New Schools at South Lakes

With the additions of the new Willow Springs High School & South Lakes Elementary School, the education commute is simply stepping outside your door.

Willow Springs High School

South Lakes Elementary School

(Opening Fall 2019)

Willow Springs High School (Opening Fall 2019)
1704 Old Honeycutt Road
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

The initial proposal from the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Board of Education was approved at their October 17, 2017 meeting. Slated to operate on the land that was sold to the WCPSS by Preston Development, who are the developers of the South Lakes new home community, the most recent step in the in the project moving forward, was the approval of the submitted, schematic designs by the WCPSS Board at their May 17, 2018 meeting.

The approved design will have Willow Springs High boasting 110 teaching spaces and allow a capacity of 2,262 students. The 54-acre site at 1704 Old Honeycutt Road (on the corner of Old Honeycutt and Kennebec Roads) will have four stories and will initially serve as a swing facility for Fuquay Varina High School, while it undergoes a renovation process of its own.

The announcement of Willow Springs High School, (and South Lakes Elementary, set for a 2020 completion) being opened right across the street brings an even more alluring aspect to the already family friendly and community first atmosphere that is always prevalent along your journey to discover your own personal meaning of South Lakes Living. Staff members and students are set to move into and begin classes at the currently under construction school for the fall semester of 2019.

(Opening Fall 2020)

South Lakes Elementary School (Opening Fall 2020)
Old Honeycutt Road
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

The land that will host South Lakes Elementary Fuquay Varina Schools is set to open in 2020 sold to WCPSS by Preston Development, who was and remains the developer of the South Lakes community since 2011. Both parcels of land that will be home to the new Fuquay Varina Schools are just to the North of the South Lakes community and can easily be accessed from the neighborhood off of Old Honeycutt Road.

Upon the initial selling of the land with the intention of these two new Fuquay Varina Schools being located across the street from their development, Preston Development co-owner, Bubba Rawl, spoke to the reasoning on the company wanting to have the schools so close to the South Lakes neighborhood. Schools play an important role in the decision process for today™ homebuyers. He continued, “We are excited that Wake County school planners saw the same potential in Fuquay-Varina as we did when developing South Lakes. It is a wonderful place to raise your family.

The most recent development in the process of constructing the second of these new Fuquay Varina Schools, South Lakes Elementary, saw the WCPSS Board of Education approve the schematic design submitted by Clark Nexsen Architects. The prepared designs will see South Lakes Elementary sit on 20 acres of land, with 56 classrooms scheduled in the proposed 124,110 square foot building that will also have over 26.25 acres for athletic fields. All is set for a Fall 2020 opening.

Fuquay Data



Fuquay-Varina population



Median age in 2016 of all Fuquay residents was 33.9 years old.

Median Household Income


Average Household Income (2016) is $70,226

Median Property Values


Average property value (2016) is $208, 100

Average Commute Time


Homeownership rate (2016) is 73.3 percent

Higher Education

Area Colleges and Universities Distance from South Lakes Appalachian State University- Boone, NC

Student Population- 18,295
Distance from South Lakes- 190.3 miles (3 hr, 10 min)

Barton College- Wilson, NC

Student Population- 1,051
Distance from South Lakes- 62.7 miles (1 hr, 12 min)

Campbell University- Buies Creek, NC

Student Population- 6,786
Distance from South Lakes- 16.1 miles (21 min)

Duke University- Durham, NC

Student Population- 15,735
Distance from South Lakes- 36.1 miles (40 min)

East Carolina University- Greenville, NC

Student Population- 28,962
Distance from South Lakes- 98.9 miles (1 hr 43 min)

Johnston Community College- Smithfield, NC

Student Population- 3,903
Distance from South Lakes- 30.2 miles (46 min)

Meredith College- Raleigh, NC

Student Population- 1,981
Distance from South Lakes- 21.2 miles (29 min)

Miller Motte College Raleigh- Raleigh, NC

Student Population- 454
Distance from South Lakes- 30.5 miles (39 min)

North Carolina Central University- Durham NC

Student Population- 8,094
Distance from South Lakes- 33.8 miles (37 min)

North Carolina State University (NC State)- Raleigh, NC

Student Population- 33,755
Distance from South Lakes- 20.4 miles (26 min)

St. Augustines College- Raleigh, NC

Student Population- 944
Distance from South Lakes- 19 miles (33 min)

Shaw University – Raleigh, NC

Student Population- 1,844
Distance from South Lakes- 17.3 miles (28 min)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)- Chapel Hill, NC

Student Population- 29,468
Distance from South Lakes- 37.1 miles (42 min)

Wake Technical Community College- Raleigh, NC

Student Population- 21,747
Distance from South Lakes- 7.4 miles (13 min)

William Peace University- Raleigh, NC

Student Population- 1,034
Distance from South Lakes- 18.7 miles (31 min)

Beyond a beautiful new home

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