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Wake Principal Leadership Program

WPLP is a principal preparation program designed to train future leaders to serve in the Wake County Public School System. WPLP applications were due on January 15, 2018.

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With over 157,000 students, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) operates 171 schools. The overall free and reduced-price lunch (FRL) percentage is 34%, with 30 schools in which at least 60% of students qualify for FRL. The students reflect diverse backgrounds: 47.5% white, 23.8% black or African American, 16.9% Hispanic or Latino, 7.6% Asian, 3.7% Multi-Racial, 0.3% Native American or Alaskan, and 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; 7.9% of students are English Language Learners and 12.3% receive special education services. Student achievement across the district is uneven, with 65 schools that “did not meet expected growth” and 45% of Wake’s Title I schools “did not meet expected growth. A collaborative partnership with NCSU will support the district’s strategic work in building and strengthening a pool of candidates positioned to assume future principal positions. To learn more about WCPSS, visit

WPLP held an information session about admission to the program on November 8, 2017 at WCPSS Crossroads II Room 1400B 5:00pm-6:30pm and on November 20, 2017 at WCPSS Crossroads FLEX 5:00pm-6:30pm. Admission applications were due to the NC State University Graduate School on January 15, 2018. Applicants must also have completed the residency form as a part of the regular NCSU graduate school application. In addition to the online application, WPLP held a mandatory Candidate Assessment Day on January 20, 2018. Admission decisions will be made after Candidate Assessment Day. Students will begin the degree program in Summer 2018 and will graduate in Summer 2020. To learn about the selection process, please read the steps below.

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