Progress at South Lakes Elementary School


The time is growing nearer for the opening of South Lakes Elementary School! The newest edition to the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Opens in the Fall of 2020. However, assuring that all seems to be moving along in the process, reached out to residents with a new proposal last week to begin student assignments for those that will attend the new Fuquay Varina school.

Rezoning and Assignment Changes Tied to South Lakes Elementary School

The following from shows the Projected Student Growth near Fuquay Varina for 2019-23

According to the official Wake County Schools website ( there is a new Student Enrollment proposal. The main focus of the proposal is to avoid any overcrowding in not only South Lakes Elementary School but for all the schools’ in the district. In an update at on October 3, a detailed look at the projected numbers for even the 2020-21 school year shows that there will be some “rezoning” of prospective students, which is commonplace upon the introduction of a new school.

There are families from two existing schools directly affected by this proposal. These would be students currently attending Fuquay-Varina Elementary or Willow Springs Elementary.

Student Assignments to be Based on Mainly Four Factors 

Within the Student Enrollment proposal document, it is said that WCPSS will base their research and assignments based on the following.

“The assignment areas will be developed by balancing, to the extent reasonable, the goals and factors set forth below and will include target ranges, where appropriate, to accomplish these goals and factor.”

  • Operational Efficiency
  • Proximity
  • Stability
  • Student Activities
Wake County officials at the recent ground breaking ceremony at South Lakes Elementary

Who Will Attend and Who Won’t Attend?

Also, at, they provide a forum to speak on the reassignment process and ask any questions. 

Likewise, for those wishing to find more immediate answers, there is a “look-up tool” to enter an address and see your child’s proposed “base schools.”

Upcoming WCPSS Schedule Addressing Student Enrollment Proposal

  • November 5– Discussion scheduled for WCPSS meeting. WCPSS staff members will present”Draft 2″ to board of directors
  • November 19– Public Hearing on Student Enrollment Proposal
  • December 3– WCPSS Board Meeting. Final voting on proposal.

To see more on the proposal or to give WCPSS any feedback or questions, visit

Projected Attendance Numbers for South Lakes Elementary School 2020-21 School Year

  • Overall Capacity– 716 students
  • 2020-21 Projection – 71 % capacity (508 students)
  • 2022-23 Projection– 82% capacity  (587 students)
This is the initial design and rendering that was approved for South Lakes Elementary

South Lakes Elementary School: A Brief History

The South Lakes Elementary School project began in 2011. This was when  Preston Development Company sold the parcel of land adjacent to the community to WCPSS. The school will be easy to access from the South Lakes new home community off Old Honeycutt Road.

During 2018-19, much progress has been made for the new school. In this time frame we see approval of plans and construction is currently underway. When complete, the campus is to be 20 acres. Likewise, there will be 56 individual classrooms.

For more background and information on South Lakes Elementary School, visit our previous blog posting on the topic at