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June 2 and June 13 make up days canceled

The Wake County Public School System is canceling the June 13 make up day for traditional calendar schools and the June 2 makeup day for Leadership Academies and NCSU STEM.  View the complete make up day calendar.

WCPSS schools that have the minimum required 1,025 hours within their existing calendar will not need to make up any time, and schools that need to make up time to reach the 1,025 hours will work within their individual school schedules to regain the time. If a school needs to add time, options include shortening class change time, shortening lunch periods, or eliminating a non-instructional activity.

Parents: New information sessions scheduled on middle school math placement

During the months of March and April, many rising 6th graders will be working with their elementary teachers and counselors to make decisions about middle school math placement.

We have created an online resource to provide students and families with detailed information about math placement criteria, with options for higher or lower math placement depending on the learning needs and goals for the student.

There is also information about progression of math courses from middle to high school and supports that are available for students and families. For more information, attend one of our Math Placement Info Sessions, or contact your school counselor or submit a question via the contact form on the site. Middle School math resource site >

Saturday, March 29 make-up day canceled

After reviewing instructional hours required for students, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is canceling the Track 1, 4, and single-track year-round makeup day that had been scheduled for Saturday, March 29. Instead, the district is extending the Early Release day on Friday, March 28, to a full day of instruction.

School bus service will be provided on Friday according to the usual schedule for a full instructional day.

SAT make-up is March 22. CORRECTION: A photo ID is required.

The March SAT make-up will be administered  on Saturday, March 22nd. Information will be posted online at As soon as the makeup date is posted, access your online account and print a new admission ticket that has “MAKEUP” marked on the ticket.

There are two documents required for each student to be admitted for the make-up SAT to be held on March 22nd:

  1. A picture ID. This can be a driver’s license or non-driver ID card, a recent passport, a school student ID from the school the student currently attends, a military or national ID card. This does not apply to TIP students (seventh and eighth graders), who have to supply a letter in place of the picture ID. They still do have to have their re-printed admission ticket.

  2. An admission ticket recently downloaded from the website that has the March 22nd date clearly marked on it. This new admission ticket should had the student’s picture already on it and should have the words, “Make-up” printed on it.

Students without these 2 documents will not be admitted.

Students who were registered to take the March SAT but can’t take the test on the March 22nd makeup date: Call College Board toll free at 866-756-7346 as soon as possible and arrange to take an SAT in May or June free of charge.

International families invited to April 12 Educational Culture Conference


Students, families, and community members are invited to the free WCPSS Educational Culture Conference at Millbrook High School on Saturday, April 12.

The event will offer workshops for parents and students, information from community agencies and colleges, and cultural performances. The objective of the event is to celebrate cultural diversity in our schools, and to provide English language learners and their families with the tools and resources to help students be successful in school. View multi-lingual flier. >>

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants.  Continue Reading . . .

March 4 make-up days announced

Make-up days for the March 04, 2014, school cancellation are as follows:

  • Year-round Tracks 1,3,4 – Saturday, March 8
  • Year-round single track –  Saturday, March 8

The school day for year-round schools will be shortened to 3.5 hours. Morning bus pick-up and carpool drop-off times will remain the same.

Here are the make-up days for schools on other calendars:

  • Traditional Calendar – Thursday, June 12
  • Modified Calendar – Wednesday, March 12
  • Wake Early College of Health Sciences – Monday, March 24
  • NCSU Stem; Leadership Academies – Monday, March 17

Wake teachers top the state in effectiveness

The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is one of only four school districts in North Carolina where more than 90 per cent of teachers met or exceeded student academic growth standards on NC’s new Teacher Effectiveness Index for 2012-13. In Wake, 91.6 per cent of teachers met or exceeded academic growth standards. The smaller Dare County school system’s index tied Wake.  The smaller Watauga County system’s teachers scored a 92 per cent, and 90.2 per cent of teachers in Cabarrus County Schools met or exceeded standards. The state average for North Carolina is 79.3 per cent. Continue Reading . . .

Donate new and gently used books for low-income children


Ruben, the mascot for WAKE Up and Read, collects book donations from board member Kevin Hill (left) and Superintendent Jim Merrill.

Many Wake County children have few books in their homes, and arrive in kindergarten without the vocabulary, knowledge, and experience skills to excel in the classroom. WAKE Up and Read’s goal is to ensure all low-income students have tools and resources to become lifelong readers and learners.

From March 2 – March 29, 2014, WAKE Up and Read will collect new and gently-used books for children ages birth to 12.  The organization’s goal is to collect 40,000 books in four weeks—enough to share with schools and child care facilities across the county. WAKE Up and Read wants to ensure every child in our community has the opportunity to develop a love for reading. Continue Reading . . .

February snow make-up means little change in schedule

Wake County school leaders have announced that makeup time for the school days missed due to inclement weather on February 12-14, 2014, will require only the cancellation of Early Release on Friday, March 7. Continue Reading . . .

Temporary changes to school menus due to inclement weather

Schools will be making adjustments to their breakfast and lunch menus through the end of February due to missed school days. Menus will vary by school.

To find out what meals are being served, parents should call their schools to ask for menus up to two days in advance to account for special diets and allergies. Some schools may also be posting two days of menus on their websites.

Why are menus being adjusted for February?

Several missed days means that schools didn’t get to serve thousands of meals they had planned to prepare. Child nutrition staff will be using the inventory in their freezers, coolers, and stock rooms to serve those meals before placing new orders. As a result, the menus will shift from the district-wide menus posted at the beginning of February.

Schools are expected to be back on district-wide menus at the beginning of March, said Marilyn Moody, senior director of Child Nutrition Services.

“We appreciate the patience of all of our customers,” she said.