Charter Schools

  • Charter Schools: An Overview

    While most individuals embrace the generic definition of a charter school, there is much confusion about their legal standing, governance and sources of funding. The Washoe County School District sponsors seven charter schools over a span of ten campuses.

    Charter schools are public schools funded with taxpayer dollars. Charters get the same per-pupil allocation from the state as a public school district. They monitor enrollment the same as public schools; and they receive their funding directly from the state based on their official enrollment. They are also eligible for Title 1 funds on the same basis as other schools. In addition, they get a proportionate share of special education dollars if they are serving eligible children.

    What is a "charter" and how are these schools different from regular public schools?

    Charter schools have their own governing body directing its operations. State law dictates sponsoring districts may not interfere in the normal, day-to-day business of charter schools. So, charters are free to chart their own course, free of many, but not all, rules and regulations covering other schools.

    For example, charters can use a unique curriculum and different instructional methods. Students, however, are still expected to meet state or district academic standards and they must take all state-mandated tests. The schools cannot be affiliated with nor controlled by any church, may not engage in religious instruction and may not discriminate on who attends.
    Please access this link for WCSD's Governance Standards as they pertain to our charter schools HERE.
    Please access this link for a great overview of charter schools: Understanding Charter School Options

    Click HERE for a full listing of WCSD- sponsored charter schools.

    Click HERE for a full listing of Northern Nevada State-Sponsored Charter Schools
    WCSD Charter School Oversight
    380 Edison Way, Reno NV 89502
    775-353-6990 Office

Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web-Accessibility

  • The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation in any of its educational programs/activities, employment, and employment opportunities.  For the District's full Notice of Non-Discrimination statement as well as methods to address questions and concerns please visit our Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility page.

    For more information, visit the Civil Rights Compliance Department page.

    El Distrito prohíbe la intimidación, la intimidación cibernética, el acoso, el acoso sexual, la discriminación y / o las represalias en cualquiera de sus programas / actividades educativas, empleo y oportunidades de empleo. Para obtener la declaración completa del Aviso de No Discriminación del Distrito, así como los métodos para abordar preguntas e inquietudes, visite nuestra página de Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility

    Para más información visite   Civil Rights Compliance Department page.