“Education is the foundation upon which we
build our future.”
Las Vegas Day School was founded by Jack and Helen Daseler in 1961 and was the first non-sectarian, non-denominational elementary school established in the State of Nevada.
The school started with twenty-seven students in a rented facility and functioned as a one-room schoolhouse for the first year. The next year construction of a permanent facility began on five acres of land located at Jones Blvd. and Desert Inn Road. At that time, the population of Las Vegas was a mere 60,000 people. Desert Inn Road was a dirt road and the area was so undeveloped that there was literally nothing within miles of the school.
As the kindergarten through eighth grade program grew, buildings were added to accommodate the increasing enrollment, settling at 210 students. In 1980, the school began gradually enlarging to meet the needs of the community. Over the ensuing years, the school grew to an enrollment of 500 students in grades K to 8 and a staff of 50.
In 2001 the school started the first phase of its complete new campus master plan on five acres of land directly behind the original school. The plan included the Kinderschool facility for preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, elementary classrooms, music, art and computer rooms, a beautiful modern library, and a state of the art middle school. The middle school gymnasium and athletic field opened in August of 2016 completing the campus master plan. The new school was built entirely off Red Rock Street with the original facility being demolished in June of 2009. Today the campus comprises 135,000 square feet on 17 acres with an enrollment of 800 students and a faculty and staff of 150.
Las Vegas Day School is proud to have touched the lives of thousands of children in the Las Vegas community. Today the school is educating numerous second-generation children whose parents attended the school. The concept of family has always been the cornerstone of the school with the sons of Jack and Helen Daseler still working in the school today as well as third generation family members who have followed in the footsteps of the school founders. Las Vegas Day School stands in honor of Jack and Helen Daseler’s perseverance, hard work and lifelong dedication to education, but more importantly as a legacy of quality education for future generations to follow.
“The direction in which
education starts a person will
determine his future life.”