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Letter from the Principal 2023-2024 School Year

ASPIRE Academy High School will have both in-person and online options for 9th-12th grade students for the 2023-2024 school year.  Online students will have the option to take electives in-person.

Douglas Nevada Online will be a 6-8th grade online school.   

We are excited to offer our online students the option to attend some elective courses in person.  ASPIRE Academy High School will be offering dual credit (will count as high school and elective college credit) courses from Western Nevada College taught by adjunct professors.  The courses will have a fee, but students will be able to earn 1.0 high school credit instead of the usual .5 credit per semester.  

We are hoping to offer the following WNC courses in the fall to both online and in-person students at ASPIRE Academy: CRJ 104 Introduction to the Administration of Justice, PEX 169- Yoga, and Art 101 Drawing or Art 127 Watercolor.  Online students will need to attend these courses twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday.  

Online students in 9-12th grade will also have the ability to attend elective courses like Multi-Media (1st class in a three year program to earn a certificate) and Physical Education if room is available at ASPIRE Academy High School.  Transportation will not be provided for online students at ASPIRE Academy.

9-12th grade ASPIRE Academy High School students (both in-person and online) will also have access to some new Career Technology Education courses by Edgenuity like: Introduction to STEM, Introduction to Careers in Education and Training, Sustainable Service Management for Hospitality and Tourism, and Web Development in the 21st Century.

In an effort to connect and better support our online students, all of our students at ASPIRE Academy (both in-person and online) will take a Focus class where they will have the opportunity to earn .5 of an elective credit per semester.  Online students will be required to complete online assignments that include goal-setting, organization, Character Strong curriculum, Pathful Connect (career explorer), participation in a minimum of 6 of 8- 30 minute lessons at ASPIRE, and completion of a service project that requires 5 hours of community service.  This will allow all online students the opportunity to earn 7 credits per year instead of 6 credits per year.  


Students will also have an opportunity to complete a 90 hour COE Internship with the Douglas County School District working in grounds to earn elective credits.  


If you are interested in learning more about ASPIRE Academy High School or Douglas Nevada Online (6th-8th), we are inviting you to an open house on Thursday, May 25th at 5:30 am at 1680 Bently Parkway, Minden, NV 89423.  

We are excited to offer these options for our students.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me at or call 775-392-1475.

Gavin Ward

Douglas Nevada Online and ASPIRE Academy High School

ASPIRE students and families,

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) administers the Nevada School Climate/Social Emotional Learning (NV-SCSEL) survey on behalf of the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) to students in grades 5-12 across the state.

The goal of the NV-SCSEL survey is to better understand student learning conditions, social and emotional competencies, and factors affecting school climate in Nevada. To reach this goal, topics addressing students' perceptions of engagement and safety as well as items associated with social and emotional competence are measured.

Douglas Nevada Online will be conducting the NV-SCSEL survey during the week of November 28-December 2nd.  Directions for completing the survey will be forthcoming.  

If you would like to read the survey, there is a link to the survey below.



If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the NV-SCSEL survey, please complete and return the "opt out" form found on the link below and email it to

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to me at or 775-392-1475.

Thank you,

Gavin Ward