Best School Districts: Overall Rankings
Below is our ranking of the best public school systems in Charlotte and its North Carolina suburbs based on Carolina School Hub's independent school ratings.
The rankings below are based on multiple measures of various Charlotte-area public school districts developed by Carolina School Hub. Those measures include: end-of-grade test scores, end-of-course test scores, high school SAT scores and the Student Growth Index for schools in the various 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, student growth data and end-of-course scores.
If you're interested in seeing how the area school districts compare strictly on improvements in student growth, CLICK HERE.
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 Graded School District||Iredell County, NC||54%||59%|
|2||Union County Public Schools||Union County, NC||57%||60%|
|3||Lincoln County Schools||Lincoln County, NC||50%||52%|
|4||Charter Schools (no school system)||Various Counties||55%||47%|
|5||Cabarrus County Schools||Cabarrus County, NC||49%||47%|
|6||Iredell-Statesville Schools||Iredell County, NC||48%||47%|
|7||Catawba County Schools||Catawba County, NC||43%||42%|
|8||Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools||Mecklenburg County, NC||46%||46%|
|9||Newton Conover City Schools||Catawba County, NC||40%||41%|
|10||Stanly County Schools||Stanly County, NC||41%||40%|
|11||Hickory City Schools||Catawba County, NC||44%||42%|
|12||Kannapolis City Schools||Cabarrus County, NC||34%||36%|
|13||Gaston County Schools||Gaston County, NC||39%||37%|
|14||Rowan-Salisbury Schools||Rowan County, NC||34%||32%|