Year-Round Schools

Salem ES Year-Round School
  • Students who attend year-round schools have a three-week break after each quarter instead of one long summer break.

    Many parents say the more frequent breaks offer a number of benefits, including keeping students rested and refreshed and allowing families to take vacations at different times of year.

    Multi-track year-round schools, because they can accommodate 25% more students, also help us maximize the use of our school facilities in highly populated areas of our district. 

    How do year-round schools work?

    Students still attend school 177 days per school year, but the calendar is divided into four nine-week quarters, with a three-week break between each quarter. Most year-round schools are multi-track, meaning students are divided into four groups known as tracks and attend school on a staggered schedule:

    • The school year starts in July with tracks 1, 2 and 3 attending. 
    • When Track 3 students “track out” for their three-week break, Track 4 students “track in.” 
    • A few weeks after that Track 2 tracks out and Track 3 tracks back in. 
    • Finally, Track 1 tracks out when Track 2 tracks back in. 
    • This pattern continues throughout the school year, which ends in late June.

    All students on the year-round calendar have the same holidays as all other calendars. Vacation time differs according to track.

    View the 2020-2021 Year Round Instructional calendar. 

    How can I attend a year-round school?

    Many families are assigned to year-round school as their base school.

    If you are assigned to a traditional calendar school, you can apply to your designated calendar application school during the magnet/year-round application period, which runs from Oct. 26, 2019 to Jan. 30, 2020. You can apply for both magnet and year-round schools. To find your base assignment and your calendar application school, use our address locator.

    We prioritize applications in this order:

    1. Entering grade siblings requesting to join siblings who will be assigned to the requested school. (This priority is guaranteed.)
    2. Matching calendars between elementary and middle school siblings.
    3. Students who live in an area where the socioeconomic status is considered low.
    4. Rising 6th students who attended a year-round elementary school and who wish to keep that calendar for middle school .
    5. Students who are assigned to attend a crowded school. (Crowded is defined as 95% or greater projected utilization.)

    Ten percent of seats are filled through lottery.

    How are track assignments determined?

    Track assignments are made by school administrators. They factor in parent preference as well as the size of the student population.

    Applicants to year-round schools will be able to rank their track preferences in their application. 

    Students based at a year-round school should inquire at their base school to determine procedures for indicating track preference.

Year-Round School Listing

School Name School Level Tracks School Website
Adams Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/adamses
Alston Ridge Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/alstonridgees
Alston Ridge Middle 6-8 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/alstonridgems
Ballentine Elementary k-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/ballentinees
Banks Road Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/banksroades
Barwell Rd.Elementary K-5 4 only https://www.wcpss.net/barwellroades
Brassfield Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/brassfieldes
Brier Creek Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/briercreekes
Carpenter Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/carpenteres
Durant Rd. Elementary K-5 4 only https://www.wcpss.net/durantroades
Durant Rd.Middle 6-8 4 only https://www.wcpss.net/durantroadms
Harris Creek Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/harriscreekes
Herbert Akins Rd. Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/herbertakinsroades
Heritage Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/heritagees
Heritage Middle 6-8 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/heritagems
Holly Grove Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/hollygrovees
Holly Grove Middle 6-8 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/hollygrovems
Holly Springs Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/hollyspringses
Jones Dairy Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/jonesdairyes
Lake Myra Elementary K-5 4 only https://www.wcpss.net/lakemyraes
Laurel Park Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/laurelparkes
Lufkin Rd. Middle 6-8 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/lufkinroadms
Middle Creek Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/middlecreekes
Morrisville Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/morrisvillees
North Forest Pines Elementary K-5 1,2,3,4 https://www.wcpss.net/northforestpineses