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Wake County schools holding open houses and tours

Washington Elementary School fifth graders Liah Carpenter, left, and Drew Brody, front, lead a tour during a 2010 open house. Many Wake County schools are holding open houses in January and February.
Washington Elementary School fifth graders Liah Carpenter, left, and Drew Brody, front, lead a tour during a 2010 open house. Many Wake County schools are holding open houses in January and February. News & Observer file photo

Revised to reflect new end of magnet school application period and updated list of open houses.

Many of Wake County’s 171 schools will hold open houses and tours over the next two months – including some this week – as parents try to make decisions about where they want their children to attend classes this fall.

The open houses coincide with the magnet-school application period that ends Jan. 29. The open houses allow magnet schools to highlight why families should apply to attend them. Non-magnet schools are opening their doors to encourage families to stay with them or to try to transfer into them.

Most non-magnet elementary schools will host their events during the first three weeks of January. Many middle and high schools will hold open houses in February or later.

Go to bit.ly/1nqa6KX for a list of open houses. If a school isn’t on the list, parents are advised to call that school.

If families can’t attend on the listed dates, they can contact the school to make an appointment for a tour.

In addition, Jan. 7 was the first date that parents could pre-register their rising kindergartener for the 2016-17 school year. School officials want parents to register their children as early as possible to help them have more accurate enrollment counts.

Parents of rising kindergarten students also need to pre-register if they want to submit a magnet application.

Go to http://bit.ly/1OHp3nx for information on registering for the upcoming school year.

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