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About This School

Wakefield High is a public high school. The principal of Wakefield High is Mr Tripp Crayton, who can be contacted at tcrayton@wcpss.net. 2,487 students go to Wakefield High and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 33% of the 2,487 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Wakefield High is 17:1. Neuse Christian Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Asian 5% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 46% 49%
Black, non-Hispanic 30% 24%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Hispanic 15% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 35%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Two of my kids are in Wakefield High School and they are both doing very well there. The honors and AP courses are excellent and their teachers really get to know them. Several teachers have even mailed notes to our home (addressed to the kids) to praise them and thank them for their hard work. There is a lot of diversity and you'll find a mix of nice and not so nice kids. But my boys have done beautifully there and my youngest who is still in elementary will go to this school someday.

  • (10 months ago)

    The school is situated in one of the most expensive areas in Wake County. The teachers are very good. Parental involvement of those who live in or near Wakefield is very good. The school offers AP courses in just about every field so motivated students can and do excel. My kids studied hard and excelled at Wakefield with great results. They went on to and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with honors. Thanks Wakefield!

  • (11 months ago)

    Wakefield H.S. is a great place to send your student. We have caring students Teachers and Parent support at this school. We have great core classes and alot of elective for your student to pick from. The athletic dept. is great also There is Football varsity and JV teams. We also have Basketball Baseball Track. Soccer Tennis Golf to mention a few both girls and boys teams in all sports. Sports Medicine.We have Band and Ochestra Drama Clubs galore and if you want to start a new club you can have a teacher support you. Students are focused on their studies so college is in their future. Motivated school and students will not tolerate any bullying or school has zero tolerance for trouble. This school is true to its students and teams and bonds together It is a great place to enjoy your High School years!

  • (11 months ago)

    As a parent I have had3 children at Wakefield HS I have been very happy with the school. They provide a strong core education as well many many electives. There is a choice for everyone. The teachers truly care about student's performance and will contact parents whenever they think your child is having trouble. Wakefield HS is an awesome school.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent and as a educator I am very happy with the school's parent involvement athletics AP classes/honors clubs teachers and overall performance and school's communication. The students have different classes to choose from that will help them guide them to choose a college career path. Regarding diversity seems to have diversity and good relationships among students and teachers/staff. I am rating 5 out 5 but off course still room for improvement. I would say always to work more on having more student's supervision as well as to break the pattern that you see in most schools where you find students "divide it" when they sit in the school cafeteria.... Finally I would say I feel confident to recommend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wakefield HS is extremely diverse with makes for an excellent learning environment. Faculty and staff seem to care about students building positive relationships to get the most out of them. I have a current junior at the school and she loves it. Leadership is demanding of students and sets high expectations. Disgruntled parents likely want lower expectations so they can get their way. Numerous clubs AP and honors classes.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is a Sophomore and is doing extremely well. Of course every child is different so I can only speak for mine. It is true that it's usually the same parents involved in PTSA and the same ones in each sport but that's no different than any other school I've seen. There are many Honors & AP classes to choose from many electives many sports. We live nearby just so my child can attend; did not like other schools in the area (not as good or very expensive).

  • (1 year ago)

    Two of my three children have graduated from Wakefield High School . My youngest is in 7th grade. One in 2009 and the other in 2011. Like all schools there are great. engaging motivated teachers and some who are putting in their time. The current principal is the 3rd in 7 years. The first one we met retired in 2006. The second was transferred to a brand new WCPSS high school to start it up. The current one is okay. Not a dynamo but not awful. There are many AP courses to choose from starting in 10th grade. The music program is fantastic. Athletics have waxed and waned in quality. Not uncommon in a school this size. Is it a "perfect school?" No. Having lived in several states and Europe I've yet to find one including the snooty little town in grew up in in CT. 5? to average opinions over an 8 year period including a special ed parent's opinion seems a but ridiculous. Parental involvement could be improved. I felt like i saw the same parents at every event managing activities. JMHO you get out of WHS what you put into it. If your child chooses to be engaged and involved it should be a positive experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are looking to move to this area please send any updated reviews/comments. Would like to hear about the woman experience from Texas.

  • (1 year ago)

    When we moved here from Texas 5 years ago my daughter was 9 years old so we started looking around for the best school in the Raleigh area. We were pleased to see that Wakefield High School was at the top of the list with a 10 rating. But now that my daughter is old enough for high school Wakefield has a 5 rating? What happened to this school? either way we choose another school to send our daughter to you should check into this as well..

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Wakefield High School. I started as a sophomore from Kansas. I didn't know what to expect and did not like my former school. The atmosphere here tends to be crowded though orderly; There are almost 3000 students in this school (second large in NC) but I love it it only creates an outlet to meet more people and there is SO MUCH DIVERSITY! You can definitely find your niche here. When I first went to Wakefield orientation there was a student panel and each the students had a impressive and long list of experience in school activities. It's funny because I never thought I'd be one of those students. There are SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES HERE! I love the classes I've taken here too and I don't feel like I've wasted my time here!

  • (5 years ago)

    We moved here last year from Florida and my son was a highly gifted underachiever. He has really blossomed into an amzing student and athlete thanks to Wakefield. The ninth grade center segregates the young kids from the older ones and I think that is amazing and helpful. I don't think 14yr. olds should be with 18yr. olds. He is happy and well adjusted and the education is awesome. I have had a wonderful experience my sons first year at Wakefield High. There is a caring staff and invloved principal. The standards are high and the staffis helpful and they want our children to succeed.

  • (6 years ago)

    I was apprehensive about putting my daughter in a public school when we moved from Austin TX to Raleigh. (It was like stepping back in time 20 years). But I have been very impressed with the quality of education Wakefield has provided. The academic program is above average for Raleigh as is the selection of extracurricular activities. Those parents complaining would most likely complain regardless where they put their child.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attended this high school for three years. He is developmentally delayed and has learning disabilities. During the three years he was there I have never been more frustrated with the lack of commitment to the program that addresses children with special needs. The program needs an over haul along with many of the teachers who are following the I.E.P's (individual eduacation plan). But then of course Wakefield focuses so much on the students who don't have disabilities that those that do easily slip through the cracks. Thank god my son finally graduated from such a pompus self centered environment with students that have such poor morals and values.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been pleasantly surprised with Wakefield. The teachers administrators and coaches are all top notch. They have inspired my 9th grade son to become a more mature and serious student athlete. The communication between the school and parents is by far the best that I have ever experienced.

  • (6 years ago)

    The only reason this school has the number of resources it does is because it is situated in one of the richest areas in the county. Wahoo NCLB funding! But for all the money the parents throw at it what it manages to get done is less than stellar.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is the best school in Wake County. The teachers are Awesome and the students are great. The school offers all kinds of activities and always keep the students involved. Great School!

  • (8 years ago)

    We have an excellent first impression. Our freshman was previously homeschooled and we've been pleasantly surprised by all the faculty and staff at Wakefield. Our son has been motivated by most of his teachers and all have been courteous and responsive. We have attended various sports events and find the students well behaved especially by today's standards! The athletic program is outstanding producing state champions in its first five years of existence. Given the challenges faces by all public schools Wakefield appears to be surpassing most.

  • (9 years ago)

    Programs are mediocre sadly the extracurricular activities are limited due to new school budget. I wish there was more parent involvement. This school does need improved supervision. Seems many students leave without having permission during lunch etc. As with many highschools I believe the drug use and/or alcohol use is common. Still going through growing pains is my summarization.

  • (9 years ago)

    Newer school in an affluent neighborhood. We have seen it mature in the past four years to a school with excellent teachers and support for the students.

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