Education is taken very seriously in the Truckee Meadows, and Reno schools are a high priority for the area residents. The Washoe County School District is the second-largest district in the state, is one of the largest employers in the area and is constantly the focus of community attention. The voters recently approved an increase in the county sales tax to fund improvements for existing schools and construction of new schools in response to the growing population. The WCSD offers traditional schooling as well as a small number of charter schools to address specific educational initiatives and an online education option. The area also has a number of outstanding private schools ranging from pre-school through high school. Once a student has graduated from the secondary school system, there are several continuing education opportunities. Reno schools beyond high school include vocational education programs in several different trades. The Truckee Meadows Community College offers associate degrees in a wide range of subjects. And the University of Nevada, Reno, is one of the nation's top public research universities and is ranked as a national Tier 1 school by U.S. News and World Report. UNR has a student body population of some 20,000 out of Washoe County's population of about 434,000.
High-achieving Reno Schools
Reno schools include some of the highest-ranking academic institutions in the state of Nevada. The Davidson Academy located on the campus of UNR is a free public day school for profoundly gifted students in middle school and high school. Sage Ridge School in Reno is a non-sectarian college prep day school for grades 4 through 12 that has been recognized nationally for its highly rigorous course of instruction.