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Elementary School Programs

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Elementary schools build a strong foundation for learning throughout a student's life. It is our goal to make sure that each elementary student receives an equitable, rigorous and relevant education. We offer guidelines, resources and professional development for teachers to make good decisions around student learning. Review elementary academics at a glance. 

A typical day

Subject Grades K-1 Grades 2-3 Grades 4-5
Reading – 120 minutes
Writing – 30 minutes
Reading – 105 minutes
Writing – 30 minutes
Reading – 85 minutes
Writing – 45 minutes
Math 60 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes
Science and
Social Studies
45 minutes
Alternating days or weeks
45 minutes
Alternating days or weeks
50 minutes
Alternating days or weeks
Intervention and
15 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes
Healthful Living
World Languages
30-45 minutes
Once a week
*Many Media Centers use a  flexible schedule
45 minutes 45 minutes
Lunch 30-35 minutes 30-35 minutes 30-35 minutes
Daily Physical
30 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes

Magnet Mini-Fair for Rising K Families

On January 4th at 9:30 a.m., learn more about all the elementary magnet themes available in Wake County Schools. Speak with parents who have chosen a magnet school and let them tell you why they made this choice for their child's education.
Locate at Farmington Woods Magnet ES
1413 Hampton Valley Road
Cary, NC 27511 

Get ready for Kindergarten!

Will your child be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2015? Prepare them for kindergarten.

ES Common Core Program Guides

Support your children with these grade-by-grade parent guides provided by the National PTA: