A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
Address
5625 Dillard Drive
Cary, NC 27518
Telephone
(919) 431-7400

Wake County Schools Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1190
3,850 responses
Average ACT
27
2,240 responses

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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My experience in Wake County Public schools seems to be too long and too short all at once. I have a fluctuating opinion on the schools, that goes to dismay to admiration, usually learning to the former. The teachers I have had, for the most part, had been very kind and well equipped with resources. Most I felt comfortable with, even if I had been new the school year. Even while experiencing emotional distraughts from moving from a very nice school, they had came to me with welcoming arms. The change of the sizes in students was almost overwhelming, but had it not been for that, I wouldn't have been able to meet and introduce myself to so many lovely faces! Wake county, you rock.
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My qualms with the educational system lie in ALL schools. I do not like that the education system does not teach you practical skills or give you any information about actually securing a career and your own financial security within the required education circuit. I have not used history information once, and when i do need it, I can google it. I'd rather have practical information and skills over trivial knowledge. Yes, this is a younger generation's view, but it's also a productive view. If the education system doesn't switch from their outdated, 1910's, factory curriculum, they will become obsolete and lose their market to YouTube, of all things. As for all the other aspects of what a school can be and how it operates in practice, I'd say my schools were par for the course. There were teachers there that should not have been teachers, but then again, there were classes I was taking that I shouldn't have had to take, considering I'm going into a career path that is secure - IT.
The schools, as a whole, aren't necessarily "bad", however, there isn't anything exceptional about them. The curriculum is dull and the majority of the teachers are lacking enthusiasm. A curriculum should be flexible and created with intensions of being shifted to fit the diverse learning styles of students. The food quality is extremely poor, hence why I've always been one to bring lunch or, in my later years, buy lunch off campus. The facilities (bathrooms, classrooms, cafeterias, etc) seemed to become poorer as I aged. It was rare to go on field trips; I'd gone on one, if any, all of middle school. Both elementary and high school field trips were in close range of the school, nothing spectacular. I have hopes that things will improve in the coming years.