The award-winning Washoe County School District is the 57th largest district in the United States and second largest district in Nevada, serving 93 schools with approximately 62,400 students. The District’s 7,400 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 eliminated achievement gaps. WCSD’s strategic plan, Envision WCSD 2015 – 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 witnessed 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 parents and the community to ensure its graduates are prepared for the workforce of 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.
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.