CASLV on track to new school year

Ercan Aydogdu, Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas executive director and CASLV representatives, receive building keys from Col. William Norton, 99th Mission Support Group commander, Chief Master Sgt. William Arcuri, 99th MSG superintendent, July 1. The school transitioned to CASLV over the summer and will begin the academic school year Aug. 22.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas (CASLV) is on track to open its doors here for the 2016-2017 academic school year Aug. 22.

Base leadership recently turned over the keys to CASLV and the administration has moved into the former Lomie G. Heard Elementary School building for registration and any assistance parents may need.

The science, technology, engineering and math school is among the highest ranked in the state. The curriculum will focus on activities to help students excel including college preparatory activities, science and math fairs, etc. CASLV also offers placement tests to help students on different levels.

Plans for a new building on the hospital side in base housing are currently in progress.

Below are additional updates from CASLV representatives, Ercan Aydogdu, CASLV executive director, Candis Cope, CASLV head registrar and Emrullah Eraslan, Nellis Campus principal.

Q1. How can I register my child to CASLV?
A1. Go to Once there, click on the admissions tab and scroll down to find ‘Apply Nellis Air Force Base’. Once the online application is completed, it will put the child or children’s names in for a lottery/wait list to be selected.

Q2. How many students are currently registered and how many students are on the wait list?
A2. There are currently 563 students registered and 63 students on the wait list. As soon as a slot is available, an additional lottery will be held for those who are on the wait list.

Q3. For students on the wait list, who is given priority?
A3. Priority is given to siblings of children on the wait list first, then staff member’s children, then military personnel’s children.

Q4. What other schooling options are available if my child is wait listed?
A4. Parents are encouraged to contact the school liaison officer, Carol Padilla, at 702-652-2156 for information about additional options for schools if their child is on the wait list.

Q5. If families have more than one child who has applied and only one is accepted, what other options are available for the other child?
A5. The second child will be added to the sibling list which are the first slots filled once another student withdraws or transfers. Parents may contact the school liaison officer, Carol Padilla, at 702-652-2156 for information about additional schooling options until a slot becomes available.

Q6. If a spot becomes available during the school year, will the child on the wait list still be allowed to attend CASLV?
A6. Once a spot becomes available, no matter how late into the school year, the student will be allowed to fill that spot. If it is toward the end of the school year, the child will finish the school year out and will have a spot for the next year.

Q7. Will bus transportation be provided for students? If not, what options are available for parents who can’t drop off or pick up their children?
A7. Bus transportation will not be provided. However, transportation will be provided by the Nellis AFB Youth Center for children attending their before and after school care program. A staggered bell schedule is in place to reduce congestion. CASLV parent teacher organizations have carpools at other campuses. This is an additional option for parents to start up here.The option to use Air Force busses was explored but is in contradiction to public law. Currently, Air Force bussing is not a viable option.”

Q8. What are the options for before and after school care and what is the price to attend?
A8. CASLV will offer before and after school care at the school from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Nellis AFB Youth Center will also provide before and after school care from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pricing and scholarships for CASLV before and after school care program may be found on their website, Pricing for the youth center is based on rank and/or household income.

Q9. What does the $175 semester fee cover? Is financial aid available for families who can’t afford the semester fee?
A9. The semester fee covers consumable fees for workbooks and extra documents for the students. Parents interested in financial assistance may stop by the CASLV office at the school for an application.

Q10. Where can we buy the required uniforms for CASLV and will they be available for purchase at the school?
A10. Parents may purchase uniforms online at There is no discount online. Pants may be purchased at the parent’s leisure, but must be Navy Blue. Shoes must be all black, including sneakers.
The school will also host a sale on the Nellis campus on July 20 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Uniforms that were left from the previous school year will be on sale for 50 percent off. There will also be an additional sale on August 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for 25 percent off uniforms. Parents will be sent an email with confirmed dates and times for the sales.
In addition, all students will receive a free backpack around the beginning of the year and they will receive three free uniforms in the fall or around the middle of the school year.

Q11. What programs are available for special needs students?
A11. Special needs students will have all of their appropriate services provided based on their Individualized Education Program or IEP to include occupational therapy and speech. Parents with special needs children are
asked ensure they have discussed their IEP with a CASLV staff member prior
to the start of the school year.

Q12. What are the current hours for the school office if parents have questions throughout the summer?
A12. The CASLV office has moved to inside of the school building on 42 Baer Dr. Current hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed from noon to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

For additional information about CASLV, contact the school at 702-701-2321 or visit their website at Their offices are located on base at 42 Baer Dr.

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