Life in Raleigh

Schools & Education in Raleigh

The city of Raleigh and many of its surrounding communities in the Triangle area are served by Wake County Public Schools, which is nationally recognized for its innovative teaching practices and high marks on national tests. To best prepare students for jobs being created in the Triangle, school curricula is often aligned with economic and business development in the area, and many specialized programs, including math and science, international awareness, languages, technology and tech development, global awareness, and health and life sciences, are emphasized. Students also have access to a wealth of career and technical education programs that work with businesses to prepare them to move into high-demand jobs. Some schools are located near specific resources, such as universities or hospitals, while others offer an associate’s degree in addition to a diploma.


Top-Performing Schools of Raleigh

High Schools

  • Athens Drive High School
  • Needham B. Broughton High School
  • Jesse O. Sanderson High School
  • Southeast Raleigh High School

Middle Schools

  • Fred J. Carnage Middle School
  • Carroll Middle School
  • Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School
  • East Millbrook Middle School

Elementary Schools

  • Brassfield Elementary School
  • Brier Creek Elementary School
  • Hilburn Drive Elementary School
  • North Forest Pines Elementary

Public Charter Schools of Raleigh

  • Casa Esperanza Montessori School (K-8)
  • Endeavor Charter School (K-8)
  • Exploris Middle School (6-8)
  • Magellan Charter School (3-8)
  • PreEminent Charter School (K-8)
  • Raleigh Charter High School (9-12)
  • Torchlight Academy (K-6)
  • Wake Early College of Health and Sciences (9-12)


Private Schools of Raleigh

Over 175 private schools throughout the Triangle offer alternative, religious, specialized, or prestigious educational opportunities for students. Included among these schools are:

  • Al-Iman Islamic School (K-8)
  • Gethsemane Seventh-day Adventist Church School (K-8)
  • Friendship Christian School of Raleigh (Baptist, 1-12)
  • Upper Room Christian Academy (PreK-12)
  • North Raleigh Christian Academy (Baptist, K-12)
  • Ravenscroft School (K-12)
  • Wake Christian Academy (K-12)
  • The Raleigh School (K-5)
  • Trinity Academy of Raleigh (Classical, Christian, K-12)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School (K-8)
  • St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic School (PreK-8)


Higher Education Opportunities Abound in the Raleigh & The Triangle

Whether you’re interested in studying law, journalism, or medicine, you’ll find that there’s a higher education facility in the immediate Raleigh area that excels in your preferred field. In fact, there are fifteen universities and over ten colleges in the Triangle area. Included among them are:

  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Carolina
  • Duke University
  • Meredith College
  • Shaw University
  • St. Augustine’s College
  • William Peace University
  • Wake Technical Community College
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