WCPSS Announces Changes for Upcoming School Year
Wake County has six new schools, magnet programs and a new price for school lunches.
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With the start of traditional schools on Monday, Aug. 28, there will be a number of changes for Wake County Public School System with six new schools, magnet programs and a new price for lunches.
- North Wake College and Career Academy opened to students on Aug. 10. The school is a collaborative endeavor between WCPSS and Wake Technical Community College. Students will be able to earn their high school degree while completing studies in one of the five career programs.
- River Bend Middle is a three-story building with 195,400 square feet and 81 teaching spaces to serve up to 1,450 students. The school’s principal is Stacey Weddle.
- Hortons Creek Elementary is a two-story building with 102,598 square feet and 52 teaching spaces to serve up to 900 students. The school’s principal is Sandy Chambers.
- Rogers Lane Elementary is a three-story building with 105,614 square feet and 52 teaching spaces to serve up to 900 students. The school’s principal is Shane Barham.
- SCORE Academy re-engages former high school students to return to school to complete their high school diploma in an accelerated, online and face-to-face blended-learning environment. SCORE Academy will also provide an alternative to long-term suspension for current WCPSS high school students.
- Connections Academy is a new alternative school that will serve students with specific behavioral needs. Connections Academy will also provide an alternative to long-term suspension for WCPSS middle school students.
New Magnet Programs
- Bugg Elementary School's Center for Design & Computer Sciences — Prepares students for future success by introducing them to foundational computer science knowledge and competencies.
- Millbrook Elementary School's Environmental Connections — Engages students in daily instruction in core content areas delivered through the lens of environmental and life sciences.
- Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School's University Connections: School of Design, Arts and Engineering — Leverages college-level expertise to inform the development of magnet course offerings and strengthens overall program rigor.
New Meal Prices
School lunch prices have increased. At elementary schools, full-paid lunches will increase 10 cents to $2.35. At middle and high schools, full paid lunches will increase 10 cents to $2.60. Breakfast prices are not increasing. Full paid breakfast will remain $1.25 at elementary schools and $1.50 at middle and high schools.
Parents can go to myschoolapps.com/application to apply for free or reduced-price meals online any time of day or night. The online application is available in a variety of languages. Parents can also set up a no-cost online account for their student to view purchases, receive low balance alerts and make secure deposits by visiting myschoolbucks.com.
WCPSS also recently announced transportation changes.
Here Comes the Bus — A new app for parents launched for year-round schools the week of Aug. 21. It will be available for traditional schools in mid-September. The app translates GPS data into an easy-to-use customizable map that works on a computer, tablet or smartphone. It allows parents to see where the bus is and how close it is to your stop.
Bus Tagging — The school system has standardized the practice of tagging elementary students who use school transportation. Elementary schools have used tagging, but the manner in which students were tagged was not uniform. Having consistent tagging will help drivers to better serve students, especially the youngest riders.
More than 161,000 students attend the 183 WCPSS schools. For more information, visit wcpss.net.