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

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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