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