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Wakefield High

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Posted January 27, 2014

Two of my kids are in Wakefield High School and they are both doing very well there. The honors and AP courses are excellent and their teachers really get to know them. Several teachers have even mailed notes to our home (addressed to the kids) to praise them and thank them for their hard work. There is a lot of diversity and you'll find a mix of nice and not so nice kids. But my boys have done beautifully there and my youngest, who is still in elementary, will go to this school someday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

The school is situated in one of the most expensive areas in Wake County. The teachers are very good. Parental involvement of those who live in or near Wakefield is very good. The school offers AP courses in just about every field, so motivated students can and do excel. My kids studied hard and excelled at Wakefield with great results. They went on to and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with honors. Thanks Wakefield!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

Wakefield H.S. is a great place to send your student. We have caring students, Teachers and Parent support at this school. We have great core classes and alot of elective for your student to pick from. The athletic dept. is great also: There is Football varsity and JV teams. We also have Basketball,Baseball, Track. Soccer, Tennis, Golf to mention a few both girls and boys teams in all sports. Sports Medicine.We have Band and Ochestra, Drama, Clubs galore, and if you want to start a new club you can have a teacher support you. Students are focused on their studies so college is in their future. Motivated school and students will not tolerate any bullying or school has zero tolerance for trouble. This school is true to its students and teams and bonds together, It is a great place to enjoy your High School years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

As a parent I have had3 children at Wakefield HS, I have been very happy with the school. They provide a strong core education as well many many electives. There is a choice for everyone. The teachers truly care about student's performance and will contact parents whenever they think your child is having trouble. Wakefield HS is an awesome school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

As a parent and as a educator I am very happy with the school's parent involvement, athletics, AP classes/honors, clubs, teachers and overall performance and school's communication. The students have different classes to choose from that will help them guide them to choose a college career path. Regarding diversity seems to have diversity and good relationships among students and teachers/staff. I am rating 5 out 5 but off course still room for improvement. I would say always to work more on having more student's supervision as well as to break the pattern that you see in most schools where you find students "divide it" when they sit in the school cafeteria.... Finally I would say I feel confident to recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

Wakefield HS is extremely diverse with makes for an excellent learning environment. Faculty and staff seem to care about students, building positive relationships to get the most out of them. I have a current junior at the school, and she loves it. Leadership is demanding of students and sets high expectations. Disgruntled parents likely want lower expectations so they can get their way. Numerous clubs, AP and honors classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

My child is a Sophomore, and is doing extremely well. Of course every child is different so I can only speak for mine. It is true that it's usually the same parents involved in PTSA, and the same ones in each sport, but that's no different than any other school I've seen. There are many Honors & AP classes to choose from, many electives, many sports. We live nearby just so my child can attend; did not like other schools in the area (not as good or very expensive).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2013

Two of my three children have graduated from Wakefield High School . My youngest is in 7th grade. One in 2009 and the other in 2011. Like all schools there are great. engaging, motivated teachers and some who are putting in their time. The current principal is the 3rd in 7 years. The first one we met retired in 2006. The second was transferred to a brand new WCPSS high school to start it up. The current one is okay. Not a dynamo but not awful. There are many AP courses to choose from starting in 10th grade. The music program is fantastic. Athletics have waxed and waned in quality. Not uncommon in a school this size. Is it a "perfect school?" No. Having lived in several states and Europe, I've yet to find one including the snooty little town in grew up in in CT. 5? to average opinions over an 8 year period, including a special ed parent's opinion, seems a but ridiculous. Parental involvement could be improved. I felt like i saw the same parents at every event managing activities. JMHO: you get out of WHS what you put into it. If your child chooses to be engaged and involved, it should be a positive experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

I love Wakefield High School. I started as a sophomore from Kansas. I didn't know what to expect and did not like my former school. The atmosphere here tends to be crowded, though orderly; There are almost 3000 students in this school (second large in NC), but I love it, it only creates an outlet to meet more people and there is SO MUCH DIVERSITY! You can definitely find your niche here. When I first went to Wakefield orientation, there was a student panel and each the students had a impressive and long list of experience in school activities. It's funny because I never thought I'd be one of those students. There are SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES HERE! I love the classes I've taken here too and I don't feel like I've wasted my time here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2009

We moved here last year from Florida and my son was a highly gifted underachiever. He has really blossomed into an amzing student and athlete thanks to Wakefield. The ninth grade center segregates the young kids from the older ones and I think that is amazing and helpful. I don't think 14yr. olds should be with 18yr. olds. He is happy and well adjusted and the education is awesome. I have had a wonderful experience my sons first year at Wakefield High. There is a caring staff and invloved principal. The standards are high and the staffis helpful and they want our children to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

I was apprehensive about putting my daughter in a public school when we moved from Austin, TX, to Raleigh. (It was like stepping back in time 20 years). But, I have been very impressed with the quality of education Wakefield has provided. The academic program is above average for Raleigh, as is the selection of extracurricular activities. Those parents complaining would most likely complain regardless where they put their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2008

My son attended this high school for three years. He is developmentally delayed and has learning disabilities. During the three years he was there, I have never been more frustrated with the lack of commitment to the program that addresses children with special needs. The program needs an over haul along with many of the teachers who are following the I.E.P's (individual eduacation plan). But then of course, Wakefield focuses so much on the students who don't have disabilities, that those that do, easily slip through the cracks. Thank god my son finally graduated from such a pompus, self centered environment, with students that have such poor morals and values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2008

I have been pleasantly surprised with Wakefield. The teachers, administrators and coaches are all top notch. They have inspired my 9th grade son to become a more mature and serious student athlete. The communication between the school and parents is by far the best that I have ever experienced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2007

The only reason this school has the number of resources it does is because it is situated in one of the richest areas in the county. Wahoo NCLB funding! But for all the money the parents throw at it, what it manages to get done is less than stellar.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2007

This school is the best school in Wake County. The teachers are Awesome and the students are great. The school offers all kinds of activities and always keep the students involved. Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2005

We have an excellent first impression. Our freshman was previously homeschooled, and we've been pleasantly surprised by all the faculty and staff at Wakefield. Our son has been motivated by most of his teachers, and all have been courteous and responsive. We have attended various sports events, and find the students well behaved, especially by today's standards! The athletic program is outstanding, producing state champions in its first five years of existence. Given the challenges faces by all public schools, Wakefield appears to be surpassing most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2005

Programs are mediocre, sadly the extracurricular activities are limited due to new school budget. I wish there was more parent involvement. This school does need improved supervision. Seems many students leave without having permission during lunch, etc. As with many highschools I believe the drug use, and/or alcohol use is common. Still going through growing pains is my summarization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2005

Newer school in an affluent neighborhood. We have seen it mature in the past four years to a school with excellent teachers and support for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

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n/a

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

583 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Studentsn/a
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Blackn/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
Blackn/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

490 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

793 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

640 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

606 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

612 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

176 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%
United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

690 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students15%
Female13%
Male17%
Black9%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled students18%
Limited English proficiency15%
Proficient in English15%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant15%
Academically gifted60%

Biology

All Students64%
Female66%
Male61%
Black38%
Asian76%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial52%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities32%
Non-disabled students68%
Limited English proficiency29%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Academically gifted93%

English II

All Students56%
Female66%
Male48%
Black43%
Asian60%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial63%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities16%
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Academically gifted91%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 52%
Black 30% 26%
Hispanic 15% 14%
Asian 5% 3%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Tripp Crayton
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (919) 562-3623

Resources

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  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Golf

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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2200 Wakefield Pines Drive
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