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Apex Friendship Elementary School, opening August 2022


May 6, 2022


From Dr. Gamble


Thank you for your input on the visioning survey and at our in-person event.  It was wonderful to meet some of our families in person!  If you have not submitted your ideas, please do so by May 13.  The survey will be closed after that date.


During our evening event, many inquired about the crosswalk.  I am meeting with campus Principals, the Town of Apex, WCPSS Facilities, Transportation, and School Resource Officers to discuss this further.  We are working diligently to ensure a safe arrival and dismissal for students.


I’m so happy to report that we are filling our last few remaining Instructional Assistant Positions.  We are almost fully staffed!


Our current enrollment is 721 students.  We are closely monitoring this with the support of the Office of Student Assignment.


Kindergarten Information


Kindergarten students will begin school on a staggered entry schedule. This means that they will attend only one day of school from 10:00am to 2:30pm on either August 29, 30, 31, or September 1.  Parents will need to provide transportation to and from school.  This practice is extremely valuable to both teachers and students.  Students will be at school in small numbers to allow them to get to know the building and the Kindergarten teachers.  Teachers will be able to do some assessments and create balanced classes while getting to know the students.  A sign-up genius will be shared soon to allow families to sign up for the day they want their child(ren) to attend.  There will be about 25-30 spaces available per day.  The first full day of school for all Kindergarten students is Tuesday, September 6.


Student Sessions with Dr. Gamble


Student sessions at select schools have begun!  It’s been wonderful to meet our students.  I’m sharing a little bit about me, the school map, school logos, and answering their questions.  I look forward to continuing to visit schools over the next few weeks.


Save the Date for Open Houses


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

This event will be for all 1st to 5th graders and their parents.  Times are TBD.  Friday, September 2nd will be the Open House for all Kindergarten Students and parents from 10am to 12noon.


When will I know who my child’s teacher is?


All parents of first through fifth grade students will receive an email from their child’s teacher on the morning of Friday, August 26.  All parents of Kindergarten students will receive an email from their child’s teacher on the morning of Friday, September 2, 2022.


School Supply Lists


Grade level lists will be available on the AFES website by mid-June.  


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 soon. 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