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  • Kindergarten registration for 2019-20 is now open!

    Welcome Class of 2032! All kindergarten students and rising kindergartners can now register online!

    Locate your base school. | Learn more about the enrollment process.

    A child must be 5 years old on or before August 31 of the current school year to attend kindergarten. In accordance with state law, gifted children who are age 4 by April 16 also will be considered for admission. Visit this site to learn more about early admission for gifted children

    You have the following choices for your rising kindergartner:


    You can attend your base school. 

    Your base school is the school where you are assigned and where you will pre-register for the upcoming school year. All base schools provide academics, arts, physical education and music under the direction of high-quality teachers. If your base school has an enrollment cap, you will still register there and discuss options with a school representative.

    Or, you can apply to attend a Magnet or Year Round School. 

    The Magnet and Year-Round application period for the 2019-20 school year is Jan. 4-30, 2019. Pre-registration is required for rising kindergartners applying to a magnet program. (If your base school is on the year-round calendar, you may request a traditional calendar school during the Early Transfer Period, Feb. 21-March 6.)

    Magnet schools teach the same core subjects as our traditional schools, but present the information in a different way, based on the magnet school's themes. We offer 19 different themes. These themes are offered at 28 elementary magnet schools. The themes include Montessori, Engineering, World Languages, Environmental Connections, International Studies, Digital Sciences, Leadership and Gifted & Talented. Each program offers a unique way of delivering the standard curriculum, giving parents the ability to customize their child’s learning experience and creating just the right fit for their child. 

  • How do I choose a school?

    At Wake, families are offered many choices to suit an individual child’s needs.

    Here are some things to consider and do when deciding which school is a better fit for your family.
    • The magnet application period is Jan. 4-30, 2019. Learn more about magnet schools.
    • Attend your base school’s open house.
    • Consider your calendar option choice and if interested, attend that school’s open house. Many families prefer year-round because it allows more free time throughout the year for family vacations. Other families prefer traditional calendar to have summers off or to align with other siblings.