Welcome to the Washoe County School District

Strategic Plan

  • In 2023, the Board of Trustees approved a new five-year strategic plan to guide the district into the future. The plan includes five main goals:

    Strong iconStrong  Start for Every Child: Every Student, through Grade 3, will experience equitable learning opportunities for success in developmentally appropriate environments.

    Strong iconStudent  Voice & Advocacy: Every student will have ongoing opportunities to take ownership of their education journey.

    Strong iconSafety & Belonging: Every student will be welcomed, included and valued within a safe and supportive school environment.

    Strong iconAcademic Growth & Achievement: Every student will have access to challenging academic programs, meet or exceed standards and achieve at least one year's academic growth annually.

    Strong iconEmpowering All Learners for their Future: Every student will graduate with the skills necessary to thrive in a diverse and rapidly evolving world.

    Learn more about our strategic plan and where WCSD is headed!


Our Promise

  • Washoe County School District’s promise is to know every student by name, strength and need so they graduate prepared for the future they choose, and we will deliver on this promise in partnership with our families and community.

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Did You Know?

  • Covering 6,342 miles, Washoe County is larger than Connecticut and Rhode Island! We have schools as far north and east as Gerlach on the edge of the Black Rock Desert and as far south and west as Incline Village, on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. We have more than 100 schools in the district, including 68 elementary schools, 17 middle schools and 13 high schools.


By The Numbers

  • elevenIncrease, in percentage points, of WCSD’s graduation rate since 2013. In 2023, Washoe County School District (WCSD) achieved a graduation rate of 81 percent of students graduating on-time with their four-year cohort. The Class of 2023 was the seventh class to eclipse the 80% mark since the 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate has been reported, and 50 percent of our graduates earn an advanced, college & career ready (CCR) or honors diploma!
    Learn more about WCSD’s graduation rates.

    3716 Instructional staff throughout the district. We have 366 Nationally Board-Certified Teachers and more than 70 percent of our teachers have a Master’s degree or higher! We are the largest employer in Washoe County and we are proud of our teachers and all of our support staff!

    35WCSD offers more than 35 Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs of study across all of its comprehensive high schools. CTE programs blend classroom instruction with hands-on work, leadership development, and career exploration. Signature Academies are spotlighted comprehensive CTE high school programs that feature a rigorous, applied curriculum that includes opportunities to earn college credit and industry certifications, gain 21st century skills, and develop connections between school and the real world. Programs are offered in Agricultural Science & Natural Resources, Business & Marketing, Engineering & Manufacturing, Information Technology, Media & Communications, Health Sciences & Human Services, International Baccalaureate, and Performing Arts. Coming in 2025, the Debbie Smith CTE Academy High School! 

    1000000000$Amount, in dollars, invested in new schools, repairs, renovations and expansions in WCSD since 2016! That year, Washoe County voters passed a ballot initiative to raise the local sales tax to help build and modernize our school district. Since then, seven new schools have been built, two have been rebuilt and two more have seen major expansion projects completed. The increased capital funding has helped WCSD with several initiatives, including the reduction of overcrowding, updated safety features and increased energy efficiency. Learn more about our building and capital projects, and check out the video below featuring our 15-year Facility Modernization plan!