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

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1190
4,158 responses
Average ACT
27
2,380 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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Wake County is definitely an above-average school district, and is one of the best in the state. This has a lot to do with the area and the many big companies nearby. The schools provide very good services and opportunities to students. Campuses are large with many facilities, and you will not find many run-down schools in the county. Many high school are competitive and offer many academic opportunities that most high school students do not receive. One major problem, however, is poor funding. As the county has rapidly increased in population, public school funding has not kept up. Textbook and classroom supply shortages are rampant, and low teacher pay means that many good teachers are moving away to other states/counties. If this problem is not addressed, it may cause severe problems in the future, but currently, the schools are still very good. Bad teachers exist, but they are definitely a minority.
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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.
My high school career began in Brunswick County, where I attended South Brunswick High School for my freshman and sophomore years. My family moved to Wake County and I transferred to Apex Friendship High School just prior to my junior year. I have been so fortunate to be part of an amazing academic community at Friendship High School. The administration and teachers at Friendship are involved and supportive of their students academic, as well as their personal success. I believe Friendship High School has given me a strong knowledge base, and prepared me to excel at the college level. I look forward to the next chapter in my educational career.