Wake County Schools

Wake acts quickly to establish new assignment plan

Posted December 12, 2012

— Effective immediately, families who move into or within the Wake County Public School System will be assigned to schools based on a new plan the school board approved Tuesday night.

The 2013-14 plan, the third in as many years, is the latest attempt of the board to mollify parents who have expressed a weariness of the district's frequent reassignments and called for stability.

Staffers claim the new plan will re-assign less than 1 percent of the students in North Carolina’s largest school district.

The crux of it, which affects all students in the 2013-14 school year, is for students to be assigned to schools based on their address. Students will be guaranteed transportation to school.

Four information sessions about the plan will be held over the next week. The schedule is:

- Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Salem Elementary School, 6116 Old Jenks Road in Apex

- Monday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Wildwood Forest Elementary School, 8401 Wild Wood Forest Drive in Raleigh

- Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at East Garner Elementary School, 5545 Jones Sausage Road in Garner

- Dec. 19 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Joyner Elementary School, 2300 Lowden St. in Raleigh

The school system has put together a video to help explain details of the new assignment plan, both of which are listed below:

Beginning Jan. 2, letters will go out to all families to notify them of their base school assignment. Families who are satisfied with their current school do not need to respond.

Students who are assigned to a different base school than the school they currently attend can request a change, back to their assigned base school, between Jan. 7 and 14. Students who choose to return to their base school are guaranteed a slot unless the school has reached an enrollment cap.

Current students who are assigned to one of three newly opened schools – Richland Creek Elementary School, Rolesville Middle School and Rolesville High School – can apply to stay in their current school, instead, but would be required to provide their own transportation.

Registration for fall kindergarten also begins Jan. 7 for student who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31. Parents should enroll their children at their assigned base school.

Magnet school applications begin Jan. 14, and families will be notified of acceptance in magnet, early college or leadership academy programs by Feb. 8. Rising sixth and ninth graders currently enrolled in a magnet school will need to apply to advance to the next magnet school.

Parents will have two additional opportunities to request a transfer from their base school – between Feb. 18 and March 1 and between May 1 and May 15.

Rising sixth- and ninth-graders will be assigned to their base schools for 2013-14 but can apply to stay in their current feeder pattern during the first transfer period. Seats must be available at that school and parents would have to provide their transportation for students.

Rising sixth- and ninth-graders who are currently in magnet schools will need to apply to continue to the next magnet level.

Families who enroll new students or move from Dec. 12 until the end of the 2012-13 school year will be assigned to their newly defined base school. All other students will have to wait to make changes for the 2013-14 school year.


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  • common_sense_plz Dec 12, 2012

    Does anyone know if they are going to open Rolesville High School up to all grades or just to 9th and 10th grades, and add a new grade each year.

  • westernwake1 Dec 12, 2012

    "We HAD neighborhood schools before the Republica regime hit a few years ago. As a 56-year-old (16-year) WCPSS, I for the 100th time will talk about how my children (22 and 16) have always been assigned according to their addresses." - lindaburton2004

    Wake County NEVER had neighborhood based school assignment. We had a failed Diversity Assignment policy for over 30 years that provided no educational benefit.

    I lived in Wake over 30 years. In the western side of Wake County my three children were forced to go to a new school nearly EVERY SINGLE Year from K-12 as our 'node' was switched to a different school. This was done (as stated by the school board) to meet diversity objectives and was not due to growth.

    The Democratic school board is doing their best to march as quickly as possible back to this disaster.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Dec 12, 2012

    Are a list of Private Schools on Angie's List?

  • Screw WrAl Dec 12, 2012

    "The 2013-14 plan, the third in as many years,"

    You'll add 4th to that for 2014-15 and that will be the year the parents really go ballistic. As for the new arrivals in the areas where the schools are being capped, you better research where you (really) would attend and even when they tell you don't trust them. This is a nightmare and is going to become a horrific one before it's over. You still can't truly pin down a school to an address and that will never happen. This current school board is simply going to prove they are the dumbest board yet.

  • teach4er Dec 12, 2012

    "Oh, and they want to reinstate the teacher play days on Wednesdays too"- imamaanerd

    Yea- and we get summers off too. Don't forget that. Pure ignorance!

  • Cary Progressive Dec 12, 2012

    "This school board is a joke. Keep kids in their neighborhoods, reguardless of color or income. -chatheel"

    Ok, one assumes you are a conservative with your crass comment but you can only point fingers to anti-education, anti-government Republicans, nationally and locally, who won't fund new schools. Remember they want to "drown government in a bathtub" and that includes your public school system. So all the whining by conservatives is rich considering this mess is 90% their fault and 10% the fault of Democrats who should have been smarter with their previous assignment based on income scheme.

  • patrick85ed Dec 12, 2012

    Wow, SNL could not write a skit this funny. Thank You for the months/years of entertainment WCPSS. Keep it up , I enjoy the laughs.

  • iron fist Dec 12, 2012

    Grand Union both of mine went to Durham schools both got higher education, good jobs, my son is now going back to school at night to futher his education. We never had to deal with all the mess that Wake parents and students are dealing with. I know a lot of families who had children in Wake school system but that was before all the reassignment and they did well I can not say those being moved around in the system now will do as well

  • chatheel Dec 12, 2012

    This school board is a joke. Keep kids in their neighborhoods, reguardless of color or income.

  • early exit Roy Dec 12, 2012

    The radical majority that is in control now wanted to make sure the previous board didn't have a chance in succeeding with their plan. If they had let them try their plan and it worked then these radicals wouldn't be able to change the plan. When you have some board members yanking the microphone out of another board members hand, then this board are implying it will be our way or no way. It's no longer about the children. It's about a radical agenda. We really need to make an attempt to get SE off the board.