The large majority of Gardnerville and Minden NV schools are those included in the Douglas County School District. They include a high school, a pair of middle schools and several elementary schools. There are also alternative education offerings among the district's schools. The schools such as Rite of Passage and Aspire Academy are intended to work with at-risk students in an educational setting designed to improve their educational and academic success. Given that the county jurisdiction extends over the mountains and into the Tahoe Basin, the south shore schools on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe are a part of the same district as the Gardnerville and Minden schools. At a student body population just shy of 1,500, Douglas High School is comparable in size to the high schools in Carson City and Reno. In high school athletics, the DHS Tigers compete against these and other schools such as South Lake Tahoe and Yerington, although their sports rivals are considered to be the Carson High Senators. Apart from the public school system, there are several preschools and child care facilities available in the Carson Valley. Some of these are faith-based, while others are completely secular. Some specialize in the care of infants and children ages 6 and younger and some provide instruction for kids up to 12 years old.
Post-secondary Gardnerville & Minden NV Schools
Western Nevada College is based in Carson City but has a presence at a number of locations among the Gardnerville and Minden NV schools. The Carson Valley satellite campus of WNC is located on Bentley Parkway in a modern and accessible building. The college also offers classes and programs at other sites such as Douglas High School, Carson Valley Middle School and other schools and businesses throughout the valley.