Washoe Country School District

July 26, 2014

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Washoe High School

What Is A Washoe High Learning Center?

Washoe High School's program is based on the concept of the "community school" with single and multi-classroom satellite centers in 15 different locations in Washoe County.

As you look around a Washoe High School learning center, you'll notice students working on a variety of subjects, either individually or in groups.

The backbone of Washoe High's instructional program is the learning center in which instruction is approached differently than it is in traditional high schools. Washoe High assigns each student to one learning center whose teacher instructs in several subject areas. This is a "generalist" approach to education in which emphasis is placed on fostering the relationship between the student and teacher, thus opening channels of communication as a means of furthering the instructional process.
   
Washoe High School also meets the needs of the student who is comfortable with the traditional format. There are several multi-center sites where students may move from room to room going from one subject area to another. Although similar to a traditional school, the low number of students at each site still fosters a close relationship between staff and students.

The center teacher's instruction is supplemented by a number of subject specialists in the areas of mathematics and special education.

Students may attend a Washoe High learning center in the morning or afternoon. All learning centers operate a 4-1/2 hour instructional block which includes a 30-minute tutor/tardy session.

Counselors visit learning centers on a weekly basis to assist students with educational planning, career and social development and personal concerns.

Special Programs

Washoe High has several program choices to meet different student needs. While the satellite centers placed in various locations around the Reno/Sparks area are the heart of Washoe High, there are also other ways to attend school.

  • Students who are 18 years of age and work day jobs can attend Washoe High's evening adult program.
  • Students who need to sharpen their reading, writing and math skills can do so at the PACE Reading Lab.
  • The Cyesis program, for pregnant teenage girls and new mothers, offers support and guidance for students continuing their studies. Child care facilities as well as instruction in prenatal and infant care are provided.

Washoe High also has classrooms located in several agency facilities including Sagewind, ATC, Wittenberg and Parole.

How To Sign Up

Current Washoe County School District Students

  • Third and fourth year high school students must obtain a referral from their present school. (See your current counselor.)
  • First and second year high school students are accepted into agency and Cyesis programs only.

Students From Outside the District

  • All students must report to the high school they are zoned for and request a referral to Washoe High.

Students In Special Programs

  • Ninth through twelfth grade students who are pregnant may enroll directly in the Cyesis program.
  • Wittenberg Juvenile Detention Facility students must be referred by their probation officer.
  • Sagewind and ATC students need to be enrolled at the facility by staff.
  • Paroled students must be referred by their parole officer.

Graduation Options

Washoe High offers two different diplomas: a Traditional Diploma and an Adult Diploma. Students opting for the Adult Diploma must be 17 years of age or older.

Requirements:

Traditional Diploma
English/Language Arts4 credits
Mathematics*3 credits
Science2 credits
Physical Education2 credits
World History1 credit
American History1 credit
U.S. Government1 credit
Arts/Humanities1 credit
Computer Literacy1/2 credit
Health or JROTC1/2 credit
Elective Courses*6-1/2 credit
TOTAL     22-1/2 credits 
* Beginning with the Class of 2003, all graduates will be required to have 3 credits in mathematics and 6-1/2 elective credits.

Adult Diploma
English/Language Arts4 credits
Mathematics*3 credits
Science2 credits
American History1 credit
U.S. Government1 credit
Arts/Humanities1 credit
Computer Literacy1/2 credit
Health or JROTC1/2 credit
Elective Courses*7-1/2 credit
TOTAL     20-1/2 credits 
* Beginning with the Class of 2003, all graduates will be required to have 3 credits in mathematics and 7-1/2 elective credits.

In addition to the credit requirements, a student must pass all sections of the Nevada State Proficiency Exam in order to receive either the Traditional or Adult Diploma.

Facts about Washoe High

  • Fully accredited high school in Washoe County
  • Small class sizes
  • Teachers and students get to know each other
  • Study in both small groups and individually
  • Centers located throughout the district
  • Students must provide their own transportation
  • Students have contact with a counselor every week
  • Enrollment is approximately 700 students in 15 separate learning center sessions
  • Approximately 150 students graduate each year
  • Computer labs and P.E. courses offered
  • Additional subject evening classes are available
  • NovaNet computer lab available

For More Information

To register, make an appointment with the Washoe High School Intake Coordinator by calling 333-5150. Students younger than 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to register. For more information on Washoe High School, call 333-5150.