Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

Coordinates: 36°9′50″N 115°8′21″W / 36.16389°N 115.13917°W / 36.16389; -115.13917
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Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
Originally built as Las Vegas High School
315 South 7th Street


United States
School typeMagnet High School
MottoFrom Excellence to Eminence [2]
School districtClark County School District
PrincipalLezlie Koepp
Staff72.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1722 [1]
Student to teacher ratio23.92[1]
Color(s)Teal and silver

The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts is a magnet high school located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Students are accepted through an audition process and claim a major pertaining to performing arts or visual arts.


Las Vegas High School[edit]

The Las Vegas Academy's campus is located on the site of the first high school in Las Vegas. The school uses two of the buildings that were constructed in 1930 and opened in the fall of 1931. Las Vegas High School was the first high school in Las Vegas, and its location caused controversy at the time. Many residents believed the school was too far away from the small population at the time, which has changed as the city grew around the school. The school originally had three buildings: the tri-level Main building on the corner of 7th St. and Bridger Ave., the Gymnasium, and a third building that housed manual arts (shop classes) and in later years government classes. It was torn down in 1969. The two remaining buildings are listed as the Las Vegas High School Academic Building and Gymnasium on the National Register of Historic Places, representing Las Vegas' best example of art-deco architecture of the 1930s. The school's outer appearance has been maintained but the interior has been changed since its original construction.

Las Vegas Academy[edit]

In 1992, plans for a magnet school for the arts were announced by Assistant Superintendent, and on August 23, 1993, Las Vegas High School was re-opened as the Las Vegas Academy for International Studies and Performing Arts by founding principal. Visual Arts was added the following year. Starting with only 735 students, the student body has since grown to an excess of 1700 students attending the school pursuing majors in the performing and visual arts. The CCSD Board of Trustees officially changed the school's name to Las Vegas Academy of the Arts in November 2014. Las Vegas Academy has been honored by the U.S. Department of Education as both a New American High School[3] and a Blue Ribbon School.[4] The Arts Schools Network (ASN) awarded LVA the Outstanding Arts School 2013-2014 and Exemplary Arts School status for 2014–2016.

LVA Programs[edit]

The school divides its student base into four conservatories: art, dance, music,theatre, and visual arts.[5]

Theatrical venues[edit]

The Las Vegas Academy Lowden Theatre for the Performing Arts after the 2007-2008 renovation
  • Academy Theatre Black Box
  • LVA Performing Arts Center
  • Las Vegas Academy Lowden Theater for the Performing Arts[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Las Vegas Academy Of the Arts". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ "New American High Schools". U.S. Department of Education. Archived from the original on 13 June 2001. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1999-2002" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Las Vegas Academy of the Arts School Profile 2020-2021" (PDF). Las Vegas Academy. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Academy Theatre History". Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  7. ^ "702 Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Las Vegas Theatre Roundup". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  9. ^ "They're Gonna Live Forever". Las Vegas Review Journal. 9 March 2008.
  10. ^ "Profiling 'Criminal Minds' Actor Matthew Gray Gubler". 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  11. ^ Padgett, Sonya (16 April 2007). "Dancing her way to fame". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  12. ^ Piepenburg, Erik (19 December 2021). "How Dasha Nekrasova Is Calling the Shots". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Cling, Carol (12 January 2007). "Ne-Yo's talent spans from Vegas to the 'Yard': Grammy-nominated singer makes his big-screen acting debut today". Las Vegas Review Journal. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  14. ^ "Here's the backstory on 'Girls' cover by Internet sensation Sizzy Rocket". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2014-05-10. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  15. ^ Rilling, Deanna (9 December 2009). "Challenging expectations through dance (and frozen peas)". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Baron Vaughnm". Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  17. ^ Rilling, Deanna (31 October 2009). ""True Blood's" Rutina Wesley comes home". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 16 September 2011.

External links[edit]

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