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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Independence High School

Charlotte, NC


Independence High School
1967 Patriot Dr
Charlotte, NC  28227 (Mecklenburg County)
Phone: 980-343-6900

CarolinaSchoolHub Rating: 7 out of 10 stars
7

Grades Served: 9-12
Enrollment: 2207
Type: Regular School    
System: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Independence High School

Independence High School

#42
High School Ranking: Independence High School is ranked #42 out of 115 High schools in the greater Charlotte metro area (63rd percentile). Click here to see all 115 high schools.


Overall, Independence High School is a 7-star school (on a scale of 1 to 10 stars) based on CarolinaSchoolHub’s analysis. The school is located in Mecklenburg County, NC and is part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district.

19.7
(Exceeded Growth)
Student Growth Index: Independence High School had a Student Growth Index of 19.7. This placed Independence High School in the 99th percentile of 478 Charlotte-area public schools with comparable student growth data available. NCDPI’s growth index measures how well given schools grow student achievement over time.    

 North Carolina Letter Grades
  North Carolina Overall Letter Grade

Please note: Starting in 2014, the state of North Carolina began to assign letter grades to public schools, on an A through F scale.

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 for Independence High School and other area schools were developed by CarolinaSchoolHub.

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Crown Point Elementary School 6 3.0 miles Matthews Regular PK-5
Mint Hill Middle School 7 3.1 miles Matthews Regular 6-8
Idlewild Elementary School 6 3.2 miles Charlotte Regular PK-5
Clear Creek Elementary School 7 4.0 miles Charlotte Regular PK-5
East Mecklenburg High School 7 4.3 miles Charlotte Regular 9-12
Greenway Park Elementary School 4 4.3 miles Charlotte Regular PK-5
Windsor Park Elementary School 7 4.5 miles Charlotte Regular PK-5
Winterfield Elementary School 1 4.5 miles Charlotte Regular PK-5
Devonshire Elementary School 3 4.7 miles Charlotte Regular K-5
Charlotte Secondary School 6 4.7 miles Charlotte Charter 6-10


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