PCS: Helpful Information

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Note: If you are looking for a PCS-related topic not listed, feel free to contact me at jamielivengood@wcps.orgso that I may add it for future users as well.


School Shopping

For inbound families trying to secure housing, a typical question asked is which is the best school? Some families are most concerned with state testing data, or the age of the school building, or the size of the school population, or the extracurricular activities available. There are many factors to consider, and a better question may be which is the best school for my child? A few recommendations would include the following:

  • look at particular facts and statistics about the school;

  • discuss your familys priorities and hopes;

  • consider each of yo ur childrens needs;

  • arrange school visits if you are able to visit the area before PCSing;

  • and then find a good fit for each child and your family.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the Military Liaison Counselor at jamielivengood@wcps.org or 919-738-0070. As well, you may contact individual schools.
Please note that students attend school based on the address of residence. School reassignment is possible within the parameters set forth by the Wayne County Board of Education. Wayne County Public Schools Board of Education Policy No. 4130 - Guidelines for Pupil Assignment and Reassignment dictates school assignment. Please note: On September 11, 2017, the Wayne County Board of Education voted to place a moratorium on all student transfers for 2017-18, including those to schools with the space to receive new students. 

Unique Programs

Wayne School of Engineering - This application-based school offers students in grades 6th through 12th an exciting opportunity to receive a personalized education with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through project-based and inquiry-based instruction. All students take honors level high school courses and college level courses, and have the opportunity to complete an Associate Degree. Please note that inbound military families interested in this opportunity should contact the school directly or the military liaison counselor to inquire about this opportunity.

Wayne Early/Middle College High School - Located at Wayne Community College, this innovative high school was formed for the purpose of creating a small, personalized and academically rigorous experience. Students complete NC graduation requirements and have the opportunity to graduate with an Associate Degree. Students may only enter as ninth graders and are accepted through an application process.

Multi-age Program at Meadow Lane Elementary - Designed as a two to three year program to build a community of learning with the teachers, students and parents. Incoming kindergarten and first graders, and if room allows, an occasional second grader are accepted. Incoming military families submit a parent request for the program by May for the upcoming school year. For further information contact Jennifer Heim: jenniferheim@wcps.org.

Edgewood Community Developmental School - A school designed to provide, within the framework of the public schools, appropriate educational and training programs for students classified as mild to moderate, severe and profound mentally disabled who require intervention beyond that provided by other special education programs in attaining full educational benefits.

NC Virtual Public School - This program provides courses that students are unable to take at their local schools or courses that augment a student's program of study. All courses are taught by teachers certified to teach that subject in North Carolina. Information about NCVPS courses is available at www.ncvps.org. Interested students should meet with their counselor to determine eligibility.

Career and College Promise - Career and College Promise (formerly known as "Jump Start") is a concurrent enrollment program between Wayne County Public Schools and Wayne Community College that will allow juniors and seniors to complete high school graduation requirements and earn college level credits. Eligible juniors and seniors may select courses from the College Transfer Pathway or Career Technical Education Pathway. Details are available at each high school and on WCC's website.

Career Academies Academies are located at the high school level and integrate project-based classes, hands-on experiences, and college courses to teach students key skills needed in essential career fields. Academies to be considered include, but are not limited to the following: Health Science; Business and Finance; Engineering; Biotechnology; Teacher Academy, Childcare; Diesel; Public Safety; Adobe; and Construction Academy. For more information, visit the WCPS Registration Catalog (p.53) or contact the individual high school.


High School Students

Schedule: Students are on a block schedule, with 4 periods per day first semester; second semester brings 4 new classes. In general, much information pertinent to high school students can be located in the High School Registration Catalog.

Graduation requirements: p.12 of the High School Registration Catalog

Grading/weighted grades/class rank: p.7-8 of the High School Registration Catalog


Testing Information

To examine particular demographic, school and testing data for each district, visit NC's report card website.

The following gives a great summary on current testing requirements in North Carolina public schools:

Here are the "big" state-required accountability tests that students have to take:
End-of-grade tests in grades 3-8 in reading and math (EOG)
Science tests in grades 5 and 8
End-of-course tests in Biology, Algebra I and English II (EOC)
ACT college admissions test for all high school juniors

Students enrolled in kindergarten through 2nd grade are given reading assessments every nine weeks. Each assessment takes less than 10 minutes and involves a student reading directly to a teacher. Students may not even realize they are being assessed.

Students in grades 3 through 8 in North Carolina's public schools spend approximately 10 hours out of 1,025 instructional hours per year taking state end-of-grade tests.

At the high school level, students take a final exam for each course they are taking. So, if a student takes eight courses a year, they would take eight final exams. Among these end-of-course tests, there are three required assessments developed at the state level: Biology, Algebra I (if the student did not take Algebra I in middle school), and English II. These end-of-course tests are final exams in the course. Typically, students take these courses at the 9th and 10th grade. The proficiency rates on these tests are used as a part of the General Assembly's A-F Accountability System.

Also, the ACT is given to all juniors to help us see how many students are prepared for college or community college work. Students can use their scores on admissions applications, by the way, at no charge to them.

North Carolina has developed common exams. Local school districts can use these exams, developed by more than 800 classroom teachers in our state, to serve as a final exam and also to provide key information about the amount of academic growth that their students have made over the course of the year or throughout the course. This is the first time that North Carolina has provided common exams in the subjects that are not a part of the formal accountability model the material used in the General Assembly's required A-F accountability model that will roll out for the first time in the fall.


School Year Calendar

The calendar is developed under guidelines North Carolina has in place for school calendars. Schools must be in session for 180 calendar days and must begin no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26th and must end no later than the Friday closest to June 11th. If you have further questions about the school calendar, you may contact me during the school year at jamielivengood@wcps.org.

Enrollment/Registration of Students

Enrollments and registration of students are done at individual schools . Please contact the individual school to make an appointment or to ask for further details about enrolling your child for the school year. In general, items needed may include (but not limited to) the following: student registration form; child's birth certificate; withdrawal form from previous school; 2 proofs of residence or paperwork from temp housing/base housing and your PCS orders; IEP or 504 information for students with special needs or accommodations.

Exceptional Children/Special Education

When a military family with exceptional children moves, it is important to hand-carry a copy of the IEP in order to receive services as quickly as possible for your child. If you have questions regarding the WCPS Exceptional Children Program, visit the program website. If you have questions about individual schools' specific procedures, please contact the particular school .
It is the school's responsibility to provide services: In compliance with the federal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C.A. Section 1400 et seq, the receiving state shall initially provide comparable services to a student with disabilities based on his/her current Individualized Education Program (IEP); and 2) In compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C.A. Section 794, and with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C.A. Sections 12131-12165, the receiving state shall make reasonable accommodations and modifications to address the needs of incoming students with disabilities, subject to an existing 504 or Title II Plan, to provide the student with equal access to education. This does not preclude the school in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student.
*Also, visit the exceptional children page of the Military Counselor website to locate various resources.

Extracurricular Activities

1) School athletics information

Graduation Requirements

Wayne County Public Schools requires students to obtain 28 credits for graduation. The 28 credits are specific and designated under the " Future Ready Core ", which is in effect for students entering high school in fall 2009 or later. Visit the high school registration catalog to view diploma guidelines.

School Directory

Wayne County Public Schools has a total of 33 schools:
14 elementary schools
9 middle schools
8 high schools
1 developmental school for students classified as mild to moderate, severe and profound mentally disabled
1 alternative school
A list of schools is available, including contact information, address, and daily schedule.

School Locator

With a street address, you can determine which school your students will attend by using the School Locator feature.

Transfer of Records

When you are PCSing, it is most efficient to have a copy of your child's cumulative folder forwarded to the next school, or you may request a copy to hand-carry with your personal items, especially when you are moving overseas. Please inform your child's school counselor once you receive PCS orders so that she/he may help expedite the process.

SchoolQuest

Military Child Education Coalition has compiled lots of great information for military families on the move! Check out the website for resources.

Base Pen Pal

Sign up for WINK: A Youth Sponsorship Program! Youth ages 5-18 who are PCSing to or from Seymour Johnson AFB may sign up for a pen pal and learn about the base before your arrival. (U18 with parent's permission). A great way to make new friends and connect with kids your age! Complete the Pen Pal/Youth Sponsorship Request Form . Program coordinated through the SJAFB Youth Center (919.722.0502).

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