The 7 Best Schools in Fernley, NV

Details about the 7 best schools in Fernley, NV

The 7 Best Schools in Fernley, NV

If you’re considering moving the family to Fernley, one of the primary questions you probably have is, “what are the best schools in Fernley?”

Details About The Best Elementary Schools in Fernley, NVEducation is a priority, and as parents ourselves, we understand the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your children are attending the best Fernley school for them to flourish - both academically & socially.

The population of Fernley, NV has more than doubled since the early 2000s. Residents consider Fernley a modern version of an iconic Western town, a community offering charming homes near Fortune 500 employers combined with top-rated outdoor recreation areas.

At Nevada Real Estate Group, we understand that some schools are better than others, and choosing the best Fernley school has a lot of bearing on your home-buying decision.

Before relocating, we see many families search for school ratings to determine where they will purchase a home in Fernley & the surrounding area. As a result, our local real estate experts have compiled a list of the best schools in Fernley, NV.

Hopefully, this saves you some time in your search for the Fernley school that is best for your children and family.

Does Fernley Have Good Schools?

Details About The Best High School in Fernley NVYes, Fernley has one of the highest concentrations of top-ranked public schools in Nevada.

For the 2022-23 school year, there are 7 public schools serving 4,037 students in Fernley, NV (there is 1 private school, serving 129 private students). 97% of all K-12 students in Fernley, NV are educated in public schools compared to the NV state average of 94%.

The top-ranked public schools in Fernley, NV are East Valley Elementary School, Silverland Middle School, and Fernley Intermediate School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.

We understand that education is among the top concerns for parents looking to relocate. A recent study also found that around 78% of parents are willing to find a home that doesn’t meet all their needs, just so their children can attend a good school.

When we talk with prospective home buyers considering Fernley as their new home, we often hear how willing they are to get their children the best education possible.

Whether that means compromising on the size of the house, or things like a two-car garage, or swimming pool, their main priority is what Fernley schools will they be attending, and how highly-rated are those institutions.

Fernley schools are among the best in the state, let’s examine the schools in more depth and highlight some specific statistics that further illustrate the high quality of schools in the area.

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What School District Is Fernley In?

Details About The Best Middle Schools in Fernley, NVThe City of Fernley is located in the Lyon County School District, the fourth-largest school district in Nevada.

LCSD is comprised of 18 schools located in five unique attendance areas including Dayton, Fernley, Silver Springs, Smith Valley, and Yerington.

Each school boasts highly qualified instructional leaders accompanied by caring and dedicated staff, who work tirelessly to ensure the learning needs of each student are realized.

The district motto of “Every Student…Every Classroom…Every Day” comes to life when you step into the classroom and see students engaged in rigorous learning opportunities.

We encourage you to read the following resources published by the Lyon County School District:

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Fernley Elementary Schools

Fernley, NV is home to three elementary schools.

Cottonwood Elementary School

Cottonwood Elementary School is located on the south side of I-80, educating students in Kindergarten through 4th grade.

The mission of Cottonwood Elementary School is to ensure that all members of our learning community are accepted, appreciated, nurtured, and challenged according to their individual needs in order to maximize their potential and to provide a solid foundation of skills, knowledge and values.

Cottonwood strives to inspire individuals into becoming contributing members of a global society who are effective communicators, collaborators, and creative, critical thinkers.

Cottonwood establishes the Core Values that every member of the learning community deserves:

  • To be believed in!
  • To be encouraged to realize their potential!
  • To be challenged to be the best they can be!
  • To have a positive influence in their lives!
  • To be known by their name and face, not just statistics!

East Valley Elementary School

East Valley Elementary is located at the eastern end of Fernley, with kids in grades Pre-K through 4th Grade.

According to their mission statement, the foundation of EVES school culture is based on the belief that a safe, positive, & creative environment developed by dedicated adults will lead to successful relationships and an appreciation for lifelong learning.

In addition to their LCSD Board Policy, and Student Bill of Rights, we encourage you to peruse their website for more information. 

Fernley Elementary School

Like East Valley, Fernley Elementary School offers Pre-K through 4th Grade education.

Their website offers all of the information parents need to make their assessment of which Fernley school their kids will be attending.

Things like bus routes and lunch menus are easily accessible, along with their recently updated Parents Right to Know documentation.

For a deeper dive into Fernley school performance versus other parts of the state, you can also view Nevada Accountability Portal from the Nevada Department of Education.

Fernley Middle Schools

There are two middle - or intermediate - schools located in Fernley, NV.

Fernley Intermediate School

Fernley Intermediate School at a glance:

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Math proficiency: 38%
  • Reading proficiency: 46%

As a top-ranked school mentioned on U.S. News & World Report as the #68 middle school in Nevada, Fernley Intermediate has a student population of 620 and the school serves grades 5-8.

At Fernley Intermediate School, 38% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 46% scored at or above that level for reading.

The school’s minority student enrollment is 40%. The student-teacher ratio is 17:1, which is better than that of the Lyon County School District.

The student population is made up of 49% female students and 51% male students.

The school enrolls 41% economically disadvantaged students. There are 37 equivalent full-time teachers and 1 full-time school counselor.

FIS VISION STATEMENT: I am a collaborator. I am a critical thinker. I am a communicator. I am a creator. I am a Falcon!

FIS MISSION STATEMENT: "Focused on Individual Success"

Silverland Middle School

As another top-ranked middle school in Fernley, Silverland Middle serves students in 7th & 8th grade.

Silverland Intermediate School at a glance:

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 19:1
  • Math proficiency: 35%
  • Reading proficiency: 51%

The student population of Silverland Middle School is 672 and the school serves grades 7-8.

At Silverland Middle School, 35% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 51% scored at or above that level for reading.

The school’s minority student enrollment is 41%. The student-teacher ratio is 19:1, which is worse than that of the district.

The student population is made up of 48% female students and 52% male students. 43% of the student body is classified as economically disadvantaged.

There are 36 full-time teachers and 1 full-time school counselor.

Fernley High Schools

There is one high school in Fernley, NV. Here are some specifics.

Fernley High School

Home of the Vaqueros, with orange and black as the school colors, Fernley High School serves grades 9-12.

Fernley High School at a glance:

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 22:1 
  • Math proficiency: 23%
  • Reading proficiency: 45 %

Address: 1300 Hwy 95a, Fernley, NV 89408

Phone: (775) 575-3400


According to the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings, Fernley High School is ranked 62nd in Nevada. Data is based on the 2020-2021, 2019-2020, & 2018-2019 academic years.

Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Fernley High School is 12%.

With a current enrollment of 1,209, 23% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 45% scored at or above that level for reading.

Fernley High School's enrollment is split between female and male students, 47% and 53%, respectively. 36.5% of the student body is classified as economically disadvantaged.

There are 54 full-time classroom teachers at Fernley High School.

Fernley Private Schools

For the 2022-23 school year, there is 1 private school serving 129 students in Fernley, NV

A Step Ahead Primary School

As a nonsectarian private school in Fernley, A Step Ahead Primary offers full-day private Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade programs.

Address: 945 N Clover Ln, Fernley, NV 89408

Phone: (775) 575-1122


A Step Ahead Primary School has an enrollment of 129 students, from Pre-K through 3rd grade.

The Nevada state average of private school enrollment is 6% of all students, compared to 3% of all K-12 students in Fernley, NV.

According to their website, A Step Ahead's Primary classrooms are limited and offer an accelerated curriculum that is updated annually. 

The state-licensed program at A Step Ahead school exceeds the Nevada standards for K-3rd grade education.

"The care of your child is our number one priority at A Step Ahead Primary School. We provide state-of-the-art learning in a nurturing environment."

In addition to the registration fee of $75 - at the time of publishing this post - A Step Ahead has a weekly tuition cost structure which you can review by clicking their website link above.

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