Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Nevada State High School (NSHS)?
A: NSHS is a state sponsored charter school developed for 11th and 12th graders where students attend college classes and earn dual credit for their coursework.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Students attend for free. NSHS pays college tuition for up to 3-5 college classes each semester and provides a reimbursement process for textbooks, SAT and ACT tests, and remedial summer classes.
Q: What are the requirements to attend?
A: Students need to be entering 11th or 12th grades and have a 2.0 GPA or higher and have 11 credits.
Q: When can students register?
A: Registration for fall begins February 1st to July 31st of that year. Spring registration occurs between December 1st – 15th each year.
Q: Can students handle the college level coursework?
A: Students traditionally earn the grades they were receiving in high school. Some students take the initiative to receive extra support that NSHS provides, and these students show great improvement.
Q: How do students prepare for college classes?
A: The students are required to attend a two week long course designed to teach them how to successfully transition into college. It takes place in August during the two weeks prior to the start of college classes.
Q: What type of support does NSHS provide for students?
A: NSHS has mandatory classes that guide students into creating their own pathway for college into their careers beyond. NSHS offers free tutoring, office hours with NSHS administration and staff, individual meetings with students, and a variety of methods to help parents transition as well.
Q: Who attends NSHS?
A: All types of students attend NSHS looking for a challenge including: valedictorians, students from magnet programs, and private school students. In general, NSHS students are made up of students who are motivated to begin college early.
Q: How does transportation work?
A: NSHS does not provide transportation. Students can drive themselves, get a ride from friends or family, or take the public bus. If students have difficulty with transportation, they are encouraged to contact the NSHS administration for more information on alternatives.
Q: How does scheduling work?
A: Students arrange their schedule based on available college classes (typically MW, MWF or TR). Students attend school from mid-August to mid-December and from the end of January to mid-May.
Q: Where do students take classes?
A: Students take classes at local colleges that includes in person or online at any of the College of Southern Nevada campuses (Cheyenne, Charleston, or Henderson campuses) or Great Basin College. For those that qualify, there is an option to take classes at Nevada State College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Q: Where is NSHS located?
A: NSHS is at 233 N Stephanie, Henderson, NV 89074. Located across from the Henderson DMV.
Q: Will high school students be in class with college students?
A: Yes, students are completely integrated in the college experience.
Q: Can high school freshman and sophomores join?
A: NSHS is only set-up for 11th and 12th grade students. Students must have a minimum of 11 credits and be going into their third year of high school to be considered as a high school 11th grader.
Q: Are sports offered?
A: NSHS has no sports teams, Under NRS 386.560 students may petition their home school to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities not conducted at NSHS.
Q: Do students give up their high school experience?
A: To some extent, yes. NSHS students are fully included in the college environment. NSHS does have its own student government that plans for high school activities such as prom, yearbook, and graduation. The college student government also plans activities for students on a regular basis. Students can be as involved as they choose.
Q: How many students are currently enrolled at NSHS?
A: NSHS has 225 students (FY1213) and is expecting an enrollment of 300 students (FY1314) for the upcoming year.
Q: Do the credits transfer to other colleges?
A: Nearly all of the students’ college credits transfer to in-state colleges. Students who plan to transfer out-of-state are encouraged to contact the college of their choice to see which credits will transfer. NSHS has graduates across the country attending colleges in California, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee to name a few.
Q: Is this school for me?
A: Nevada State High School (NSHS) is a great program, but is for the motivated student. Students are given a large amount of freedom in that they are in a college setting. NSHS staff assists and guides students, but it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to attend every class, keep up with the college work load and exhibit mature behavior. The students who achieve in the school are motivated to learn and self-disciplined.
Q: Is this school for real?
A: This is one of the most frequently asked questions about NSHS. The answer is simply, YES! People find it amazing that students can get something for free – a college education while still in high school. Furthermore, in seven years of operating, NSHS earned the Nevada Department of Education’s “Exemplary” status four times for student performance and two National recognitions from the US News and World Report.
Q: Can I attend NSHS if I’m a home schooled student?
A: Yes. Home schooled students can attend NSHS as long as they meet the requirements of having a valid transcript showing above a 2.0 GPA, 11 high school credits, and are going into their junior or senior year. They must also provide documentation that they are not truant in accordance with State Law.
Q: I don’t have a comprehensive high school transcript, what do I do?
A: If students are coming from a home schooled environment and they have utilized various curriculum methods and their records are not on one comprehensive transcript, they must have their proctor create one for them. For the transcript to be valid the student must also bring in a notebook with documented curriculum from each classes textbook and supplemental material for each class listed on their transcript.
Q: Can I get high school credit for religious courses on my transcript?
A: As a public education institution, funded by the State of Nevada, a student cannot get credit for religious classes.