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 the Charlotte, NC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Charlotte, NC Area Best Elementary Schools in the 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, Lake Norman Charter School, Community School of Davidson, and Socrates Academy.

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

Rankings for the best elementary schools in the Charlotte area were created independently by Carolina School Hub. The test data for this site was derived from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and South Carolina Department of Education.

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

Top 150 Elementary Schools in Charlotte NC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


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 and South 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 and South Carolina.

Which Elementary Schools are Covered in the Charlotte Area

We hope you find the ratings and other information on elementary schools in the Charlotte area to be useful. Elementary Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties: