Instructional Program


Elementary Schools (K-5)

We 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. 

The 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.

Instruction 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.

Daily 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)

Wayne 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.

Our 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.

Wayne 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.

We 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.

In 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.

Some 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.

Courses 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 High School.

In 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.

All of our high schools provide students with leadership opportunities, and an assortment of student organizations, clubs and athletic teams.

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