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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Wake County Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Cary, NC. It has 161,784 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.

Wake County Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
50%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1220
8,689 responses
Average ACT
27
5,408 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
161,784
Free or Reduced Lunch
34.5%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$44,525
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.7%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$11,149/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    67%
  • Support Services
    30%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A
Median Household Income
$101,079
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,199
National
$949
Median Home Value
$337,700
National
$184,700

Wake County Schools Reviews

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Wake County Schools provided me with incredible opportunities when I was in attendance. Coming out of homeschool and into a public high school, I did not know what to expect. Thankfully, I got more than I could ask for. I had particularly rich instruction in music, which I keep using to this day! Although teachers could have been given more resources at their disposal, they certainly did well with what they had. Ultimately, quality education is what I received. Many teachers invest a lot in their students at a great sacrifice. Thank you for all you do, Wake County!
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I have had the best learning experience from my MS to HS education. Through Wake county teachers I have had a great orientation not only in academics, but also in areas such as volunteering, social working, and how to choose my future career and the right college to pursue my dreams. I am very thankful with Wake county for providing the best digital resources, a variety of clubs, and facilities for me and my classmates, these really makes the difference in our learning experience. Thank you Wake County for all you have provided for me and all of us to guarantee an amazing academic experience!
Wake County Schools has prepared me well for college and beyond! I have had the opportunity to be involved in a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities, and have been challenged by the academic rigor of my coursework. Not only have I gained knowledge, but I have developed and honed important life skills such as organization, time-management, public speaking, and management.