The award-winning Washoe County School District is the 57th largest district in the United States and second largest district in Nevada, serving 98 schools with approximately 64,000 students. The District’s 8,000 employees educate children in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, an area of 6,300 square miles. WCSD is on an ambitious pathway of reform with focus on increased academic rigor for all children and the elimination of achievement gaps. WCSD’s strategic plan, Envision WCSD 2020 – Investing In Our Future, focuses on accountability and demonstrable results, student achievement, accessibility for families and the community, and alignment of departmental support. Since the implementation of the strategic plan began in 2010, WCSD has seen greater student achievement as evidenced by increased graduation and proficiency rates and more students taking more rigorous classes. WCSD is committed to improving the quality of education provided to all children and working in collaboration with families and the community to ensure it is graduating all students college- and highly-skilled career ready for the 21st century.
Reno is also home to the Davidson Academy, a free public school for profoundly gifted middle and high school students. For the second year in a row, The Davidson Academy has been ranked as one of the nation’s “Top-performing schools with elite students” by the Washington Post’s Jay Mathews.
The Academy also made Newsweek’s 2012 rankings of America’s Best High Schools, ranking in the top 100.
Public Charter Schools
There are more than 10 Charter Schools in our region focused on STEAM studies, alternative learning philosophies, career-applicable training methods in construction and engineering, bilingual learning environments, personalized learning, play in education, small school warm and nurturing learning community.For more information on Public Charter Schools or to download the Nevada Charter School Directory.
Reno-Sparks has over 20 private elementary and secondary schools including religious affliates, alternative schools and technical schools.
Washoe County Child Care Services is responsible for regulating and monitoring the temporary care provided to children outside of their home by caregivers other than their natural parents. We will use the laws and regulations set by the State and the County to insure a minimum level of care is provided to children to maintain and facilitate their normal development, health, safety, and welfare.
For information on child care services in Washoe County visit the Washoe County Current Child Care Facility page.
Washoe County Library System
The Washoe County Library System connects people with information, ideas and experiences to support an enriched and engaged community, one individual at a time. The library supports our regional education system through programs, online resources, books, and partnerships for students of all ages. For more information please visit: www.washoecountylibrary.us.
In addition, the WCLS has taken on workforce development role for the community and provides Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT-1) training. Click for more information or call (775) 827-3232.