It’s okay to feel a little queasy before a big test. But for the students at Wayne N. Tanaka Elementary School near Maule and Quarterhorse in the southwest Las Vegas valley, it wasn’t a test. It was something far worse.

Clark County School District said that last week, a gastrointestinal illness spread through the Las Vegas school like wildfire, leaving several dozen (8 News Now reports it at near 130) kids throwing up in barrels lined up in classrooms and hallways.

In news interviews, some parents recalled their children’s harrowing accounts of the mass sickening. One child said their 20 student class was down to about 10 by the end of the day.

Tanaka Elementary Tony Davis had this to say in a letter to parents:

Dear Tanaka Parents/Guardians,

As always, we want to keep you informed of important issues happening within our school community.

The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is investigating the cause of the gastrointestinal illnesses reported by several of the students at Tanaka. We are currently working with the Clark County School District Health Services Department and SNHD on implementing measures to prevent further illness.

Gastrointestinal viruses are common and easily spread from person-to-person. Symptoms usually develop 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to the virus. Most people will get better within one to three days without medical treatment. Young children, older adults, and people with other medical conditions may be at higher risk for complications, such as dehydration. The most common symptoms include nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Additional symptoms may include fever, headache, and body aches.

Davis went on to describe the best ways to clean surfaces and hands to ensure the spread of the illness doesn’t continue.

The Best Las Vegas High Schools Ranked 2022

One of the most important takeaways from education is that it helps individuals develop critical thinking skills. Personal growth comes from learning which intake helps with gaining more confidence, financial wealth and literary skills.

Nevada is an ever-growing city with a population of just over three million. More people are moving to Las Vegas to give their families a better life. With the American dream in mind, where does education fit into the equation? Education is important to families who want to offer the best for their children and generations to come. conducted a comprehensive analysis to find out where states rank in educational opportunities and performance. Their data was configured over three categories which included Chance for Success (January), School Finance (June) and K-12 Achievement (September). The overall grade is the average of the three separate scores.

Nevada finished 50 amongst all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The state scoring earned 68.6 out of 100 possible points. That is the equivalent of a D plus grade average. The country ranked at a C grade average. Find out more about their education research within each category.

Let’s be honest, Nevada does not have a great education system ranking but that does not mean that all Vegas schools are bad. Vegas has the 5 largest school district in the United States with the Los Angeles Unified School District taking first place. is a leading non-profit when it comes to research insights and parenting resources. The non-profit gives an insight on “school quality” based on a rating from one to 10. Top-rated schools are considered 10’s. Ratings between one to four are looked at as below average. Ratings between five to six indicate average. Ratings seven to 10 are considered above average.

Let’s see how Vegas high schools, public and private, are ranked from 10 to one.

  • 10/10 West Career & Technical Academy

    West Career & Technical Academy

    West Career & Technical Academy Our mission is to inspire our students to compete successfully in the 21st century by providing a college preparatory education that utilizes project-based learning, real-world applications, and innovative technology.

  • 10/10 Las Vegas Academy Of Arts

  • 10/10 Advanced Technologies Academy

    Advanced Technologies Academy

    A-TECH offers seven magnet CTE programs. In addition to their core high school academic courses, students are scheduled into magnet program courses that correspond with their graduation year. These courses are completed in sequence, according to grade level.

  • 10/10 College Of Southern Nevada High School West

    College of Southern Nevada High School

    College of Southern Nevada High School

  • 10/10 Northwest Career and Technical Academy

    Northwest Career And Technical Academy

    The mission of the Northwest Career and Technical Academy is to boldly educate today's learners for tomorrow's challenges by developing advanced skills through unique hands-on experiences in a professional setting, utilizing community partnerships, innovative ideas, and contemporary technologies.

  • 9/10 Southeast Career Technical Academy

  • 9/10 Veterans Tribute Career Technical Academy

    Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy

    Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy will create a rigorous learning environment engaging students through collaborative problem-solving while promoting respect and responsibility in honor of those who have served our nation and community. Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy's focus is to prepare students for careers in public service.

  • 7/10 Palo Verde High School

    Palo Verde High School

    The mission of Palo Verde High School is to prepare students to realize their academic, creative, emotional, physical, social, and career potentials as contributing members of a multicultural society in an international community of mutual respect.

  • 6/10 Arbor View High School

    Arbor View High School

    Arbor View High School is dedicated to inclusion as the foundation of emotional, social and academic growth and support of all individuals. The AVHS community is inclusive of all races, ethnicities, cultures, religions/beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, abilities and living arrangements.

  • 5/10 Silverado High School

    Silverado High School

    Silverado High School

  • 5/10 Centennial High School

    Centennial High School

    We believe that the purpose of education is to provide experiences that will encourage and assist students to achieve their potential and to assume their responsibilities as members of society. It is the obligation of the school to instill in students positive attitudes toward growth, learning, leadership, and creativity, as well as to ensure their full intellectual and character development.

  • 4/10 Durango High School

    Durango High School

    Durango High School

  • 4/10 Shadow Ridge High School

    Shadow Ridge High School

    Shadow Ridge High School places an emphasis on every aspect of our student's growth and development. We take advantage of the natural curiosity students possess. Suitable class sizes and exceptional, qualified teachers allows us to offer an intimate and inclusive educational environment, while also ensuring each student receives the individualized attention and support they need.

  • 4/10 Ed W Clark High School

    Ed W. Clark High School

    Ed W. Clark High School

  • 4/10 Rancho High School

    Rancho High School

    Greetings Rancho Families, We appreciate your continued support and partnership in the education of your student. Many great things are happening at Rancho HS, and we want to keep you updated. Click into this news story for the latest edition of This Week at The Ranch with updates and upcoming events at our school for next week.

  • 4/10 Desert Oasis High School

    Desert Oasis High School

    Desert Oasis High School

  • 4/10 Las Vegas High School

    Las Vegas High School

    Las Vegas High School

  • 4/10 Sierra Vista High School

    Sierra Vista High School

    Sierra Vista High School

  • 3/10 Chaparral High School

    Chaparral High School

    We strive to empower our students with the tools needed to achieve future success within an environment that promotes life-long learning and mutual respect through rigorous instruction, relevant content, meaningful relationships, and personal responsibility.

  • 3/10 Cimarron Memorial High School

    Cimarron Memorial High School

    Cimarron Memorial High School

  • 2/10 Del Sol Academy Of The Performing Arts

    Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts

    Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts prepares our diverse student population to successfully pursue college and career opportunities in a global community. Rigorous instructional programs facilitate the development of our students' unique skills and talents, as scholars, performers, and athletes which emphasize critical thinking, creativity and self expression.

  • 2/10 Western High School

    Western High School

    Western High School

  • 2/10 Sunrise Mountain High School

    Sunrise Mountain High School

    The Sunrise Mountain High School Community will assist ALL of our students achieve the high levels of learning required for success in college or post-secondary opportunities by utilizing collaborative approaches that are Purposeful, Inclusive, and Consistent (PIC).

  • 1/10 Desert Pines High School

    Desert Pines High School

    Desert Pines High School

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