Wake County Schools

Wake County parents can get head start on assignment choices

Posted January 11, 2012
Updated January 12, 2012

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— Wake County parents don't have to wait to learn about and research options for next school year, they can log on to the student assignment website this week, plug in their address and get a list of elementary, middle and high school options.

Parents can't begin ranking their choices until Jan. 17, but school district leaders urge them to begin preparing now for that decision. 

On the site, there is a letter next to each choice with a corresponding key on the left stating if it's a traditional, year-round, magnet or school with a specialized program.

When a school name is clicked, a more detailed page appears where parents can read a description of the selected option and even see students' test scores from the past 10 years. This is all designed to help parents make more informed choices.

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Here's how the new plan works:

- Parents log on and rank their top school choices.

- Students get top priority to the schools closest to their homes.

- Priority is given to students who already have siblings in a school, even above proximity.

- The new plan guarantees feeder patterns: Once a student is enrolled in an elementary school, that student can follow the path to connected middle and high schools.

- Any student who is happy with his or her current school can stay put, and parents don't have to do anything.

So, who actually has to log on and make choices for next year?

- All rising kindergartners must participate. District leaders are encouraging parents to register those students now so they get the student ID number they'll need for the selection process.

- All new students to the system must also participate, as well as any current student who wants to make a different choice.

Some other key points:

- Once a student is confirmed in a school choice, that school can't be changed.

- However, parents do have the option to participate in choice selection each year.

- Choices can be made outside of feeder patterns. A student enrolled in an elementary school doesn't necessarily have to advance to the paired middle school.

- Finally, the system is not first come, first served, so students' chances of getting into a school are not impacted by when parents rank choices.


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  • Shamrock Jan 12, 2012

    I agree with carydaddy. Still a few important unanswered questions, but overall a good plan that should please most parents.

  • carydaddy Jan 12, 2012

    Kudos to the school board for coming up with a plan that should provide the school choice we all crave and deserve. Except for those who are perpetually angry and have only their agenda to push. For the good of the children, right?

  • beaupeep Jan 12, 2012


    Log on, see choices, pick one.

    If you like where you're at, you don't even have to do that.

    This is not rocket science, people. If you have trouble with this, you must break down to a quivering mass of flesh in the cereal aisle.

  • afrench2 Jan 12, 2012

    Mike, thanks for a very well-written article that fully explains the hurdles over which parents must now leep and jump to get their child in the right place for that child.

  • Screw WrAl Jan 12, 2012

    On your mark, get set, go!

    Let the chaos begin.

  • Krimson Jan 12, 2012

    I don't think its too hard... I think the bigger issue is too few people are paying attention... C'est le vie...

  • beaupeep Jan 11, 2012

    and there are some board members who would have you believe ^ is too hard for parents to understand.