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".

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Best Elementary Schools in Charlotte NC & Suburbs

Best Elementary Schools in Charlotte, NC Area Best Elementary Schools in Charlotte, NC Area 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, Polo Ridge Elementary School, and Elizabeth Lane 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, Mountain Island Charter School, Lake Norman Charter School, and Community School of Davidson.

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.

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

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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