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.
  • Magnet School: a public school that provides unique or specialized curriculum. Magnet schools differ from regular public schools in that they offer specialized academic themes, such as math & science, the arts, foreign languages and so on. Magnet schools are usually open to students well outside of their immediate geographic location. Unlike charter schools, magnet schools are normally not completely independent, and receive their funding from the school system in the city or county in which they operate.
  • Alternative School: a school that serves students at any level, serves suspended or expelled students, serves students whose learning styles are better served in an alternative program, or a school that provides individualized programs outside of a standard classroom setting.
  • 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 Weddington Elementary School, Marvin Elementary School, Elizabeth Lane Elementary School, and Providence Spring 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, Pine Lake Preparatory School, Socrates Academy, 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.

Best Elementary Schools in Charlotte, NC Area

Top Elementary Schools in the Charlotte Area

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