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Student Assignment

In Wake County, students are assigned to a base school based on their "domicile" within the county. For more information about the concept of "domicile", see Board Policy 6201. To determine the base school for any address, use the address lookup tool.

Transportation is provided to a student’s base and calendar option schools unless the student lives in the walk zone of the school. School district transportation is provided to students who were grandfathered under the 2011-12 Choice Assignment Plan. Grandfathered students will receive district transportation through the grade span of the school or until the family has a change of address. Younger siblings who join their grandfathered sibling at the same school can receive district transportation until the older sibling moves to the next school level.

School assignment for current students

School assignment for new students

Current students will receive an Initial Notice of School Assignment for the 2014-15 school year in December, 2013. Students will be assigned to stay in their current schools with their current level of transportation through the final grade of the school, provided there is no change of address for the family. Rising 6th and 9th graders will be assigned to their base school. Students who wish to stay in their current schools do not need to do anything.

New student enrollment for the 2014-15 school year begins Jan. 13, 2014. Students new to the district and incoming kindergartners will be assigned to their base schools. To be eligible for kindergarten, students must be five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2014. Go to the base school for your address to enroll your student.

Capped schools
In some cases, a school may be "capped", meaning the school has reached the maximum number of students it can serve. If a student’s base school has an enrollment cap, they will be assigned to an overflow school. Transportation is provided to a student’s overflow school. For the 2014-15 school year, the following schools are capped:

  • Capped Elementary Schools: Alston Ridge, Brooks, Cedar Forks, Combs, Green, Hodge Road, Holly Grove, Holly Ridge, Holly Springs, Hunter, Jones Dairy, Lacy, Leesville Road, Forest Pines, Mills Park, North Ridge, Walnut Creek
  • Capped Middle Schools: Mills Park Middle
  • Capped High Schools: Apex High, Holly Springs High

request a change of assignment

Current WCPSS students, as well as students who pre-register for the 2014-15 school year, can participate in any of the 2014-15 school application processes.

Students with disabilities can participate in all school application processes. Students with disabilities who are served in regional programs will have school assignments based on their program needs as defined by their individual education plans (IEP). Contact Special Education at (919) 431-7334 for more information.

Participating in any of our application periods for a change in student assignment (Application School, Magnet, Calendar, or Early Transfer) does not cause an automatic relinquishing of your current assignment for 2014-15.  You will give up your current 2014-15 school assignment if you apply for and are selected to attend another school.

If you wish to apply for a change of school assignment,
the following options are available:

Request an assignment back to your base school

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  • Application results: Results will be available in the online application account starting January 27, 2014.
  • How students are selected: Assignment to a student’s base school are granted based on space availability and are not guaranteed. Assignments may be denied if the base school has a cap on its enrollment. Students requesting assignment to a capped base school may be placed on a wait list, may request assignment to the overflow school for their capped base school, or may remain at their current school until a seat becomes available at their base school. Students who are not granted assignment back to their base school may not appeal the decision.
  • Transportation: School transportation is provided to your base school.
  • For more information: Contact the Office of Student Assignment.

Apply to a magnet school

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  • Application results: Check your results >
  • How students are selected: Prioritized selection criteria are used to fill available seats for each of these applications. Applicants not selected for their first choice magnet school will be placed on a wait list. Wait lists will be reviewed and processed in April, and again for the final time in June. Parent accounts will be updated with wait list results after each processing. Students who are not selected may not appeal the decision. View node performance trends.
  • Transportation: Transportation details are provided in the address look-up tool.
  • For more information: Contact the Magnet Office.

Apply to an application school

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  • Application results: Check your results >
  • How students are selected: Prioritized selection criteria are used to fill available seats for each of these applications. Applicants not selected for their first choice application school will be placed on a wait list. Wait lists will be reviewed and processed in April and again for the final time in June. Students who are not selected may not appeal the decision.
  • Transportation: Express transportation is provided.
  • For more information: Contact the Magnet Office.

Request a school with a different school calendar

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  • Application Results: Parents can view their calendar application results in their online application account by the end of the day on March 28, 2014. Check your results. >
  • How students are selected: Calendar options are granted based on space availability and are not guaranteed. Prioritized selection criteria are used to fill available seats. Students who are not selected may not appeal the decision.
  • Transportation: School transportation is provided to your calendar options.
  • For more information: Contact the Office of Student Assignment.

Request a transfer to another school in the district

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  • Application Results: Parents can view their calendar application results in their online application account by the end of the day on March 28, 2014. Check your results. >
  • How students are selected: Selection is based on seat availability. Prioritized selection criteria are used to fill available seats. Feeder pattern assignment is not guaranteed. Students who are not selected may not appeal the decision.
  • Transportation: School transportation is not provided to students who receive an assignment based on a transfer request.
  • For more information: Contact the Office of Student Assignment.

Request a transfer due to a hardship

Application period: May 1-15, 2014
This is the final process for parents to request a change in assignment. A final notice of student assignment will be distributed on May 1, 2014. Parents with hardship situations related to child care, student health, or transportation can request a final transfer. During this application process, families can list reasons for their request specific to their family or student situation. View Details >

  • How to apply: To request a transfer due to hardship, complete the Final Transfer application, available May 1-15, 2014.
  • How students are selected: Whether requests will be granted depends on many factors, including the capacity of the school requested and the nature of hardship caused to the family by the current assignment. Review Board Policy 6203 for details. Students whose requests are denied may appeal the decision to the Board of Education.
  • Transportation: School transportation is not provided to to students who receive an assignment based on a transfer request, unless the school is the base school or one of the calendar option schools for your address.
  • For more information: Contact the Office of Student Assignment.

Waitlist Processing Deadlines

Wait lists will be processed twice, once in April for Magnet and Application Schools waitlists, and again in June for all waitlists.

Important Note: if a student is seated at a new school from the waitlist, their former school assignment will be relinquished. There will be no opportunity to decline the new assignment, and no guarantee that the student will be able to return to their previous school. If you no longer wish to be considered for your waitlisted choices, you must remove your student from the wait list via your online parent account. 

Waitlist removal deadlines are:

  1. April 4, 2014 at 10 pm for the initial Magnet and Application Schools processing run (parent account login)
  2. April 11, 2014 at 10 pm for the initial Calendar and Transfer Schools processing run (parent account login)
  3. May 30, 2014 at 10 pm for all remaining waitlists.

FAQs

How are siblings prioritized?
The highest priority in any of the application processes is for entering grade siblings to attend the same school as an older sibling. Requests to assign a kindergarten, sixth or ninth grade sibling to the same school as an older sibling are guaranteed if the request is made during the February/March online applications.

Applications for siblings in the same grade span are considered together. This means that if you apply for more than one sibling to attend a school, the application process will not select one sibling without the other. If there are not available seats for each sibling, the program will select none of the siblings.

What are my chances of being selected for something I have applied for?
Selection is based on several factors. The number of applicants and the number of available seats affect an applicant’s chances of being selected. If your application meets any of the selection priorities, that can raise your chances of being selected. Non-magnet schools that have an enrollment cap will not have seats for non-base students. Non-magnet schools that are projected to have crowding percentages greater than 100% are very unlikely to have seats for non-base students. Entering grade siblings can join their older sibling at the same school regardless of an enrollment cap or crowding situation if their application is submitting during one of the February/March application periods.

If my student is not selected for a school, will they be added to the wait list?
A wait list will be maintained for students who participate in the magnet/application schools or early transfer periods and are not selected for their first choice. Parents can remove their student from any wait list prior to the wait list processing dates.

How is the application processed if a student has more than one application?
Wait lists are created for each of the four applications and for the schools with an enrollment cap. Wait lists for schools with enrollment caps are governed by Board Policy 6204 and Policy 6204 R&P. Applicants for Level 1A, 1B, 2A, and 2B applications are placed on a wait list if they are not selected for their first choice school. An applicant could potentially be on four separate wait lists. Parents can remove their student from the wait list through their parent account. Wait lists will be processed two times to fill any available seats, once in April and again in June. If a student is assigned to a school from the wait list, this will become the student’s school assignment unless approved for another assignment. After the second wait list processing the wait lists will be dissolved. View this diagram for more information.