The Wake County school system has 1,723 more students than last school year, school officials announced Friday.
School officials said that the district had 155,023 students on Monday, which was the 10th day of classes for traditional-calendar schools. Wake had 153,300 students last year.
School and county planners have projected that Wake will have 156,207 students by the 20th day of classes. Wake has grown by 15,134 students over the past five years.
School leaders will use Monday’s figures to determine how many teachers each school will have this school year. Wake funds teaching positions based on school enrollment.
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Wake’s 155,023 students continues to make the district the largest in North Carolina and the 16th-largest in the nation behind the Dallas Independent School District. But Wake and Dallas, which had 159,713 students last school year, report their totals differently.
Dallas includes pre-kindergarten students in its total while Wake does not. Wake has more K-12 students than Dallas.