Other Cary School Links from BestCaryNeighborhoods.com
This means that Cary doesn’t have it’s own school system, it’s part of the much larger Raleigh/Wake County School System. Wake County is the 15th largest school district in the US. The schools located in Cary are rated very highly because the people living in the town are well educated and involved with the schools. The good schools are drawing people to Cary from all over the world and big new homes are being built on former pastures and woodland. Even though new schools are constantly being built there is still over crowding and some of the schools in the most popular neighborhood areas have enrollment caps. New families moving in to these neighborhoods will be assigned to overflow schools. The overflow schools are good too, it’s just that some of the children in a neighborhood will go to a different school and there may be a longer bus ride.
This is a great site. Lots of test score and demographic details. Click on Wake County on the NC map.
Call me if you want to talk about it. It’s confusing! 919-274-4365
If a home is located within 1.5 miles of a school there is no bus transportation unless there is only an unsafe route for walking. A walk zone is good because the students living in one may not be redistricted. The 1.5 miles for school assignment is determined by the routing on Google Maps. Some homes may be within 1.5 miles through a path in the woods but longer by the road. Only the road route was used to determine assignment and bus routing. This was a big issue a couple of years ago when there was another assignment plan in place and neighborhood schools were full. That’s something to check on if you are buying a home for a particular school. Wake County is always changing assignment plans.
Compare Wake County School Test Scores
NC changed the performance standards in 2012-2013 so the scores look really low compared to previous years.
Just click on the school you are interested in. There is a tab at the top of the school page for student performance. I like the 2 page snapshot (link at the 2nd section at the top of the page). It’s easy to print and take along when house hunting to compare schools.
What the Teachers Think about their School
What are the best schools in Cary?
US News and world reports released their best high schools rankings for 2015. Green Hope High in Cary was rated #12 in the State and #389 nationally.
Compare the top schools in the Triangle.
- Raleigh Charter High School (1/37)
- Woods Charter, Chapel Hill (3/94)
- East Chapel Hill High (6/180)
- Chapel Hill High (7/199)
- Durham School Of The Arts (9/338)
- Carrboro High School (10/357)
- Green Hope High, Cary (12/389)
- Cary High (23/1,088)
If you ask me the most sought after schools in Cary I would say it’s Green Hope Elementary, Davis Drive Middle School and Green Hope High. The schools in Cary are all good but this is the “word on the street”. That’s because of test scores and also the schools aren’t capped for the 2014-15 school year. The downside is they are very competitive and that can be stressful. It’s hard for a child who isn’t driven to be at the top of the class to feel successful.
Year around and traditional schools, sometimes you have a choice.
There are no guarantees with the schools. Every student is assigned to a base school based on their address. Here is a link to the address lookup tool. If your base school is capped you will have to go to an overflow school. Some middle and elementary schools in Cary are year around and some are traditional calendar. In a year around school vacation days are spread around in more equal segments throughout the year.
If you want a calendar option different from your base school you can apply for a different calendar option. There is a deadline to apply so if you move in the summer it will be too late to change. Whenever you apply there are no guarantees.
It’s confusing, I know!
I think the bottom line is that the schools in Cary are good, the attendance areas will change with new schools being built every year, and that is what happens when you live in a popular town with a great lifestyle. There really aren’t any bad areas of Cary and if you look on the map you will see the schools are quite close together so your kids will know other kids not just from school but sports and other activities after school.