History and Who We Are Today

Our History

New Horizons Center for Learning, dba: New Horizons Academy, was founded in 1974  by Dr. Theresa Smith who was a pioneer, leader and advocate in education for children with learning differences.   Dr. Smith overcame her own learning challenges to ultimately earn her doctorate when she was in her 50's.  She worked at New Horizons Center for Learning well into her 80's until she passed away in January of 2008.

New Horizons Center for Learning began as an after-school program and then became a full-time day school in 1974.  We have been at our current location for over 20 years.  


Who We Are Today


New Horizons Academy is dedicated to improving the lives of children with learning disabilities through an integrated program of customized education plans, social skills training, and employment-readiness development.  We are the second oldest private school in Nevada.  

New Horizons Academy is located on the westside of Las Vegas at the corner of Redwood and Charleston Blvd., just one block east of Rainbow Blvd.  Our 2 acre site has a substantial playground area with a basketball court, tennis court, and playground equipment; auditorium, multipurpose/gymnasium room; music and art classrooms; and a large kitchen for student meal preparation instruction.  Each student is provided with a Chromebook for use during school hours.  

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