Friday, June 5, 2009
Categorized in: Wake County Public Schools
Tagged with: buyers, cary nc real estate, family, homes, magnet schools, schools, sellers, traditional schools, yearround schools
Wake County Public Schools
What You Need to Know When Moving to Cary, NC
Wake County Public Schools is the school system that services our real estate market. It is a county system, even though many refer to the schools by the city in which they reside. http://www.wcpss.net/ In Wake County you have several school choices:
Traditional: This is just what it sounds like, a traditional school calendar that begins in late August and ends in mid-June. http://www.wcpss.net/Calendars/2009-10/09-10-trad.pdf
Magnet: Magnet schoolswere designed to “attract” students to schools that have lost their base population due to population shifts. These schools provide specialized programs in Math, Science, the Arts, etc. They are usually located inside the beltline area of Raleigh. Busing is provided by the county. For example, Enloe High School, a magnet school, is one of the top performing high schools in the nation. http://www.wcpss.net/school-directory/magnet/index.html
Year-Round: Year-round schools are a concept borrowed from states like Florida and Texas. The premise is that a third more students will be educated each year with this calendar. It generally works like this; 9 weeks in school, 3 weeks off. The exception is for winter and spring breaks when students may have off as long as 4 weeks. http://www.wcpss.net/Calendars/2009-10/09-10-year-round.pdf
Which is preferred? As with most real estate questions the answer is….depends. Some families prefer traditional because it’s familiar. Others enjoy the year-round option because they can go to Disney World in February and beat the crowds and makes after school options easier. Magnet schools offer an outlet for those students wanting an extra challenge or specialized program.
Which model has the best test scores? The school model makes no difference in the test scores.
Where are the best schools? The best schools seem to be in the Cary area. WHY? That issue can be debated. My humble opinion as a former teacher, parent participation! Cary residents for the most part recognize a comfortable living and therefore have the time and means to give to the schools. Parents demand quality schools for their children and work in partnership with the schools at all levels to accomplish this goal. http://www.wcpss.net/test-scores/
How do I find the best school for my family? I first recommend hiring a real estate agent that knows the school system. It makes a difference! (That would be me.) Secondly, I search by high school. For example, if I have clients that want to live in a particular part of Cary and want “good schools” I search by high school. If you have a great high school the middle schools and elementary schools that feed them must be pretty good themselves. Follow the logic?
Will I be redistricted? Depends. Here is the general thought on redistricting. If you move to an established area the chances are less. If you move to a new area with lots of growth, new homes, orange barrels in the road, construction trailers, men wearing hard hats in the street, the chances are higher. With population growth come new schools. With new schools come filling those schools and shuffling students. Minor redistricting occurs when elementary schools open, more with middle schools openings, and you guessed it…major movement when a high school opens. In Cary, Panther Creek High School opened in 2005. That was the last major shuffle. None on the horizon.
If you have any other questions feel free to email me at: LLohman@FMrealty.com
Or visit my website at: www.LindaLohman.net