Western Wake's loss could be Northern Wake's gain, at least when it comes to getting into an Academically Gifted or Gifted and Talented themed magnet middle school.
Magnet folks are heavily hyping the better odds that families will have this year getting a seat at Ligon Middle School. Ligon lost a chunk of its western wake draw area to Carnage Middle School.
The result is that Northern Wake applicants should have a much easier time in the process.
Last year, it was much harder getting into Ligon than Carnage. For Ligon, 237 of 694 applicants were accepted, or 34 percent. For Carnage, 124 of 242 applicants were accepted, or 51 percent.
The prior imbalance in the draw areas helps explain why Ligon had a substantially smaller percentage of low-income students than Carnage even though the schools are barely a mile apart in Raleigh.
A lot of parents who would have been able to apply into Ligon before weren't happy about Carnage being their new choice.
The revised draw area really won't have much of an impact on North Raleigh students who were already going to AG/GT magnet elementary schools. Their applications would have been approved anyway for Ligon.
But the additional space should benefit families who hope to enter the magnet program for the first time in middle school. To see why Ligon might be better than a non-magnet middle school, click here for a list of the school's elective offerings.
Click here to apply.