Washoe County School District Information

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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
PresidentDr. Angela D. Taylor
Vice-presidentKaty Simon Holland
AppointedTraci Davis
Governing agencyIndependently Governed
Students and staff
Students64,192 (2015) [1]
Teachers3,542 (2017) [1]
Staff272 (2015) [1]
Student-teacher ratio20.82 (2015) [1]
Other information
ScheduleMulti Track Year Round and Balanced
Website www.washoeschools.net

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 Dr. Angela Taylor. The trustees appoint a superintendent to lead the district in day-to-day operations.


Superintendent Traci Davis leads the Washoe County School District.. [2]

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

Superintendent Davis served as deputy superintendent of WCSD from September, 2012 to October, 2014, when she was named interim superintendent. In both roles, she provided support to the WCSD Board of Trustees, superintendent, and the District by managing the strategic plan in accordance with established goals. As interim superintendent, she has continued to foster stronger relationships with the community and within the District, while maintaining an intense focus on improving academic performance and graduation rates and narrowing achievement gaps among student populations. She provided a strong and supportive presence in Carson City as lawmakers debated and ultimately passed historic legislation in support of schools during the 2015 Legislative session.

Prior to joining Washoe County School District, Davis worked 16 years in the Clark County School District. She served in a variety of roles ranging from teacher, Title I Interventionist, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Area Superintendent. During her tenure, she developed programs to increase student achievement. She assisted with the Superintendent’s initiative, “A Look Ahead” implementing programming to target predicted high school dropouts all in an attempt to increase graduation rates. Ms. Davis was recognized with the Nevada National Distinguished Principal Award in 2011 for her efforts in transforming an at risk school.

Ms. Davis holds the following degrees: Educational Specialist from Nova Southeastern University, with a focus on school administration, a Master’s degree of Education in Educational Technology from Lesley University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. [3]

Dr. Kristen McNeill serves as Deputy Superintendent for the Washoe County School District.

Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez is the former Superintendent of the WCSD. On July 22, 2014, the Board of Trustees of the Washoe County School District relieved Pedro Martinez of his duties as superintendent and named Deputy Superintendent Traci Davis and then Chief of Staff Kristen McNeill as co-managers. [4] In response, Mr. Martinez filed two lawsuits against the school district and the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Martinez had previously worked for the District between 2009 and 2011 as a Deputy Superintendent and was instrumental in the development of the District's strategic plan. [5]

Immediately before his appointment as Superintendent, Mr. Martinez was the Deputy Superintendent of the Clark County School District in Southern Nevada, [5] the fifth largest school district in the United States. [6] Prior to that, Mr. Martinez served as a Regional Superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools, [5] the nation's third largest school district. [7]


The WCSD currently has 64 elementary schools, a special education school, 14 middle schools, 13 comprehensive high schools, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) 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. [8]

High schools

Middle schools

  • 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


  • 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
  • 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

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. [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]


  1. ^ a b c d "District Details". WCSD Statistics. 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "WCSD office of the superintendent: Overview - WCSD website". washoeschools.net. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  3. ^ "Biography Traci Davis, Superintendent of Schools". Washoeschools.net. WCSD. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Washoe County School Board relieves superintendent of duties". Las Sun. 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  5. ^ a b c "Biography". Washoecountyschools.org. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  6. ^ "Clark County School District: Overview - Las Vegas Sun News". Lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  7. ^ "Chicago Public Schools : At-a-glance". Cps.edu. Archived from the original on 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  8. ^ "WCSD Infrastructure Plan". WCSDbuilding.com. WCSD. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Hoffer, Steven (21 October 2013). "Police Respond To Shooting At Sparks Middle School In Nevada". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Nevada middle school shooting: 2 killed, 2 injured". CNN. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  11. ^ "2 dead, 2 boys hurt in Nevada school shooting". The San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  12. ^ McAndrew, Siobhan; Bellisle, Martha; Duggan, Brian (21 October 2013). "Two dead, two wounded in Nevada middle school shooting". USA Today. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Sparks Middle School shooting: Video details eyewitness account from inside school". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Police: Staff Member Killed at Sparks Middle School, 2 Others Hurt". KTVN. Retrieved October 21, 2013.

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