Cary, N.C. — Wake County families can add a resolution to their list: A new student assignment plan for Wake County Public Schools takes effect for the 2013-14 year, and there are choices to be made.
Most students will be assigned to a "base school" over the next week. That assignment will create a starting point for registration and school choice at every grade level.
Letters are going out to all currently enrolled students 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 make that choice 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 students who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31.
Parents should enroll kindergartners at their assigned base school.
- Parent/legal guardian photo ID
- Proof of residence in the form of a current electric, city gas or city water bill, signed lease agreement or closing statement in the name of the parent(s) or court-appointed guardian with a closing date within 45 days. Telephone, cable television bills and driver's licenses do not qualify.
- A certified copy of the child's birth certificate, which can be obtained from the county or state health department where the child was born.
- Immunization records noting current status of:
- Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis
- Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib)
- Hepatitis B (Hep B)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
Applications begin Jan. 14 for magnet schools, early college and leadership academies.
Rising sixth- and ninth- graders currently enrolled in a magnet school will need to apply to advance to the next magnet school.
Many elementary schools will host open-house events for incoming kindergartners. Check with your school for specifics.
Families will be notified of acceptance in magnet, early college or leadership academy programs by Feb. 8.
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 will receive official notice of their school placement for 2013-14 during the first week in May. There is a second transfer period from May 1 to May 15.
Families who enroll new students or move before 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.
Effective immediately, families who move into or within the Wake County Public School System will be assigned to schools based on the new plan.