Wake County Schools and Universities

Education is a priority for many residents in the Triangle area. Our public school systems are among the top districts in the nation, and our universities are recognized around the world. Whether you’re relocating to the Triangle or just need to know about nearby schools, you can find everything you need to know in this Triangle schools guide. If you have any questions, call us at 919.612.9885 or fill out the form below.

Education in the Triangle

Public School Districts

In our area, local school systems operate dozens of elementary (K-5th grades), middle (6th-8th grades), and high schools (9th-12th grades). Several schools are on a year-round calendar, meaning they operate throughout the year with 3-week breaks after every 9-week term. Other schools operate on a traditional calendar. Here is a quick overview of the public school systems.

Wake County Public School System serves students in Wake County communities, which include ApexCaryFuquay-VarinaGarnerHolly SpringsKnightdaleMorrisvilleRaleighRolesville, and Wake Forest. It has the highest number of National Board Certified teachers of any public school district in the United States.  

Durham Public Schools serves students in Durham County communities, which includes Durham and parts of Morrisville.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools serves students in and around Chapel Hill, which is located in Orange County.

Johnston County Schools serves students in Johnston County communities, which includes Clayton and parts of Garner.

Private Schools

There are nearly 60 private schools in the Triangle, ranging from college prep schools to religious academies. This is just a partial list of all the private schools available in the Triangle. You can learn more by visiting the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education‘s website.

Public Colleges & Universities

The Triangle area is known for its exceptional research universities, community colleges, and liberal arts colleges. These public universities include:

Private Colleges & Universities

The Triangle also offers several private colleges to choose from. These private universities include:

Contact Gillooly & Associates Realty

If you’re looking for your new home in a certain school district or close to one of the colleges listed, our real estate professionals can help you find your ideal home. Call us at 919.612.9885 to get started.