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Forbes Magazine named Raleigh the #1 city for raising a family, citing strong Wake County public schools.

Wake County Public School System enrolled 155,184 students in the 2014-2015 school year – the largest school system in the state of North Carolina and the 16th largest in the nation. Wake County employs 10,060 teachers and 1,840 National Board-certified teachers. In Wake County alone, there are 104 elementary schools, 33 middle schools, and 27 high schools. They are home to thirteen nationally ranked high schools – and counting. For nine years running, Wake remains #1 in the nation in Nationally Board Certified teachers. For a full list of schools in Wake County, click here.

47% of the teachers, guidance counselors, media specialists, and school professionals in Wake County  boast advanced degrees. Wake County offers more than 40 magnet schools, featuring everything from award-winning early collection programs to Mandarin immersion classrooms. Their magnet schools are constantly receiving national recognition and awards, as well as millions of dollars in funding to expand the magnet programs. The graduating class of 2014 received a record-breaking $101.7 million in scholarships.

Universities near Wake County: North Carolina State University, Duke University, Wake Tech Community College, William Peace University, Meredith College, North Carolina Central University, Saint Augustine’s University, Campbell University, Shaw University.

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