GT Parent ConnectionGT Parent Connection
GT Parent ConnectionGT Parent Connection
GT Parent Connection

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 Pedro Martinez »
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.

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.

View the 2007 Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program Strategic Plan.
First Monday of each month at 7:00pm

West Conference Rooom
WCSD Administration Building
425 E. Ninth Street, Reno

Andrea Hughs-Baird
September 8, 2014 (Agenda)
October 13, 2014
November 3, 2014
December 1, 2014
February 2, 2015
March 2, 2015
April 13, 2015
May 4, 2015
June 1, 2015
Non-Council members are welcome. Meetings are open to all


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

The GATE program has grown tremendously in the last 5 years. There are many more options and many more participating students. Unfortunately, the funding has stayed the same. We are looking to raise money to continue to improve the program through additional classroom materials.

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)

GT Parent Connection- WCSD Gifted and Talented Event
October 15, 2014 Yogurt Beach (all locations) »
October 23, 2014 Fall STEM Festival at Hug HS »
GT Parent Connection- WCSD Gifted and Talented Event Please join us in the large gym at HUG High School on October 23rd from 6-8 for a Fall STEM Festival. The event will be open to the public and entry will be free!

We will have interactive STEM lessons for the whole family and food vendors.

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 »
February 21, 2015 Legend's Grill Fundraiser »
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
  • Use when you shop online - they work with more than 2,500 major brands, have over 100,000 coupons and donate a percentage of every purchase you make to us
We'd like to begin building our presence on! Please join our community on and help us raise money for our program. Get started by clicking the "Become a Supporter" button on our profile page
4790 Caughlin Parkway #406, Reno, NV 89519
(775) 835-1054 phone

4790 Caughlin Parkway #406
Reno, NV 89519

(775) 835-1054 phone

Thank you for your support of gifted children!
Please invite teachers and other parents to join our e-Newsletter group and organization.

e-Newsletter Submissions: