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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Wakefield High School is an above average, public school located in Raleigh, NC. It has 2,014 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 56% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.

Wakefield High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
56%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1160
351 responses
Average ACT
25
179 responses
AP Enrollment
30%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$61,505
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,010
National
$949
Median Home Value
$225,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
69%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.39 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 119 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    24%
  • Football games
    24%
  • Multicultural Festival
    11%
  • Just Think First Program
    9%
  • Pep-rally
    8%
  • Marching Band Competitions
    7%
  • Theater productions
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,014
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.46 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.46 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.46 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,726
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.1%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.67 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.67 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.67 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,803/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.80 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.80 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.80 responses
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Wakefield High School Reviews

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Wakefield High School sits at the heart of Wake County, surrounded by vast, lush hills, and beautiful architectural relics. The school ranks high in test scores, specifically in the fields of Math and English; and there are dozens of Science and CTE electives to keep the young minds busy. And though I am one of those students, that maintains a 4.3 GPA and is involved in many service clubs, I am also an art student. And the arts department of this school has devolved into the forgotten department (clever, I know). Don't get me wrong. I love Wakefield! However, the arts programs do not get the proper funding they need, such as the small choral department, which receives only a few thousand dollars a year. In addition to this, the amount of shooting and bomb threats that Wakefield receives per year is ridiculous at this point. I have been at this school for three years now, and I still wonder exactly how these threats are being dealt with, because I know that ultimately, they are not.
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I loved my experience here at Wakefield High School and I would not change the past four years for anything! All my teachers are very nice and the sports teams are very well put together and organized. However, there have been many incidents throughout the past four years that could've been easily prevented. Such as senior pranks getting out of hand to random school fights in public areas. Overall, I had a great time here and Wakefield has definitely prepared me for college.
My experience with WakefieldHS was great! I loved the diversity and acceptance within the school community and the determination the teachers have with students, they make it their business to help every student pass. Although I wish I gotten more involved, there are many organizations and clubs to join for anyone with any interest. With my experience from WakefieldHS, something I think should change is the students’ voices not being heard. I’ve learned that whenever there is a time for students to express their opinions, no one is listening and it all comes down to the principal and administration. All in all I am proud to be an alumni of Wakefield High School and Class of 2018!