Nearly half of those children are in Wake County. While there's a lot of excitement, there are some concerns too.
Hundreds of families were still signing students up for school Tuesday even though classes were to begin in less than 24 hours.
That's a sign that students at any given school may end up switching teachers once the new school year gets under way.
"Just today we've had 250 families register students for school and more will be doing so over the next 10 days as they're just moving here and have realized school has started," explained Wake schools spokesperson Michael Evans.
Overall, Wake is expecting 3800 new students this year. ABC11 has learned that could mean as many as 35 students in some non-core classes at places like Mills Park Middle School - a brand new school.
If more students show up than projected at any school by the tenth day, principals will hire more teachers. That could lead to students having to switch teachers a few weeks into the school year.
It's something East Millbrook Middle Principal Andrew Livengood has had to do.
"It's always hard to have a child switch teachers, but most families understand that it's a good thing in the end," he explained. "We'd rather be conservative when we're hiring so we don't have to let anyone go."
In Raleigh, the Glenwood Avenue repaving project will likely mean a back to school headache for some drivers.
The work was supposed to be done by mid June - well before nearby Underwood Elementary was set to reopen.
That's why parents at Underwood are asked to avoid Glenwood and use back roads to access the school.
Outside Heritage Elementary and Middle Schools in Wake Forest, parents are trying a new traffic pattern.
ABC11 reported earlier this month on carpool congestion clogging up Rogers Road at the two year round schools.
Parents say things seemed to be a bit better for drivers coming from either side of the school but not those directly across the street.