The Raleigh School

5.00 5 1 (5 reviews)
Tel: (919) 546-0788 Ext. 117
1141 Raleigh School Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
Our active, hands-on approach; our diverse, cohesive community; our emphasis on challenge and our partnership with highly-engaged parents are all core to our beliefs.
At The Raleigh School we nurture children`s natural inclinations to inquire, explore and discover through authentic play and project-based learning experiences; encouraging children to think creatively, critically and collaboratively; developing strong academic and problem-solving skills.
We intentionally focus on social/emotional development, cultivating compassionate, caring, responsible, leaders.

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The Raleigh School places among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded1952
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2007

Student Body

Total Students393 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade The Raleigh School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers43 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 3 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition is $14,250 for kindergarten through fifth grade with a one-time elementary entry fee of $1,000. Preschool tuition varies by class from $900 for Parent/Child to $12,500 for a 5-day school day fours class.
Admissions DirectorMary Golden
Admissions AssociateKaren Peterson


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Book Clubs, Chess Club, Science Olympiad

School Notes

  • The Raleigh School serves children from 18 months old through 5th grade, with a student/faculty ratio ranging from 5:1 in preschool to 11:1 in elementary grades.
  • At The Raleigh School we engage children`s hands, hearts and minds each and every day.  Using an inquiry-based approach, our teachers help students develop critical and creative thinking skills that last a lifetime. 
  • Our students love to come to school.  Each child is well-known and valued as an individual member within the school community.  Our parents choose The Raleigh School because they appreciate our outstanding veteran faculty and value the many opportunities to be engaged in their own child`s education.  
  • On our beautiful 18-acre wooded West Raleigh campus, convenient to Cary and I-40, we provide daily opportunities for interaction with the stimulating natural environment, extending learning beyond classroom walls. 
  • To find out more, request an information packet or schedule a tour of our campus, please contact our Admissions Office at 919-546-0788, ext. 117 or

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Raleigh
    Grades: NS-12 | 330 students
    6.5 miles
    7005 Lead Mine Road
    Raleigh, NC 27615
    (919) 848-1545
    6.5 NS-12
  • Raleigh
    Grades: PK-12 | 1189 students
    8.1 miles
    7409 Falls Of Neuse Rd
    Raleigh, NC 27615
    (919) 847-0900
    8.1 PK-12
  • Cary
    Grades: PK-5 | 140 students
    6.3 miles
    130 Towne Village Dr
    Cary, NC 27513
    (919) 319-9622
    6.3 PK-5
  • Raleigh
    Grades: PK-12 | 776 students
    5.8 miles
    801 & 1101 Buck Jones Road
    Raleigh, NC 27606
    (919) 747-2020
    5.8 PK-12
  • Raleigh
    Grades: PK-12 | 1432 students
    11.7 miles
    7300 Perry Creek Road
    Raleigh, NC 27616
    (919) 573-7900
    11.7 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
We have been attending The Raleigh School for 8 years now in total, starting in the 2` class in Preschool. The experience has been WAY beyond my expectations. My children have developed a true love for learning which is impacting them even at home, the social and emotional skill development is exceptional, and the curriculum motivates the kids to engage. This is a very challenging season we are in with Covid and I have been beyond impressed with how they have handled the situation and kept our children safe while continuing to learn. I highly recommend!!
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I have 2 children at the Raleigh School and I could not be more pleased. It provides a nurturing environment which fosters creative learning and appreciation of cultural diversity. The faculty are approachable and have an impressive educational background. The school actually encourages parental involvement in the child's learning. The Head of School Mr. Bud Lichenstein joined the school from the New England and has done an outstanding job. I recommend the school without reservation . Dr's M.Alexander and Bobbie Gupta
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My youngest son is in 5th grade and oldest son is a TRS graduate. The Raleigh School provides a safe, engaging environment for my children to explore learning and build a strong foundation. Never once have my children sad I do not want to go to school. I think that alone speaks volumes of the love of learning that The Raleigh School fosters. My eldest has moved on to another private school and has excelled in every way thanks to the strong skill set that The Raleigh School has provided. Invest in your child's early education, you will never regret it!
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We are very happy with our choice to move our children from the public school system to The Raleigh School (TRS). While private school is a meaningful financial commitment, we believe it has been well worth the investment. Specifically, we love the vibrant and active community TRS fosters (across parents, students, and children), and also the foundations of diversity and respect the school fosters, which sums to us feeling that our children are extremely safe (physically and emotionally) at TRS. Academically, we are also pleased with the curriculum and believe our children will be well prepared for the next stage of their education.
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I have had 4 children who have either graduated from or currently attending The Raleigh School. The most amazing thing about this is that my children were in an environment that has fostered a love of learning. Not only is the learning fun but the teachers allow the kids to be kids and use their own creativity. Respect and kindness is expected- not rewarded. No matter where they go to middle school I believe that TRS has set the foundation of how teachers should treat students and how people treat people. This is a foundation that is critical in the early years. No place is perfect- but its close...Love, love this school and feel so fortunate to be a part of it.
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