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Charter Schools in Reno and Washoe County

Charter Public Schools Give Students Options in Washoe County

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Charter schools, public schools, Reno, Nevada, NV

Rainshadow Community Charter High School, Reno, Nevada.

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What Are Charter Schools?

The charter school concept is a bit different than regular public schools. Here is the explanation provided by the Washoe County School District (WCSD) - "Charter schools are public schools funded with taxpayer dollars. Charters get the same per-pupil allocation from the state as the school district does. They take a count of students in the same way, and they receive their funding directly from the state based on their official enrollment. They are also eligible for Title 1 funds on the same basis as other schools. In addition, they get a proportionate share of special education dollars if they're serving eligible children."... read more

Charter schools typically offer a different, sometimes specialized curriculum than that found in regular public schools. Instructional methods may also differ, but students still must adhere to district and state standards. Just like standard public schools, charter schools cannot be affiliated with any church and may not set discriminatory standards about who can attend.

Washoe County Charter Schools Are Sponsored By Different Agencies

Charter schools in which Washoe County students may enroll are sponsored by two different agencies - the Washoe County School District and the Nevada Department of Education.

WCSD Sponsored Charter Schools

Academy for Career Education (ACE High School)
Grades: 9-12
Emphasis: Construction and engineering careers.
Location: 2800 Vassar St., Reno, NV 89502. (775) 324-3900.

Bailey Charter Elementary School
Grades: K-6
Emphasis: Nevada’s first Title I charter elementary school.
Location: 210 Gentry Way, Reno, NV 89502. (775) 323-6767.

Coral Academy of Science
Grades: K-12
Emphasis: Elementary, middle, and high schools aimed at college preparatory education.
Location: 1350 E. Ninth St., Reno NV 89512. (775) 323-2332.

High Desert Montessori School
Grades: Primary, elementary, and middle schools.
Emphasis: Teaching with Montessori methods.
Locations: 2590 Orovada St., Reno, NV 89512 and 2025 Silverada Blvd., Reno, NV 89512. (775) 624-2800.

I Can Do Anything Charter High School
Grades: 9-12
Emphasis: Nevada’s first charter school. Integrity, Character, Dedication, Achievement through innovative education.
Location: 1195 Corporate Blvd. Suite C, Reno, NV 89502. (775) 857-1544.

Mariposa Academy of Language & Learning
Grades: K-5
Emphasis: Dual language learning - Spanish and English.
Location: 3875 Glen St., Reno, NV 89502. (775) 826-4040.

Rainshadow Community Charter High School
Grades: 9-12
Emphasis: Alternative path to higher academic achievement.
Location: 121 Vesta St., Reno, NV 89502. (775) 322-5566.

Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School
Grades: K-8
Emphasis: An alternative to the Washoe County School District.
Location: 13880 Stead Blvd., Reno, NV 89506. (775) 677-4500.

Nevada State Sponsored Charter Schools

Alpine Academy
Grades: 9-12
Emphasis: Nevada State Board of Education standards.
Location: 605 Boxington Way, Suite 112, Sparks, NV 89436. (775) 356-1166.

Beacon Academy of Nevada (formerly Insight School of Nevada)
Grades: 9-12
Emphasis: Distance education.
Reno Location: 5250 Neil Road, Suite 205, Reno, NV 89502. (775) 825-0732.
Las Vegas Location: 7360 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas NV 89147. (702) 726-8600.

Nevada Connections Academy
Grades: K-12
Emphasis: Distance education.
Location: 5690 Riggins Court, Suite B, Reno, NV 89502. (775) 826-4200.

Nevada Virtual Academy
Grades: K-12
Emphasis: Distance education.
Location: 187 E. Warm Springs Rd., Suite C, Las Vegas, NV 89119. (702) 407-1825.

Silver State High School
Grades: 7-12
Emphasis: Statewide distance education program.
Location: 3719 North Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89706. (775) 883-7900.

State Sponsored Charter Schools Contact
Tom McCormack, Nevada Department of Education
1749 Moody Street, Suite 40, Carson City, NV 89706. (775) 687-9149.

Source: Washoe County School District

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