Wake Forest, N.C. — Moving into a home near a good school in Wake County doesn’t mean children will get to go to that school.

Because of rapid growth in recent years, the Wake County Public School System has capped enrollment at 15 schools, meaning students who would normally attend those schools aren’t guaranteed seats there.

Sabina Kules recently moved to Wake Forest from Chicago, and she said the schools in the area were a big consideration in choosing a neighborhood.

“That’s what they told us, moving to this subdivision is going to guarantee the Heritage school,” Kules said Friday.

2016-17 capped schools

Elementary schools: Cedar Fork, Davis Drive, Fuquay-Varina, Hodge Road, Holly Grove, Hunter, Mills Park, Walnut Creek, Wiley
Middle schools: Apex, Mills Park
High Schools: Enloe, Fuquay-Varina, Heritage, Panther Creek

2017-18 capped schools

Elementary schools: Cedar Fork, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Grove, Mills Park
Middle schools: Apex, Mills Park
High Schools: Enloe, Fuquay-Varina, Heritage, Panther Creek

But enrollment at Heritage High School was capped in 2015 – five years after the school opened – so students whose families have moved into the fast-growing Heritage subdivision since then often find themselves attending Wake Forest High School.

“It does come to a surprise to some people.

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