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.

Best Middle Schools in Charlotte NC & Suburbs

Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Charlotte area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Charlotte-area middle schools including Mount Mourne School, Jay M Robinson Middle School, Northview School, and Weddington Middle School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including Metrolina Regional Scholars' Academy, Community School of Davidson, Socrates Academy, and Lincoln Charter School.

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.

Best Middle Schools in Charlotte, NC Area

Top Middle Schools in the Charlotte Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
 
Grades
Served
1 Mount Mourne School Mooresville Regular 6-8
2 Metrolina Regional Scholars' Academy Charlotte Charter K-8
3 Jay M Robinson Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
4 Northview School Statesville Regular 6-8
5 Weddington Middle School Matthews Regular 6-8
6 South Charlotte Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
7 Community School of Davidson Davidson Charter K-10
8 Cuthbertson Middle School Waxhaw Regular 6-8
9 J N Fries Magnet School Concord Magnet 6-8
10 Marvin Ridge Middle School Waxhaw Regular 6-8
11 Socrates Academy Matthews Charter K-7
12 Community House Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
13 Lincoln Charter School Denver Charter K-12
14 Piedmont IB Middle School Charlotte Magnet 6-8
15 Crestdale Middle School Matthews Regular 6-8
16 Lake Norman Charter School Huntersville Charter 5-13
17 Randolph Middle School Charlotte Magnet 6-8
18 Pine Lake Preparatory School Mooresville Charter K-12
19 Bailey Middle School Cornelius Regular 6-8
20 Union Academy Monroe Charter K-12
21 Collinswood Language Academy Charlotte Magnet K-8
22 Piedmont Middle School Monroe Regular 6-8
23 Porter Ridge Middle School Indian Trail Regular 6-8
24 Brawley Middle School Mooresville Regular 6-8
25 Waddell Language Academy Charlotte Magnet K-8
26 Harris Road Middle School Concord Regular 6-8
27 Jacobs Fork Middle School Newton Regular 7-8
28 Hickory Ridge Middle School Harrisburg Regular 6-8
29 North Lincoln Middle School Denver Regular 6-8
30 John M. Morehead STEM Academy Charlotte Magnet K-7
31 Alexander Graham Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
32 Mint Hill Middle School Matthews Regular 6-8
33 Cramerton Middle School Cramerton Regular 6-8
34 Mill Creek Middle School Claremont Regular 7-8
35 Mooresville Middle School Mooresville Regular 7-8
36 East Lincoln Middle School Iron Station Regular 6-8
37 Harry M Arndt Middle School Hickory Regular 7-8
38 Lakeshore Middle School Mooresville Regular 6-8
39 Sun Valley Middle School Indian Trail Regular 6-8
40 Francis Bradley Middle School Huntersville Regular 6-8
41 West Stanly Middle School Locust Regular 7-8
42 Carmel Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
43 Belmont Middle School Belmont Regular 6-8
44 Northwest School of the Arts Charlotte Magnet 6-12
45 North Stanly Middle School New London Regular 6-8
46 Sugar Creek Charter School Charlotte Charter K-8
47 South Stanly Middle School Norwood Regular 6-8
48 West Lincoln Middle School Lincolnton Regular 6-8
49 Carolina International School Harrisburg Charter K-10
50 Northview Middle School Hickory Regular 6-8
51 Newton-Conover Middle School Conover Regular 6-8
52 Stanley Middle School Stanley Regular 6-8
53 Maiden Middle School Maiden Regular 7-8
54 Mount Pleasant Middle School Mount Pleasant Regular 6-8
55 Mount Holly Middle School Mount Holly Regular 6-8
56 West Rowan Middle School Salisbury Regular 6-8
57 Parkwood Middle School Monroe Regular 6-8
58 Troutman Middle School Troutman Regular 6-8
59 River Bend Middle School Claremont Regular 7-8
60 American Renaissance School Statesville Charter K-8
61 Harold E. Winkler Middle School Concord Regular 6-8
62 Southwest Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
63 Northwest Cabarrus Middle School Concord Regular 6-8
64 J M Alexander Middle School Huntersville Regular 6-8
65 China Grove Middle School China Grove Regular 6-8
66 Grandview Middle School Hickory Regular 6-8
67 Lincolnton Middle School Lincolnton Regular 6-8
68 Queen's Grant Community School Mint Hill Charter K-12
69 Charlotte Secondary School Charlotte Charter 6-8
70 Ridge Road Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
71 Holbrook Middle School Lowell Regular 6-8
72 Chavis Middle School Cherryville Regular 6-8
73 Piedmont Community Charter School Gastonia Charter K-12
74 Oaklawn Language Academy Charlotte Magnet K-8
75 Friday Middle School Dallas Regular 6-8
76 Success Charter School Statesville Charter K-8
77 Kannapolis Middle School Kannapolis Regular 7-8
78 Albemarle Middle School Albemarle Regular 6-8
79 North Iredell Middle School Olin Regular 6-8
80 C C Griffin Middle School Concord Regular 6-8
81 KIPP Charlotte Charlotte Charter 5-8
82 Kennedy Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
83 East Iredell Middle School Statesville Regular 6-8
84 Erwin Middle School Salisbury Regular 6-8
85 Northeast Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
86 Quail Hollow Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
87 East Union Middle School Marshville Regular 6-8
88 West Iredell Middle School Statesville Regular 6-8
89 Concord Middle School Concord Regular 6-8
90 Berryhill School Charlotte Regular K-8
91 Southeast Middle School Salisbury Regular 6-8
92 Corriher Lipe Middle School Landis Regular 6-8
93 Albemarle Road Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
94 Southwest Middle School Gastonia Regular 6-8
95 Northridge Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
96 Coulwood Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
97 Grier Middle School Gastonia Regular 6-8
98 Bessemer City Middle School Bessemer City Regular 6-8
99 York Chester Middle School Gastonia Regular 6-8
100 Martin Luther King Jr Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
101 McClintock Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
102 Sedgefield Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
103 Eastway Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
104 Whitewater Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
105 North Rowan Middle School Spencer Regular 6-8
106 Monroe Middle School Monroe Regular 6-8
107 Ranson Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
108 Ashley Park PreK-8 School Charlotte Regular PK-8
109 Statesville Middle School Statesville Regular 6-8
110 Knox Middle School Salisbury Regular 6-8
111 Marie G Davis Military & Global Leadership Academy Charlotte Magnet K-12
112 James Martin Middle School Charlotte Regular 6-8
113 Reid Park Academy Charlotte Regular K-8
114 Westerly Hills Academy Charlotte Regular K-8
115 Thomasboro Academy Charlotte Regular K-8
116 Cochrane Collegiate Academy Charlotte Regular 6-9
117 Catawba Rosenwald Education Center Catawba Regular 5-12
118 Walter G Byers School Charlotte Regular K-8
119 Kennedy Charter School Charlotte Charter K-12
120 Bruns Academy Charlotte Regular K-8
121 Cabarrus County Opportunity School Concord Alternative 6-12
122 Druid Hills Academy Charlotte Regular PK-8
123 South Providence School Waxhaw Alternative 6-12
124 Monticello School Statesville Alternative K-12
125 Stanly Academy Learning Center Albemarle Alternative 6-12
126 Henderson High School Salisbury Alternative 8-12
127 Turning Point Academy Charlotte Alternative 4-12
128 Warlick Academy Gastonia Alternative 6-12
129 Asbury School Lincolnton Alternative 7-12
130 Pressly School Statesville Alternative K-12

Rankings of the best middle 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.

Choosing a Middle School

In North Carolina, middle school typically comprises grades six through eight. Charlotte itself offers a strong selection of middle schools. Many parents who move to the area are attracted to middle schools in Lake Norman towns such as Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville. In addition, many people moving to the Charlotte area look to middle schools in Union County towns such as Waxhaw and Matthews.



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