Washoe Country School District

July 28, 2014

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most Frequently Asked Questions From Applicants


Where is Washoe County?
It is located in the northwest corner of Nevada, and it includes the cities of Reno, Sparks, Incline Village, Gerlach, Empire and Wadsworth.

Is it an urban school district or rural school district?
It is a combination of urban and rural schools. We have two rural schools 120 miles northwest of Reno in the town of Gerlach. We also have a school on the border of the Paiute Indian Reservation.

How many schools are in Washoe County?
We have 64 elementary schools, 16 middle schools and 12 comprehensive high schools plus Picollo Special Education School, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) Magnet High School, Washoe High School (an alternative school) and the Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology.

What is the total student enrollment in Washoe County?
Total: 63,310

What is the ethnic breakdown of students in the Washoe County School District?
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2.50%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6.50%
Black, not Hispanic 3.80%
Hispanic 33.40%
White, not Hispanic 53.80%

What is the average class size in your district?
16.0:1 1st, 2nd (Mandated)
19.0:1 3rd (Mandated)
26.0:1 4th - 6th
26.5:1 7th - 8th
27.0:1 9th - 12th

I have a license in another state; can I teach on that license in Nevada?
All teachers teaching in the State of Nevada must be licensed in Nevada. A license can be obtained by application through the State Department of Education. The State of Nevada has a limited reciprocity agreement with some states. The State Department will issue a three-year, non-renewable license if provisions are necessary. All licensed teachers must also pass a Nevada State Law and Constitution Test.

What is the beginning salary for a certified teacher?
Effective 7/1/09, the beginning salary for a teacher with a Bachelor's Degree is $34,398. The salary schedule tops out at $70,344 for a PhD/EdD. Teachers entering Washoe County School District may be allowed credit for outside K-12 teaching experience in public schools, up to a maximum of ten years on the salary schedule. Two years of military experience may be included to build the ten years of experience.

What are the other benefits of teaching in Washoe County School District?

Paid retirement at 21.5%

Health, vision, dental and life insurance at no cost to full-time contracted teachers. Part-time contracted teachers pay a percentage of their premiums.

Seven institutions of higher education.

Four distinct seasons with mild temperatures and more than 300 days of sunshine per year.

Ethnically diverse culture.

How does your district encourage teachers to earn advanced degrees?
The district has a salary schedule that allows teachers to increase his/her salary by completing advanced degrees and course work beyond their Bachelor's Degree. Fifty-five percent of our teachers have their Master's Degree/Master's Equivalency and above. Salary movement may be completed at anytime during the year.

Does your district have a mentor program for new teachers?
A mentoring program is available for first year teachers and a limited number of teachers new to the district. Our program is in cooperation with the University of Nevada, Reno, mentoring program.