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