The secret of the area’s success can be found in the classroom. Wake Forest’s excellent schools are part of the acclaimed Wake County school district.

K-12 Schools

Our community is part of the award-winning Wake County Public School System – ranking number one in the nation for most National Board Certified teachers for 12 consecutive years. Our educational standards consistently produce students with SAT scores higher than the state and national averages and athletics programs boast numerous state championships.  

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Colleges & Universities

As part of the Research Triangle Region, Wake Forest residents and businesses have access to three Tier One research universities: North Carolina State UniversityDuke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Locally there are an additional eight four-year colleges and universities, and North Carolina’s largest community college, Wake Technical Community College (Wake Tech). Wake Tech offers numerous accredited degrees, as well as top notch continuing education programs that provide customized work force training and small business support.


Situated in the heart of Wake Forest is Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), with 3,400 students from around the world, offering a wide variety of secular and theological undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees.  SEBTS plays a vital role in the charm, growth, and economy of Wake Forest, generating a direct annual economic impact of $37.5 million.