History

Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School (SNACS) was granted a charter April 7, 1999 by the Washoe County School District (WCSD) as the first elementary/middle charter school serving grades K-8 in Nevada.

For 18+ years, the SNACS community has provided a unique option within the WCSD. At the heart of the charter school is the motto, which captures the essence of the unique climate and culture in Bringing the Small School Community Back to the Neighborhood. The SNACS small school community fosters personalized learning, technology, choice, parent and student engagement, and STEM all drive student achievement.

 

goals

SNACS Charter School Goal

Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School (herein referred to as SNACS) adopted to fulfill one federal charter school goals as required by the Nevada Department of Education and outlined in the original application to operate a charter.

These objectives provide a working framework for effective and efficient efforts and resources toward a learning organization. Board Members strive to provide a collective series of work that includes:

  • Board Service with Longevity
  • Board Development
  • Increase Funding Sources
  • Financial Framework for Strong Foundation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Networking
  • Collaboration with other entities/stakeholders in education and the community
  • Partnerships with other entities/stakeholders in education and the community
  • Leverages Technology
  • National and Nevada Public Policy Forum
  • PD Opportunities

  • Provides Educational Opportunities
  • Support Higher Education
  • Support Research
  • Professional Learning Community onsite
  • PD Opportunities via conferences and workshops
  • Data & Research
  • Resource support
  • Family Engagement & Parent Involvement in Education
  • Community Engagement & Involvement
  • Growth of Members

Organizational Values

The SNACS Board expects all of our leaders to uphold and instill core values and support the SNACS model in all work surrounding children, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Our core values are centered around:

  • Integrity
  • Knowledge
  • Education
  • Personalized Learning
  • Small School Community
  • Leveraging Technology
  • Choice
  • Responsibility for Learning
  • Leadership
  • Effective Instruction
  • Assessments
  • Data
  • Fidelity
  • Feasibility
  • Inclusivity
  • Diversity
  • Equity & Adequacy
  • Active Leadership
  • Longevity
  • Approachability

  • Collaboration
  • Life-Long Learning
  • Adaptive
  • Responsive
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Positivity
  • Multi-generational
  • Research
  • Best Practice
  • Support Families
  • Professional Growth
  • Continuous Learning Organization
  • Environmentally Conscious
  • Honor Children
  • Sound Business Practices
  • Financially Solvent
  • Maximizing Resources
  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Strong Community

Organizational Values (What do we character traits do we value as an organization and how do we expect our board members and staff to act in the capacity of leading others?)

The SNACS Board expects all of our leaders to uphold and instill core values and support the SNACS model in all work surrounding children, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

 

Core values include:

Integrity Knowledge Education Personalized Learning
Small School Community Leveraging Technology Choice Responsibility for Learning
Leadership Effective Instruction Assessments Data
Fidelity Feasibility Inclusivity Diversity
Equity & Adequacy Active Leadership Longevity Approachability

Collaboration

Life-long Learning Adaptive Responsive Accountability
Transparency Positive Multi-generational Research

Best Practices

Support Families Professional Growth Continuous Learning Organization Value family
Environmentally Conscious Honor Children Sound Business Practices Financially Solvent
Maximizing Resources Mission Vision Strong Community