The journey spans over 25 years, with a steady flow of “God-moments” opening numerous doors along the way, allowing our vision to become a reality.
1977. A Poor Kid from Las Vegas
The journey begins in 1977, when a poor kid from Las Vegas, whose family struggled with homelessness, was given an opportunity to attend West Point Military Academy, one of the world’s most prestigious military and educational institutions. That young man, Capstone Founder Bill Wadley, went on to graduate and serve as Captain in the US Army, before returning to Las Vegas and founding a multi-million dollar sand and gravel business. The Basic High School graduate learned through his own personal experience how powerful and transformative a high quality education, rooted in strong values and leadership skills, can be.
1995. A Dream, Inspired by Need
Years later, Bill and friend Joe Sunderman, both with young kids, were discussing school options and realized there was a huge need for a high quality, faith nurturing Christian education in Las Vegas. One that inspired its students to become WORLD-CHANGING LEADERS, but that didn’t compromise on excellence in academics, athletics, the arts, or availability to students from low-income areas. That need led to the dream of creating a new Christian School district that checked all of those boxes, one that eventually took the name Capstone Christian Academy.
2006. A Vision Takes Shape
Over the next decade, Bill began developing that vision, a board of directors that included Joe Sunderman, preparing conceptual drawings, and building relationships with influential local and national educators, before the school got a huge break. Bill learned that a friend, Larry Canarelli, was interested in donating the detention basin land on Cactus Avenue to a non-profit. Bill proposed the vision of Capstone and Larry liked the idea. The 501c3 was quickly formed and the land was donated.
2020. A Hole in the Ground, Transformed
At the time of the donation, most of the land was home to a large gravel pit, essentially a 2.5 million cubic yard hole, but in the years since then, Wadley, who’s businesses include a sand and gravel company, has been working to bring in dirt to fill in that hole, and at the beginning of 2019, the building pad was finally completed.
2020. A New Opportunity
With the entire team focused on planning for a 2021 opening date, the board learned about a 13,000 square feet building for sale, located 1.5 miles from the Cactus campus. The building was previously home to another existing school, and it was being sold - fully furnished - with a commercial kitchen, lunchroom, 5 playgrounds, and two buses included. Instead of only opening in modular buildings, the building could allow Capstone to open in a high end facility. An incredible opportunity.
2020. New Opening Date
With the land ready for construction, the board set a date to open in Fall of 2022, with a plan to open for PreK – 3rd grade in modular buildings. In the spring of 2020, as a steady stream of "God-moments" helped more pieces fall into place for the launching of Capstone, Bill and the Board realized it was possible to open even earlier, and made it their goal to welcome the first students in 2021.