Mission: Wakefield High School maintains a high standard of learning for all students that effectively prepares all students for graduation and for becoming productive citizens.
Vision: The Wakefield High School learning community supports students in developing 21st Century skills that allow them to contribute responsibly in an ever-changing environment.
The students of Wakefield High School are committed to being honest and responsible in the completion of academic materials and interactions with the school administration and community. Cheating, stealing, plagiarism (passing off another's work, words, or ideas as one's own), and lying (including willful distortion or misrepresentation) are considered violations of the Honor Code. Through a joint fulfillment of this code, students and faculty will achieve their fullest potential in academic excellence and character.
| Attendance is taken very seriously at Wakefield High School. The staff and administration
believe that there is a high correlation
between attendance and achievement and that regular attendance is crucial
to all students’ success. Wakefield High School will maintain accurate
attendance information and will share this information with parents and
students. It is extremely important for parents and students to closely
monitor and document any school absences.
to WCPSS Board Policy 6000.8, cumulative absences (excused or unexcused) above
ten in a class are considered excessive and the student
will receive a “FF” rather than the passing grade. Students
who have more than 10 absences during a semester and receive an “FF” may
appeal the failure to an “attendance committee” comprised
of administrators and teachers. The decision of the committee is final,
and appeals will not be accepted by the principal.
Attendance validation will be offered to students who have been absent for 10 days. Students must meet with their counselor and sign an
attendance contract before they can seek validation. Validation will only be offered during Saturday detention from 9AM – 12PM.
Students may reduce one absence from two class periods when they attend all three hours of the detention (3 hours of validation
equals 3 hours of class time made-up). Students must notify the supervisors of Saturday Detention that they are there for attendance
validation. They cannot get credit for validation and Saturday detention at the same time. All rules of Saturday Detention must be
followed in order for the student to receive credit.
Students will not be counted absent from school when participating in
school-sponsored events or activities. To be counted present, students
must be in school at least one half of the school day (2 blocks).
Notes for Excused Absences
|Following an absence from school, students must present a note from a parent/guardian
to the Attendance Office BEFORE 7:20 am
to avoid an unexcused tardy. To receive an “excused absence,” the
note must include:
Student’s Name—First and Last (Printed)—No nicknames
Reason for absence(s) – see list that follows
Home and work phone numbers of parents
Students must present a note to the Attendance Office on the day they
return to school following an absence. Students who do not bring a note
within 2 days will have the absence(s) permanently classified as UNEXCUSED.
Students MUST receive an Admit slip (excused or unexcused) from the Attendance
Office to be admitted to class. Students who do not present an Admit Slip
will not be admitted to class.
|Based on School Board policy 6000.3, only the following
reasons constitute an excused absence:
1. Illness or injury which makes the student physically unable to attend
2. Isolation ordered by the State Board of Health, or the Wake County
3. Death in the immediate family.
4. Medical, dental or other appointment with a health care provider approved
5. Court when a student is under subpoena.
6. Religious observance as suggested by the religion of the student or
the student’s parents.
7. Educational opportunities: Educational Leave Form must be approved by an administrator three days prior to leaving. College Visits:
Juniors and Seniors may take school days to visit colleges. Juniors are provided one day per semester; Seniors, 2 days per semester. When
taking these days students do not need to submit an educational leave form. For the absence to be excused the student must submit
verification that they were on the university/college campus within two days of the visit. Acceptable verification can be, but is not
limited to, a letter from the college or university on their letterhead and/or email from the college or university subsequent to the
visit thanking the student for their visit. Brochures or parking passes from the college are NOT accepted.
All other absences will be considered unexcused. Examples: skipping class,
car trouble, oversleeping, missing the bus, business trip with parents,
All students participating in interscholastic activities must be present
in school for the ENTIRE DAY in order to participate in activities, performances,
or practices, except where specifically exempted by a physician.
Wakefield High School has a computer that will call home between 5:00-9:30 p.m. to inform
parents that their child has been marked absent. The computer
will call home for EVERY absence—even for excused absences. Our
intent is to keep parents informed. Please do not be concerned if you
receive a call about an excused absence. Attendance letters will be sent
home following the 3rd, 6th, and 10th absences from school during a semester
Seniors are exempt from exams if the following conditions are met:
“A” average with three or fewer excused absences for the course
• “B” average
with two or fewer excused absences for the course
• “C” average
with one or fewer excused absences for the course
• Has not been suspended from school over the course of the semester
A senior cannot be exempt from an exam in a class if they have lower than a “C” average.
All absences count in exemption absence total except for school-sponsored
field trips or activities and pre-approved
college days (see sample form in handbook). Seniors with any unexcused
absences will not be exempt from exams. No senior can be exempted from
a State End-of-Course test or VOCATS test. Teachers are responsible for
determining eligible seniors in each class based on the above criteria.
Any student arriving after the 7:25 a.m. bell should report
directly to the Attendance Office to receive an Admit Slip. The Admit
Slip should be shown to every teacher whose class was missed. Students
who report to class on time but have to be sent to the attendance office
for an admit slip because of a previous absence, will be marked as having
an unexcused tardy to class. Unexcused tardies will be handled through
the discipline system. Habitually late students will receive disciplinary
consequences and may lose their parking privileges and/or their off-campus
|Any student who needs to leave school before 2:17 p.m.
must present a note from a parent/guardian to the Attendance Office. The
note must include:
Student’s Name—First and Last (Printed)—No nicknames
Time to leave
Reason for leaving
Home and work phone numbers of parents to verify the note
The note must be dropped off by 7:20 a.m. Students should return to the
Attendance Office at the appropriate time to check out. Students will
receive an Admit Slip for use upon return. The Admit Slip should be shown
to every teacher whose class was missed.
is leaving for a medical or dentist appointment, the student must bring
of visit on doctor’s letterhead to the attendance
office upon their return to school.
If a student needs to check out early and does not have a note, a parent
or guardian must give the Attendance Office verbal permission to check
out. Students should only come to the attendance office to check out if
they have a note from their current teacher or are in lunch. If a parent
cannot be reached by phone, student will not be allowed to check out.
STUDENTS WHO GO OFF CAMPUS FOR LUNCH, MUST RETURN TO SCHOOL TO CHECK
OUT. YOUR PARENT MAY NOT CALL THE SCHOOL TO NOTIFY US YOU ARE SICK IN
LIEU OF YOUR RETURNING TO SCHOOL.
FAILURE TO CHECK IN OR OUT THROUGH THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE WILL RESULT
IN DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES.
WAKEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
Main Campus: 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614, PHONE: 919.562.3600 FAX: 919.562.3623
North Campus: 931 Durham Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587 PHONE: 919.570.2201