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Washoe County School District (WCSD)

Washoe County School District Logo The Washoe County School District (WCSD) operates 94 schools spread throughout the county, including the Reno/Sparks area in Northern Nevada. The district has a total enrollment of more than 63,000 students in grades K-12.

The district provides a Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) Program to students in
grades 2-12, including an elementary program for grades 2-6, middle school program, high school internship program, and classes for highly gifted students in grades 3-6. The district also has an active Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC).

Superintendent Traci Davis »
Envision WCSD 2015 - Investing In Our Future has been the product of a reform-minded school board, a new leadership team, and numerous internal and external partners who worked to craft a plan that builds from past district successes, acknowledges needed areas of improvement, and is unwavering in producing improved results for all 63,000 students.


The mission of the Washoe County School District Gifted and Talented Education Program is to provide our gifted and talented students differentiated instruction that is commensurate with their exceptional abilities through a spectrum of curricular and instructional gifted services and opportunities.

The District will provide programs for gifted and talented students to work together under the guidance of trained teachers in an atmosphere that is intellectually and academically rigorous, fosters creativity, and provides emotional support.

WCSD GATE Program Contact Information
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: (view .pdf map)
University of Nevada, Reno
William Raggio Bldg
Learning Resource Center (LRC- 1st floor, 1st door to the right)
1664 N Virginia St
Reno, NV 89557

WCSD Gifted & Talented
P.O. Box 30425
Reno, NV 89520

Telephone: 775-682-5549
Fax: 775-682-5546


GTAC serves as an advisory body to the Washoe County School District. GTAC includes parents, teachers, administrators, and community representatives organized to represent the interests of gifted and talented students in the WCSD and to make recommendations regarding district services and programming for GT students.

View the 2007 Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program Strategic Plan.


GTAC members attend regularly scheduled monthly meetings. The Council strives to be representative of all geographical areas and reflect the diverse ethnicities of the Washoe County School District.

Chair: Andrea Hughs-Baird
First Monday of each month at 7:00pm-8:00pm; 8:00 p.m. + (General Meeting/no Board action)
Non-Council members are welcome. Meetings are open to all
Sept 8, 2014WCSD Administration Building (425 E. Ninth Street, Reno)PDFPDF
Oct 13, 2014WCSD Administration Building (425 E. Ninth Street, Reno)PDFPDF
Nov 3, 2014Mendive MS LIBRARY (1900 Whitewood Dr, Sparks)
Del Rosa Entrance
Dec 1, 2014Swope MS LIBRARY (901 Keele Drive, Reno)PDF
Feb 2, 2015Pine MS LIBRARY (4800 Neil Road, Reno)PDF
Mar 2, 2015Clayton MS LIBRARY (1295 Wyoming Ave, Reno)March Agenda & February Minutes
Apr 13, 2015Mendive MS LIBRARY (1900 Whitewood Dr, Sparks)
May 4, 2014
Hug HS CAREER CENTER (2880 Sutro Street, Reno)
June 1, 2015Hug HS CAREER CENTER (2880 Sutro Street, Reno)


2013-2014 Agenda and Minutes »
September 2, 2013 (Minutes)
October 7, 2013 (Minutes)
November 4, 2013 (Minutes)
December 2, 2014 (Minutes)
February 3, 2014 (cancelled)
March 3, 2014 (Minutes)
April 14, 2014 (Minutes)
May 12, 2014 (Minutes)
June 2, 2014 (Agenda)
2012-2013 Agenda and Minutes »
September 10, 2012 (Minutes)
October 1, 2012 (Minutes)
November 5, 2012 (Minutes)
December 3, 2012 (Minutes)
February 4, 2013 (Minutes)
March 4, 2013 (Minutes)
April 1, 2013 (Agenda)
May 6, 2013 (Agenda)
June 3, 2013 (Agenda)

GATE Boosters: Fundraising Committee

GATE Boosters is an all-volunteer group working to support WCSD GATE. To join the GATE Fundraising Committee, please email Leah Crosby at

If you would like to make a donation to the GATE Program, please mail a tax-deductible donation to the WCSD GATE Program (Tax ID # 88-6000919), please mail a check to:
P.O. Box 30425
Reno, NV 89520

2014-2015 Fundraising Events

We are currently trying to raise funds to purchase enough computers for each child in our contained classrooms.
August 26, 2014 Murrieta's Restaurant and Cantina »
UPDATE: We raised over $870 dollars during our recent fundraiser at Murrieta's Restaurant and Cantina! Thank you to all those who came out to eat with us. Thank you for supporting the GATE Program!

Murrieta's Mexican Restaurant is hosting a fundraiser for GATE Boosters.

15% of total sales (alcohol included) will be donated to the WCSD GATE Programs! (Coupons and any other promotional discounts will not be valid during this event)

MURRIETA'S Restaurant and Cantina
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
11:00am - 10:00pm
RENO: 8195 S. Virginia St, Reno
SPARKS: 3060 Vista Blvd, Sparks
(Flyer must be presented to server)

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October 15, 2014 Yogurt Beach (all locations) »
UPDATE: The Yogurt Beach Fundraiser brought in $434! Thank you to all those families who came out to support GATE.

Yogurt Beach is proud to be hosting an all-day fundraiser benefitting WCSD GATE Program. All you need to do is mention your support for our program when you make your purchase.

Yogurt Beach @ all 3 locations
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (all day)

Mayberry Landing (3882 Mayberry Drive, Suite B)
Sparks Crossing (113 Los Altos Parkway, Suite 100)
Village at Double Diamond (748 South Meadows Parkway, Suite A-5)

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October 23, 2014 Fall STEM Festival at Hug HS »
GT Parent Connection- WCSD Gifted and Talented Event UPDATE: The raffle raised $17,385!! Thank you to all the students and parents who sold tickets and to the teachers for their support. The classes with the first and second highest sales earned pizza parties for their efforts.

GATE Boosters is excited to bring Washoe County families Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) enrichment in a fun and exciting atmosphere!

Hands-on activities will be provided by Washoe County School District Gifted and Talented Teachers and local organizations:
  • Robison Engineering Co.
  • College of Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
  • DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library at UNR
  • Fleischmann Planetarium
  • Discovery Museum
  • Nevada Army National Guard
  • Nevada Science Fair, Inc. (Western Nevada Regional Science & Engineering Fair)
  • NV Energy
  • Objectworks
  • Reno Spark Lab
  • NCLab
The event will be open to the public and entry will be free!

Food will be available from Hot Dog Rod and the Java Ship Coffee Truck.

Around 7pm we will be holding the raffle drawing. Buy your tickets that day or in advance from a SWAS or Magnet student. Raffle GRAND PRIZE is $500!
Need not be present to win.

Fall STEM Festival
Thursday, October 23, 2014
HUG High School (Large Gym)
2880 Sutro St, Reno
December 12, 2014 Barnes and Noble Bookfair »
UPDATE: We raised $1,023.00 during the bookfair!! Thank for your continued support of the WCSD GATE Program.

Come do your holiday shopping early and help raise money for the GATE program at Barnes & Noble on December 12th for the Barnes and Noble Bookfair, 9am-10pm.

Scheduled Events:
  • 3:00pm-8:00pm Book Signing by Distinguished Author David Michael Slater
    David Michael Slater is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, teens, and adults. He also teaches in the GT Magnet at Pine Middle School.
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm Storytime in the Children's Section
Barnes & Noble Bookfair
Friday, December 12, 2014
9:00am - 10:00pm
Barnes & Noble- 5555 S. Virginia Street, Reno

(Flyer must be presented at checkout)
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If you cannot attend the bookfair at Barnes & Noble on December 12th, please visit and shop online on December 12th through December 16th. Out of town family members can also support GATE during these dates!
Please enter the Bookfair ID #11463767 during checkout.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair Online
December 12, 2014 - December 16, 2014
Bookfair ID: #11463767
February 21, 2015 Legend's Grill Fundraiser »
Legends is hosting a fundraiser for The WCSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program.

Support the Washoe County School District Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Programs at Legends Grill, Sports, & Spirits in Reno, NV (next to Whole Foods) on February 21, 2015 all day, starting at 8am!

In an effort to raise funds for classroom technology, WCSD GATE Boosters and Legends Grill invite you to breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Legends Grill, Sports & Spirits on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 8am - 10pm. Legends will donate 20% of the total bill when customers present a flyer or mention GATE to their server.

LEGENDS Grill, Sports & Spirits
Saturday, February 21, 2015
8:00am - 10:00pm
6015 S. Virginia Street, Reno

(Present flyer to server)
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May 4-8, 2015 Teacher Appreciation Week »
May 13, 2015 Yogurt Beach (all locations) »

GATE is on!

You can use this site to support WCSD GATE programs as you shop through the year! There is no extra cost to you, only more money for GATE! Here's how you can help:
  • Use when you search the internet - they will donate a penny to us every time you search
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4790 Caughlin Parkway #406, Reno, NV 89519
(775) 835-1054 phone

4790 Caughlin Parkway #406
Reno, NV 89519

(775) 835-1054 phone

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