RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – July 11 has no doubt been circled on calendars inside thousands homes throughout Wake County.
Monday morning marks the first day of school for year-round students.
A Wake County Public School System spokesperson tells CBS North Carolina 41,000 children attend the district’s 37 elementary and 11 middle schools that operate a year-round calendar.
Year-round classes help maximize the use of school facilities. Officials say it also keeps the learning process continuous.
Students on both year-round and traditional calendars head to class 180 days per year and receive the same instruction.
Pine Hollow Middle School is the first of five new schools that will open in Wake County this year.
Andrew Livengood is the principal of the school.
Currently, 665 students are enrolled. Livengood hopes that number will grow to over 1,000.
Livengood tells CBS North Carolina that parents and students who have seen the new school have “a sense of wonderment and awe.”
The school has 59 teaching spaces including an auditorium, gym, outdoor facilities and dining facilities.
The furniture is adjustable to teaching needs.
Beaverdam Elementary, Oakview Elementary, Pleasant Grove Elementary, and White Oak Elementary will also open their doors to students, but on a traditional calendar schedule.
Summer break ends for traditional calendar students on August 29.