Elementary Schools (K-5)
are aware that as children enter school they are eager to learn and
willing to participate in new learning experiences. Therefore, in grades
K-2 the curriculum provides a framework for hands-on activities that
promote the acquisition of a variety of thinking skills.
reading program is researched based and encompasses a balanced program
of direct and indirect instruction. There is a balanced emphasis between
skills, meaning, and vocabulary, as well as systematic phonics.
is provided in higher-order thinking skills through problem solving
activities in mathematics, social studies, and science. Art, music, and
Spanish are integrated effectively to enhance the core curriculum areas.
writing for different audiences is an integral part of the curriculum
in K-5. A variety of tools are utilized in the delivery of learning
including: big books, guided reading books, novels, technology
resources, math manipulatives, audiovisuals and various hands-on models.
Middle Schools (6-8)
County Public Schools understands that students are facing substantial
change during their middle school years. We realize that moving into the
teen years can be challenging academically and emotionally.
middle schools have a mission to provide the best schooling possible
for students in grades 6-8. We strive for excellence in student
achievement and promote the importance of community service.
County’s middle schools strategically transition students from the
self-contained classes of elementary school to the more independent
environment of high schools. Students have numerous opportunities to
participate in extracurricular activities ranging from reading and math
competitions to yearbook and cheerleading. Our comprehensive physical
education curriculum includes team sports such as football, basketball,
soccer, baseball, and softball.
believe our middle schools provide students with wholesome educational
atmospheres that give young people opportunities to advance mentally,
emotionally, physically, morally, and socially.
High Schools (9-12)
High schools share a progressive mission to offer students a quality education that prepares teens for life in the 21st Century,
by equipping them with the necessary tools to enter college or the
workforce. In addition to the basic core courses, the schools offer an
innovative curriculum that immerses students in workforce development,
cultural arts, physical education and second language.
recent years, state and national leaders have worked to redesign high
schools to better prepare students for the global challenges of the 21st Century.
Wayne County Public Schools prides itself for being on the forefront of
these high school reform efforts. Throughout our schools, the new three
“R’s”, “Rigor”, Relevance”, and “Relationships” can be found being
emphasized both inside and outside the classroom.
of the most exciting programs and strategies being implemented include
our two newest high schools; Wayne Early College High School, located on
the campus of Wayne Community College; and the Wayne School of
Engineering, located on the Goldsboro High campus. Although these
innovative high schools are very different, students who graduate from
either school can earn both a high school diploma and a two-year college
Associates Degree. At our traditional high schools, Freshman Academies
have also been implemented to help students better make the transition
from middle school to high school.
are taught at various levels to accommodate the needs of the students.
Each high school also offers an array of free web-based courses.
Students can earn college credits through “Learn and Earn online,” as
well as take college prep courses through the new North Carolina Virtual
addition to virtual opportunities, students can take advantage of
advanced placement and college preparatory courses that are offered in
all eight of the high schools. College-bound students can also earn
college credits for free through “Jump Start”, which allows the students
to take advanced level courses at the local community college. Students
receive credit for these courses at the high school and college level.
of our high schools provide students with leadership opportunities, and
an assortment of student organizations, clubs and athletic teams.