A-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Wake County Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Cary, NC. It has 157,761 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.
Address
5625 Dillard Drive
Cary, NC 27518
Telephone
(919) 431-7400

Wake County Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1200
4,839 responses
Average ACT
27
2,770 responses
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Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
157,761
Free or Reduced Lunch
34.7%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,591
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$1,276,435,000
Expenses Per Student
$9,192/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    4%

Wake County Schools Reviews

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I like the fact that it was much better than schools overseas. Wake county schools have dedicated teachers that are nice and willing to help. In my previous school teachers hit students and not as many were dedicated to helping and working with students. Wake county schools also has more tech advancements than the other schools I've been to overseas. The other schools I've been to barely have any computers, air conditioning, or sanitation. Wake county schools are great places to learn. The best of all is that it's free to attend!
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I am currently triple-enrolled: homeschool, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and Wake Technical Community College. I am enjoying everything I am learning, and most of the teachers are awesome! I feel like I am getting the best possible education.
My son has attended Wake County schools, starting in Kindergarten. All schools were magnet schools with great extra curricular activities and additional class choices. I participated with the PTA and other parent involvement activities. All administrators were professional and accessible. School safety was satisfactory. Teachers were overall satisfactory. School choice was favorable. Overall, satisfied.
We would recommend the schools to others. Teachers in Wake County are underpaid and deserve more support financially. You would keep good teachers if they were recognized more. Teachers that stay are dedicated to teaching and care about our kids education.