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 Middle Schools in Charlotte NC & Suburbs

Best Middle Schools in Charlotte, NC Area Best Middle Schools in Charlotte, NC Area 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 Weddington Middle School, Jay M Robinson Middle School, Marvin Ridge Middle School, and J N Fries Magnet 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, Pine Lake Preparatory School, Socrates Academy, and Lake Norman 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.

Top Middle Schools in the Charlotte Area

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

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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