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Apex Friendship Elementary School,  opening August 2022


April 1, 2022


We want to hear from you!


You have two options for participating in visioning for AFES.

You are invited to share your responses on this survey:


On Wednesday, April 27 at 6:00pm you are invited to come to the Apex Friendship Middle School Media Center for an input session.  Dr. Gamble will welcome everyone and share some brief words.  The majority of the time will be spent in small groups dialoguing with the same questions presented in the survey.

Please register for this event here:


Save the Date for Open House


Friday, August 26 will be an exciting day in the life of our new school community.

Please make note of this date and expect more specific information to be shared in the future.  


School Supply Information


AFES will not use a school supply company in Year One due to the demands of opening the building and the need for these companies to have supply lists well in advance.  Grade level supply lists will be available in June and accessed through the AFES website.


School Staff Contact Information


Dr. Tanner Gamble, Principal:

Mrs. Cheri Karges, Secretary/Bookkeeper:

Mrs. Tara Yunker, Assistant Principal:  (Start Date is July 1, 2022)


School Calendar


The 2022-2023 school calendar can be found at




Please direct all questions to your current school.  If you have a rising Kindergarten student, please direct questions to the school where you registered.  For any questions about transfers or assignment, please contact the WCPSS Office of Student Assignment.  There is a phone number to call or an online form to complete.




The WCPSS Title I Pre-Kindergarten Program is designed to provide a child-centered, developmentally appropriate experience for four-year-old children in need of academic support. The program stresses an environment that motivates learning through exploration and discovery. The goal of the program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. Screenings for student participation are offered each spring and students qualify based on academic need.

WCPSS Title I preschool classrooms are located in the district’s elementary schools and follow the same hours of the elementary school day. Transportation may be an option for children assigned to their base school. Families will have the opportunity to participate in school breakfast and lunch for their child.

You have until June 15, 2022 to apply for Title I Pre-K services for the 2022-23 school year.

To be eligible, your child must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2022. Students qualify for the program based on academic need, so children must participate in a brief development screening to determine eligibility. Screenings are offered each spring. Once your completed application is received, you will be notified of your child’s screening appointment.

You may submit an application and required documents online or mail it to this address:

Wake County Smart Start - Application Center

4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101

Raleigh, NC 27606


Before/After School


The Kraft Family YMCA is excited to offer Before and After School programs on-site at Apex Friendship Elementary school. The school programs include a wide range of activities including arts and crafts, active games, plenty of outside time, character development, and positive role models. Registration for Before and After School can be completed at beginning soonl. Parents will have the option to register for the whole year or by individual weeks (dependent on availability). Applications for financial assistance are available HERE. Question? Contact Katherine Vance, Kraft Associate of Youth Programs, at


Dr. Tanner Gamble


Apex Friendship Elementary School



Phone number: 919-694-8454

Twitter: @AFESStars