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

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 the Charlotte, NC Area

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Carolina School Hub provides school rankings and test data on the best high schools in Charlotte, NC and its suburbs. See student growth information, assessment data and independent ratings on 102 high schools in the Charlotte area including Providence High School, Marvin Ridge High School, and Ardrey Kell High School. Here you'll find information on high schools in Charlotte and some of its key suburbs including Charlotte NC, Concord NC, and Monroe NC.

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

On this site, you'll find SAT data and/or other assessment information for the best high schools in Charlotte and its suburbs - as well as in other major metro areas in the Carolinas. Use Carolina School Hub as your starting point for researching public high schools in North Carolina and South Carolina. Here you'll also find rankings of the best elementary schools in Charlotte and the best middle schools in Charlotte and its suburbs.



Ranking of Charlotte Area's Best High Schools

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

Rankings for the best high 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 test scores, student data and more.

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


High Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties:

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 may be more specialized in terms of their curriculum.

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.