Washoe Country School District

August 22, 2014

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Federal Grants

 Race to the Top-District (RTT-D)

WCSD is currently applying for this federal grant. To view the application, please click here.

High School Graduation Initiative (HSGI)

The High School Graduation Initiative (HSGI) will serve Washoe High School and its primary feeder middle schools, O’Brien and Vaughn. Students will be sought through Re-Engagement Centers which will provide specific academic personalized plans, social/emotional assistance, and/or other basic needs for students at-risk of dropping out or who have already dropped out of school. At-risk populations will be identified for early intervention strategies to prevent dropout and offered services with adult advocates and after-school tutoring. A “School Within a School” (SWS) model will replace the existing failed Washoe High School and will be implemented at three regionally located high schools beginning with North Valleys HS. The model will allow for smaller class sizes and greater accessibility to increase attendance and credit attainment. Over the next five years, the District will receive grant monies in the amount of $13,215,232 to develop programs that will assist students in graduating from high school.

Teacher Incentive Grant (TIF)

The Washoe County School District applied for and received the Teacher Incentive Fund Grant, or commonly referred to as the TIF Grant, in the spring of 2010. The TIF Grant application was submitted to support the district's goals and objectives outlined in Envision WCSD 2015 - Investing In Our Future. The TIF Grant process is one put forth by the U.S. Department of Education to allow districts to reform and improve their schools, reporting the results to the Department of Education as a possible basis for use nationwide. The Washoe School District TIF Grant focuses on 11 objectives to be implemented at nine pilot schools identified as high-need schools based on low performance on standardized test scores.