Parents + Kids

Get school situated first. Raleigh offers a confusing combination of public, private, traditional, year-round, charter, magnet, STEM, virtual and goodness- knows-what-else school options.
For all public-school choices, your most important step is to first register your child on the Wake County Public Schools website. This is where you’ll find out your child’s neighborhood base school and all the other options.
Here are two videos from local real estate agents you might find helpful. (Not a paid endorsement – just more data to add to your decision-making process.)
“Wake County Schools: How to Choose the Right School”
“Understanding the Wake County School System”
Greatschools.org and niche.com also provide lots of public and private school-related data.
Work in the Triangle, a project of Wake County Economic Development and other regional economic dev orgs, also has helpful preschool and school info in the “Learn” section of its website.
Get connected. To stay on top of local kid-friendly events, sign up for the Carolina Parent, Triangle on the Cheap and RAL Today. Follow the City of Raleigh and/or your town on social media as well. Other blogs and sites you might want to follow are listed below.
Visit 10 kid-friendly places in your first 90 days. As you come across activities or places your kids/teens might enjoy, add them to your Raleigh Onboarding Planner. If your schedule allows, check out one a week to help your kids begin to fall in love with their new city or town. You’ll find some recommendations below.

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