EKA History

Dr Joan Sando, a true pioneer in Nevada’s charter school movement, founded the school with the intent to provide the families of Southern Nevada with a one of a kind education experience.   The school she envisioned, Explore Knowledge Academy (EKA),  received approval for a conditional charter from the Nevada State Department of Education in March 2001 and from its sponsor, Clark County School District, 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.  Starting with only 309 students in its first year, EKA has expanded significantly to over 800 students.  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.  This technology allows EKA students to have enhanced engagement in the educational process and access to the world at their fingertips, preparing them for life in the 21st century and beyond.