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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Union County Public Schools - Union County, NC

Below is our ranking of Union County Public Schools:

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

The ranking above for Union County Public 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.

#4 out of 14North Carolina school systems* in the greater Charlotte metro area in terms of Student Growth. Union County Public Schools averaged 1.6 in Student Growth.
#4 out of 14North Carolina school systems* in the greater Charlotte metro area in terms of Student Growth. Union County Public Schools averaged 1.6 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 Union schools? Below are ratings of individual public schools of various types in the Union County Public Schools system.

Elementary Schools Rankings (Union County Public Schools)

Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
1 Weddington Elementary School Matthews PK-5
2 Marvin Elementary School Marvin PK-5
3 Rea View Elementary School Waxhaw K-5
4 Sandy Ridge Elementary School Waxhaw K-5
5 Stallings Elementary School Stallings K-5
6 Kensington Elementary School Waxhaw K-5
7 Wesley Chapel Elementary School Monroe K-5
8 Antioch Elementary School Matthews K-5
9 New Town Elementary School Waxhaw PK-5
10 New Salem Elementary School Marshville K-5
11 Poplin Elementary School Indian Trail K-5
12 Shiloh Elementary School Monroe PK-5
13 Hemby Bridge Elementary School Indian Trail PK-5
14 Sun Valley Elementary School Monroe PK-5
15 Indian Trail Elementary School Indian Trail PK-5
16 Fairview Elementary School Monroe PK-5
17 Rocky River Elementary School Monroe PK-5
18 Unionville Elementary School Monroe PK-5
19 Rock Rest Elementary School Monroe PK-5
20 Waxhaw Elementary School Waxhaw PK-5
21 Sardis Elementary School Monroe PK-5
22 Porter Ridge Elementary School Indian Trail PK-5
23 Union Elementary School Wingate PK-5
24 Wingate Elementary School Wingate PK-5
25 Marshville Elementary School Marshville PK-5
26 Prospect Elementary School Monroe K-5
27 Western Union Elementary School Waxhaw K-5
28 Walter Bickett Elementary School Monroe PK-5
29 Benton Heights Elementary School Monroe PK-5
30 East Elementary School Monroe PK-5

Middle Schools Rankings (Union County Public Schools)

Rank Middle School Name City Grades
Served
1 Weddington Middle School Matthews 6-8
2 Marvin Ridge Middle School Waxhaw 6-8
3 Cuthbertson Middle School Waxhaw 6-8
4 Piedmont Middle School Monroe 6-8
5 Porter Ridge Middle School Indian Trail 6-8
6 Sun Valley Middle School Indian Trail 6-8
7 Parkwood Middle School Monroe 6-8
8 East Union Middle School Marshville 6-8
9 Monroe Middle School Monroe 6-8
10 South Providence School Waxhaw 6-12

High Schools Rankings (Union County Public Schools)

Rank High School Name City Grades
Served
1 Marvin Ridge High School Waxhaw 9-12
2 Union County Early College Monroe 9-13
3 Weddington High School Matthews 9-12
4 Central Academy of Technology Monroe 9-12
5 Cuthbertson High School Waxhaw 9-12
6 Piedmont High School Monroe 9-12
7 Porter Ridge High School Indian Trail 9-12
8 Sun Valley High School Monroe 9-12
9 Parkwood High School Monroe 9-12
10 Forest Hills High School Marshville 9-12
11 Monroe High School Monroe 9-12
12 South Providence School Waxhaw 6-12

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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