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New private high school will focus on low-income students

A new option for education will soon be available for students in the Las Vegas valley.

Cristo Rey College Preparatory promises to be a forward-thinking, hands-on learning environment for high school students.

It'll be located in North Las Vegas, near Las Vegas Boulevard and Pecos Road.

"All students should have access and opportunity to the best educational experience possible," said Lisa Campbell, principal, Cristo Rey College Preparatory.

The dirt and gravel lot may not seem like much now but this is what it' will look like when finished.

Part of a nationwide network, it's the first school of it's kind in Nevada. Principal Lisa Campbell says the main focus is giving low-income students access to a private school education, something once thought out of reach.

"We're here jumping up and down and clapping and saying, no no no, it's here, what we've been waiting for in this town for years is finally here and available to everybody," Campbell said.

Right now, crews are leveling the dirt where the school will be built on a 10-acre site. The scholl will eventually hold around 500 students.

"We offer three things that no other school is Las Vegas ever has," Campbell said.

First, there will be small class sizes, with around 20 to 25 students. Second, the curriculum will focus on college admission and completion. But perhaps most unique, is their work-study program. Students will work for a corporate job sponsor for five days each month, learning real-world skills.

"It's not an internship, it's a real job and the money that the students make at this job goes to help pay their tuition."

Campbell says construction will start soon. But in the meantime, they're working to spread the word to potential students.

"I was one of those students 30 years ago who could not have afforded a private school education, and wanted one. And, so, I'm thrilled to be able to be a piece, a part, of the team that is going to make that available for generations going forward."

Students interested in applying for admission must meet academic and family income-based qualifications. For more information, click here.

Cristo Rey College Preparatory will start accepting applications this September. The school hopes to welcome their inaugural class for the 2019-2020 school year.