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
PresidentKaty Simon Holland[1]
Vice-presidentMalena Raymond[2]
AppointedKristen McNeill (Interim)
Governing agencyIndependently Governed
Students and staff
Students64,192 (2015)[3]
Teachers3,542 (2017)[3]
Staff272 (2015)[3]
Student-teacher ratio20.82 (2015)[3]
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, 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.


Interim Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill leads the Washoe County School District..[4]

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.


The WCSD currently has 65 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) and the Academy of Arts Careers and Technology.

In the WCSD, elementary schools typically include kindergarten through sixth grade, middle schools include seventh grade and 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.[5]

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • B.D. Billinghurst Middle School
  • Clayton Middle School
  • Cold Springs Middle School
  • Depoali Middle School
  • Dilworth 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


  • Allen
  • Anderson
  • Beasley
  • Jesse Beck
  • Bennett
  • Libby C. Booth
  • Brown
  • Cannan
  • Caughlin Ranch
  • Corbett
  • Desert Heights
  • Diedrichsen
  • Dodson
  • Donner Springs
  • Double Diamond
  • Drake
  • Duncan
  • Dunn
  • Elmcrest
  • Gomes
  • Roy Gomm
  • Greenbrae
  • Hidden Valley
  • Blue Kangaroo
  • Huffaker
  • Hunsberger
  • Hunter Lake
  • Jesse Hall
  • Lena Juniper
  • Lemelson
  • Lemmon Valley
  • Elizabeth Lenz
  • Lincoln Park
  • Echo Loder
  • Mathews
  • Maxwell
  • Melton
  • Mitchell
  • Moss
  • Mount Rose
  • Natchez
  • Palmer
  • Peavine
  • Picollo Special Education School
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Poulakidas
  • Risley
  • Rollan Melton
  • Sepulveda
  • Lemelson STEM
  • Silver Lake
  • Alice Smith
  • Kate Smith
  • Smithridge
  • Spanish Springs
  • Stead
  • Sun Valley
  • Taylor
  • Towles
  • Van Gorder
  • Verdi
  • Veterans Memorial
  • Warner
  • Westergard
  • Whitehead
  • Winnemucca
  • Incline Elementary

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.[6][7][8][9][10][11]


  1. ^ https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/518
  2. ^ https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/518
  3. ^ a b c d "District Details". WCSD Statistics. 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "WCSD office of the superintendent: Overview - WCSD website". washoeschools.net. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  5. ^ "WCSD Infrastructure Plan". WCSDbuilding.com. WCSD. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Hoffer, Steven (21 October 2013). "Police Respond To Shooting At Sparks Middle School In Nevada". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Nevada middle school shooting: 2 killed, 2 injured". CNN. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  8. ^ "2 dead, 2 boys hurt in Nevada school shooting". The San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  9. ^ McAndrew, Siobhan; Bellisle, Martha; Duggan, Brian (21 October 2013). "Two dead, two wounded in Nevada middle school shooting". USA Today. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Sparks Middle School shooting: Video details eyewitness account from inside school". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Police: Staff Member Killed at Sparks Middle School, 2 Others Hurt". KTVN. Retrieved October 21, 2013.

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