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~Back to School For Washoe County Students~

School begins August 25, 2008 for Washoe County Students!

 It is back to school time in Northern Nevada so I thought I would share some information about our school system to those who are new to this area and to those who might be relocating to Northern Nevada.

If you live in Reno, Sparks, Spanish Springs, Incline Village, Gerlack and Wadsworth, and have a child that will be attending school, he or she will attend a school in the Washoe County School District.

The Washoe County School District is the second largest district in Nevada. Total enrollment is more than 63,000 students. The school district employs more than 7,200 employees and over 1,300 substitute teachers. This makes the Washoe County School District one of Northern Nevada's largest employers.

Currently there are 64 elementary schools, a special education school, 15 middle schools, 12  high schools plus Washoe High School (an alternative school), Truckee Meadows community College Manget High School and the Regional Technical Institute.

~High Schools are grades 9 - 12~

~Middle Schools are grades 7 - 8~

~Elementary Schools are grades K - 6~

The high schools and middle schools in Northern Nevada are on a "traditional" school year. This means they follow the  nine-month school year  calendar. Classes will begin on August 25, 2008 for the students who attend these schools.

The elementary schools follow traditional, year-round and multi-track calenders. The year-round and multi-track schools started the 2008-2009 school year on July 7, 2008. 

What is the difference between a year-round schedule and a multi-track schedule?

A year-round school holds classes for 230 - 240 days rather than the traditional 180 day schedule. The schools who adapt a multi-rack schedule, usually four tracks, are able to accommodate more students during each school year. This is a way to help ease overcrowding in the school system.

Because a year-round school will always have one group (track) of students on vacation, or "off" track, a school built for 600 students can accommodate 800 when it converts to a multi-track schedule.

Here is how this system works. Let's say there are four tracks per school. Red track, Green track, Blue track and Yellow tack. Red, Blue and Yellow tracks began the new school year on July 7, 2008. Green was considered "off" track and did not start the 2008-2009 school year until August 3, at which time yellow track went  "off" track. When they return in September,  Red track will go "off" tack. Are you confused yet? There is always a track off and three on. Generally, students are in school for three months and then they are off for a month. It sounds crazy but it works. My kids are on blue track and have February, June and October off. We love it.

Students who attend year-round schools aslo follow the holiday schedule that traditional school follow. This means they are get Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and so on, off.

The difference between the multi-track and year-round schools is  the year-round schools have adapted the same school year calender as multi-track schools but are a single track school because they believe it is educationally advantageous to have students take multiple breaks rather than one long summer break.

The Washoe County School District has information regarding zoning, relocation, schools that are on traditional, year-round and multi-track on line. You will also find information on employment, teaching quailifacations, addresses and phone numbers for all schools in the district.

If you have any questions regarding any of the information I have provided or are looking to relocate to this area, please feel free to contact me any time and I will be happy to assist you in any way I can.

Authored by Terrie Leighton: August 2008. Terrie is a Real Estate agent with Ferrari-Lund Real Estate.     

 Disclaimer: The information is this post is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed.

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Comment balloon 1 commentTerrie Leighton • August 20 2008 09:47PM



As a mom of 2, I LOVE this time of year!!!!  Woo-hoo, Back 2 School!!!  And, you can never get too much back to school info!!  Great post.

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