161,907Students

191Schools

10,421Teachers

19,537Employees

Wake County Public Schools

Top WCPSS Schools Top-Rated Schools

Elementary Schools

  • Davis Drive Elementary
  • Mills Park Elementary
  • Highcroft Elementary
  • Morrisville Elementary
  • Weatherstone Elementary

Middle Schools

  • Davis Drive Middle
  • Mills Park Middle
  • Pine Hollow Middle
  • Lufkin Road Middle
  • Salem Middle

High Schools

  • Green Hope High
  • Panther Creek High
  • William G. Enloe High
  • Wake Early College of Health & Sciences

School facts Wake County at a Glance

A Thriving District with a Wide Reach

The Wake County School System serves all of Wake County, which includes Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, and Wendell.

As North Carolina's largest school district, Wake County Public Schools enrolls nearly 162,000 students per academic year. There are 116 elementary schools (grades K-5), 37 middle schools (grades 6-8), and 29 high schools (grades 9-12), as well as six alternative schools and three academies.

Wake County Public Schools also maintains strong magnet and charter school programs. These institutions foster unique opportunities for students that are looking for a nonconventional approach to learning.

WCPSS year-round schools Year-Round Schools

Year-Round Schools...Explained

The Wake County Public School System has two different school year schedules: traditional and year-round. During traditional academic calendars, the school year starts in August and ends in June for summer break, with a few breaks in between for holidays. During year-round calendars, schools are in session all year long, with the exception of short holiday breaks in July and December.

Students who attend year-round schools are enrolled in a "track" and attend school for nine weeks, then take a "track-out" break for three weeks. The tracks overlap schedules so one of the four tracks is always on break. These three week breaks make it easier to plan vacations, provide more flexibility for parents and teachers, and allows schools to serve more students without sacrificing the quality of education.

awards Accolades & Facts

District Accolades

  • #1 in the US for National Board Certified Teachers
  • EPA Energy Star Award (Top Performer) — 2013, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Multiple National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards

District Overview

  • Superintendent: Ms. Cathy Moore
  • District Office Address: 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, NC 27518
  • District Phone Number: (919) 431-7400

WCPSS early college Early College Programs

Top-Rated Programs in Wake County

Wake County College of Health and Sciences: Students can explore careers in the health science field through partnerships with Wake Tech and WakeMed Health and Hospital. After five years, they'll graduate with a high school diploma and an associate's degree.

Wake STEM Early College: Wake County and North Carolina State University have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind educational experience for students looking to explore careers in STEM. Students will use the NCSU Engineering Design Process to solve problems and complete projects.

North Wake College and Career Academy: This collaborative project between Wake Technical Community College and Wake County provides students an opportunity to complete courses in the culinary, business administration, IT/tech support, early childhood education, or emergency medical science fields.

Wake Young Men's & Women's Leadership Academies: Located in Downtown Raleigh, these multigrade academies emphasize leadership development, entrepreneurship, and community service. Each school serves around 50 students per grade level.

school assignment School Assignment

How Do I Enroll?

Wake County assigns students to their "base school" based on their home address. You have the option of requesting a transfer within 10 days of enrolling at your base school if you want to apply to a magnet school or calendar option (such as year-round if you're assigned to a school on traditional calendar).

Because this district is growing quickly, a few schools have enrollment caps. In that case, students will attend nearby overflow schools. From time to time, the school district looks at which schools are overcrowded and adjusts the school assignments slightly to fill in the gaps at new schools.

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