Home of the Guardians!

Welcome to the Wake Preparatory Academy! We are proud to offer an exceptional educational experience for grades Pre-K through 12 to students in the Franklin County, North Carolina area. Our school is focused on providing a safe, academically challenging, and comfortable environment for our little leaders.

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Our learning module is designed to approach all areas of academics and prepare our students for any situation.

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Implementing the R.A.I.S.E Values, we are here to help our students become Leaders!

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Apply beginning November 15 for the 2022-2023 school year!

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School Leaders

Cristina Schubert, Director 7-12 / Executive Director

 Mrs. Cristina Schubert is the Director for Wake Preparatory Academy (WPA). She comes to WPA with an extensive background in education as a teacher, campus administrator, and district administrator. She holds a master’s degree in education from Plymouth State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Davis. 

She joined the Charter One network of schools in 2012 as an experienced, award-winning teacher. The following year she was promoted to Assistant Director, and soon after, went on to serve as a campus director. Between 2015 and 2020 she had the honor of opening and successfully leading two new Charter One K-12 campuses, and earned Charter One’s prestigious Administrative Team of the Year award in 2018. Most recently, Mrs. Schubert served as Charter One’s K-6 Director of Academics, overseeing the academic program for all Charter One schools nationwide. 

In addition to her experience in Education, Mrs. Schubert has a diverse background in performing arts and athletics. In her free time she enjoys traveling, boating, and riding ATVs with her husband, Charles, and two sons, Chaz and Liam, tap dancing, and playing the drums. 

Mrs. Schubert is thrilled for the opportunity to lead the opening of Wake Preparatory Academy and looks forward to meeting and getting to know all of our new students and their families.

Crystal Cleveland, Director K-6

Ms. Cleveland is a proud New Jersey native who loves everything the East Coast has to offer.

She received her degree from Southern Virginia University and ventured out west to see the adventures it had to offer. She joined the Charter One family in Arizona and has had the privilege of serving its families for the past five years, During that time she had the chance to R.A.I.S.E little leaders from kindergarten to fourth grade. She has enjoyed working with students, watching them challenge themselves in the classroom, and finding joy in their learning. She is thrilled to be a part of building Wake Prep Academy in North Carolina.

In her spare time, she aims to finish a novel a month preferably on the beach. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places while cheering on the Duke Blue Devils.


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"Our experience here has been nothing but positive!"  Learn more.

Melissa Terrano

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Lori Mosher

"When [my daughter] got to Wake Prep, it's been amazing in every way!" Learn more.

Nathan Massie

"It's the right fit for my family because we share the same morals, values, and principles." Learn more.

Life at Wake Prep

What Parents Think

"We've seen a night and day difference in our kids. They are excited again, engaged in school activities, and they have made lots and lots of friends!" This is the Wake Preparatory Academy difference.