Wake County Magnet Schools Assignments

UPDATE 12/19: The Board of Education approved the final Student Enrollment Plan for the 2018-19 school year. Find your base school assignment and application schools.

The main drivers of this plan are the opening of four new schools in the 2018-19 school year: 

  • South Garner High School, 8228 Hebron Church Road, Garner (Opening for 9th and 10th graders)
  • Apex Friendship Middle School, 7701 Humie Olive Road, Apex
  • Bryan Road Elementary School, 8317 Bryan Road, Garner
  • Buckhorn Creek Elementary School, 5651 Honeycutt Road, Holly Springs

Learn more about the new schools.

 

We are committed to smart growth and planning strategies that promote healthy schools and address school crowding. We currently have more than 160,000 students, and are projected to add nearly 23,000 additional students by the 2024-25 school year.  

 

Watch the video to learn more about how we use smart planning and creativity to manage growth.

 

We are opening new schools every year to plan for this growth. New schools are populated with students from existing schools. This is what causes the majority of changes to student assignments. In some cases, a proposed change in assignment is caused by the opening of a new school, but the student is assigned to another existing school in the area. 

 

 

We also are proposing a number of other changes related to balancing school populations and a state-mandated reduction in K-3 class sizes.

 

 

Our school board and district staff makes these decisions by weighing four factors: Student Achievement, Stability, Proximity and Operational Efficiency.

 

Watch the video to learn more about the Four Pillars.

  

   

Why is this happening?

Guaranteed priority

Rising Kindergarten, 6th and 9th grade students receive guaranteed priority to join an older sibling at the same school in 2018-19.

 

Remaining priorities

After assigning the students who meet the above criteria and vacancies have been determined, 90% of these vacancies will be filled using two different sets of criteria. The final 10% of available seats will be filled randomly from all remaining applications.

 

Up to 70% of remaining seats will be filled using these criteria:

 

Priority 2

Current magnet students who follow their program pathway. This only applies to Martin Middle.

 

Priority 3

Current magnet students who seek to change their program pathway. This only applies to Martin Middle.

 

Priority 4

Choice Plan students who follow their program pathway. This only applies to Martin Middle.

 

Priority 5

Base students who follow their program pathway. This only applies to Martin Middle.

 

Priority 6

Student who is assigned to a next school that is considered to be a high socioeconomic status school and who lives in an area considered to be high socioeconomic status.

 

Priority 7

Student who is assigned to a next school that is projected to have a high socioeconomic status population and who lives in an area considered to be medium socioeconomic status.

 

Priority 8

Student who is assigned to a next school that is projected to have a medium socioeconomic status population and who lives in an area considered to be high socioeconomic status.

 

Priority 9

Student who is assigned to a next school that is projected to have a medium socioeconomic status population and who lives in an area considered to be medium socioeconomic status.

 

Priority 10

Student who has a sibling in the magnet school but is not entering a new grade level.

 

Up to 30% of remaining seats will be filled using these criteria:

 

Priority 2

Student who is assigned to a next school that is projected to have a low socioeconomic status population and who lives in an area considered to be low socioeconomic status.

 

Priority 3

Student who is assigned to a next school that is projected to have a low socioeconomic status population and who lives in an area considered to be medium socioeconomic status 

 

Priority 4

Student who is assigned to a next school that is projected to have a medium socioeconomic status population and who lives in an area considered to be low socioeconomic status. 

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