LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- While most kids are finished with school for the year, summer vacation has a different meaning for plenty of others.
Clark County's ZOOM schools and year-round schools are sill in session. Children are learning at Cortez Elementary School. Whether its about the rain forest or the life of Walt Disney, these kids are expanding their minds.
Fifth-grader Jasmine Lopez says being with her friends makes being in class okay.
"It can make you more smart, instead of being at home and just watching TV and playing video games you could be learning some new things and be more intelligent," Lopez said.
Cortez Elementary is one of more than a dozen schools into which the state has invested millions of dollars to help advance the performance of English Language Learners. ZOOM schools have an extra 17 days of class; though it is not mandatory, many parents send their children anyway. CCSD Academic Manager Danielle Miller says the curriculum is project based.
"So they're literally engaging in saving rain forests or creating their own invention to make the world a better place and many are creating a Nevada-land, similar to a Disneyland concept, so they're applying skills," Miller said.
Cortez Elementary School Principal Patty Rosales says to parents of school-aged children even when students go on break, try to keep their minds active.
"Take your children to enjoy all of Las Vegas and all the different attractions that are out there; and talk with your kids, read with your kids, go visit your local library," Rosales said.
Children will be in ZOOM schools until Friday of next week, and the ZOOM school program will continue for another year to help raise the academic achievements of English Language Learners.
Clark County School District police want to remind drivers that while those schools are in session, so are the school zones. Drive slowly and watch for students.