• This series of policies reflect the commitment of the Board of Trustees and the District related to Academics and Instruction.

Academics & Instruction

  • Policy 6000, Shared Decision Making

    Policy 6000, Shared Decision Making

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  • Policy 6111, School Calendars and Schedule Types to Relieve Overcrowding

    Policy 6111, School Calendars and Schedule Types to Relieve Overcrowding

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) believes that there is a benefit for all members of the community when the schools in the Washoe County School District (“District” or “WCSD”) are on the same calendar. When overcrowding exists to the point that the benefit of one calendar is diminished, the Board of Trustees recognizes the need for school calendars and schedule types to change so that those benefits may again be realized. This policy and any associated documents shall establish the protocols related to the establishment of school calendars and schedules to relieve overcrowding.

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  • Policy 6121, Academic Plans

    Policy 6121, Academic Plans

    The Board of Trustees believes in a process that supports its strong commitment to the success of all students. Academic plans are designed to give students and parents an understanding of the classes and credits required to graduate and to plan for post-secondary options. Academic plans provide a framework for increasing individual student success through early, well-planned and documented intervention that is vital in the mission for success of all students.

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  • Policy 6140, Sexuality, Health and Responsibility Education

    Policy 6140, Sexuality, Health and Responsibility Education

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) endorses the need for a comprehensive approach to the education of human sexual health and reproduction that is applied consistently to students throughout the Washoe County School District (“District” or “WCSD”). The District will provide students with a factual, comprehensive, abstinence-based instructional program to assist students in making informed choices and avoid behaviors that put them at risk in areas such as HIV/AIDS, and related sexually transmitted infections, and sexual responsibility.

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  • Policy 6154, Homework

    Policy 6154, Homework

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) recognizes that homework can play an important role in building a student’s sense of responsibility, self-discipline, and life-long learning habits. Additionally, the Board believes that time spent on homework can directly influence a student’s ability to meet the Washoe County School District’s (“District”) academic standards. The Board maintains that conventional purposes for homework are practice, preparation, check for understanding, and development of work habits. Homework, when utilized in a school/class should be viewed as routine and an important part of students’ daily lives.

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  • Policy 6160, Instructional Materials: Selection, Adoption and Disposal

    Policy 6160, Instructional Materials: Selection, Adoption and Disposal

    The Board of Trustees is committed to providing each student with an appropriate and equitable education, with all students having access to instructional materials that will enrich the learning experience. Further, the Board recognizes its responsibility for the improvement and growth of the educational program of schools. To this end, instructional materials shall be evaluated, developed, and adopted on a continuing basis as recognized in this policy. Through this commitment, the input of parents/guardians is encouraged in the choice of new instructional materials. This policy shall provide a standard process for the identification, selection, adoption, and disposal of books and other instructional materials.

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  • Policy 6171.1, Alternative Education Program

    Policy 6171.1, Alternative Education Program

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  • Policy 6200, Literacy

    Policy 6200, Literacy

    The Board of Trustees, through its Core Beliefs, is committed to ensuring all students graduate college- and career-ready, through the consistent application of high-quality effective instruction, balanced assessment, and a rigorous accountability system. The Board of Trustees is further committed to closing the achievement gap by implementing culturally responsive practices throughout the district, as well as engaging families and the community. The following policy, guiding principles, and practices support these commitments. The Board of Trustees believes that literacy, the ability to read, write, speak, listen, and to be lifelong readers, is fundamental to the success of all students. A primary responsibility of the District is to provide educational programs in literacy and related services for all students to achieve continued academic success. Literacy provides the foundation of academic success by developing students’ abilities to speak, listen and communicate, think, explore, and organize.

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  • Policy 6300, Mathematics

    Policy 6300, Mathematics

    The Board of Trustees, through its Core Beliefs, is committed to ensuring all students graduate college- and career-ready, through the consistent application of high-quality effective instruction, balanced assessment, and a rigorous accountability system. The Board of Trustees is further committed to closing the achievement gap by implementing culturally responsive practices throughout the District, as well as engaging families and the community. The following policy, guiding principles, and practices support these commitments. The Board of Trustees believes that mathematical literacy is essential to the success of all students. It is the intent of the Board of Trustees that, at a minimum, each student shall be proficient in the mathematics outlined in the Nevada Academic Content Standards. In addition, with very limited exceptions, every student shall be enrolled in mathematics each year they are in school, including four years of high school, and shall successfully complete Algebra 1, Geometry or Formal Geometry, and Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Honors, and one math class beyond Algebra 2, at a minimum.

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  • Policy 6400, Assessment

    Policy 6400, Assessment

    The Board of Trustees, through its Core Beliefs, is committed to ensuring all students graduate college-and career-ready, through the consistent application of high-quality effective instruction, balanced assessment, and a rigorous accountability system. The Board of Trustees is further committed to closing the achievement gap by implementing culturally responsive practices throughout the District, as well as engaging families and the community. The following policy, guiding principles, and practices support these commitments. The Board of Trustees, consistent with the District practice, recognizes that an ongoing balanced assessment system is necessary in order to maximize student success on the Pathway to College and Career Readiness. Such an assessment system provides valid and reliable data from multiple measures to inform curricular and instructional decisions and facilitates the judicious use of assessment information by a variety of users to problem solve and answer questions about student progress as needed.

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  • Policy 6505, Pathways to Early College Credit

    Policy 6505, Pathways to Early College Credit

    The Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of providing opportunities to students that allow them to explore their interests and reach new heights of academic excellence and personal accomplishment. It is important to engage students with a program and curriculum that is academically engaging, rigorous, relevant, and self-directed. To that end, all high school students in the Washoe County School District shall have opportunities to access Pathway programs including Signature Academies, Career and Technical Education, Advanced Placement classes, International Baccalaureate Preparatory Program, and Dual Credit classes. The Board recognizes that these pathways provide rigorous curricula that allow students the opportunity to earn college credit, as well as develop more rigorous study habits and take on more challenging course work that parallels what students might experience in college level courses. It is the intent of the Washoe County School District to provide courses that challenge students and allow them to build critical thinking skills while working on their ability to collaborate in groups.

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  • Policy 6600, Course of Study

    Policy 6600, Course of Study

    The Board of Trustees, through its Core Beliefs, is committed to ensuring all students graduate college-and career-ready, through the consistent application of high-quality effective instruction, balanced assessment, and a rigorous accountability system. The Board of Trustees is further committed to closing the achievement gap by implementing culturally responsive practices throughout the district, as well as engaging families and the community. The following policy, guiding principles, and practices support these commitments. The Board of Trustees, consistent with the District practices, recognizes that explicit emphasis on preparing its graduates ready to pursue college or a highly skilled career having taken the recommended course of study.

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  • Policy 6605, Academics: Curriculum & Content Standards

    Policy 6605, Academics: Curriculum & Content Standards

    The District, through adoption and implementation of the Nevada Academic Content Standards, shall challenge all students to reach their full potential by specifying what students are expected to know and be able to do at each grade level and in each area of study on the pathway to college and career readiness. The individual needs of diverse student populations, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners, are considered in curricular decisions so that academic standards are attainable.

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  • Policy 6700, Charter Schools

    Policy 6700, Charter Schools

    As a sponsor of charter schools, the Board of Trustees (“Board”) recognizes the importance of parent choice when selecting public education options for families. The Board supports student success by sponsoring charter schools that provide rigorous, innovative, high-quality learning opportunities for the students in the Washoe County School District (“District” or “WCSD”). The Board shall consider the sponsorship of charter schools that support the District’s mission and core beliefs as provided by law. This policy, and any associated documents, support these commitments.

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  • Policy 6725, English Learners

    Policy 6725, English Learners

    The Board of Trustees (“Board”) recognizes that explicit emphasis on language and literacy instruction is an integral part of effective teaching and learning for students that are English Learners (“EL”), and that the academic success of English Learners is a responsibility shared by students, educators, the family, and the community. It is important that strategic use of native language be considered an important factor of such student’s success in school. It is vital for all students to receive rigorous, explicit, high-quality language instruction while being held to high expectations and standards in order to access content areas in the Washoe County School District (“District”).

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  • Policy 6800, Special Education

    Policy 6800, Special Education

    The Board of Trustees is committed to providing high-quality, individualized instruction in the least restrictive environment to students with disabilities, empowering them to achieve high levels of success and education, based on their individual needs. It is the responsibility of the Washoe County School District (“District”) to customize the learning environment to meet the wide-ranging needs of diverse learners and to provide learning opportunities for each and every student, no matter their challenge. The District shall focus on building an equitable educational environment by working with families and the community to ensure all students graduate college- and/or career-ready.

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