Wake County Schools

Student assignment plan highlights

Posted October 3, 2011 5:04 p.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2011 1:03 p.m. EDT

Highlights of the student assignment plan presented Oct. 4 to the Wake County Board of Education, according to the school system:

  • The plan is based on four pillars: proximity, stability, choice and student achievement.
  • School choices (at least five elementary, two middle schools and two high schools that include a mix of traditional, year-round, magnet and other schools, including high-performing schools) and priorities are based on a specific address. Parents have priority to the schools closest to their address.
  • Achievement is enhanced through “innovative programming” and “excellent, attractive choices for all students.”
  • Magnet schools remain in their current state, thereby helping “mitigate the spread of high-poverty schools.”
  • Parents who like the schools their children are in can keep their assignment and current transportation arrangement. They can also keep the feeder pattern it provides or choose from their school choices a different school for the next school year or next school level.
  • Parents with children moving from one school level to the next can stay within the feeder pattern of the school their child is in, or they can choose a different school from their school choices (based upon available seats and their priority).
  • Parents who enter the choice process do not give up what they already have until they receive their new choice.
  • If a school’s elementary feeder pattern takes a student away from their most proximate high school, parents still have the highest priority for placement, other than sibling priority, in their most proximate high school.
  • Parents with children in magnet programs can either follow that program feeder pattern or have highest priority on their closest school’s feeder pattern.
  • Parents with children in private, charter or home schools and live in Wake County have the same proximity priority as their neighbor who has children in the school system.
  • Parents with children living near a magnet school whose primary purpose is to avoid high-poverty schools (Brentwood, Bugg, Fuller, Hunter, Millbrook, Poe, Powell or Washington) have at least eight elementary school choices instead of five, and at least two of those choices are schools that have demonstrated high performance ad growth at all student levels.