Wake County Schools

For some Wake students, school started Monday

Posted July 8, 2012
Updated July 9, 2012

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— Monday marks the start of a new school year for Wake County students enrolled in year-round schools. The Wake County Public School System has dozens of elementary and middle schools that accommodate about 40,000 students on a multi-track, year-round schedule.

Those headed back to class, and the incoming kindergartners, will be the first to experience the school system's new student assignment plan based on parental choice.

The plan, called "controlled choice," is a compromise reached after the Wake County Board of Education voted in 2010 to replace the district's long-standing method of assigning students based on socio-economic diversity. Families pick a school Students schooled in second languages earlier than ever Go Ask Mom: Tips for rising kindergartners from a pool of choices based on proximity and available capacity.

Critics of the plan worry that schools will become segregated, by race and by income, and student performance will suffer. Other parents complained that even with choice, they could not get their children into the schools closest to their homes. The school board agreed last month to revisit the issue of student assignment again before the 2013-14 school year. 

Nine schools are filled to capacity with incoming kindergartners, while others have dozens of open slots.

Raleigh's Barwell Road Elementary School, one of the system's lowest-performing schools in 2010-11, has almost 100 seats available, and Superintendent Tony Tata plans to start his day there Monday. 

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Barwell, Brentwood Magnet, Creech Road and Wilburn are Wake County's designated "Renaissance Schools," where federal funding and a new staff commitment are being applied to increase student achievement.

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  • Plenty Coups Jul 10, 2012

    Nancy-"I'm critical of the stupid public school system of fixed number of days of school and because of state mandated testing, much time is wasted at the end of the year."

    I agree with you. The state mandated testing (which was part of the accountability movement) forces excessive days of wasted instruction the last month of school. Due to retests and remediation, logistics and the need for quiet buildings preclude real learning. The schools do all the retesting as so much depends on the results. Parents demand it as well since they can't accept their child fail after just one test. Time is wasted for the majority of students who were successful the first time.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Jul 10, 2012

    Ev'ry body goes to colleeeegggee these days..No one knows any skills...The sho do know how to take a test and a retest though..
    If you are in the top 2% forget about anyone doing anything for you..
    Concentrate on low-performing..the end..that is where all the money goes..not to the top scientists and doctors...just the lazy ones..

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Jul 10, 2012

    Get ready for the tests..That is what it is all about now...PERIOD

  • Nancy Jul 9, 2012

    'Sorry NANCY but if you dont work in a school you shouldnt be making these dumbo statements."

    Both my kids graduated from WCPSS, and I have several friends with kids still in school - I spent 13 years volunteering at the local schools when my kids were enrolled, weekly at the schools. Please, don't shoot from the hip, you're a lousy shot :)

  • Nancy Jul 9, 2012

    "Maybe you can take them on a shopping lesson for some real life skills. You sure are big on criticizing teachers but don't do anything in life other than hoard items from the store from coupons. Give me a break. Most teachers work very hard."

    Never once criticized the teachers, you're way off the mark there!

    I'm critical of the stupid public school system of fixed number of days of school and because of state mandated testing, much time is wasted at the end of the year.

    Please polish your reading skills.

  • wakemom Jul 9, 2012

    Heck, all the kids lose a few weeks at the end of every school year doing nothing because the few who fail EOG's have to retest, so those that don't have to get to watch movies, clean classrooms, empty lockers and just waste days to meet state law.
    Nancy

    So true! I have a kid in middle sschool and all above is exactly all he did the last few days of school.

  • jonnraleigh Jul 9, 2012

    Lars - both of my children completed all of their years in WCPSS. Both were accepted at colleges with rigorous admission standards. Both excelled in college.

  • ncsuwx Jul 9, 2012

    Heck, all the kids lose a few weeks at the end of every school year doing nothing because the few who fail EOG's have to retest, so those that don't have to get to watch movies, clean classrooms, empty lockers and just waste days to meet state law.

    Maybe you can take them on a shopping lesson for some real life skills. You sure are big on criticizing teachers but don't do anything in life other than hoard items from the store from coupons. Give me a break. Most teachers work very hard.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 9, 2012

    My kids start a week from today....back to learning!

  • AX Jul 9, 2012

    " get to watch movies, clean classrooms, empty lockers and just waste days to meet state law." Sorry NANCY but if you dont work in a school you shouldnt be making these dumbo statements. I agree that the last days are used makingup EOG tests, however cleaning lockers and WATCHING movies? Why not volunteer May 2013 and see whats really going on. Its not the fun stuff you think or Assume

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