Best School Districts in the Charlotte, NC Area
Below is our ranking of the best public school systems in Charlotte and its North Carolina suburbs.
The rankings below are based on multiple measures of various Charlotte-area public school districts. Those measures include: end-of-grade test scores, end-of-course test scores, high school SAT scores and high school graduation rates of the districts. Reading and math end-of-grade test score percentages were included below for the sake of providing our site visitors with a simple snapshot of two key district indicators. However, please keep in mind that other measures were used in creating these rankings – i.e., SAT scores, graduation rates and end-of-course scores.
Please note that charter schools are not part of public county or city school districts, and normally draw students from multiple counties. Each charter school is independently run. In the rating below we've mixed the charter schools into a composite "system" for the sake of comparison of these schools with traditional school systems. However, one should keep in mind that each charter school is run independently and the educational outcomes can vary greatly from one charter school to the next.
|Rank||School System||Location||Grades 3-8: % at or Above Grade Level|
|1||Mooresville City Schools||Iredell County, NC||84%||93%|
|2||Union County Public Schools||Union County, NC||82%||91%|
|3||Charter Schools (no school system)||Various Counties||77%||87%|
|4||Lincoln County Schools||Lincoln County, NC||77%||88%|
|5||Catawba County Schools||Catawba County, NC||75%||87%|
|6||Iredell-Statesville Schools||Iredell County, NC||74%||84%|
|7||Newton Conover City Schools||Catawba County, NC||72%||87%|
|8||Cabarrus County Schools||Cabarrus County, NC||74%||84%|
|9||Stanly County Schools||Stanly County, NC||75%||87%|
|10||Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools||Mecklenburg County, NC||71%||83%|
|11||Hickory City Schools||Catawba County, NC||71%||81%|
|12||Gaston County Schools||Gaston County, NC||69%||80%|
|13||Rowan-Salisbury Schools||Rowan County, NC||63%||75%|
|14||Kannapolis City Schools||Cabarrus County, NC||64%||80%|