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McQueen High School is one of eleven four-year public high schools in Washoe County School District. For the 2009-2010 school year, the District will serve over 62,484 students in grades K-12. Our school enrollment is 1,883. We opened in 1982 and are accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.


Sixteen McQueen staff members have earned National Board Certification. Approximately 75% of our certified staff holds an advanced degree (masters or higher). Of the 98 certified members of the McQueen team, 86 are classroom teachers, 1 is a librarian, 6 are counselors and 5 are administrators. We have strong programs in HSROTC, special education, and ESL as well as an outstanding media center directed by a certified librarian. We offer a student leadership class and over 30 clubs and organizations that are sponsored by our faculty and staff. The majority of our athletic coaching staff also teaches at McQueen High School.


We are located in northwest Reno at the base of Peavine Mountain and are referred to as part of the Truckee Meadows, which encompasses the cities of Reno and Sparks as well as numerous well-defined communities. The population of the Truckee Meadows is approximately 380,000. A university, a community college, and several private post-secondary schools are located in our area.


Our school day extends from 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM with 50-minute classes and a 30 minute extended learning time; most students are enrolled in six classes per day. All students are required to enroll in six classes per day; however, seniors who are on track for graduation may opt out of six classes per day and enroll in as few as four courses per day. Our 180-day school calendar is divided into two 18-week semesters. Academic class sizes range from 15 to 40 with the average class size around 30. One-half (.5) credit is awarded for successful completion of most semester classes.


Several diploma options are available to students who graduate in the class of 2010. State academic standards are in place for all students. In order to receive a standard diploma, students are required to pass Nevada High School Proficiency Exams in reading, writing, math, and science.

Washoe County School District requires a student to earn a minimum of 22.5 credits to graduate. Of those credits, students graduating in 2007 must earn 4 in English; 3 in math; 2 each in science, and PE; 1 each in US History, American Government, and World History/World Geography; 1 in either Art/Humanities or Occupational Education; and 1/2 in both health and computer literacy. While these are the requirements, students are highly encouraged to take 4 years of math and 3 years of science per the school district’s “Gateway Curriculum.”


Regular Diploma: 22.5 credits; pass all Nevada High School Proficiency Exams. Advanced Diploma: 24 credits; minimum G.P.A. of 3.25; pass all Nevada High School Proficiency Exams. Honors Diploma: 24 credits; Students must have a minimum 3.4 G.P.A.; minimum 8 honors level courses; two years of the same foreign language; three years of science including two lab courses; four years of math; pass all Nevada High School Proficiency Exams.


McQueen High School offers Honors level courses in English, world languages, science, social studies, and math. A student who completes a specific program of studies including a minimum of 24 credits; a minimum of eight honors level courses; and maintains a minimum G.P.A of 3.4, may be granted an Honors Diploma. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in English, Spanish, French, German, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Calculus, Statistics, American Government, Comparative Government, U.S. History, Human Geography, and Art. Students are required to take the AP exam in all courses designated as AP. Students may also take AP exams in subject areas not offered at McQueen. In the spring of 2009, 354 students took 787 AP exams in 23 subjects. In the spring of 2009, 39 McQueen students earned AP Scholar status, including 2 AP National Scholars, 23 AP Scholars With Distinction, and 19 AP Scholars With Honor.

The Alternative Education program consists of PLATO, a computer-based credit recovery program. Proficiency remediation classes in math and English are offered to those students who have not passed the proficiency exams. An ESL program is available to those with limited English speaking/writing abilities. Our Special Education program focuses on inclusion. It includes 10.5 teachers, Comprehensive Life Skills and Social Intervention self-contained programs, and a Hearing Impaired program. Resource classes are offered in math and language arts.


All half-credit courses are weighted equally and are included in computing a student's grade point average. The following numerical equivalents are used to determine GPA for use in reporting to all outside agencies. In order to receive credit for a class, a student must receive a minimum grade of D in that class. All grades are converted to a four-point scale: A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D or = 1.0, Fail = 0.

For the purpose of determining class rank only, GPA (including all courses) is computed using an five-point scale (A = 4.0, B = 3.0, etc.). AP classes are weighted in calculating GPA for class rank.

Students participating in interscholastic activities must maintain a minimum 2.0 in academics and citizenship.


Many McQueen students take advantage of the Millennium Scholarship for Nevada high school students and attend Nevada post-secondary institutions. Historically, approximately 70-75% of our graduates enroll in some type of post-secondary institution within the state or at out of state universities, colleges, and military academies. Many of our graduates attend the University of Nevada, Reno.

About 50% of the Class of 2009 took the SAT and 43% took the ACT. The average ACT score for the class of 2009 was 23.4 with a range of 15 - 34. Average SAT scores were as follows: Verbal – 526 (range 200 - 800); Math – 543 (range 310 - 780); and Writing – 498 (range 250 - 770). The class of 2010 has 2 National Merit Finalists.

McQueen is a member of the College Board. The school code is 290143.

Copies of this “School Profile” are sent with each official request for student records and/or transcripts. Additional information regarding McQueen High School and its policies and programs is available upon request. Visit our website for more information: www.mcqueenhs.com

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