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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  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 160,367 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% 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
57%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1210
7,370 responses
Average ACT
27
4,371 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
160,367
Free or Reduced Lunch
34.5%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,726
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.7%

Finances

Total Expenses
$1,276,435,000
Expenses Per Student
$9,803/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A
Median Household Income
$97,755
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,133
National
$949
Median Home Value
$323,000
National
$184,700

Wake County Schools Reviews

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Overall, a good school district. Good teachers who cared for students! One thing I would suggest is to possibly split the district into two. I say this because Wake County Public schools is a huge district. On days where it snows, the school district would cancel school because of the snow. Sometimes the snow is cleared up in your area of the district but not in others; so the district would cancel for all schools. If the district was smaller, it would cut down unnecessary snow days
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Ive had a good experience! The diversity in my school is especially impressive and I do feel academically challeneged. However I feel like the academic fexibilty isnt as great. When you enroll in a class, your focused on basically a straight line and you have very little time to do other related things. Such as in my art class, it was strictly in class projects, homework projects, and art history. You dont really have time to share techniques.
Wake County Public School System is a great county that prepares students for college readiness, as well as our future career. Resources come at an abundance in Wake County Schools, providing a diverse amount of clubs that represent culture, nationality, personality, academics, and interest. My personal experience in this school system has been great as I feel more than prepared for college and its challenges. I feel that everyone has an opportunity to get the right exposure through their classes, as well as through clubs and community service. Being a county that is heavily involved in its community helps to encourage all students to develop a caring, loving, and giving traits to help those in and outside of the community.