WCPSS Proposal to Rezone Students
On Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Wake County Public School Systems (WCPSS) introduced a new Student Enrollment Proposal to the Wake County Board of Education. This proposal would change how the schools are zoned or assigned to students based on where they live. Should this proposal pass, it would take effect in the 2023-2024 school year. After hearing input from students and parents the Board of Education will vote on the proposal in November.
Many students and parents are wondering why school assignments may be changing. For the past several school years Wake County has opened new elementary, middle, and high schools across the county. Most notably, Green Level High opened in the fall of 2019 and Willow Springs High in the fall of 2021. For the 2023-2024 school year there are no new schools opening in time for the fall semester. To avoid reaching capacity at some schools, WCPSS would like to rezone students at overcrowded schools and send them to schools whose numbers are not approaching capacity. WCPSS hopes this change will not only make larger schools more manageable but also create shorter bus routes.
Families can use this address look-up tool to find out if their school assignments would change under this new proposal. Students who are currently enrolled in a school that they will not be zoned for in the new proposal may be eligible for a stability transfer, which will allow them to remain at their current school. Families should review the stability transfer rules before applying.
Students, parents, and guardians who have questions, comments, or concerns regarding the new school assignment proposal can use this online forum to share their thoughts. After reviewing feedback from WCPSS families, revisions to the proposal will be made and a second draft will be released on October 18, 2022. Those interested in more information can attend the following information sessions:
- Oct. 5, 2022 6 – 7:30 p.m.: Southeastern and Southern areas proposed changes. Use this link to attend virtually.
- Oct. 6, 2022 6 – 7:30 p.m.: Southwestern and Western areas proposed changes. Use this link to attend virtually.
Additionally, there will be a public hearing on November 10, 2022 that families are welcome to attend. The Board of Education will vote on the plan, which is expected to pass, on November 15, 2022. Once the plan has passed, families can submit transfer requests from December 13, 2022 to January 2, 2022.