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:

#7 out of 14North Carolina school systems* in the greater Charlotte metro area in its Overall Ranking.
#7 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.

#2 out of 14North Carolina school systems* in the greater Charlotte metro area in terms of Student Growth. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools averaged 81.1 in Student Growth.
#2 out of 14North Carolina school systems* in the greater Charlotte metro area in terms of Student Growth. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools averaged 81.1 in Student Growth.

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

Middle Schools Rankings (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)

Rank Middle School Name City Grades
Served
1 Jay M Robinson Middle School Charlotte 6-8
2 South Charlotte Middle School Charlotte 6-8
3 Community House Middle School Charlotte 6-8
4 Piedmont IB Middle School Charlotte 6-8
5 Bailey Middle School Cornelius 6-8
6 Collinswood Language Academy Charlotte K-8
7 Northwest School of the Arts Charlotte 6-12
8 Crestdale Middle School Matthews 6-8
9 Carmel Middle School Charlotte 6-8
10 Alexander Graham Middle School Charlotte 6-8
11 Randolph Middle School Charlotte 6-8
12 Francis Bradley Middle School Huntersville 6-8
13 Waddell Language Academy Charlotte K-8
14 Mint Hill Middle School Matthews 6-8
15 John M. Morehead STEM Academy Charlotte K-8
16 Oaklawn Language Academy Charlotte K-8
17 Ridge Road Middle School Charlotte 6-8
18 Berryhill School Charlotte PK-8
19 J M Alexander Middle School Huntersville 6-8
20 Southwest Middle School Charlotte 6-8
21 Marie G Davis Military & Global Leadership Academy Charlotte K-12
22 Ranson Middle School Charlotte 6-8
23 Quail Hollow Middle School Charlotte 6-8
24 Northeast Middle School Charlotte 6-8
25 Albemarle Road Middle School Charlotte 6-8
26 Coulwood Middle School Charlotte 6-8
27 McClintock Middle School Charlotte 6-8
28 Thomasboro Academy Charlotte PK-8
29 James Martin Middle School Charlotte 6-8
30 Whitewater Middle School Charlotte 6-8
31 Kennedy Middle School Charlotte 6-8
32 Northridge Middle School Charlotte 6-8
33 Cochrane Collegiate Academy Charlotte 6-12
34 Eastway Middle School Charlotte 6-8
35 Sedgefield Middle School Charlotte 6-8
36 Westerly Hills Academy Charlotte PK-8
37 Ashley Park PreK-8 School Charlotte PK-8
38 Druid Hills Academy Charlotte PK-8
39 Martin Luther King Jr Middle School Charlotte 6-8
40 Walter G Byers School Charlotte PK-8
41 Reid Park Academy Charlotte PK-8
42 Bruns Academy Charlotte PK-8
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 Northwest School of the Arts Charlotte 6-12
7 Butler High School Matthews 9-12
8 East Mecklenburg High School Charlotte 9-12
9 Math, Engineering, Technology & Science at Olympic High School Charlotte 9-12
10 Independence High School Charlotte 9-12
11 Renaissance High School at Olympic High School Charlotte 9-12
12 International Studies & Global Economics at Olympic High School Charlotte 9-12
13 Turning Point Academy Charlotte 4-12
14 Mallard Creek High School Charlotte 9-12
15 Phillip O Berry Academy of Technology Charlotte 9-12
16 North Mecklenburg High School Huntersville 9-12
17 Hopewell High School Huntersville 9-12
18 Biotech, Health & Public Administration at Olympic High School Charlotte 9-12
19 Performance Learning Center Charlotte 9-12
20 Rocky River High School Mint Hill 9-12
21 Marie G Davis Military & Global Leadership Academy Charlotte K-12
22 Hawthorne High School Charlotte 6-12
23 Vance High School Charlotte 9-12
24 Cochrane Collegiate Academy Charlotte 6-12
25 International Business & Communications Studies at Olympic High School Charlotte 9-12
26 West Mecklenburg High School Charlotte 9-12
27 Garinger High Charlotte 9-12
28 Harding University High School Charlotte 9-12
29 West Charlotte High School Charlotte 9-12

School test scores, student data and teacher data are from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) information for the 2014-2015 school year. Rankings were developed by CarolinaSchoolHub.






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