Wake County Schools

Wake schools expect record crop of kindergartners

Posted August 7, 2013

— A record 12,200 kindergartners are expected to begin romping through Wake County elementary schools in three weeks, school district officials said Wednesday.

The bulk of the new students will start class on Aug. 26, but Brier Creek Elementary School Principal Sandy Chambers said she has already seen an increase in kindergarten enrollment at her year-round school, where 2013-14 classes started last month.

"Kids are coming every day from all over – not just other parts of Raleigh but other states, other counties," Chambers said. "We're getting kids. They're coming in."

She said she expects Brier Creek Elementary will end up with at least 100 more kindergartners this year than last year.

"We've actually had to create another kindergarten class," she said.

Wake County Public School System officials expect the growth to continue, projecting 20,000 additional students in the district by 2018.

To keep up with the growth, district and county leaders hope voters will approve an $810 million school construction bond in October. The bond will pay for building 16 schools, including 11 elementary schools, and renovate six existing schools.

Some parents said Wednesday that they don't necessarily consider school growth a bad thing.

School hallway Kindergartners are leading edge of Wake school growth

Johnny Hanley and his family recently moved to Wake County from Florida, and he said they're excited for their daughter Lyla to begin kindergarten.

"One of the reasons we moved here from south Florida was for the school system. So, certainly we hope the quality stays high," Hanley said.

Joni Fowler likewise is excited for her daughter, Jordyn, to start kindergarten. She said record kindergarten enrollment doesn't surprise her, given Wake County's population boom.

"With her going to kindergarten, I just hope she's not in a classroom with too many kids," Fowler said.


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  • aspenstreet1717 Aug 9, 2013

    The children can go back home with their parents. The kids would not be here if their parents were not illegally in the country.

  • i4musicalarts Aug 8, 2013

    "People don't want to admit that illegal immigrants are the problem with overcrowding. aprilhunter220"

    Because they're not. A quick refresher on the US Constitution indicates that children born in this country are citizens, regardless of their parents' status. And, statutorily, children between 5 and 22 are guaranteed public education based on their domicile. What would you prefer happen to these children?

  • i4musicalarts Aug 8, 2013

    ""I am 71 years old and have not had kids in school for many years. But I keep paying for everyone elses kids."

    And I keep paying for your police officer, road, Medicare/Medicaid, social security, etc. So, think twice before you complain about paying for educating someone else's kids.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Aug 8, 2013

    Wow, a 3 hour spread with no comments.

    Guess that tells us clearly the public isn't interested in hearing the "you must pass it" fluff.

  • joycejunior Aug 8, 2013

    "With the internet, all children can learn from the best algebra teacher in the world"

    Until they have a question.

  • Krimson Aug 8, 2013

    "I am 71 years old and have not had kids in school for many years. But I keep paying for everyone elses kids."

    I'm no where near 71 and will (probably) never seen any of the dollars I pay into Social Security ever year... Can I quit paying for old people that didn't plan on their retirement properly???

  • BigOski Aug 8, 2013

    WRAL at it again planting subliminal seeds for the need for the bond approval.

  • BeastieBoy Aug 8, 2013

    America, the land of opportunity e.g. government assistance, food stamps, WIC, welfare, free medical care; but not for legal U.S. citizens because we're the source of funding for these programs. Ain't America just the greatest place ever? And let's not discount all those shammin' on disability, sitting on their shady porches waving to me as I go to and come home from work each and every day.

  • Homesteader79 Aug 8, 2013

    Mo Blues you hit the nail on the head except it won't work in the U.S. as the government will continue to insist on indoctrinating and controlling our children. They already talk and act like our children belong to them. I have to have a gove4rnment official sign a piece of paper so my 16 year old daughter can work at a fast food restaurant. Shouldn't that be up to my daughter and myself??

    Home schooling is still our best method for the best education (watch Brain Games on Saturday morning- the home schooled kids make the publically educated look like dunces) while it lasts. There are lobbyists in Washington attempting to ban home schooling. I am just grateful my children are grown and out of school but fear for my grandchildren....

  • Mo Blues Aug 8, 2013

    Education needs to change. The 19th century model of ponderous brick kiddie warehouses (with kids sorted by age), government approved and financed "educators" presenting government-approved materials at public expense is no longer adequate and will not provide the educated populace we need as a nation to be competitive.

    The home-schooling trend is the tip of the iceberg. Education is changing, but the government/teacher/politician triangle of statism exerts a powerful force to overcome.

    With the internet, all children can learn from the best algebra teacher in the world, and we can transport students to other countries to learn of other cultures. Sports can be managed within the community. We can regain our leadership by adopting new community-based schools held with a small number of mixed-age students complemented by technology and privately-produced STEM programs.