Washoe County School District

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Washoe County School District
425 E. 9th Street Reno NV 89512
Northwest Nevada

Reno, Sparks
, Washoe County, Nevada, Nevada, 89512
District information
MottoEvery Child, By Name And Face, To Graduation
PresidentMalena Raymond [1]
Vice-presidentAngie Taylor[1]
AppointedKristen McNeill
Governing agencyIndependently Governed
Students and staff
Students64,192 (2015)[2]
Teachers3,542 (2017)[2]
Staff272 (2015)[2]
Student–teacher ratio20.82 (2015)[2]
Other information

The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is a public school district providing public education to students in Washoe County, Nevada, including the cities of Reno and Sparks, and the unincorporated communities of Verdi, Incline Village, Sun Valley and Gerlach. The Washoe County School District is the second largest school district in Nevada with approximately 64,000 students enrolled in 96 schools.

A board of seven elected trustees governs the Washoe County School District. The current president of the WCSD Board of Trustees is Katy Simon Holland. The trustees appoint a superintendent to lead the district in day-to-day operations.


Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill leads the Washoe County School District.[3]

The Superintendent, as Chief Executive Officer, oversees the day-to-day activities of the District. Dr. McNeill provides support to the School Board and the Washoe County School District by managing the Strategic Plan in accordance with established goals.

Debra Biersdorff is the district's deputy superintendent.


The WCSD currently has 66 elementary schools, a special education school, 16 middle schools, 13 comprehensive high schools, Truckee Meadows Community College High School, Innovations High School (a comprehensive high school of choice), Gerlach K-12, and the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology.

In the WCSD, elementary schools typically include kindergarten through fifth grade, middle schools include sixth grade through eighth grade, and high schools include ninth grade through twelfth grade. The WCSD is currently working to move sixth grade students to middle school and anticipates doing so as soon as three planned new middle schools are constructed.[4]

K-12 schools[edit]

  • Gerlach K-12 School (consolidation of Gerlach High School and Ernest M. Johnson Elementary School)

High schools[edit]

K-8 schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • B.D. Billinghurst Middle School
  • Clayton Middle School
  • Cold Springs Middle School
  • Depoali Middle School
  • Dilworth STEM Academy
  • Marce Herz Middle School
  • Incline Middle School
  • Mendive Middle School
  • O'Brien STEM Academy
  • Pine Middle School
  • Yvonne Shaw Middle School
  • Sparks Middle School
  • Darrel C. Swope Middle School
  • Fred W. Traner Middle School
  • Vaughn Middle School
  • Desert Skies Middle School
  • Sky Ranch Middle School


  • Lois Allen
  • Anderson
  • Bud Beasley
  • Jesse Beck
  • Esther Bennett
  • John Bohach
  • Libby C. Booth
  • Brown
  • Rita Cannan
  • Caughlin Ranch
  • Roger Corbett
  • Desert Heights
  • Lloyd Diedrichsen
  • Dodson
  • Donner Springs
  • Double Diamond
  • Florence Drake
  • Duncan STEM
  • Katherine Dunn
  • Elmcrest
  • Nancy Gomes
  • Roy Gomm
  • Grace Warner
  • Greenbrae
  • Hidden Valley
  • Huffaker
  • Hunsberger
  • Hunter Lake
  • Jesse Hall
  • Lena Juniper
  • Lemelson STEM
  • Lemmon Valley
  • Elizabeth Lenz
  • Lincoln Park
  • Echo Loder
  • Louis Allen
  • Bernice Mathews
  • Mamie Towles
  • Alice Maxwell
  • Melton
  • Robert Mitchell
  • Marvin Moss
  • Natchez
  • Virginia Palmer
  • Peavine
  • Marvin Picollo Special Education School
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Nick Poulakidas
  • Agnes Risley
  • Rollan Melton
  • Sarah Winnemucca
  • Miguel Sepulveda
  • Silver Lake
  • Alice Smith
  • Kate Smith
  • Smithridge STEM
  • Spanish Springs
  • Stead
  • Sun Valley
  • Alyce Taylor
  • Edward Van Gorder
  • Verdi
  • Veterans Memorial STEM
  • Westergard
  • Jerry Whitehead
  • Incline Elementary

Circa 2000 Natchez, in Wadsworth, had about 160 students with 94% being Native American.[5] Enrollment remained at the same level as of 2016. The school is on the Paiute Indian Reservation and is the only school in the district that is on a Native American reservation.[6] Holly O'Driscoll of the Nevada Living Magazine described it as "a small, older" facility.[5] In 2017 Siobhan McAndrew of the Reno Gazette Journal stated that historically Natchez had issues with academic performance but by 2017 had a new principal and newly-hired teachers. The district extensively renovated the school in summer 2017, spending $1.5 million to do so.[6]

2013 Sparks Middle School shooting[edit]

A student opened fire at Sparks Middle School, a Washoe County School District school. Two students were critically injured, and a teacher was fatally shot while trying to intervene with the student. The gunman then committed suicide by shooting himself. Students from the school were evacuated and were placed at Sparks High School, where they held until they were picked up by their guardians.[7][8][9][10][11][12]


  1. ^ a b https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/518
  2. ^ a b c d "District Details". WCSD Statistics. 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "WCSD office of the superintendent: Overview - WCSD website". washoeschools.net. Retrieved 2019-10-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "WCSD Infrastructure Plan". WCSDbuilding.com. WCSD. Retrieved September 13, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b O'Driscoll, Holly. "Education: Communties, schools closely linked". Nevada Living Magazine. Reno Gazette-Journal. Archived from the original on 2021-03-20. Retrieved 2021-03-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b McAndrew, Siobhan (2017-09-22). "Knowing Natchez: New principal, new teachers and a remodeled building start a new year for WCSD's only school on an American Indian reservation". Reno Journal Gazette. Retrieved 2021-03-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Hoffer, Steven (21 October 2013). "Police Respond To Shooting At Sparks Middle School In Nevada". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Nevada middle school shooting: 2 killed, 2 injured". CNN. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "2 dead, 2 boys hurt in Nevada school shooting". The San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ McAndrew, Siobhan; Bellisle, Martha; Duggan, Brian (21 October 2013). "Two dead, two wounded in Nevada middle school shooting". USA Today. Retrieved 21 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Sparks Middle School shooting: Video details eyewitness account from inside school". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 21 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Police: Staff Member Killed at Sparks Middle School, 2 Others Hurt". KTVN. Retrieved October 21, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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