State Requirements

Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 388.700 requires, for each quarter of a school year, that the ratio of pupils per licensed full-time teacher in classes where core curriculum is taught must not exceed 16 to 1 in grades 1 and 2, and must not exceed 18 to 1 in grade 3.

To allow school districts flexibility in addressing budget shortfalls, Senate Bill 515 of the 2015 Legislature allows a school district the option of increasing class size to achieve ratios of no more than 17 to 1 in grades 1 and 2, and no more than 20 to 1 in grade 3.

Class-Size Requirements
(Ratio of Pupils per Teacher)



NRS 388.700

Senate Bill 515


Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3




The Board of Trustees for each school district must request a variance from the State Board of Education when any elementary school exceeds the required class-size ratio during any quarter of a school year.

Quarterly reports posted at this website must include the following information for Grades 1, 2 and 3: 

  • Average Daily Attendance
  • Class Size
  • Identification of schools that did not meet the required pupil-teacher ratio, and for which a variance was requested from the State Board of Education