Forbes magazine named Raleigh the #1 city for raising a family, mentioning the strong Wake County public schools. But I will be honest, picking a school for your child in Wake County can be overwhelming with all the choices. Traditional schools, year-round schools, magnet schools, charter schools, STEM schools, career academy schools, alternative schools...confused yet? And of course, you have your private school options as well. I know they system well. I attended K-12 in the Wake County public schools (Millbrook Elementary, East Millbrook, and Millbrook High School), and now my children are doing the same. I have experienced year-round school and traditional school (Leesville Road Elementary School). I have applied and gotten my children in the magnet schools (Martin Middle School) and charter schools (The Exploris School). And I have gone back to my base school of Leesville Road High School. And because of my network, I know more that you can even imagine about all the other schools in the area.
The Wake County Public School System is the largest K-12 public school district in North Carolina. It is an award-winning, nationally recognized organization that serves more than 157,000 students in 177 schools.
This is a great resource if you want to do your own research in choosing the right school for your child. You can compare schools at Great! Schools based on test results, student academic growth and college preparedness.
If you are interested in the private school and academy route, you will not be disappointed with the choices you have in the area. The largest schools in Wake County are Raleigh Christian Academy, Ravenscroft School and Cardinal Gibbons High School. You can check out Private School Review with their insightful information to learn what is the best fit for your child.