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RISE Resource Center Inc

3460 North Rancho Drive

Las Vegas, Nevada 89130

United States

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We are a Christ centered home school group located in Las Vegas, dedicated to fellowship and Physical Education. Our purpose is to support local Christian homeschooling families by providing a place to Pray and Play together. We offer field trips, parties ... more

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Nevada Homeschool Network

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Elissa Wahl, Sherry Matheny and Angela Kleven

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Elissa belongs to the following homeschool organizations: Nevada Homeschool Network, Home School Legal Defense Association, Eagles Homeschool Co-op, NorthWest Homeschoolers, and CHIEFS homeschool group.

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Elissa Wahl, center, director of RISE Education Resource Center at 3460 N. Rancho Drive, and instructor Timothy Nolan, right, assist students, from left, Malachi Murphy, 9, Bekem Hays, 7, Sebastian Wahl, 6, and Vance Nolan,13, during Lego Star Wars camp . The summer camp is for home-schooled children.

It's a sentiment echoed by Elissa Wahl, a Las Vegas mother who began home schooling her sons after her family moved from New Jersey in 2000. In the years since, she has become one of Nevada's leading advocates for home schooling, and works to inform other parents about education options for their children.
"I truly believe every child has their own special needs ? so the ability to be able to individualize what they're learning, how they're learning it, when they're learning it and even if they need to learn it" is crucial, she said.
In 2002 Wahl helped found the Nevada Homeschool Network, a nonprofit group that advocates for home-school freedom and families' rights to direct their children's education. The group reports on legislative, legal and other matters relevant to home schooling on its website,
Wahl called the law "imperative in a home-school setting as we, the parents, are the ones charged with directing our child's education. ? This law is actually a tool to empower parents. They need to know and understand they are charged with making decisions for their child - decisions about health care, decisions about religion, decisions about education."
Wahl, who serves as the network's vice chairwoman, said the organization has "worked very, very hard" in its attempts to make legislators "see us when they think of home schooling. We want them to think about us as diligent and loving parents who have chosen this path" of educating their children.
According to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2007 an estimated 1.5 million U.S. students were home-schooled. Wahl estimates about 6,000 students are home-schooled in Nevada.
In working to boost home schooling's profile, Wahl said she has become knowledgeable about other education options for Nevada students, including public schools, charter schools and distance-education programs.
It is information that all parents should have, she said.
It is one reason why, in 2009, Wahl co-founded RISE (Renaissance in Student Education) Education Resource Center. The nonprofit center at 3460 N. Rancho Drive is working to become a one-stop shop for Southern Nevada families where they can learn (via classes, events and resource materials, among others) about the educational options for children.
"I want every family to know what their options are as far as education goes, because (oftentimes) they know there's the local public school and they know there's the expensive private school, but they don't know what all the other options are," Wahl said.
As inconsequential as the latter may seem, those can be "serious issues that will make somebody want to put their kid back in (public) school" if they are not prepared to deal with them, Wahl said. "If we can head off those issues at the beginning of the journey, it could really help."
The center offers a more intensive, eight-week "Homeschoolers 101" course twice annually.
Wahl said the center is in search of "expert" volunteers to teach its fee-based, daytime classes to students.
"We're looking for dynamic personalities that are passionate about their topics," Wahl said. "If you know how to make bead bracelets, come in and teach how to make bead bracelets. If you love teaching French, come in and teach French. For more information, visit
The center also provides another opportunity for home-school students to socialize with others their age - a criticism commonly voiced by those who are unfamiliar with home schooling, Wahl said.
In the 1970s and '80s, when many states' laws about home schooling were in their infancy, "Parents really did have to keep their kids in the home a lot during the day because ? they didn't want to be caught" and cited by law enforcement agencies for not having their child attend a traditional school, she said.
As laws have changed and home-schooling advocacy has grown, nowadays "there is no need to stay in your home. Wahl said there are more than 40 home-school support groups in Las Vegas, each offering students a plethora of activities in which to participate, including sports and field trips to local points of interest.

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Title: New/Interested Homeschoolers Class Location: RISE-Conference Room Description: If you are new to homeschooling, or simply interested in the topic and want to learn more, we invite you to attend this "new homeschoolers classes". Elissa Wahl, of Nevada Homeschool Network and RISE Resource Center will be on hand to share ...
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The Growth of Homeschooling in Nevada by Elissa Wahl

RISE's co-founder Elissa Wahl has been named as one of the two Governor appointees for the new Charter School Authority.

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