in a tax-credit scholarship program.