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 High Schools in Charlotte NC & Suburbs

Best High Schools in Charlotte, NC Area Best High Schools in Charlotte, NC Area

Are you looking for information on top public high schools in the Charlotte area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Charlotte-area high schools including Ardrey Kell High School, Providence High School, Lake Norman High School, Weddington High School, Marvin Ridge High School, and Hough High.

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Charlotte-area middle 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 High Schools in the Charlotte Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Providence High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
2 Lake Norman Charter School Huntersville Charter 5-12
3 Ardrey Kell High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
4 Marvin Ridge High School Waxhaw Regular 9-12
5 Community School of Davidson Davidson Charter K-12
6 Union County Early College Monroe Regular 9-13
7 Gray Stone Day Misenheimer Charter 9-12
8 Weddington High School Matthews Regular 9-12
9 Myers Park High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
10 Challenger Early College High School Hickory Regular 9-13
11 William Amos Hough High School Cornelius Regular 9-12
12 Central Academy of Technology Monroe Regular 9-12
13 Stanly Early College High School Albemarle Regular 9-13
14 Cuthbertson High School Waxhaw Regular 9-12
15 Cabarrus-Kanapolis Early College High School Concord Regular 9-13
16 Highland School of Technology Gastonia Regular 9-12
17 Lake Norman High School Mooresville Regular 9-12
18 South Mecklenburg High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
19 Carolina International School Concord Charter 1-10
20 Lincoln Charter School Denver Charter K-12
21 The Visual and Performing Arts Center Statesville Regular 9-13
22 Bandys High School Catawba Regular 9-12
23 Pine Lake Preparatory School Mooresville Charter K-12
24 Butler High School Matthews Regular 9-12
25 Hickory Ridge High School Harrisburg Regular 9-12
26 Union Academy Monroe Charter K-12
27 Collaborative College for Technology & Leadership Statesville Regular 9-13
28 Newton-Conover Health Science High School Newton Regular 9-12
29 Mooresville Senior High School Mooresville Regular 9-12
30 Piedmont High School Monroe Regular 9-12
31 South Iredell High School Statesville Regular 9-12
32 North Lincoln High School Lincolnton Regular 9-12
33 Cox Mill High School Concord Regular 9-12
34 Performance Learning Center Charlotte Regular 9-12
35 Mountain Island Charter School Mt. Holly Charter K-10
36 Northwest School of the Arts Charlotte Regular 6-12
37 Northwest Cabarrus High School Concord Regular 9-12
38 Queen's Grant Community School Mint Hill Charter K-12
39 Fred T Foard High School Newton Regular 9-12
40 Rowan County Early College Salisbury Regular 9-12
41 Porter Ridge High School Indian Trail Regular 9-12
42 Independence High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
43 East Mecklenburg High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
44 Salisbury High School Salisbury Regular 9-12
45 South Point High School Belmont Regular 9-12
46 Maiden High School Maiden Regular 9-12
47 Math, Engineering, Technology & Science at Olympic High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
48 Sun Valley High School Monroe Regular 9-12
49 Saint Stephens High School Hickory Regular 9-12
50 West Lincoln High School Lincolnton Regular 9-12
51 Jay M Robinson High School Concord Regular 9-12
52 Piedmont Community Charter School Gastonia Charter K-12
53 Hickory High School Hickory Regular 9-12
54 Mallard Creek High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
55 East Gaston High School Mount Holly Regular 9-12
56 Stuart W Cramer High School Belmont Regular 9-10
57 East Lincoln High School Denver Regular 9-12
58 North Mecklenburg High School Huntersville Regular 9-12
59 Biotech, Health & Public Administration at Olympic High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
60 Forestview High School Gastonia Regular 9-12
61 Phillip O Berry Academy of Technology Charlotte Regular 9-12
62 Cherryville High School Cherryville Regular 9-12
63 Bessemer City Early College High School Dallas Regular 9-13
64 East Rowan High School Salisbury Regular 9-12
65 Parkwood High School Monroe Regular 9-12
66 Newton-Conover High School Newton Regular 9-12
67 Concord High School Concord Regular 9-12
68 North Iredell High School Olin Regular 9-12
69 North Gaston High School Dallas Regular 9-12
70 Carson High School China Grove Regular 9-12
71 A L Brown High School Kannapolis Regular 9-12
72 West Stanly High School Oakboro Regular 9-12
73 Charlotte Secondary School Charlotte Charter 6-10
74 Renaissance High School at Olympic High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
75 Central Cabarrus High School Concord Regular 9-12
76 Mount Pleasant High School Mount Pleasant Regular 9-12
77 Ashbrook High School Gastonia Regular 9-12
78 International Studies & Global Economics at Olympic High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
79 Hopewell High School Huntersville Regular 9-12
80 South Rowan High School China Grove Regular 9-12
81 Bunker Hill High School Claremont Regular 9-12
82 Rocky River High School Mint Hill Regular 9-12
83 Lincolnton High School Lincolnton Regular 9-12
84 South Stanly High School Norwood Regular 9-12
85 West Iredell High School Statesville Regular 9-12
86 Bessemer City High School Bessemer City Regular 9-12
87 Marie G Davis Military & Global Leadership Academy Charlotte Regular K-12
88 Performance Learning Center Concord Regular 9-12
89 Statesville High School Statesville Regular 9-12
90 North Stanly High School New London Regular 9-12
91 Forest Hills High School Marshville Regular 9-12
92 West Mecklenburg High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
93 International Business & Communications Studies at Olympic High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
94 Garinger High Charlotte Regular 9-12
95 Vance High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
96 Harding University High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
97 West Rowan High School Mount Ulla Regular 9-12
98 Albemarle High School Albemarle Regular 9-12
99 Hunter Huss High School Gastonia Regular 9-12
100 West Charlotte High School Charlotte Regular 9-12
101 Monroe High School Monroe Regular 9-12
102 Kennedy Charter School Charlotte Charter K-12
103 Cochrane Collegiate Academy Charlotte Regular 6-11
104 Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School Hickory Regular 6-12
105 Stanly Academy Learning Center Albemarle Regular 9-12
106 Warlick Academy Gastonia Regular 6-12
107 North Rowan High School Spencer Regular 9-12
108 Hawthorne High School Charlotte Regular 6-12
109 Catawba Rosenwald Education Center Catawba Regular 5-12
110 Crossroads Charter High School Charlotte Charter 9-12
111 Monticello School Statesville Regular K-12
112 South Providence School Waxhaw Regular 6-12
113 Henderson High School Salisbury Regular 8-12
114 Turning Point Academy Charlotte Regular 4-12
115 Cabarrus County Opportunity School Concord Regular 6-12
Rank School Name City
1 Providence High School Charlotte
2 Lake Norman Charter School Huntersville
3 Ardrey Kell High School Charlotte
4 Marvin Ridge High School Waxhaw
5 Community School of Davidson Davidson
6 Union County Early College Monroe
7 Gray Stone Day Misenheimer
8 Weddington High School Matthews
9 Myers Park High School Charlotte
10 Challenger Early College High School Hickory
11 William Amos Hough High School Cornelius
12 Central Academy of Technology Monroe
13 Stanly Early College High School Albemarle
14 Cuthbertson High School Waxhaw
15 Cabarrus-Kanapolis Early College High School Concord
16 Highland School of Technology Gastonia
17 Lake Norman High School Mooresville
18 South Mecklenburg High School Charlotte
19 Carolina International School Concord
20 Lincoln Charter School Denver
21 The Visual and Performing Arts Center Statesville
22 Bandys High School Catawba
23 Pine Lake Preparatory School Mooresville
24 Butler High School Matthews
25 Hickory Ridge High School Harrisburg
26 Union Academy Monroe
27 Collaborative College for Technology & Leadership Statesville
28 Newton-Conover Health Science High School Newton
29 Mooresville Senior High School Mooresville
30 Piedmont High School Monroe
31 South Iredell High School Statesville
32 North Lincoln High School Lincolnton
33 Cox Mill High School Concord
34 Performance Learning Center Charlotte
35 Mountain Island Charter School Mt. Holly
36 Northwest School of the Arts Charlotte
37 Northwest Cabarrus High School Concord
38 Queen's Grant Community School Mint Hill
39 Fred T Foard High School Newton
40 Rowan County Early College Salisbury
41 Porter Ridge High School Indian Trail
42 Independence High School Charlotte
43 East Mecklenburg High School Charlotte
44 Salisbury High School Salisbury
45 South Point High School Belmont
46 Maiden High School Maiden
47 Math, Engineering, Technology & Science at Olympic High School Charlotte
48 Sun Valley High School Monroe
49 Saint Stephens High School Hickory
50 West Lincoln High School Lincolnton
51 Jay M Robinson High School Concord
52 Piedmont Community Charter School Gastonia
53 Hickory High School Hickory
54 Mallard Creek High School Charlotte
55 East Gaston High School Mount Holly
56 Stuart W Cramer High School Belmont
57 East Lincoln High School Denver
58 North Mecklenburg High School Huntersville
59 Biotech, Health & Public Administration at Olympic High School Charlotte
60 Forestview High School Gastonia
61 Phillip O Berry Academy of Technology Charlotte
62 Cherryville High School Cherryville
63 Bessemer City Early College High School Dallas
64 East Rowan High School Salisbury
65 Parkwood High School Monroe
66 Newton-Conover High School Newton
67 Concord High School Concord
68 North Iredell High School Olin
69 North Gaston High School Dallas
70 Carson High School China Grove
71 A L Brown High School Kannapolis
72 West Stanly High School Oakboro
73 Charlotte Secondary School Charlotte
74 Renaissance High School at Olympic High School Charlotte
75 Central Cabarrus High School Concord
76 Mount Pleasant High School Mount Pleasant
77 Ashbrook High School Gastonia
78 International Studies & Global Economics at Olympic High School Charlotte
79 Hopewell High School Huntersville
80 South Rowan High School China Grove
81 Bunker Hill High School Claremont
82 Rocky River High School Mint Hill
83 Lincolnton High School Lincolnton
84 South Stanly High School Norwood
85 West Iredell High School Statesville
86 Bessemer City High School Bessemer City
87 Marie G Davis Military & Global Leadership Academy Charlotte
88 Performance Learning Center Concord
89 Statesville High School Statesville
90 North Stanly High School New London
91 Forest Hills High School Marshville
92 West Mecklenburg High School Charlotte
93 International Business & Communications Studies at Olympic High School Charlotte
94 Garinger High Charlotte
95 Vance High School Charlotte
96 Harding University High School Charlotte
97 West Rowan High School Mount Ulla
98 Albemarle High School Albemarle
99 Hunter Huss High School Gastonia
100 West Charlotte High School Charlotte
101 Monroe High School Monroe
102 Kennedy Charter School Charlotte
103 Cochrane Collegiate Academy Charlotte
104 Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School Hickory
105 Stanly Academy Learning Center Albemarle
106 Warlick Academy Gastonia
107 North Rowan High School Spencer
108 Hawthorne High School Charlotte
109 Catawba Rosenwald Education Center Catawba
110 Crossroads Charter High School Charlotte
111 Monticello School Statesville
112 South Providence School Waxhaw
113 Henderson High School Salisbury
114 Turning Point Academy Charlotte
115 Cabarrus County Opportunity School Concord

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

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

Deciding on a High School

Deciding which Charlotte-area high school is best for your child requires consideration of a number of factors. Most area high schools offer a well-rounded curriculum, without an area of true specialization. Others - such as magnet schools and certain charter schools - tend to offer a curriculum that is focused on a specialized area such as the arts, math & science or foreign languages.

In addition, some high schools in Charlotte and its North Carolina suburbs offer a wide range of sports and other extracurricular activities, while others offer a more limited set of opportunities. One size does not fit all when it comes to choosing a high school in the Charlotte area.




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