CARY – More than 4,700 new Wake County students are expected to attend public schools this fall – but the majority of those newcomers will likely go to charter schools.
Charter school enrollment is rising statewide, but particularly in Wake, where the number of charter students has doubled since state lawmakers eliminated the limit on charter schools in 2011. The growth has been particularly strong in western and southwestern Wake, where charter schools are promoting how they can provide stability at a time when growth is causing the county school system to reassign students each year.
“We don’t reassign students,” said Steve Pond, principal of the new Peak Charter Academy opening in August in Apex. “You can be domiciled anywhere in North Carolina and can attend if you drive to here. It brings stability to the home life.”

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