About Washoe County
The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is focused on creating an education
system where all students achieve academic success, develop personal and civic
responsibility, and achieve career and college readiness for the 21st century.
The Washoe County
School District Board of Trustees is an elected board of seven members. Five
members are elected from geographical districts. Two members are elected as
at-large. All members are elected to serve four-year terms. There is also
a non-voting student representative who provides student
The Board of Trustees
is the governing body of the
Washoe County School District. As such, the Board serves as the steward and
guardian of the District's values, vision, mission, and resources. With clearly
defined performance targets in mind, the Board monitors the District's
educational, financial, and administrative performance.
Envision WCSD 2020: Investing In Our Future
includes the guidelines by which WCSD ensures that every child is able to develop and expand the skills and assets needed for academic success. It will serve as the roadmap that directs all of the work of WCSD through 2020 and further our efforts toward achieving our goal of Every Child, By Name And Face, To Graduation. Following the strategic plan through 2020, our District will remain dedicated to engaging our parents and guardians along with community partners to foster strong and meaningful relationships to increase student success. Using culturally competent practices and effective strategies, we will work to close opportunity gaps and meet the needs of each of our students. We will continue on the path for improved transparency using meaningful data and processes that are effective, efficient, and provide accountability. We will focus on providing our highly-qualified and diverse staff members with consistent opportunities to refine and develop their skills. We will also ensure that our schools are safe learning environments for our students and staff to excel.
WCSD’s students reflect the rich diversity
of our community serving urban, suburban, and rural settings.Our student population is 46 percent white;
39 percent Hispanic or Latino; 4 percent Asian; 2 percent American
Indian/Alaskan Native; 2 percent African American; 1 percent of students self-identified
as Pacific Islander and 5 percent of students are of two or more races or
As students enter their journey into public education,
WCSD Pre-K programs
help establish their
academic foundation.The mission of the
program is for all the children in Washoe County to have access to a variety of
high-quality, developmentally appropriate programs with qualified
teachers.Programs work with families to
ensure students are prepared to be successful in school.
Every school in our district provides students with
opportunities to explore, question, develop, and test new ideas to provide them
with 21st century skills that will help their future success.At every level, schools have developed
programs and initiatives for our diverse learners.We would like to highlight some of them as
they expand their reach to more of our students.
More than 15 percent of our students are becoming
bilingual and a growing number of students benefit from the three Two-Way Immersion
Programs where students will become
fluent in English and Spanish by the end of elementary school.
WCSD offers 4 elementary school and 2 middle school STEM Academies to increase opportunities for students
to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematicswhich
are an important part of education in a competitive global marketplace. STEM education
teachers are using Project-Based Learning (PBL) where projects motivate
students to gain knowledge by giving them a chance to practice the skills they
learn in relevant and real-world situations.Other STEM classrooms have partnerships with technology businesses that
provide real world applications for STEM subjects.
WCSD also offers high school students choices for
innovating, rigorous and stimulating curriculum through Signature Academies
and Career and Technical Education programs for
high schools.There are 11 academies
that provide students with opportunities to acquire and practice 21st
century skills and prepare students for success in college and highly skills
career. The academies include:
performing arts, pre-engineering, sports medicine, global studies, agricultural
science, culinary, graphic design, and the International Baccalaureate program.
In an effort to better
meet the needs of our students, North Star Online School
was established as an accredited online school for Kindergarten through
twelfth grade students in WCSD. North Star offers its students a quality online
education with a flexible schedule under the guidance of local, caring,
highly-qualified teachers. North Star students have access to all of the
WCSD resources and are able to take classes, not available online, and
participate in extracurricular activities at their local zoned school.
Our commitment to our students and their families is exemplified in
every classroom, school, program, and initiative to ensure Every Child, By Name
And Face, To Graduation.