Academics & Instruction

2022-2023 School Year

Grading Periods
Wayne County Public Schools is on nine-week grading periods for grades K-12. Please refer to the school calendar as to when the grading periods end and when report cards are scheduled to go home.
Academic Standards         
      Grading Scale – Grades K-2                  IV         Outstanding
                                                                   III         Accomplishes successfully
                                                                     II          Needs improvement
                                                                  I           Unsatisfactory
Grading Scale – Grades 3-5                   90 – 100           A          Superior
                                                                  80 – 89             B          Above Average
                                                                  70 – 79             C          Average
                                                                  60 – 69             D          Below Average
                                                                  Below 59           F          Failure
Honor Rolls - Grades 3-5 
Principal’s List – A student must have all A’s in all courses 
“A” Honor Roll – A student must have an overall grade point average of 90 with no grade below 80.
“B” Honor Roll – A student must have an overall grade point average of 80 with no grade below 70.
Progress Reports  
Each teacher shall complete an interim progress report during each nine-week grading period for every student, or at any time deemed necessary by teachers and/or requested by parents. Progress reports must be signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the teacher. 
Students who show a high level of academic need for differentiation or potential for accelerated learning can be recommended for screening starting in fourth grade. Screening referrals can be made by the classroom teacher, parent, student, or other school personnel. A screening request can be made to the AIG Specialist at your school. Visit our district website at to download a copy of the Parent Screening Request and return to your student’s homeroom teacher. For more information, contact Amy Williams, AIG Coordinator at [email protected]
Nurturing and Enriching Talents (NET) Kindergarten –Third Grade
In order to identify and serve cultural, socioeconomic, and intellectually diverse populations, WCPS AIG program provides students in kindergarten through 12th grade with opportunities for enrichment and growth. Students, who show potential, need, or interest, are referred to an AIG Specialist to be placed in a setting that will nurture academic, social and emotional growth. Nurturing potential in primary grades consists of K-3 enrichment groups (NET) that are constantly changing based on interest and academic needs.
K-3 Enrichment (NET)
The K-3 program focuses on nurturing and enriching the academic and intellectual potential in students. Through informal assessment in the regular classroom, students who are achieving above the level of most of their peers in language and/or math should be grouped together for instruction in either language and/or math within the regular classroom. The formal identification process for the AIG program begins in the third grade with placement beginning in the fourth grade. WCPS recognizes that some students develop cognitive abilities more rapidly than their same-age peers. K-3 students who demonstrate a strong need for differentiation through informal observation in the classroom may be referred to the AIG Specialist.
Cheating, including the actual giving or receiving of any unauthorized assistance or the actual giving or receiving of an unfair advantage on any form of academic work, is in violation of the standards of integrity and civility and is specifically prohibited. Any student known to have cheated will receive a discipline consequence aligned with a Level II offense (see Policy 4300 and Policy 4310).
The WCPS Exceptional Children’s Department is committed to proactively providing specialized instruction and staff support that ensures quality programs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) that will lead students with disabilities to optimal success in school and in life. Information regarding policies governing services for children with disabilities is shared with every parent of a child receiving services within the Exceptional Children’s program. Additionally, issuance of the North Carolina Notice of Procedural Safeguard will be distributed prior to Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings and included with the notice/invitation to an IEP conference/meeting.
Please contact the Exceptional Children’s Department at 300 Dixie Trail, Building O, Goldsboro, NC 27530 or call 919-705-6027 for more information.
Child Find
In accordance with Section 1502 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Wayne County Public Schools conducts an annual child find to identify children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, residing in the school district, including children who may attend private schools or religious schools or who are home schooled, and who are in need of special education and related services. Please contact the Exceptional Children’s Department at 300 Dixie Trail Building O, Goldsboro, NC 27530 or call 919-705-6027 for more information. 
Wayne County Public Schools recognizes the importance of activities above and beyond what is taught in the classroom. Participating in a club or organization opens the door to building new friendships, enhancing each student’s academic life, and exploring career opportunities. As an active member, a student learns important teamwork, leadership and management skills when participating in a variety of programs and service projects. Schools across Wayne County offer a multitude of extracurricular offerings, and students are encouraged to participate in clubs and organizations that cover a wide variety of interests. Per Board Policy, parental permission is required to be a member of a club or organization. Note: Many clubs, organizations and honor societies have academic criteria that must be met in order to participate. 
Wayne County Public Schools is rich with culture and diversity. Our diverse population is made up of students from around the world with many different languages represented. To help address the unique needs of our English Learners (EL) in our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, our schools work to provide students with the necessary resources and supports to help them learn and grow academically. For more information, contact Youlonda Wynn, email address [email protected] or call 919-705-6171.
Services for students who are homeless can be provided through Wayne County Public Schools. Please contact the McKinney-Vento Liaison for Homeless Education Services, Dionna Smith-Johnson, 919-731-5916 ext 3004; address, School Street Early Learning Center, 415 S. Virginia Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530-4797.
Homework is an integral part of the total school program. It reinforces and extends what a student has learned in class and develops a sense of self-discipline, personal responsibility, and independent thinking. In order to give a student an opportunity to develop various kinds of skills, teachers will give many types of homework assignments. Research clearly indicates that appropriate amounts and higher standards of homework have substantial, positive effects on students’ learning. It further suggests that homework provides a mechanism whereby parents, students, and teachers can work cooperatively as partners in education. Homework, as stated in this policy, is work that the teacher assigns to a student to complete outside of the regular class session. The following is a list of some purposes homework can effectively serve:
            A.   Reinforcement and/or extension of previous learning
B.   Completion of familiar, unfinished work
            C.  Development of responsible, independent study habits through learning to use and manage time
            D. Utilization of out-of-school resources for learning; giving students opportunities to explore, create, and
       broaden his/her interests
            E.  Involvement of parents with students’ school experience through related home activities which keep parents
       informed of the school program
            F.  Enrichment and development of student initiative through accommodation of student abilities and learning
G.  It is suggested that 15-30 minutes of homework, 3-4 days per week, is age appropriate for students in grades      
      K – 3, and 30-60 minutes of homework is age appropriate for students in grades 4-5.
*Note: Homework should not be used as punishment for students.

Students are responsible for all work missed when absent from school. Immediately upon returning to school a student must make arrangements with each of their teachers to make up all missed assignments and tests. The teacher will determine when work is to be made up. The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them within the specified time period. If there are extenuating circumstances, the makeup time may be extended by the administration.  
  • Students are expected to do their work alone unless directed otherwise by the teacher.
  • A student who is absent due to out-of-school suspension or other disciplinary action may make up daily work missed during the absences. He/she may also take any tests or exams missed while under suspension upon returning to school.
  • Makeup work may be specific material missed by the student or it may be of a reinforcement or enrichment nature.
  • No academic penalty shall be given to a student for absences. A student may not be given a failing grade or "zeros" for days missed -- only on assignments that are missed and have not been “made- up." No additional make-up work will be provided to the student until the initial make-up work has been completed and turned in.
  • If a student is expected to be confined to his home and/or a hospital for an extended period or time due to injury, illness or other disability, the child's parent/guardian should be referred to a school counselor as soon as possible to obtain the services of a "homebound" teacher.
The media center is a valuable resource available to students.  The purpose of the media center is for reading, study and research. Media personnel will assist students in checking out materials, selecting appropriately challenging text, or using media equipment. The Media Center houses a collection of many types of materials, books, magazines, computers, etc. Students may check out materials from the Media Center for classroom work, home study, or for pleasure. Generally, materials may be checked out for a two-week period. There are no overdue fines charged; howeverstudents pay for all lost or damaged materials. Students owing money to the Media Center may not check out materials until the money is paid.
Services for students who are migrant can be provided through Wayne County Public Schools. Please contact the Migrant Program for more information: Ali Battalla and Maryluz Gonzalez, 919-252-9289.
WCPS has more than 2,100 military connected students attending schools across the district. Please contact the WCPS District Military Liaison, Heather Winstead, with questions or for more information about military student support: 919-738-0070 or [email protected]
Support for military students and families includes, but is not limited to:
  • District Military Liaison – supports and advocates for military-connected students and families. 
  • Deployment Support – available by request. School counselors can help provide support for your child over the course of a deployment. Schools may offer deployment support groups or sessions. Remember that schools rely on families to inform them about an upcoming deployment. Please contact your child’s school counselor to discuss deployment support.
  • Student 2 Student and Junior Student 2 Student program – is a student led organization that welcomes incoming students to their school and helps departing students prepare for their next school. S2S eases transitions and creates a positive environment at WCPS middle and high schools with the highest military population. 
  • Anchored4Life – is a transition and resiliency program that makes a significant difference in military and civilian children's lives by offering positive support, encouragement, and life skills as they face many unique challenges. Students are trained and lead the program, focused on character development, transition support, new student tours, and service projects at WCPS elementary schools with the highest military population.
  • School-Based Military Family Life Counselor – counselor who works specifically with military children at WCPS schools with the highest military population. 
  • Interstate Compact – law specifically addressing the needs of transitioning military students, including such issues as enrollment, eligibility, placement and graduation.

*Note: The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the National Center for Interstate Compacts and the Council of State Governments, developed an Interstate Compact that addresses the educational transition issues of children of military families. Currently, all 50 States and the District of Columbia participate in the interstate compact and provide a uniform policy platform for resolving the challenges experienced by military children. It is estimated that the average military family moves three times more often than the average nonmilitary family. These frequent moves can cause children to miss out on extracurricular activities and to face challenges in meeting graduation requirements. The Interstate Compact ensures that the children of military families are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals. For more information, visit 


All students must have a student acceptable use of technology resources agreement on file before using any technology resources, i.e. Internet. Failure to abide by the agreement as outlined in policy code 3225 may result in suspension of resources. 
Textbooks are school property provided by the state of North Carolina for your use. It is the responsibility of each student to keep his/her books in good condition. Books must be returned at the end of the year or when a student transfers. When books are returned, they will be examined for damage. All school books that are assigned to students are solely the student’s responsibility until they are returned. Students will be required to pay for lost or damaged books. 
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