2019-20 Enrollment Proposal

two kids Enrollment 17-18 overview
  • UPDATE NOV. 8: Board members indicated support for a number of changes during discussions yesterday. Here is a summary. Please note that the address look-up does not yet reflect these changes.

    • Students who live in the Parkside Elementary base attendance area and who currently attend Hortons Creek Elementary, Green Hope Elementary or Weatherstone Elementary would be eligible to grandfather and stay at their current school through the exit grade as transfer students.
    • Students assigned to Parkside Elementary would be able to apply to attend Pleasant Grove Elementary as a traditional calendar application student. They would be eligible for neighborhood bus transportation.
    • Students assigned to Parkside Elementary can apply to attend Powell Elementary, Ligon Middle as one of their magnet school options. They would be eligible for express bus transportation.
    • The MacArthur Park area would remain at Green Hope High School.
    • Rising 7th and 8th graders reassigned from an existing school to an existing school (i.e. Reedy Creek Middle to East Cary Middle) would be eligible to grandfather and stay through the exit grade, as would any rising 6th grade siblings.
    • Rising 8th graders assigned to Alston Ridge Middle would be eligible to grandfather. Their 7th grade siblings could also grandfather AND stay through the exit grade. Their sixth grade siblings would still only be allowed to stay for one year.
    • Students affected by calendar application school changes would be eligible to grandfather and stay at their current school through the exit grade.
      Swift Creek Elementary and Yates Mill Elementary base families will now have one year-round application school for their address (Adams Elem. or Oak Grove Elem.) The choice will depend on where they live.
    • Dillard Drive Middle base families will be able to apply to Lufkin Road Middle or North Garner Middle (depending on their address).
    • West Cary Middle base families will be able to apply to Salem Middle or Alston Ridge Middle (depending on their address).
    • Staff is bringing a separate presentation to the Nov. 20th work session to provide information to the Board regarding the southern area of the Mills Park Middle base area and the possible use of satellite assignment areas.

    UPDATE NOV. 7: The board discussed additional changes to the proposal at a 3:30 work session and later at their 5:30 meeting. A public hearing was held during the board meeting at 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary. Watch the board work session. | Watch the public hearing and board meeting. | View board presentation.

    A final plan has not been presented to the board for approval. That will take place Nov. 20. 

    However, the board did indicate support for a number of changes, including keeping the MacArthur Park area at Green Hope High School and a number of changes to grandfathering rules. We will post a summary of proposed additional changes tomorrow once we get some clarifications. 


    UPDATE OCT. 30: Board members discussed the third draft of the 2019-20 Student Enrollment Proposal. Type in your address to see how you are proposed to be affected in Draft 3. | View board presentation. | Watch the board work session.

    This is the final draft based on staff recommendations. Any additional changes will come from board direction.

    A public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the board room, 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary. A speaker sign-up link will be posted at noon the day of the hearing. A vote on the final plan is scheduled for Nov. 20.

    Here are the main staff proposals in Draft 3:

    • Remove Draft 2 recommendation to assign some Poe Elementary students to Southeast Raleigh Elementary.
    • Remove recommendation to assign some students at Highcroft Drive Elementary and Weatherstone Elementary to Green Hope Elementary.
    • Remove recommendation to move some Davis Drive Middle students to East Cary Middle.
    • Remove recommendation to move some students in Kingswood Elementary base to West Cary Middle. They would remain at Reedy Creek Middle.
    • Remove recommendation to assign some Martin Middle students to Reedy Creek Middle.
    • A portion of the Reedy Creek Middle base proposed to attend West Cary Middle will now be proposed to attend East Cary Middle.
    • The grandfathering rules for middle school students are proposed to change. Under Draft 3, 7th and 8th graders assigned to an existing school, i.e. not the new Alston Ridge Middle, would be eligible to grandfather.
    • Remove recommendation to assign portion of Sanderson High base attendance area to Southeast Raleigh Magnet High.
    • Staff continues to recommend that Parkside Elementary and Alston Ridge Middle open as multi-track year-round schools. This is to provide additional student capacity in a heavily populated area.
    • Students assigned to Parkside Elementary would have the opportunity to apply to Powell Magnet Elementary or Pleasant Grove Elementary. Powell students would be eligible for neighborhood transportation. Pleasant Grove students would be eligible for express transportation.

    UPDATE OCT. 26: Draft 3 will be presented during a board work session at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. You can watch the meeting live on YouTube. There will be no public comment at this work session. A public hearing will be held on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the board room, 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary.

    UPDATE OCT. 17: We have posted answers to some Frequently Asked Questions from the parent forum at Cary High School. 

    UPDATE OCT. 16: The Board of Education received additional information about possible alternatives to the Draft 2 proposal. The discussion occurred during the work session and carried over to the main board meeting.  Watch the Board Work Session. | Watch the Board Meeting.View presentation. 

    UPDATE OCT. 11We have addressed some Frequently Asked Questions from the parent forum at Panther Creek High School. | PDF Version

    UPDATE OCT. 8: Here is a summary of information shared about the opening of a new high school, as well as answers to some questions posed during the public forum at Apex High School (Green Level High School campus.)

    UPDATE SEPT. 21: We have posted answers to some frequenty asked questions. Google Doc | PDF

    UPDATE SEPT. 18: Draft 2 of the Student Enrollment Proposal was presented at the board's work session.

    UPDATE AUG. 29: We have answered some frequently asked questions.


    Draft 3 of the 2019-20 Student Enrollment Proposal will be released on Oct. 30. This is a community discussion about the best ways to fill new schools opening in 2019 and to make the best use of existing school facilities. We are committed to ensuring that every child in Wake County attends an excellent school, no matter where they live.


    Why is this being proposed?

    The main drivers of this plan are the opening of four new schools in the 2019-20 school year: 
    • Green Level High School, 7612 Roberts Road, Cary (Proposed to open for 9th and 10th graders)
    • Alston Ridge Middle School, 120 Winding Pine Trail, Cary
    • Parkside Elementary School, 100 Little Drive, Morrisville
    • Southeast Raleigh Elementary School, 1436 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh

    Some other proposed changes are not related to the opening of new schools but would reduce overcrowding and/or maintain balanced student populations across our district.
    Learn about the other proposed changes.

    We also are proposing a number of changes to calendar application school choices, primarily to reduce overcrowding and maximize transportation efficiency.
    Learn more about proposed application school changes.


    How do I know if I am affected?

    Type in your address in this look-up tool. It will show your proposed base school for the 2019-20 school year, as well as your designated application schools. 


    I am proposed to be affected. How can I share my feedback and gather additional information?

    We strive for a collaborative and transparent process. You may start by visiting our online feedback forum. Find the topic thread that applies to you and share your feedback and ask questions. We will be able to respond directly to questions of process or clarification. We will answer more detailed questions in a frequently asked questions document. At the end of September we will hold public information sessions. A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30. View full timeline.


    How do we plan for student population growth?

    We are committed to smart growth and planning strategies that promote healthy schools and address school crowding. We currently have more than 160,000 students, and are projected to add nearly 23,000 additional students by the 2024-25 school year.  
    Watch the video to learn more about how we use smart planning and creativity to manage growth.



    How are student assignment decisions made?

    Our school board and district staff makes all these decisions by weighing four factors: Student Achievement, Stability, Proximity and Operational Efficiency. Often decisions become a trade-off between two pillars. The most common example is moving students from their current school (Stability) in order to reduce crowding at their current school and/or fill a new school (Operational Efficiency).
    Watch the video to learn more about the Four Pillars.


    What is the process for reaching a final decision?

    We use parent and school board feedback to create several draft plans before a vote on the official plan. After receiving parent feedback online, staff will make revisions and present a second draft to the board in September. After a series of public meetings and more online feedback, a third draft will be presented to the board in October. They will discuss any additional adjustments to the plan.

    When will a final decision be made?

    The board is scheduled to take a final vote on Nov. 20.

Find Your Proposed 2019-20 Base and Application Schools

Use our address look-up tool to view your base and application schools as proposed in Draft 3.

Feedback and Questions

Visit our online parent forum to share your feedback and ask questions.