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Old 07-24-2007, 02:24 PM
 
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We are arriving in NC on August 2nd and will register my son. The best track for him is Track 4 since he will only have missed a couple of days. Well Track 4 is filled.

Question: Once he is assigned for a Track is that for the 5 years that he is in elementary or does that change every year???

What happens if you have two kids....are they are different tracks or do the schools try to keep them together???
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:20 PM
 
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Track 4 is the most popular track, thus it is full in every school. Track 3 will actually be a good track for you because they're going on a break starting on Fri. They will be out for 3 weeks, and will come back on Aug. 20. This will minimize the number of days your child will miss. This is as good as you're going to get, I'm afraid.

The track you are assigned will be the same throughout the school years, unless you request a change. Siblings are ALWAYS put on the same track, even if they are in different schools (elem or middle).
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Old 07-24-2007, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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They assign you a track and as a first year student, you usually end up with the least popular track, which is track 2. That is your track for all the years you are there BUT you can apply for a track change at the end of your first year. From what I was told, the requests are granted by seniority levels (or however long you've been at the school).
The principal at Adams elementary told me it can take about 2-3 years to get track 4, and by then, most people don't want it anymore. They've just adapted to whatever track they've been on for a while I guess.
Yes, they do a very good job of keeping siblings on the same track, even if it's a different school.
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh
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Also, you do not have to put your child in the year-round school of your district. You can opt out, and they will assign him to a traditional school and provide transportation.
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Also, you do not have to put your child in the year-round school of your district. You can opt out, and they will assign him to a traditional school and provide transportation.
For this year. It's my understanding they may not be able to do so next year....heard this from several teachers at different schools.

Make sure you want to, or can, provide your own transportation next year if you don't want your kids moved back to the school they should be at anyway.
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Old 07-25-2007, 10:02 AM
 
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Default We Just Moved Here & Got Track 4

Hello! I'm responding to the track question. We just moved here in June, I just registered my child for school on Monday. We put track 4 as our first choice & that is what we got. Sometimes I would take what is on this board as a grain of salt. There is alot of negativity on here about the tracks and year round schools. If you just plead your case that the rest of your family is out of state and on a traditional calendar you may get your first choice of track. Our second choice was Track 3 that seems like a good schedule too.
I was so freaked out about registering my child because of what's been posted on this board. It went really smoothly. This board has been a great resource so far but take the negativity lightly about the schools and how the locals feel about transplants. We've had a great time so far! Best of Luck to you!
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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You're very lucky. Which school was it? I think a lot of it probably depends on how crowded the school is too. We've been trying for track 4 for 3 years now and have never gotten it, even with another child in traditional.
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:09 PM
 
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Yes, you were lucky, I have already been told that track 4 at my school is full and has been for awhile (its the closest to tradional, which makes me wonder if that more what people want?).
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:38 PM
 
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Track 4 is the most popular track, thus it is full in every school. Track 3 will actually be a good track for you because they're going on a break starting on Fri. They will be out for 3 weeks, and will come back on Aug. 20. This will minimize the number of days your child will miss. This is as good as you're going to get, I'm afraid.

The track you are assigned will be the same throughout the school years, unless you request a change. Siblings are ALWAYS put on the same track, even if they are in different schools (elem or middle).
Just fyi...I was also told that track 4 is always the most popular, but at our school track 1 is most popular. And we still got 2 spots! So it just depends on the school.
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:39 PM
 
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Track 4 at most schools will already be full, because it's the "closest" to traditional calendar. The vast majority of people who move into Wake County late will not be able to choose this track, no matter how well it works for their family in their particular situation.

I speak with experience, as I am a Track 4 KG teacher. I already have 28 students in my class and cannot take any more. We are definitely overcrowded.
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