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".

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 Weddington Middle School, Marvin Ridge Middle School, Mount Mourne School, and Jay M Robinson 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, Lake Norman Charter School, and Socrates Academy.

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