About Stough


    Helen Y. Stough Magnet Elementary School was built in 1968 and named after a lifelong educator and Raleigh City Schools Board of Education member. Stough is a global-themed school that has approximately 420 students in grades preK-5. It boasts the one Mandarin Immersion program in Wake County Public Schools. It is located in the heart of Raleigh near the Crabtree Valley shopping, dining and entertainment area.

    The school is bordered by beautiful parks, including Laurel Hills, as well as supportive corporate partners from the Highwoods Business Park center. The curriculum at Stough emphasizes focused lessons that are aligned to the North Carolina Common Core. A variety of assessments are used to differentiate the instruction of content, skills, materials and activities for all students.

  • Bell Schedule

    (9:15am - 3:45pm)
    The doors open for the school day at 8:45 a.m. when students enter the building and go directly to the cafeteria or their classroom. A child is considered tardy if he/she is not in the classroom by 9:15 am. 

    Students should not plan to arrive at school earlier than 8:45 a.m., unless they are enrolled in the Early Morning Care Program or scheduled school activities.
    The end of the school day is at 3:45pm. Students will be dismissed to carpool, buses, vans or to the YMCA program on-site.


    Please write a note to your child's classroom teacher indicating the reason for your child's absence upon his/her return. When a student arrives late, please sign him/her in at the front office. Your son/daughter will then be given a pass to give to the classroom teacher.

    If your student is absent from school, you will receive an automated phone call from WCPSS.

    Inclement Weather

    When inclement weather appears to threaten the safety of transporting students, a decision may be made to close school, to delay the school opening time, or to release students from classes earlier than usual. When such conditions occur, tune to a local radio or television station. Telephone lines must be kept open for receiving calls giving special instructions or up-to-date weather information.


    Teachers and other school personnel are prohibited by law from giving prescribed medication to students without the completion of "Form 1702" which must be signed by the child's doctor (exception: short-term antibiotic series). All prescription medication must be in the container dispensed by the pharmacy with the student's name, name of medication, and directions clearly marked on the container. Over-the-counter products should not be sent with students. These steps are necessary to assure parents that precautions are being taken to protect children's health. 

School Overview

    Stough Elementary - where we ENGAGE, EMPOWER, and EDUCATE.
    Stough Elementary focuses on academic excellence through collaboration within the local and global community.
    • Helping students pursue their passions
    • Finding joy in learning and teaching
    • Celebrating our differences
    • Promoting positive character traits
    • Fostering a safe and inviting environment