Types of Public Schools in North Carolina

Explanation of Types of Public Schools in North Carolina

Note: All of the school types below are public schools, in that they are funded primarily through public tax dollars.

  • Regular School: a public school that students are assigned to attend because they live in the school's attendance area or attendance zone. Such schools are sometimes called “zoned schools,” “neighborhood schools” or “ZIP code schools,” and are normally only open for enrollment to students from a predetermined set of neighborhoods or ZIP codes. Regular schools are by far the most common type of school in the Charlotte area.
  • Charter School: a tuition-free, public school created on the basis of a license or “charter” made with the State Board of Education. Charter schools typically have greater freedom than traditional public schools in personnel policies, curriculum and teaching philosophy. In return, they must make a commitment to meet state standards of accountability. Charter schools are also normally open to students from counties and towns outside of where they are located. Enrollment decisions at charter schools are often lottery-based, with special consideration given to siblings of currently enrolled students.
Student Growth Index Explained

Student Growth Index Explained

The Student Growth Index of a school is meant to measure how well the school has been growing student learning over time (i.e., years). North Carolina's public schools receive web-based reporting through the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS). EVAAS is meant to offer an objective way to measure student progress and the value schools add to students' educational attainment. EVAAS is a statistical analysis of North Carolina state assessment data, and the system provides NC schools with growth data to consider, in addition to achievement data.

If a school has a Student Growth Index of between -2.0 and 2.0, the school is deemed to have "met growth", (i.e., met its average projected growth target). A school with a Student Growth Index of less than -2.0 is considered to have "not met growth". Finally, a school with an index of greater than 2.0 is deemed to have "exceeded growth".

Best Elementary Schools in Charlotte NC & Suburbs

Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Charlotte area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Charlotte-area elementary schools including Providence Spring Elementary School, Weddington Elementary School, Bain Elementary School, and Polo Ridge Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including Metrolina Regional Scholars' Academy, Lake Norman Charter School, Community School of Davidson, and Queen's Grant Community School.

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Charlotte-area elementary school would be best for any individual child. For schools that are close to one another in rankings, differences in available data are in most cases very small.

Best Elementary Schools in Charlotte, NC Area

Top Elementary Schools in the Charlotte Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
 
Grades
Served
1 Providence Spring Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
2 Metrolina Regional Scholars' Academy Charlotte Charter K-8
3 Weddington Elementary School Matthews Regular PK-5
4 Bain Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
5 Polo Ridge Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
6 Elizabeth Lane Elementary School Matthews Regular K-5
7 Hawk Ridge Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
8 Grand Oak Elementary School Huntersville Regular K-5
9 Irwin Academic Center Charlotte Regular K-5
10 Marvin Elementary School Marvin Regular PK-5
11 Park View Elementary School Mooresville Regular PK-3
12 Olde Providence Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
13 McKee Road Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
14 Huntersville Elementary School Huntersville Regular K-5
15 Lake Norman Charter School Huntersville Charter 5-12
16 Ballantyne Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
17 Selwyn Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
18 Community School of Davidson Davidson Charter K-12
19 Dilworth Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
20 Rea View Elementary School Waxhaw Regular K-5
21 Sandy Ridge Elementary School Waxhaw Regular K-5
22 Elon Park Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
23 Waddell Language Academy Charlotte Regular K-8
24 Beverly Woods Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
25 Davidson Elementary School Davidson Regular K-5
26 South Elementary School Mooresville Regular PK-3
27 Stallings Elementary School Stallings Regular K-5
28 Kensington Elementary School Waxhaw Regular K-5
29 Rocky River Elementary School Mooresville Regular PK-3
30 Wesley Chapel Elementary School Monroe Regular K-5
31 Antioch Elementary School Matthews Regular K-5
32 Rock Springs Elementary School Denver Regular PK-5
33 Queen's Grant Community School Mint Hill Charter K-12
34 Mountain Island Charter School Mt. Holly Charter K-10
35 Woodland Heights Elementary School Mooresville Regular PK-5
36 Catawba Springs Elementary School Denver Regular PK-5
37 St James Elementary School Denver Regular PK-5
38 Sharon Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
39 Socrates Academy Matthews Charter K-8
40 Cox Mill Elementary School Concord Regular K-5
41 Collinswood Language Academy Charlotte Regular K-8
42 Union Academy Monroe Charter K-12
43 New Town Elementary School Waxhaw Regular PK-5
44 Lincoln Charter School Denver Charter K-12
45 New Salem Elementary School Marshville Regular K-5
46 Cornelius Elementary School Cornelius Regular K-5
47 New Hope Elementary School Gastonia Regular K-5
48 Torrence Creek Elementary School Huntersville Regular K-5
49 Pumpkin Center Intermediate School Lincolnton Regular 3-5
50 Poplin Elementary School Indian Trail Regular K-5
51 Park Road Montessori School Charlotte Regular PK-6
52 Lake Norman Elementary School Mooresville Regular PK-5
53 J.V. Washam Elementary School Cornelius Regular K-5
54 Belmont Central Elementary School Belmont Regular 2-5
55 Corvian Community School Charlotte Charter K-4
56 Childers Elementary School Lincolnton Regular PK-5
57 Endhaven Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
58 Matthews Elementary School Matthews Regular PK-5
59 Shiloh Elementary School Monroe Regular PK-5
60 Union Elementary School Vale Regular K-5
61 Hemby Bridge Elementary School Indian Trail Regular PK-5
62 Pine Lake Preparatory School Mooresville Charter K-12
63 Sun Valley Elementary School Monroe Regular PK-5
64 Langtree Charter Academy Mooresville Charter K-6
65 Indian Trail Elementary School Indian Trail Regular PK-5
66 Sherrills Ford Elementary School Sherrills Ford Regular K-6
67 Cabarrus Charter Academy Concord Charter K-6
68 W A Bess Elementary School Gastonia Regular K-5
69 Barnette Elementary School Huntersville Regular K-5
70 Harrisburg Elementary School Harrisburg Regular K-5
71 Chantilly Montessori School Charlotte Regular PK-6
72 W R Odell Elementary School Concord Regular K-5
73 McAlpine Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
74 Elizabeth Traditional Elementary Charlotte Regular K-5
75 Fairview Elementary School Monroe Regular PK-5
76 John M. Morehead STEM Academy Charlotte Regular K-8
77 East Mooresville Intermediate School Mooresville Regular 4-6
78 Central Elementary School Statesville Regular PK-5
79 Highland Mill Montessori Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-6
80 Myers Park Traditional Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
81 Iron Station Elementary School Iron Station Regular PK-5
82 Rocky River Elementary School Monroe Regular PK-5
83 Mountain View Elementary School Hickory Regular PK-6
84 Unionville Elementary School Monroe Regular PK-5
85 Cool Spring Elementary School Cleveland Regular PK-5
86 Mooresville Intermediate School Mooresville Regular 4-6
87 Mountain Island Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
88 Highland Creek Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
89 Barringer Academic Center Charlotte Regular K-5
90 Clyde Campbell Elementary School Hickory Regular K-6
91 Smithfield Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
92 W M Jenkins Elementary School Hickory Regular PK-5
93 Piedmont Community Charter School Gastonia Charter K-12
94 Shepherd Elementary School Mooresville Regular PK-5
95 R Brown McAllister Elementary School Concord Regular K-5
96 Carolina International School Concord Charter 1-10
97 Mallard Creek Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
98 Endy Elementary School Albemarle Regular K-5
99 Coddle Creek Elementary School Mooresville Regular PK-5
100 Eastover Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
101 Rock Rest Elementary School Monroe Regular PK-5
102 Lakeshore Elementary School Mooresville Regular PK-5
103 Mount Pleasant Elementary School Mount Pleasant Regular K-5
104 Charles H Tuttle Elementary School Maiden Regular K-6
105 Cotswold Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
106 Winget Park Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
107 Sharon Elementary School Statesville Regular PK-5
108 Waxhaw Elementary School Waxhaw Regular PK-5
109 Aquadale Elementary School Norwood Regular PK-5
110 Snow Creek Elementary School Hickory Regular PK-6
111 Bostian Elementary School China Grove Regular K-5
112 Blythe Elementary School Huntersville Regular PK-5
113 North Brook Elementary School Vale Regular PK-5
114 Hawks Nest Intermediate School Gastonia Regular 4-5
115 Windsor Park Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
116 Patriots Elementary School Concord Regular K-5
117 Clear Creek Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
118 Millbridge Elementary School China Grove Regular PK-5
119 Sardis Elementary School Monroe Regular PK-5
120 Shuford Elementary School Conover Regular K-5
121 Croft Community Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
122 Porter Ridge Elementary School Indian Trail Regular PK-5
123 Blackburn Elementary School Newton Regular K-6
124 Pitts School Road Elementary School Concord Regular K-5
125 Oakwood Elementary School Hickory Regular PK-5
126 Startown Elementary School Newton Regular PK-6
127 Stanfield Elementary School Stanfield Regular PK-5
128 Love Memorial Elementary School Lincolnton Regular PK-5
129 Crown Point Elementary School Matthews Regular PK-5
130 River Gate Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
131 Carl A Furr Elementary School Concord Regular PK-5
132 Oaklawn Language Academy Charlotte Regular K-8
133 Banoak Elementary School Vale Regular K-6
134 Invest Collegiate Charlotte Charter K-6
135 Badin Elementary School Badin Regular K-5
136 Balls Creek Elementary School Newton Regular PK-6
137 Charles E Boger Elementary School Kannapolis Regular K-5
138 Joseph W Grier Academy Charlotte Regular PK-5
139 Richfield Elementary School Richfield Regular K-5
140 Coltrane-Webb Elementary School Concord Regular K-5
141 Union Elementary School Wingate Regular PK-5
142 Union Grove Elementary School Union Grove Regular PK-5
143 Long Creek Elementary School Huntersville Regular PK-5
144 Idlewild Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
145 Rockwell Elementary School Rockwell Regular PK-5
146 Faith Elementary School Faith Regular K-5
147 Weddington Hills Elementary School Concord Regular K-5
148 Oxford Elementary School Claremont Regular PK-6
149 Claremont Elementary School Claremont Regular PK-6
150 American Renaissance School Statesville Charter K-8
151 A T Allen Elementary School Concord Regular K-5
152 Pinewood Elementary School Mount Holly Regular PK-5
153 Celeste Henkel Elementary School Statesville Regular PK-5
154 Wingate Elementary School Wingate Regular PK-5
155 Costner Elementary School Dallas Regular PK-5
156 Oakboro Elementary School Oakboro Regular PK-5
157 Robinson Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-3
158 Lebanon Road Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
159 Locust Elementary School Locust Regular K-5
160 Beverly Hills Elementary School Concord Regular K-5
161 Blaine Beam Intermediate Cherryville Regular 4-5
162 Cleveland Elementary School Cleveland Regular K-5
163 Cherryville Elementary School Cherryville Regular PK-3
164 Lansdowne Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
165 Highland Renaissance Academy Charlotte Regular PK-5
166 Forest Park Elementary School Kannapolis Regular K-4
167 Marshville Elementary School Marshville Regular PK-5
168 Millingport Elementary School Albemarle Regular PK-5
169 Paw Creek Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
170 Gardner Park Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-5
171 S Ray Lowder Elementary School Lincolnton Regular PK-3
172 Rankin Elementary School Mount Holly Regular PK-5
173 Berewick Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
174 Lake Wylie Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
175 Bethel Elementary School Midland Regular K-5
176 Troutman Elementary School Troutman Regular PK-5
177 South Newton Elementary School Newton Regular PK-5
178 Mt Ulla Elementary School Mount Ulla Regular K-5
179 Sedgefield Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
180 Norwood Elementary School Norwood Regular K-5
181 Catawba Elementary School Catawba Regular PK-6
182 Pineville Elementary School Pineville Regular K-5
183 Pinewood Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
184 Enochville Elementary School China Grove Regular K-5
185 Kiser Elementary School Stanley Regular 3-5
186 Shive Elementary School Rockwell Regular PK-5
187 GE Massey Elementary School Lincolnton Regular PK-3
188 Prospect Elementary School Monroe Regular K-5
189 University Meadows Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
190 Viewmont Elementary School Hickory Regular PK-5
191 Central Elementary School Albemarle Regular K-5
192 Western Union Elementary School Waxhaw Regular K-5
193 Reedy Creek Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
194 Piney Grove Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
195 Catawba Heights Elementary School Belmont Regular PK-5
196 Greenway Park Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
197 Shady Brook Elementary School Kannapolis Regular K-4
198 Allenbrook Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
199 Morgan Elementary School Gold Hill Regular PK-5
200 Kiser Intermediate School Lincolnton Regular 4-5
201 Sugar Creek Charter School Charlotte Charter K-8
202 Maiden Elementary School Maiden Regular K-6
203 Lowell Elementary School Lowell Regular K-5
204 Woodleaf Elementary School Woodleaf Regular PK-5
205 Webb A Murray Elementary School Hickory Regular PK-6
206 Jackson Park Elementary School Kannapolis Regular K-4
207 McAdenville Elementary School McAdenville Regular K-5
208 Granite Quarry Elementary School Salisbury Regular PK-5
209 Scotts Elementary School Statesville Regular PK-5
210 Newell Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
211 Harmony Elementary School Harmony Regular PK-5
212 Brookside Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-5
213 Rama Road Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
214 China Grove Elementary School China Grove Regular PK-5
215 Hornets Nest Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
216 Marie G Davis Military & Global Leadership Academy Charlotte Regular K-12
217 Statesville Road Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
218 Fred L Wilson Elementary School Kannapolis Regular PK-4
219 Whitewater Academy Charlotte Regular PK-5
220 Rocky River Elementary School Concord Regular PK-5
221 Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Kannapolis Regular PK-4
222 Third Creek Elementary School Statesville Regular PK-5
223 Steele Creek Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
224 Devonshire Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
225 First Ward Arts Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
226 Chapel Grove Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-5
227 Thornton Elementary School Newton Regular K-5
228 Hickory Grove Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
229 Royal Oaks Elementary School Kannapolis Regular K-5
230 Shamrock Gardens Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
231 Berryhill School Charlotte Regular PK-8
232 Woodhill Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-5
233 Wolf Meadow Elementary School Concord Regular K-5
234 Stoney Creek Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
235 Cloverleaf Elementary School Statesville Regular PK-5
236 Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
237 Tryon Elementary School Bessemer City Regular PK-5
238 Kannapolis Intermediate School Kannapolis Regular 5-6
239 University Park Creative Arts Charlotte Regular K-5
240 David Cox Road Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
241 Overton Elementary School Salisbury Regular K-5
242 North Belmont Elementary School Belmont Regular PK-5
243 Carr Elementary School Dallas Regular PK-5
244 Lyle Creek Elementary School Conover Regular K-6
245 Hurley Elementary School Salisbury Regular K-5
246 Pressly School Statesville Regular K-12
247 J H Gunn Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
248 Winecoff Elementary School Concord Regular PK-5
249 Longview Elementary School Hickory Regular PK-5
250 W M Irvin Elementary School Concord Regular PK-5
251 Druid Hills Academy Charlotte Regular PK-8
252 Saint Stephens Elementary School Conover Regular K-6
253 Briarwood Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
254 Hidden Valley Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
255 Oakdale Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
256 Battleground Elementary School Lincolnton Regular K-3
257 Merry Oaks Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
258 Knollwood Elementary School Salisbury Regular K-5
259 Bessemer City Central Elementary School Bessemer City Regular 3-5
260 Sherwood Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-5
261 Pleasant Ridge Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-5
262 River Oaks Academy Charlotte Regular PK-5
263 Walter Bickett Elementary School Monroe Regular PK-5
264 East Albemarle Elementary School Albemarle Regular K-5
265 Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
266 Aristotle Preparatory Academy Charlotte Charter K-3
267 Southwest Elementary School Hickory Regular PK-5
268 Success Charter School Statesville Charter K-8
269 Albemarle Road Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
270 Tuckaseegee Elementary School Charlotte Regular K-5
271 Benton Heights Elementary School Monroe Regular PK-5
272 Montclaire Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
273 Walter G Byers School Charlotte Regular PK-8
274 East Iredell Elementary School Statesville Regular PK-5
275 KIPP Charlotte Charlotte Charter 5-8
276 Landis Elementary School Landis Regular PK-5
277 Koontz Elementary School Salisbury Regular K-5
278 Community Charter School Charlotte Charter K-5
279 East Elementary School Monroe Regular PK-5
280 Winding Springs Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
281 Thomasboro Academy Charlotte Regular PK-8
282 Westerly Hills Academy Charlotte Regular PK-8
283 Ashley Park PreK-8 School Charlotte Regular PK-8
284 Dole Elementary School Salisbury Regular PK-5
285 Kennedy Charter School Charlotte Charter K-12
286 Nations Ford Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
287 Isenberg Elementary School Salisbury Regular PK-5
288 H H Beam Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-5
289 Forest Heights Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-5
290 Sadler Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-5
291 Billingsville Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5
292 Sterling Elementary School Pineville Regular PK-5
293 N B Mills Elementary School Statesville Regular PK-5
294 Bruns Academy Charlotte Regular PK-8
295 Lingerfeldt Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-5
296 Reid Park Academy Charlotte Regular PK-8
297 North Rowan Elementary School Spencer Regular PK-5
298 Charlotte Choice Charter School Charlotte Charter K-5
299 Rhyne Elementary School Gastonia Regular PK-5
300 Winterfield Elementary School Charlotte Regular PK-5

Rankings of the best elementary schools in the Charlotte area were developed by CarolinaSchoolHub.

You can click on a specific school name above for more information on elementary school test scores, student data and more.

Choosing an Elementary School in the Charlotte Area

When comparing regular Charlotte-area elementary schools to charter and magnet schools, one should keep in mind the differences between charter schools, magnet schools and traditional public schools.

Magnet schools are in most cases alternative public schools that offer a specialized curriculum. At the highest level, North Carolina magnet schools and traditional elementary schools tend to be managed by the same entity - the county school superintendent's office. Magnet schools normally can accept students from anywhere in the county in which they are located, and often limit the acceptance pool through a lottery system.

Charter schools, on the other hand, are each independently managed. They tend to accept students not only from the county in which they're located, but surrounding counties as well. Like magnets, charters tend to use a lottery-based acceptance method.

Regular elementary schools are sometimes called "zoned schools," "neighborhood schools" or "zip code schools." This is because they accept students from a limited geographical area - such as a town or a specific set of subdivisions. Regular schools do not tend to use a lottery system. Regular elementary schools are the most common kinds of schools in North Carolina.



 
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