A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Readiness
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
5625 Dillard Drive
Cary, NC 27609
Telephone
(919) 431-7400

Wake County Schools Rankings

Niche ranks over 8,000 public school districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.
  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
83%
Average SAT
1180
3,300 responses
Average ACT
27
1,856 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
$39,757
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$1,276,435,000
Expenses Per Student
$8,456/ student
National
$11,890
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    4%

Wake County Schools Reviews

76 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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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.
My experience at with Wake County Schools is great. They have a great educational system and they have plenty of opportunities. For example, in high school they have a early wake program which is a wonderful opportunity. If I moved to Wake County earlier then I would have definitely did that program. The teachers I had in High school and currently in college were and are very helpful. The community college i am currently attending has a learning center available for anyone who needs extra help. I would recommend anyone to attend Wake County schools because I've had a great experience thus far as far as opportunities, resources, diversity and academics overall.