A checklist can be a helpful
reminder when planning your next PCS. Here are two versions of an
Quick checklist for school moves
Enrollment and withdrawal are done at individual
schools. Please contact the individual school to make an appointment or to ask
for further details. In general, items needed for enrollment 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.
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. If you have any questions or navigation concerns, please contact the Military Liaison Counselor at [email protected] or 919-738-0070.
If your child has an IEP or 504, it is best practice to hand carry a copy of this documentation.
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
discuss your family's priorities and hopes
consider each of your children's needs
arrange school visits if you are able to visit
the area before PCSing
then find a good fit for each child and your
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the Military Liaison Counselor at [email protected] or 919-738-0070. The SJAFB School Liaison Officer is also a great resource and can be reached at 919-722-5810. 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, including those to
schools with the space to receive new students.
Wayne County Public Schools has a total of 32 schools:
13 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
You can refer to School Boundary
maps for determining which school your students will
School Year Calendar
The calendar is developed under guidelines North Carolina
has in place for school calendars. Schools must be in session for 1,025
instructional hours 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 [email protected].
High School Schedule
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 Planning Guide.
Wayne County Public Schools requires students to obtain 28
credits for graduation. The 28 credits are specific and designated under the
"Future Ready Core". Visit the high school registration planning guide to
view diploma guidelines.
1) School athletics forms –
2) Volunteer information
3) Local sports: Boys & Girls Club, Family YMCA , Goldsboro Parks & Rec , SJAFB
4) Arts: Arts Council , Stagestruck:
The Young People's Own Theatre
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.
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 SJAFB School Liaison
Officer or the WCPS Military Liaison Counselor to inquire. There is typically a
PCS lottery at the end of July and at the beginning of December. Contact
SJAFB School Liaison Officer to confirm eligibility for PCS lottery:
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
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, and requests later than
May would be considered on a space-available basis. For further information,
contact Jennifer Heim: [email protected].
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 a wide range of courses, from general high school courses to
Advanced Placement. 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 the school counselor to determine eligibility.
Career and College Promise - Career
and College Promise 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
To examine particular demographic, school and testing data
for each district, visit NC's report card website.
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, NC Math I and III, English II
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, NC Math I and/or NC
Math III, 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.
When a military family with exceptional children is preparing to move, it is important to begin communication with us. WCPS works diligently to help smooth transitions, and communicating and previewing an inbound student's IEP can be critical in the PCS process. Please contact the EC Department Lead Administrator via email at: [email protected] As well, military families with exceptional/special needs children should hand-carry a copy of the IEP in order to receive services as quickly as possible. 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 website to locate