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]

High schools

Middle schools

  • 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
  • Mount Rose
  • 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

2013 Sparks Middle School shooting

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.[5][6][7][8][9][10]


  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.
  4. ^ "WCSD Infrastructure Plan". WCSDbuilding.com. WCSD. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Hoffer, Steven (21 October 2013). "Police Respond To Shooting At Sparks Middle School In Nevada". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Nevada middle school shooting: 2 killed, 2 injured". CNN. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ McAndrew, Siobhan; Bellisle, Martha; Duggan, Brian (21 October 2013). "Two dead, two wounded in Nevada middle school shooting". USA Today. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Sparks Middle School shooting: Video details eyewitness account from inside school". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Police: Staff Member Killed at Sparks Middle School, 2 Others Hurt". KTVN. Retrieved October 21, 2013.

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