If I take my child out of WCSD, what are my choices for educating them?


Individual: Parents provide selected curriculum and instruction.

Online: Parents subscribe to or purchase online curricula. Parents use the developed curricula for their child and monitor progress.

Group: Homeschool groups collaborate and share delivery of instruction as well as group activities. They also provide assistance and encouragement to other homeschool parents.

Tutoring: Homeschooling parents use varying amounts of outside tutoring services to supplement homeschool instruction. Some parents partner to access reasonably-priced tutoring.

General Info:

Nevada Homeschool Network
HSLDA nationwide non profit to help homeschool families with legal questions from local school districts

Homeschool Coops:
IMPACT meets Wednesday’s
EAGLE Meets Thursday’s
Classical conversations
Young Explorers. Weekly drop in classes

Various Homeschool Bloggers:

The Homeschool Mom –


Dozens of private schools are available by searching “Private Schools Washoe County, Reno, Sparks”

NOTE: Be aware that “charter” schools are publicly funded public schools and are therefore, not private schools. They are required to follow state-approved curricula.


Northern Nevada Homeschool Marketplace

Nevada Homeschool Network

Home School In Northern Nevada

Elissa Wahl – Independent Consultant for Homeschool Parents

Northern Nevada Homeschool Group on Facebook (must be approved to post)


• Demand your legal rights at every turn.

• Get vocal and write letters/emails to all school board members, not just one, about your concerns.

• Get fingerprinted so you can visit the school often. Observe instruction, classroom behavior, and school activities. Do not allow school personnel to direct you to observe pre-rehearsed lessons or activities. You need to observe students, classrooms, and the school climate in its normal state. (WCSD requires that parents must be fingerprinted before being allowed on campus. Do you feel comfortable sending your child into a location where you, their parent, are not allowed? Restricted access to parents should be questioned.)

• Contact teachers regularly to let them know you’re paying attention to what your child is doing in class every day.

• Demand safe schools. Report bullying and intimidation of students and parents in writing and send to the all, not just one, of the school board members.

• Seek outside learning opportunities to supplement school instruction.

• Attend school board meetings when important school issues are addressed. Speak up! Speak out!

• PTO’s (Parent/Teacher Organizations) include hardworking parents who volunteer to provide enriched opportunities for a school’s students. However, these parents are too often used for fundraising only. If you are active in the PTO, demand that parents have input regarding the instruction that’s being delivered and the materials being used. Demand that parents get a seat at the decision-making table.

• Find an opportunity to observe and compare instruction, students, classrooms, and schools in high ranking states with high achieving school districts.