Purple Star Schools


Military families have a unique view of education in America. The average military family
moves every 1-3 years and will experience 6-9 different schools through their K-12 education
experience, depending on the needs of the military. Some of those moves are state to state while
others are overseas to foreign countries. With each move, many military service members bring
their spouses and children to resettle into new communities and attend new schools.

With more than 1.1 million military-connected students attending schools, issues surrounding
school transition have become a top priority for families and some schools. Mobile military
students face issues such as gaps and overlaps in curriculum, different graduation requirements,
course placement disruption, and many other hurdles when changing schools. Besides the
academic issues, these students also face social and emotional challenges of relocation, such as
leaving supportive social networks and activities, to start new again.

Parents will leave no stone unturned to find that right school that understands the unique lifestyle
of military connected students while offering a quality education and resources. How does a
military family know if they’ve found a school that can provide this unique niche in education?
Luckily, families can search for schools that have been designated Purple Star Schools.

The Nevada Purple Star School Award is a designation provided to military-friendly schools
who display a major commitment to serving military-connected students and families. Nevada
Purple Star Schools receive a special Purple Star recognition to display in their buildings, are
recognized on the NV Department of Education webpage and social media and are highlighted
by the various military installations across the state.

Each School Point of Contact is required to complete a professional development training
focused on military families. The Nevada Military Children in Our Schools professional
development training can be found in Canvas; course code: NV-PSS1.

    Eligible Applicants

    All public, private, and charter schools in Nevada

      Application Period 1
      Opens: Friday, March 5, 2021
      Closes: Monday, April 5, 2021
      Applications Reviewed: Monday, April 5, 2021 – Saturday, April 10, 2021
      Purple Star Schools Announced: Friday, April 30, 2021

      Application Period 2
      Opens: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
      Closes: Monday, October 11, 2021
      Applications reviewed: Monday, October 11, 2021 – Saturday, October 16, 2021
      Purple Star Schools Announced: Monday, November 1, 2021

      Please submit application electronically and direct questions to:
      KellyLynn Charles at kcharles@doe.nv.gov [702-668-4330]
      Martha Warachowski at mwarachowski@doe.nv.gov [702-668-4318]