Washoe County School District 2017–2018 Calendar

Includes Key Dates Like Holidays, School Breaks, and Testing Days

Damonte Ranch High School, Reno, Nevada
Stan White

The Washoe County School District covers Reno, Sparks, and more rural areas such as the north shore of Lake Tahoe. It operates under traditional, year-round, and multi-track schedules. If your child's school is on a traditional schedule, below is the calendar of important dates for the 20172018 school year. You will also find a shorter list that includes school holidays only.

School District at a Glance

In 2017, there were 63,919 students enrolled in the Washoe County School District, the highest number since the 20082009 school year when there were 63,282 students enrolled. That number dipped to 62,220 in the 20112012 school year, then increased to the current high of 63,919. 

Current enrollment is almost equally divided between males and females, with slightly fewer females. Ethnically, by far the largest group identifies itself as "multiracial," closely followed by white, then hispanic. Smaller numbers of students identify themselves as Asian, African American, American Indian, and Pacific Islander, in that order. Of total students enrolled, 77 percent graduated in 2016, which represents a steady improvement from 62 percent in 2010.

Washoe County School District overall fosters a "culture of respect," in response to a survey of executives and employees. The district prohibits bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination.

Important 2017–2018 School Year Dates

  • August 1, 2017: First Day of School
  • August 2 and 3, 2017: Teacher Professional Development Days
  • August 4, 2017: Teacher Work Day
  • August 7, 2017: First Day of School for Students
  • August 7–11, 2017: Kindergarten Testing Week
  • August 14, 2017: First Day for Kindergarten Students
  • September 1, 2017: Enrollment Count Day
  • September 4, 2017: - Labor Day
  • October 26, 2017 - Fall Break
  • October 11, 2017: PSAT
  • October 11, 2017: End of Grading Period
  • October 27, 2017: Nevada Day Observance
  • October 31, 2017: Nevada Day
  • October 20 and 23– 26, 2017: Conference Week
  • November 10, 2017: Veterans' Day Observance
  • November 11, 2017: Veterans' Day
  • November 22–24, 2017: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 21, 2017: End of Grading Period
  • December 22, 2017: Teacher Work Day
  • December 25, 2017–January 12, 2018: Winter Break
  • January 8–12, 2018: Intersession Week
  • January 15, 2018: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 16, 2018: School Resumes
  • February 19, 2018: Presidents' Day
  • March 23, 2018: End of Grading Period
  • March 26–April 6, 2018: Spring Break
  • April 9, 2018: Classes Resume
  • May 28, 2018: Memorial Day
  • June 8, 2018: End of Grading Period / Last Day of School 
  • June 12, 2018: Primary Election Day
  • June 11, 12, and 13, 2018: Contingency Days

Holidays for Washoe County Traditional Calendar Schools

These are the official school holidays for schools on traditional schedules in the Washoe County School District.

Other School Year Calendars

For calendar information other than that listed here, refer to other Washoe County School District school year calendars on the district website.

Schools in the Washoe County School District

The Washoe County School District website has a wealth of information about all of the schools in the district, along with related information such as bus schedules, registration information, licensed kindergartens, school libraries, charter schools, and more. Here are some of the main links to district information.

Public School Alternatives

While traditional public schools are the choice for most Reno area residents, there are alternatives. Here are some of the other ways families choose to educate their children in Washoe County.

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