The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy was founded by Andre Agassi and opened in 2001 with grades 3-5. The college prep school has expanded each year and is now a K-12 school with the inaugural graduating class commencing in June 2009. Agassi Prep was conceived from Andre’s belief that nothing has a greater impact on children's lives than the education they receive. "Early on, we concluded that the best way to change a child's life was through education," said Andre Agassi, a native of Las Vegas dedicated to improving the lives of underserved youth in his hometown and across the U.S.
Charter schools must provide their own facilities, so The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation became a fundraising powerhouse, raising funds to construct the $40 million school campus. AACPA is located in West Las Vegas, one of the most economically challenged areas of the city. The students attending AACPA are selected by a public computer-based lottery system. Preference is given to children living in a two-mile radius from the school, which is a low-income neighborhood. There are no entrance exams or tuition fees required, in order for students to attend. Students and parents are required to sign a Code of Excellence pledging a commitment to fulfill school requirements, including community service hours.
AACPA was dubbed a National Model Charter School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2003. In 2005, the middle school received an “exemplary” designation from the state of Nevada Department of Education, the only middle school in Clark County to receive this top-level honor. In 2007, the elementary school received an “exemplary” designation. We are proud to acknowledge that in 2009 the elementary, middle and high schools, all received “high achieving” designations, based on Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) status.