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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 155,820 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 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
1190
4,487 responses
Average ACT
27
2,545 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
155,820
Free or Reduced Lunch
35.4%

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.
Wake County Schools are very persistent in making sure their students get their education, but they do have some flaws. In my personal experience, I've had very resourceful and dedicated teachers that are available for extra help. This opposes some of the experiences that I've heard from my peers that have had rude and unreliable teachers. Wake County schools should work on laying a more solid foundation for college readiness. They focus too much on getting students out of high school but don't pay enough attention to preparing us for college. Another factor they should improve on is having a more even distribution of funds for each school. Some schools are more technologically advanced than others and that deprives many students of a maximum learning experience. Wake County should work on improving their flaws to help their students be successful beyond high school.