Education Is a Priority

A quality education is an important consideration as you consider moving your business, and your family, to Northern Nevada. It is also a high priority for local officials and the business community. This is demonstrated by a robust, collaborative relationship between education, business and the region’s communities. To learn more about how business and education work together in an ongoing spirit of cooperation and support, please go to the Education Alliance of Washoe County web site.

In addition, The Buckley Education Group was commissioned in 2016 by EDAWN to research and analyze Washoe County schools, western Nevada region, and national data comparatives. The report revealed Washoe County and the State of Nevada’s ongoing commitment to education, to increase attendance, test scores and graduation rates. Details of the findings are available in the Buckley Report_The Analysis & Review of Education in Western Nevada 2016 .





K-12 Education

The award-winning Washoe County School District is the 57th largest district in the United States and second largest district in Nevada, serving 98 schools with approximately 64,000 students. The District’s 8,000 employees educate children in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, an area of 6,300 square miles. WCSD is on an ambitious pathway of reform with focus on increased academic rigor for all children and the elimination of achievement gaps. WCSD’s strategic plan, Envision WCSD 2020 – Investing In Our Future, focuses on accountability and demonstrable results, student achievement, accessibility for families and the community, and alignment of departmental support. Since the implementation of the strategic plan began in 2010, WCSD has seen greater student achievement as evidenced by increased graduation and proficiency rates and more students taking more rigorous classes. WCSD is committed to improving the quality of education provided to all children and working in collaboration with families and the community to ensure it is graduating all students college- and highly-skilled career ready for the 21st century.


Click to read more facts and information about the Washoe County School District

Davidson Academy

Reno is also home to the Davidson Academy, a free public school for profoundly gifted middle and high school students. For the second year in a row, The Davidson Academy has been ranked as one of the nation’s “Top-performing schools with elite students” by the Washington Post’s Jay Mathews.

The Academy also made Newsweek’s 2012 rankings of America’s Best High Schools, ranking in the top 100.

Public Charter Schools

There are more than 10 Charter Schools in our region focused on STEAM studies, alternative learning philosophies, career-applicable training methods in construction and engineering, bilingual learning environments, personalized learning, play in education, small school warm and nurturing learning community.For more information on Public Charter Schools or to download the Nevada Charter School Directory.

Private Schools

Reno-Sparks has over 20 private elementary and secondary schools including religious affliates, alternative schools and technical schools.

Child Care

Washoe County Child Care Services is responsible for regulating and monitoring the temporary care provided to children outside of their home by caregivers other than their natural parents. We will use the laws and regulations set by the State and the County to insure a minimum level of care is provided to children to maintain and facilitate their normal development, health, safety, and welfare.

For information on child care services in Washoe County visit the Washoe County Current Child Care Facility page.

Washoe County Library System

The Washoe County Library System connects people with information, ideas and experiences to support an enriched and engaged community, one individual at a time.  The library supports our regional education system through programs, online resources, books, and partnerships for students of all ages. For more information please visit:

In addition, the WCLS has taken on workforce development role for the community and provides Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT-1) training. Click for more information or call (775) 827-3232.


Public Higher Education

University of Nevada, Reno

( serves over 17,000 students. The University is classified as a Comprehensive Doctoral institution, offers more than 140 degree programs and, with annual research awards totaling $66 million (FY10), represents half of all research awarded to Nevada System of Higher Education institutions. The part-time MBA program of the College of Business is ranked in the top 25 in the United States by BusinessWeek magazine. Click here for a quick look at the University of Nevada. You can find their most current view book here as well.

The Nevada Small Business Development Center 

( is a statewide business assistance outreach program of the University of Nevada, Reno. Free and low cost information, assistance, counseling and training are provided for Nevada businesses.

The Desert Research Institute (DRI)

( is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education, conducting cutting-edge applied research in airland and life, and water quality across Nevada, the United States and on every continent. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue.

Truckee Meadows Community College

( is a comprehensive community college located in Reno, Nevada, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. With five college sites and more than 20 community locations, TMCC serves over 20,000 students each year in state-supported programs and another 12,000 students in non-credit workforce development classes.  TMCC also offers valuable custom training and workforce assessment programs for a wide array of industries.

Western Nevada College

( Western  Nevada College serves some 6,000 Nevadans every semester with a diverse curriculum tailored to meet individual educational goals. Dozens of degree, certificate and career-building programs, workforce development and small class sizes help ensure a successful college experience.


Private Higher Education

Sierra Nevada College

( offers classes leading to Bachelor of Arts, Science, Fine Arts and Business Administration degrees. There is also a teacher education program leading to a master of arts degree as well as to initial teacher licensure in Nevada.

University of Phoenix

( in Reno offers bachelor of science degrees in criminal justice, management as well as MBA degrees, with various concentrations including heath care management.

Career College of Northern Nevada

( offers career technical training programs as well as Associate degrees in Medical Assistant, Paralegal and Electronic Engineering and Computer Technology. There are also short diploma programs in Medical Assisting and Electronics Repair Technician.