• Kindergarten Students anticipating their first day

  • A child must be 5 years old on or before August 31 of the current school year to attend kindergarten. In accordance with state law, gifted children who are age 4 by April 16 also will be considered for admission. 

     | Learn more about the enrollment process.


    You have the following choices for your rising kindergartner:


    You can attend your base school. 

    Your base school is the school where you are assigned and where you will pre-register for the upcoming school year. All base schools provide academics, arts, physical education and music under the direction of high-quality teachers. If your base school has an enrollment cap, you will still register there and discuss options with a school representative.

    Or, you can apply to attend a Magnet or Year-Round School. 

    The Magnet and Year-Round application periodSuper Sibanka for the 2021-22 school year is now open. The deadline is January 28, 2021. Pre-registration is required for rising kindergartners applying to a magnet program. 

    Magnet schools teach the same core subjects as our traditional schools, but present the information in a different way, based on the magnet school's themes. We offer 19 different themes. These themes are offered at 28 elementary magnet schools. Each program offers a unique way of delivering the standard curriculum, giving parents the ability to customize their child’s learning experience and creating just the right fit for their child. 

Magnet School Information

  • How do I choose a school?

    At Wake, families are offered many choices to suit an individual child’s needs.

    Here are some things to consider and do when deciding which school is a better fit for your family.
    • The magnet and year-round application period for the 2021-22 school year ends Jan. 28, 2021. Learn more about magnet schools.
    • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we ask that you visit your school's website for a "virtual" school tour and more information.
    • Consider your calendar option choice and if interested, visit your school's website for virtual tour information. Many families prefer year-round because it allows more free time throughout the year for family vacations. Other families prefer traditional calendar to have summers off or to align with other siblings.