• Early College High School Options

    For information on how to apply click here

    The Early College application period is:

    October 12-December 16, 2019


    Magnet High School Options

    For information on how to apply  click here

    The Magnet application period is: 

    Oct. 26, 2019-Jan 30, 2020


    Are you interested in learning more about Early College and Magnet High School options? You can attend one of the upcoming recruitment events...


    2019-2010 Magnet & Early College Recruitment Events click here


    Early College Fair - 

    October  12, 2019 9a-11a

    Vernon Malone College and Career Academy

    Click Here for more information


    Magnet & Early College Fair - 

    October 26, 2019  9a-12pm

    Panther Creek High School

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    Wake STEM Early College Information Sessions


    *You can also sign up for an information session and tour directly on a school’s website. 


    High School Registration Information - 2019-20 Date Coming Soon


    High School Open House Dates - 2019-20 Date Coming Soon

    *Please check high school websites for specific details and to verify the date and time have not changed.



    High School Program Planning Guide

    The Wake County Public School System’s high school program provides students many options based on their career goals, needs, and individual interests. Students may choose from a wide array of courses and programs. Choices students make in high school impact the options they have for future education and job opportunities after high school.

    Students may select courses from Arts Education, Career and Technical Education, Computer Education, English Language Arts, English as a Second Language, Healthful Living, JROTC, Mathematics, Media, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages.

    Students must meet all course, credit, and test requirements to earn a high school diploma. Courses are designed to prepare students for postsecondary opportunities from entry-level career options to highly technical fields, from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities. Students are encouraged to pursue the most challenging course of study in which they can be successful.

    This planning guide is provided to assist students and their parents or court-appointed custodians in the planning and registration process. It is the responsibility of all students and their parents or court-appointed custodians to make sure that students are registered for the courses they need in order to meet graduation and college or university admission requirements.

    CLICK HERE to review the High School Program Planning Guide


    Future Ready Core Graduation Requirements


    4 Credits

    English I, English II, English III, English IV



    4 Credits

    CC Math I, CC Math II, CC Math III, and a 4th Math Course to be aligned with the student’s post high school plans.

    Social Studies

    4 Credits

    World History, American History I, American History II &  Civics & Economics


    3 Credits

    A Physical Science course, Biology, Earth/Environmental Science

    Health & Physical Education

    1 Credit

    Healthful Living I

    Specific Electives

    6 Credits of Electives made up of: 

    ·         2 Credits from any combination of CTE, the Arts, or World Languages**

    ·         4 Credits from one of the CTE, JROTC, the Arts, or any other subject area (A four course concentration in one of these areas is highly recommended)

    Additional Electives

    4 Additional Elective Credits



    26 Credits

    **Please note that credits in world languages are not required for high school graduation, but they are required as part of the University of North Carolina System's minimum admission requirements



    College and Career
    Planning Resources

    Web Address

    College Foundation of North Carolina


    Career One Stop


    Education Planner


    College Career Life Planning


    College Board


    O*NET Online




    Kiplinger’s Best College Values


    My Plan


    NC Works Online


    NC Careers



    Planning for College and Career

    The Wake County Public School System offers a comprehensive Career and Technical Education program for students in middle and high schools. Courses are offered in Agricultural Education; Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education; Career Development Education; Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Health Science; Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education; Technology Engineering and Design Education; and Trade and Industrial Education. All programs may not be offered at each middle and high school.

    With an emphasis on real-world skills, Career and Technical Education connects students to academics and training that will help them be successful in the future. Our goal is that every Wake County Public School System student will graduate from high school globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st century. No matter what their dream, they can pursue it through CTE.

    Students should see their counselor and Career Development Coordinator to identify courses that will develop the skills they need to become college, career and citizenship ready.