Eight Wake County Schools Make Newsweek Magazine’s Best High Schools List

Wake County Public School System

After being inadvertently left off Newsweek magazine’s Best High Schools list, eight Wake County high schools have been added to the roster following a recalculation of the data. In all, 12 Wake County Public High Schools are on the news magazine’s list of best high schools in the United States. They are:    

  • Apex
  • Middle Creek
  • Cary
  • Panther Creek
  • Holly Springs
  • Wakefield
  • Millbrook
  • Enloe
  • Broughton
  • Athens Drive
  • Leesville Road
  • Green Hope 

“When we first saw the list, we were alarmed only four of our schools made the list,” said David Holdzkom, assistant superintendent for Evaluation and Research. “Using the Newsweek criteria, we re-examined all WCPSS high schools to see if any met the test used by Newsweek. We discovered eight of our schools had been left off the list in error,” Holdzkom said.   

The authors of the story acknowledged the error in their calculations and have reposted the corrected results on their Web page:   


“We have great schools in Wake County, and we want to make sure they get the credit they deserve,” Holdzkom said. “Our teachers, administrators and principals have worked hard for these results.”    

According to Newsweek, just over 1,600 schools, or about six percent of all the public schools in the U.S., made the list.   

**Source: Wake County Public Schools