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Wake County Public School System
Wake County, North Carolina
Wake County logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Jim Merrill
Enrollment:149,508 students
Graduation rate:84.4%
Number of schools:169
Budget: $ 1.5 billion
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Keith Sutton
Board members:9
Term length:4
Wake County Public School System is a school district in North Carolina that currently serves 149,508 students. It is the largest district in the state, as well as the 16th largest school district in the U.S. based on enrollment.[1]

About the District

Wake County Public School System is located in Wake County, North Carolina
According to the 2010 Census Bureau, Wake County is home to 952,151 residents.[2]The county seat is located in Raleigh, which is also the state capital.


Wake County outperforms the rest of North Carolina based on average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Wake County was $65,289 compared to $46,291 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Wake County was 10.1% compared to 16.1% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 91.9% of Wake County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 84.1% in North Carolina.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race District (%) State (%)
White 69.6 71.9
Black or African American 21.4 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 5.8 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 61.6 64.7

Party Affiliation[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democrat 267,262 54.94%
Republican 211,596 43.50%
Libertarian 6,171 1.27%
Misc. Write-In 1,398 .29%

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The current superintendent of Wake County Schools is Dr. Jim Merril. Merril was the Superintendent of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Alamance-Burlington School System before being appointed by the Wake County Board of Education on August 1, 2013. He earned his bachelor's in secondary education from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, his master's in education administration from Appalachian State University and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.[7] Dr. Merril receives an annual compensation of $265,704.36.[8] He has also been awarded the North Carolina Superintendent of the Year award in 2005, as well as the Virginia Superintendent of the Year award in 2013.[7]

School Board Members

The Wake County Public School System school board is composed of nine members elected from separate county districts.[9] In July of 2013, the North Carolina state legislature passed a measure to move school board elections from odd-numbered years to November of even-numbered years beginning in 2016. In order to accommodate this change, members elected in 2011 extended their terms from the normal four years to five years. Members elected in 2013 will serve a three-year term until 2016.[10]

Wake County Public School System
Member District Term Expiration
Tom Benton District 1 December 2016
Monika Johnson-Hostler District 2 December 2016
Kevin Hill District 3 December 2016
Keith Sutton District 4 December 2016
Jim Martin District 5 December 2016
Christine Kushner District 6 December 2016
Zora Felton District 7 December 2016
Susan Evans District 8 December 2016
Bill Fletcher District 9 December 2016

School board elections

See also: Wake County Public School System elections (2013)

Four members were up for election in October 2013. All nine school board members are up for election in November 2016.


The table below displays the budget for Wake County Public School System:[11][12]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $1,060,111,909 80.8% $76,062,027 5.8% $47,621,463 3.6% $13,060,081 1% $115,897,486 8.8% $1,312,752,965
2013-2014 $1,081,366,858 82.6% $75,280,050 5.8% $48,439,162 3.7% $9,816,381 0.8% $93,586,696 7.2% $1,308,389,147
2014-2015 $1,050,409,097 71.2% $118,432,200 8% $131,607,627 8.9% $0 0% $174,753,252 11.8% $1,475,202,176
Averages: $1,063,962,621.33 78% $89,924,759 7% $75,889,417.33 6% $7,625,487.33 1% $128,079,144.67 9% $1,365,448,096

Teacher salaries

Salary schedules for Wake County employees are posted on the school district web site.[13] WRAL also has a CSV file posted with teacher salaries.[14] According to TeacherSalaryInfo, the average teacher salary in Wake County is $39,973.[15]

Grade Level Average 10th percentile 25th percentile Median 75th percentile 90th percentile
Pre-school $23,409 $16,174 $18,975 $22,742 $26,510 $31,475
Kindergarten $41,828 $29,772 $34,040 $40,187 $49,421 $57,562
Elementary $43,097 $31,700 $35,873 $42,016 $49,625 $57,377
Middle school $44,801 $32,557 $36,428 $42,933 $51,616 $60,714
High school $46,730 $32,272 $37,303 $44,932 $54,619 $65,220

Schools in Wake County


Wake County Public School System serves 149,508 students in 169 schools. The district has experienced an increase in enrollment in recent years.

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 139,599
2010-2011 143,289 2.64%
2011-2012 146,687 2.37%
2012-2013 149,508 1.92%

District schools

Wake County Public School System operates 169 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Wake County Public School System
Adams Elementary
Alston Ridge Elementary
Apex Elementary
Aversboro Elementary
Baileywick Elementary
Ballentine Elementary
Banks Road Elementary
Barwell Elementary
Baucom Elementary
Brassfield Elementary
Brentwood Elementary
Briarcliff Elementary
Brier Creek Elementary
Brooks Elementary
Bugg Elementary
Carpenter Elementary
Carver Elementary
Cary Elementary
Cedar Fork Elementary
Combs Elementary
Conn Elementary
Creech Road Elementary
Davis Drive Elementary
Dillard Drive Elementary
Douglas Elementary
Durant Road Elementary
East Garner Elementary
Farmington Woods Elementary
Forest Pines Drive Elementary
Forestville Road Elementary
Fox Road Elementary
Fuller Elementary
Fuquay-Varina Elementary
Green Elementary
Green Hope Elementary
Harris Creek Elementary
Herbert Akins Road Elementary
Heritage Elementary
Highcroft Drive Elementary
Hodge Road Elementary
Holly Grove Elementary
Holly Ridge Elementary
Holly Springs Elementary
Hunter Elementary
Jeffrey's Grove Elementary
Jones Dairy Elementary
Joyner Elementary
Kingswood Elementary
Knightdale Elementary
Lacy Elementary
Lake Myra Elementary
Laurel Park Elementary
Lead Mine Elementary
Leesville Road Elementary
Lincoln Heights Elementary
Lockhart Elementary
Lynn Road Elementary
Middle Creek Elementary
Millbrook Elementary
Mills Park Elementary
Morrisville Elementary
North Forest Pines Elementary
North Ridge Elementary
Northwoods Elementary
Oak Grove Elementary
Olds Elementary
Olive Chapel Elementary
Partnership Elementary
Penny Road Elementary
Pleasant Union Elementary
Poe Elementary
Powell Elementary
Rand Road Elementary
Reedy Creek Elementary
Richland Creek
River Bend Elementary
Rolesville Elementary
Root Elementary
Salem Elementary
Sanford Creek Elementary
Smith Elementary
Stough Elementary
Swift Creek Elementary
Sycamore Creek Elementary
Timber Drive Elementary
Turner Creek Elementary
Underwood Elementary
Vance Elementary
Vandora Springs Elementary
Wake Forest Elementary
Wakefield Elementary
Wakelon Elementary
Walnut Creek Elementary
Washington Elementary
Weatherstone Elementary
Wendell Elementary
West Lake Elementary
Wilburn Elementary
Wildwood Forest Elementary
Wiley Elementary
Willow Springs Elementary
Yates Mill Elementary
York Elementary
Zebulon Elementary
Apex Middle
Carnage Middle
Carroll Middle
Centennial Campus Middle
Daniels Middle
Davis Drive Middle
Dillard Drive Middle
Durant Road Middle
East Cary Middle
East Garner Middle
East Millbrook Middle
East Wake Middle
Fuquay-Varina Middle
Heritage Middle
Holly Grove Middle
Holly Ridge Middle
Leesville Road Middle
Ligon Middle
Lufkin Road Middle
Martin Middle
Mills Park Middle
Moore Square Middle
North Garner Middle
Reedy Creek Middle
Rolesville Middle
Salem Middle
Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle
Wakefield Middle
Wendell Middle
West Cary Middle
West Lake Middle
West Millbrook Middle
Zebulon Middle
Apex High
Athens Drive High
Broughton High
Cary High
East Wake School of Arts, Education and Global Studies
East Wake School of Engineering Systems
East Wake School of Health Science
East Wake School of Integrated Technology
Enloe High
Fuquay-Varina High
Garner High
Green Hope High
Heritage High
Holly Springs High
Knightdale High
Leesville Road High
Middle Creek High
Millbrook High
Panther Creek High
Sanderson High
Southeast Raleigh High
Wake Early College of Health and Sciences High
Wake Forest-Rolesville High
Wake NCSU STEM Early College High
Wakefield High
Longview School
Mary E. Phillips High School
Mount Vernon School
River Oaks Middle School
Hilburn Drive Academy
Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy
Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy

Academic performance

Wake County Public School System has higher SAT averages than North Carolina overall. In 2012, the district average for 1600 and 2400 SAT raw scores were 1003 and 1565 respectively while the state averages were 997 and 1469.[16] With a district average of 15.2, the mean ACT score is lower than the state average score of 18.2.[17]

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports are measurements defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. Twenty-two out of 163 schools in the Wake County Public School System met the AYP in North Carolina from 2010-2011.[18]


School bond

In October 2013, residents of Wake County will vote on an $810 million bond issue that would allow the county to borrow money to build and renovate schools and stock them with modern technology.[19] The bond measure would pay for most of a $939.9 million construction program that includes 16 new schools, six major renovation projects, smaller repairs at 79 schools and other projects. The district is split on the issue. Proponents of the bond believe it will provide necessary updates to facilities while critics believe that schools are being built too expensively, that enrollment projections are unreliable and that so many new seats aren’t needed now. Superintendent Merrill, a supporter of the bond, addressed misconceptions about the bond and the construction project in September 2013.[20]

Contact Information

5625 Dillard Drive,
Cary, NC 27518

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Wake County Public School System, "Demographics," accessed August 4, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S. Census, "Wake County Quick Facts, accessed August 4, 2013
  3. name=Quickfact
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Official Votes by Tabulation Voting Districts, accessed August 4, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wake County Public School System, "Our District Leadership" accessed August 4, 2013
  8. Wake County Public School Salaries, accessed August 4, 2013
  9. Wake County Public School System, "Board of Education Policies" accessed October 1, 2013
  10. The Voter Update, "N.C. House approves changes to Wake school board elections, Bryan Warner, June 11, 2013
  11. Wake County Public School System, "Superintendent's Proposed Budget," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Wake County Public School System, "Adopted Budget 2014-2015," accessed December 12, 2014
  13. Salary Schedules
  14. WRAL "Wake County Public Schools Salaries"
  15. Teacher Salary Info
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "THE NORTH CAROLINA 2012 SAT REPORT, " accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Public Schools of North Carolina, "ACT Results," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Adequate Yearly Progress," accessed September 11, 2013
  19. "T. Keung Hui," Renovations vs. new schools: What's in Wake's bond plan?," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. "T. Keung Hui," Wake superintendent defends school bond issue," accessed October 1, 2013 (dead link)