Welcome to West Lake

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Picture Day

Monday, February 2 is Picture Day for Tracks 1, 2, & 4.

West Lake Spirit Week

  • Monday- Tie dye day
  • Tuesday- Crazy hair day
  • Wednesday- Twin day
  • Thursday- Favorite team day
  • Friday- school spirit- West Lake Wildcat day


Yearbooks can still be ordered online, however extras cannot be added. Go to Yearbook Order Center and use Order #10561.

Book Fair

Calling all book lovers!! The Spring 2015 Scholastic Book Fair will be February 27 - March 13 (Family Night is March 5th, 6:30-8:30pm) We need parent volunteers to make this event a great success for our students. We need help setting up, supervising each day while students visit the book fair, assisting with Family Night, and packing up the book fair. Please visit our website to sign up to volunteer, or you may email us.

Set-up (Feb. 27) 1-3pm... help set up and decorate the Book Fair space in the media center.

Supervising Book Fair (March 2-13th) 7am-2:40pm (usually in 2 hour blocks).... help student shoppers, assist with check out, and keep Book Fair tidy. Also need help on Family Night, March 5th.

Packing up (March 13) 2:40-4pm... help pack up the Book Fair and put the library back to normal

Upcoming Important Dates for Second Semester

January 26-February 5 Magnet Application Period
February 20-26 First transfer application period
February 26 Track 1, 8th Grade High School Registration Parent Information Night starting at 6:30
March 10 Track 2, 3, & 4, 8th Grade High School Registration Parent Information Night starting at 6:30
March 19 Rising 6th grade Parent/Student Orientation (Tracks 3 & 4) 6:30-8:30
April 7 Rising 6th grade Parent/Student Orientation (Tracks 1& 2) 6:30-8:30
May 1-15 Final transfer application period

SMART Academy

SMART stands for "Students Maximizing Academic Resources through Technology." The SMART Academy offers year-round programs for academic development. The foundation of CIS Wake's SMART Academy is the SMART Weekend School, a rigorous 24-week program designed to strengthen students in grades K through 10 in math and reading. Beginning September 20, 2014, SMART Weekend will meet on Saturdays or Sundays for three hours each session for intensive instruction. Parents will choose one day per weekend for their student(s). Led by certified teachers, scientists and researchers, instruction emphasizes:

  1. Project-based learning
  2. Interactive instruction
  3. Small group instruction
For more information, Download the SMART Academy Brochure

Magnet Schools

WCPSS offers more than 40 magnet and early college schools.

Magnet High Schools:

  • Enloe - Gifted and Talented and International Baccalaureate
  • Garner - International Baccalaureate
  • Millbrook - International Baccalaureate
  • Southeast Raleigh - Career for Leadership and Technology

Magnet Application Period: January 26 - February 5

School Tours

West Lake Middle School counselors will offer tours of our school for prospective students and parents on the following dates and times. We look forward to providing information about our school and to give prospective families a glimpse of the wonderful learning opportunities we offer. Also, the two new student orientation/registration nights will be held in March or April on dates to be determined. We are unable to provide private tours at other times so we encourage interested families to plan to attend one of these scheduled tours or orientation nights.

Tour Dates

All tours will begin at 9:00am (unless noted) in the front lobby of the school and will last approximately one hour. No registration is required.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 3
  • Tuesday, January 20
  • Friday, January 30 Thursday, January 29
  • Tuesday, February 17
  • Tuesday, February 17 3:00-4:00 (To avoid carpool traffic, arrive after 2:45)
  • Friday, March 6
  • Thursday, June 4

Digital Safety

Our school is educating students and parents about digital safety. We have a simple message borrowed from the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell Phone Communications -- Everything you do with your digital device is Public and Permanent. If we approach all use of digital devices with this digital consciousness, we will keep ourselves and our children safe. Please check out our Digital Safety page.

Earning Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Under the state's new Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) option, uniquely qualified students may 'test out' or bypass a course if they have already mastered the content.

The program provides another opportunity for students to learn new content, to challenge themselves with the next level of rigor in a subject, and even graduate early. This option is not designed to replace existing accelerated pathways, such as the Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program at WCPSS.

School Bus Information

This is a message from the Wake County Public School System for families at year-round schools who ride the bus.
Your student's school bus may serve both year round and traditional calendar schools.

You may notice your bus arrives a little later once traditional calendar schools open on Monday, August 25th.

We want you to know that arrival times will improve as traditional calendar school families become familiar with new routines. Please know that our ridership grows dramatically with the start of the traditional calendar schools and the steps we put in place this year are geared to improve efficiency and increase on-time delivery of students to school and home.

We provide Live Bus Updates online at www.wcpss.net/transportation. Choose your school to see news for your bus.

Thanks for your support of the Wake County Public School System.

Dress Code/Electronics Policy

West Lake has a set of dress guidelines and we also follow the guidelines of WCPSS Board Policy number 1-5 which states "students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment. Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene, or which endangers the health or safety of the student or others is prohibited."

Dress Code, Cell Phones/Electronics, and Tardy Policies and Consequences

Student Accident Insurance

As a result of the low participation in our voluntary student accident insurance (less that 2% of student participation), enrollment forms will no longer be provided to each school for distribution. Please be advised that you can enroll your child effective July 1, 2014 in this Voluntary Student Accident Insurance coverage by completing the application and mailing your application and check to Bollinger for processing coverage. Your coverage will be effective the date you sign the application.

Effective August 1, 2014 you can enroll your child online at www.BollingerSchools.com. Student Accident Insurance options available for the 2014-15 school year include:

  • School Time Only (includes all sports except football)
  • 24 hour Only (includes all sports except football)
  • Football
  • Dental
  • Life

For More information, please visit the WCPSS StudentAccident Insurance page at http://www.wcpss.net/parents/insurance.html

If you have questions with the coverage or completing the application please contact: Doug Young, President, The Young Group at 919-846-9798.

If you have a claim, the form is available here.

WCPSS Transportation Website

WCPSS will put new practices into place for the 2014-15 school year with the goal of improving yellow bus service for families. Please refer to the WCPSS website for more information. Parents can also find out bus stop information by click on "What's Your Bus Stop".
Transportation Website

West Lake Middle School Testing

Per G.S. §115C-174.12(a)(4), all annual assessments of student achievement adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to G.S. §1125C-174.11(c)(1) and (3) all final exams for courses shall be administered within the final 10 instructional days of the school year for year-long courses and within the final five instructional days of the semester for semester courses. Click here to see the Wake County Schedule.

Home Base Parent Portal

The Home Base Parent Portal is your way to make sure you can keep up with how your child is doing in school. You can see grades, missed assignments, etc. You can come to the school to sign up. Please make sure to bring your photo ID. Our office hours are from 7 AM to 3:30 PM. If a student has parents who do not live at the same address, the pass code will be given to the parent whose address matches that of the student.

If you have not yet submitted the form for getting a HomeBase login, please choose an option below:

  • If you can come to the school to present a photo ID, choose this form.
  • If you cannot come to the school, you will need to have this form notarized and sent in with your child.

This process has had some issues, so if you are not able to log in, there will be instructions on the Home Base page that will tell you who to contact. These issues cannot be corrected at the school.

For more information about HomeBase, please click here.

New Student Registration

New student registrations are by appointment only. Please contact Consuelo Cabrera at 919-662-2920.

WLMS Spirit Wear Store

Get your Spirit Apparel here. Get Shirts, sweatshirts, caps, etc.

Interested in Volunteering in our Media Center?

Learn more here

Team Supply Lists and Team websites


Click here to log in to Home Base Parent Portal

Weekly Announcement

Digital Safety

Student E-mail

Path Driver




Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Middle School Unit Guides

Dance Permission Form

Print What You Like

Enrolling a New Student

The Arts at West Lake

National Geographic Space Timeline

Middle School Math Website

Middle School Math Placement Guidelines

Middle School Math Parent Information Sessions Math Counts

Wildcat Newsletter

Band Information

WCPSS Year Round Calendar

Testing Calendar

WCPSS Traditional School Calendar