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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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools - Mecklenburg County, NC

Below is our ranking of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:

#8 out of 14North Carolina school systems* in the greater Charlotte metro area in its Overall Ranking.
#8 out of 14North Carolina school systems* in the greater Charlotte metro area in its Overall Ranking.

The ranking above for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is based on an analysis of district’s students’ end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores, as well as high school SAT scores and student growth data. We compared these numbers to those of other systems in the greater Charlotte area. Click here to see the full list of school systems in the greater Charlotte area.

#3 out of 14North Carolina school systems* in the greater Charlotte metro area in terms of Student Growth. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools averaged 2.0 in Student Growth.
#3 out of 14North Carolina school systems* in the greater Charlotte metro area in terms of Student Growth. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools averaged 2.0 in Student Growth.

*Note: We compared 13 Charlotte-area school systems, as well as a composite of 26 local charter schools. The composite of charter schools was included for comparison purposes, to make 14 total systems. However, it should be noted that charter schools are not part of a true school system. Each charter school is independently managed.

Are you interested in finding out what the best schools among Mecklenburg schools? Below are ratings of individual public schools of various types in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system.

Elementary Schools Rankings (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)

Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
1 Providence Spring Elementary School Charlotte K-5
2 Bain Elementary School Charlotte K-5
3 Polo Ridge Elementary School Charlotte K-5
4 Elizabeth Lane Elementary School Matthews K-5
5 Hawk Ridge Elementary School Charlotte K-5
6 Grand Oak Elementary School Huntersville K-5
7 Irwin Academic Center Charlotte K-5
8 Olde Providence Elementary School Charlotte K-5
9 McKee Road Elementary School Charlotte K-5
10 Huntersville Elementary School Huntersville K-5
11 Ballantyne Elementary School Charlotte K-5
12 Selwyn Elementary School Charlotte K-5
13 Dilworth Elementary School Charlotte K-5
14 Elon Park Elementary School Charlotte K-5
15 Waddell Language Academy Charlotte K-8
16 Beverly Woods Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
17 Davidson Elementary School Davidson K-5
18 Sharon Elementary School Charlotte K-5
19 Collinswood Language Academy Charlotte K-8
20 Cornelius Elementary School Cornelius K-5
21 Torrence Creek Elementary School Huntersville K-5
22 Park Road Montessori School Charlotte PK-6
23 J.V. Washam Elementary School Cornelius K-5
24 Endhaven Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
25 Matthews Elementary School Matthews PK-5
26 Barnette Elementary School Huntersville K-5
27 Chantilly Montessori School Charlotte PK-6
28 McAlpine Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
29 Elizabeth Traditional Elementary Charlotte K-5
30 John M. Morehead STEM Academy Charlotte K-8
31 Highland Mill Montessori Elementary School Charlotte PK-6
32 Myers Park Traditional Elementary School Charlotte K-5
33 Mountain Island Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
34 Highland Creek Elementary School Charlotte K-5
35 Barringer Academic Center Charlotte K-5
36 Smithfield Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
37 Mallard Creek Elementary School Charlotte K-5
38 Eastover Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
39 Cotswold Elementary School Charlotte K-5
40 Winget Park Elementary School Charlotte K-5
41 Blythe Elementary School Huntersville PK-5
42 Windsor Park Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
43 Clear Creek Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
44 Croft Community Elementary School Charlotte K-5
45 Crown Point Elementary School Matthews PK-5
46 River Gate Elementary School Charlotte K-5
47 Oaklawn Language Academy Charlotte K-8
48 Joseph W Grier Academy Charlotte PK-5
49 Long Creek Elementary School Huntersville PK-5
50 Idlewild Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
51 Lebanon Road Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
52 Lansdowne Elementary School Charlotte K-5
53 Highland Renaissance Academy Charlotte PK-5
54 Paw Creek Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
55 Berewick Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
56 Lake Wylie Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
57 Sedgefield Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
58 Pineville Elementary School Pineville K-5
59 Pinewood Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
60 University Meadows Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
61 Reedy Creek Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
62 Piney Grove Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
63 Greenway Park Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
64 Allenbrook Elementary School Charlotte K-5
65 Newell Elementary School Charlotte K-5
66 Rama Road Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
67 Hornets Nest Elementary School Charlotte K-5
68 Marie G Davis Military & Global Leadership Academy Charlotte K-12
69 Statesville Road Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
70 Whitewater Academy Charlotte PK-5
71 Steele Creek Elementary School Charlotte K-5
72 Devonshire Elementary School Charlotte K-5
73 First Ward Arts Elementary School Charlotte K-5
74 Hickory Grove Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
75 Shamrock Gardens Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
76 Berryhill School Charlotte PK-8
77 Stoney Creek Elementary School Charlotte K-5
78 Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School Charlotte K-5
79 University Park Creative Arts Charlotte K-5
80 David Cox Road Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
81 J H Gunn Elementary School Charlotte K-5
82 Druid Hills Academy Charlotte PK-8
83 Briarwood Elementary School Charlotte K-5
84 Hidden Valley Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
85 Oakdale Elementary School Charlotte K-5
86 Merry Oaks Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
87 River Oaks Academy Charlotte PK-5
88 Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
89 Albemarle Road Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
90 Tuckaseegee Elementary School Charlotte K-5
91 Montclaire Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
92 Walter G Byers School Charlotte PK-8
93 Winding Springs Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
94 Thomasboro Academy Charlotte PK-8
95 Westerly Hills Academy Charlotte PK-8
96 Ashley Park PreK-8 School Charlotte PK-8
97 Nations Ford Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
98 Billingsville Elementary School Charlotte PK-5
99 Sterling Elementary School Pineville PK-5
100 Bruns Academy Charlotte PK-8
101 Reid Park Academy Charlotte PK-8
102 Winterfield Elementary School Charlotte PK-5

Middle Schools Rankings (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)

Rank Middle School Name City Grades
Served
1 Jay M Robinson Middle School Charlotte 6-8
2 Piedmont IB Middle School Charlotte 6-8
3 Community House Middle School Charlotte 6-8
4 South Charlotte Middle School Charlotte 6-8
5 Collinswood Language Academy Charlotte K-8
6 Bailey Middle School Cornelius 6-8
7 Crestdale Middle School Matthews 6-8
8 Alexander Graham Middle School Charlotte 6-8
9 Carmel Middle School Charlotte 6-8
10 Oaklawn Language Academy Charlotte K-8
11 Waddell Language Academy Charlotte K-8
12 Randolph Middle School Charlotte 6-8
13 Northwest School of the Arts Charlotte 6-12
14 Francis Bradley Middle School Huntersville 6-8
15 John M. Morehead STEM Academy Charlotte K-8
16 Ridge Road Middle School Charlotte 6-8
17 J M Alexander Middle School Huntersville 6-8
18 Mint Hill Middle School Matthews 6-8
19 Southwest Middle School Charlotte 6-8
20 Northeast Middle School Charlotte 6-8
21 Berryhill School Charlotte PK-8
22 Marie G Davis Military & Global Leadership Academy Charlotte K-12
23 Northridge Middle School Charlotte 6-8
24 Quail Hollow Middle School Charlotte 6-8
25 James Martin Middle School Charlotte 6-8
26 Kennedy Middle School Charlotte 6-8
27 Albemarle Road Middle School Charlotte 6-8
28 Thomasboro Academy Charlotte PK-8
29 Ranson Middle School Charlotte 6-8
30 Ashley Park PreK-8 School Charlotte PK-8
31 Westerly Hills Academy Charlotte PK-8
32 Druid Hills Academy Charlotte PK-8
33 Reid Park Academy Charlotte PK-8
34 Eastway Middle School Charlotte 6-8
35 Martin Luther King Jr Middle School Charlotte 6-8
36 Sedgefield Middle School Charlotte 6-8
37 McClintock Middle School Charlotte 6-8
38 Bruns Academy Charlotte PK-8
39 Walter G Byers School Charlotte PK-8
40 Whitewater Middle School Charlotte 6-8
41 Coulwood Middle School Charlotte 6-8
42 Cochrane Collegiate Academy Charlotte 6-11
43 Turning Point Academy Charlotte 4-12

High Schools Rankings (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)

Rank High School Name City Grades
Served
1 Providence High School Charlotte 9-12
2 Ardrey Kell High School Charlotte 9-12
3 Myers Park High School Charlotte 9-12
4 William Amos Hough High School Cornelius 9-12
5 South Mecklenburg High School Charlotte 9-12
6 Butler High School Matthews 9-12
7 Performance Learning Center Charlotte 9-12
8 Northwest School of the Arts Charlotte 6-12
9 Independence High School Charlotte 9-12
10 East Mecklenburg High School Charlotte 9-12
11 Math, Engineering, Technology & Science at Olympic High School Charlotte 9-12
12 Mallard Creek High School Charlotte 9-12
13 North Mecklenburg High School Huntersville 9-12
14 Biotech, Health & Public Administration at Olympic High School Charlotte 9-12
15 Phillip O Berry Academy of Technology Charlotte 9-12
16 Renaissance High School at Olympic High School Charlotte 9-12
17 International Studies & Global Economics at Olympic High School Charlotte 9-12
18 Hopewell High School Huntersville 9-12
19 Rocky River High School Mint Hill 9-12
20 Marie G Davis Military & Global Leadership Academy Charlotte K-12
21 West Mecklenburg High School Charlotte 9-12
22 International Business & Communications Studies at Olympic High School Charlotte 9-12
23 Garinger High Charlotte 9-12
24 Vance High School Charlotte 9-12
25 Harding University High School Charlotte 9-12
26 West Charlotte High School Charlotte 9-12
27 Cochrane Collegiate Academy Charlotte 6-11
28 Hawthorne High School Charlotte 6-12
29 Turning Point Academy Charlotte 4-12

School test scores, student data and teacher data are from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) information for the 2013-2014 school year. Rankings were developed by CarolinaSchoolHub.






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