Founder & Executive Director
Justin Brecht, Lead Founder of Nevada Rise Academy, has recently completed the prestigious Building Excellent Schools Fellowship. Through the Fellowship, Mr. Brecht studied and analyzed the practices of the nation’s highest performing charter schools. Leveraging the success of these schools, Nevada Rise will implement these practices to provide the students of Las Vegas an excellent education. Previously, Mr. Brecht founded the BRICK Academy program as a teacher in Clark County. During his fourteen years in education, Mr. Brecht’s work has been recognized with multiple honors, including the Las Vegas Review Journal Teacher of the Year and recipient of the Heart of Education Award while being featured in many programs and publications.
The BES Difference
Building Excellent Schools (BES) is a national, highly-selective nonprofit organization committed to improving the academic achievement of under-served students in our nation’s urban centers. The BES Fellowship trains its leaders to take on the demanding and urgent work of leading high-achieving, college-preparatory urban charter schools. The BES Fellowship grounds participants in best practices around: organizational development, instructional design, charter accountability, and leadership. BES Fellows travel across the country to observe high-performing charter schools in their first year.
Through a leadership residency in high-quality urban charter schools, on-going evaluation and consultation, and training specifically focused on school leadership, BES Fellows are prepared to begin the work of running successful schools. Our Lead Founder, Justin Brecht, completed his residency at University Prep, the highest performing elementary school in northeast Denver, Colorado.
The BES network will continue to provide ongoing support to Nevada Rise through the planning year and during the first two years of operation to ensure we are an exceptional school option that closes the opportunity gap in Las Vegas.