Explore Knowledge Academy

About Us

Achieving Excellence Together

Explore Knowledge Academy


Our Founder

Dr. Joan Sando, a true pioneer in Nevada's charter school movement, founded the school to provide the families of Southern Nevada with a one-of-a-kind educational experience. The school she envisioned, Explore Knowledge Academy (EKA), received approval in April of 2002. Priding itself on Personalizing Education and Challenging Minds, EKA's goal is to open the world of learning and leadership to young people. At EKA, teachers, students, parents, and community members work together to create life-long leaders through the use of 21st-century learning methods and the integration of modern technology. Always working to keep pace with real-world student needs, EKA has provided iPads or Chromebooks to each student from Kindergarten through 12th grade for their use while on campus.

Our Educational Program

At Explore Knowledge Academy, we provide a rigorous K-12 academic program that empowers students by personalizing the student learning experiences. Our interactive, accessible curriculum platforms use technology to inspire teachers and enhance student engagement in ways that they can achieve optimal learning.

Explore Knowledge Academy is the only K-12 school in Nevada to offer Public Speaking to all students. Our public speaking program empowers students to develop leadership, creativity, and strong organizational skills.

We support the social, emotional, and academic needs of all students by developing strong partnerships between parents, students, teachers, and staff and through targeted school discussions and activities with our students.

At EKA, students are given the tools for success and the support of the EKA community to achieve it.

Mission & Vision

"Personalizing Education – Challenging Minds"

Explore Knowledge Academy
We Achieve This through Instilling in Our Community
  • Kindness, tolerance, and respect amongst all learners.
  • Certainty that honoring the individual means honoring diversity.
  • The conviction that a democratic community is the basis of individual excellence.
  • The ethic of school & community stewardship exemplified by the servant leader.
Public Charter Schools Are
  • Public schools that utilize a range of innovative strategies & programs to drive instruction & learning.
  • Exempt from some regulations in exchange for greater accountability.
  • Funded directly from the State Department of Education and are sponsored by the state or school district. Explore Knowledge Academy is sponsored by Clark County School District.
The Academy Community
  • EKA Serves students in grades Kindergarten to year 12, including Special Education services.
  • Many families have students in both the elementary and the secondary programs.
Explore Knowledge Academy
A Four Day Work Week
  • Students attend school Tuesday through Friday, with each day counting for 1 1/3 days.
  • Elementary Hours: Grades K-5: 7:45 AM to 3 PM; Elementary drop-off begins at 7:20 am. Students must be picked up by 3:20 PM
  • Secondary Hours: Grades 6-12: 7:55 AM to 3:40 PM.
  • Students use Mondays for research, working on projects, visiting places of interest in the community (art galleries & the cultural District).
  • Participating in leadership, service learning, community service & extra-curricular activities.
  • Staff members use Mondays for collaborative planning and professional development activities.
  • Charter schools are publicly funded, so there is no tuition.
  • Fees may be collected for technology support, planners, field trips, and special activities.
  • Volunteer and fundraising opportunities are available for our families throughout the school year.
Explore Knowledge Academy
General Information
  • All students attend 1.3 days of school Tuesday through Friday in order to meet the minimum number of minutes required by state law.
  • Parents must provide their own transportation to and from school.
  • Explore Knowledge Academy does not provide lunch. Students must bring their lunch.
  • Explore Knowledge Academy offers Safekey through Clark County Parks and Rec after school only. In addition, Boys and Girls Club, Kids R Kids, Tinker Town, and others are offering reduced fee programs for Explore Knowledge Academy parents.
Millennium Scholarships
  • Students who meet the eligibility requirements for the millennium scholarship are eligible through Explore Knowledge Academy.
  • Our school counselor will also be working with students to ensure they are aware of other scholarship opportunities.