First Day of School for WCPSS Students is Monday, Aug. 27

A total of 162,000 students will be reporting to a 187 schools
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The first day of the 2018-19 school year for schools on the traditional calendar in Wake County Public School System, the largest public school system in North Carolina, is this Monday, Aug. 27. Approximately 740 buses will be on the road, and a total of 162,000 students will be reporting to a 187 schools. Durham Public Schools also start Aug. 27, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools start Aug. 28, following teacher work day on Aug. 27.

A few things to note for WCPSS schools for the 2018-19 school year:

  • WCPSS now operates 187 schools.
  • WCPSS serves approximately 162,000 students.
  • Four new WCPSS schools are opening this year (South Garner High, Apex Friendship Middle, Bryan Road Elementary and Buckhorn Creek Elementary).
  • Two newly renovated WCPSS schools are opening this year (Garner Magnet High, Vandora Springs Elementary).
  • 740 buses will be transporting approximately WCPSS 75,000 students to and from school.
  • WCPSS has more than 19,000 total staff members.
  • WCPSS has installed security cameras and secure entry door buzzers in every school to ensure safe campuses.
  • WCPSS has expanded staff training and student programs focused on social emotional learning — a critical district strategy that emphasizes skills necessary to manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others and establish positive relationships.
  • WCPSS has expanded curriculum resources. The new English/Language Arts (ELA) curricula has expanded to grades 4, 5, 7 and 8. We will have new middle school math curricula in all grades 6-8 this coming year, along with new math curricula in Math II in middle and high schools.  


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