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Wake schools says majority of students live close

Posted June 19, 2009
Updated June 22, 2009

Eighty-six percent of Wake County Public School System students are assigned to a school within 5 miles of the school they attend, according to a new study by the district.

— Eighty-six percent of Wake County Public School System students are assigned to a school within 5 miles of home, according to a new study by the district.

The study, based on the 2006-2007 school year, shows about 55 percent of students attended a school of their choice within 5 miles of their homes.

Overall, about 80 percent of all students in the school system live within 5 miles of their school.

In 2006-07, the most recent year for which numbers are available, there were 128,260 students enrolled in the school system. The number does not include special-needs students.

The maximum distance between a student’s home and assigned school was 14 miles.

The report is based on the distance directly from a student's home to the school and does not factor in the route traveled to get to school.

The results of the study were similar to a study conducted during the 2003-04 school year, in which 85.6 percent of students lived within 5 miles of their school.

The study comes at a time when parents are concerned about reassignment because of student population growth or diversity. Some arguments against reassignment have to do with concerns that travel time is too long.


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  • JennyT Jun 23, 2009

    Hey, here's a way to make up some of that budget shortfall, stop busing kids across the flippin county!

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jun 19, 2009

    5 miles sounds okay if it is the actual driving distance. Since it not, they should look at a smaller radius. Figure out what is possible based on built schools and see how close they get.

  • Banjo Jun 19, 2009

    do ya wanna cut the state budget?
    minimize bus driving distance to school!
    we drive by 4 elementary schools to get to school, and they wanted him to go there for kindergarten, while my wife and I work in the opposite direction.
    Eliminate busing across county and reinforce community.

  • venitapeyton Jun 19, 2009

    So staff won't mind if any parents asks to ride with them on a school bus to verify this report, right?

  • kmb0694 Jun 19, 2009

    Just for fun, I just measured some distances "as the crow flies" and there are some houses more than 14 miles from their assigned school.

  • momeeee Jun 19, 2009

    My child drives past 3 elementary schools to get to his. We caould walk to the 1st one and they are changing my son's HS to one that is a mile away to one that is more than 5.

    I do not believe this report.

  • kmb0694 Jun 19, 2009

    What a joke and the story keeps changing. At 3:30 today, the report said that 99% of students lived within 10 miles of their school.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jun 19, 2009

    It's 16.7 miles to my daughters school according to maps.google.com. But since they are using "as the crow flies" distances, we fall into the stats they quote. Deceptive stats that they are...

  • ntorborg Jun 19, 2009

    According to the N&O
    "But district critics who are likely to make support for neighborhood schools a campaign issue questioned the validity of the report. They noted that Wake based its study on the straight line, "as the crow flies" distance from a student's home to the school.
    The road mileage students travel may be longer than the straight-line distance."

    Since the district does not use Hummers to get students to school, I'm betting it takes longer and is farther, or as car companies say, "Your milage may vary".

  • sickofgolo. Jun 19, 2009

    I know my kids and the kids here in the neighborhood sure arent with in 5 miles of their school. There are however, FOUR elementary schools that are with in that 5 mile radius...my children's school, straigt shot, is over 10 miles away.