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Best Elementary Schools in the Durham, NC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Durham, NC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Durham, NC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Durham area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Durham-area elementary schools including Morris Grove Elementary School, Seawell Elementary School, Mangum Elementary School, and Ephesus Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including Woods Charter School, The Expedition School, Voyager Academy, and Chatham Charter School.

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Durham-area elementary school would be best for any individual child. For schools that are close to one another in rankings, differences in available data are in most cases very small.



Top Elementary Schools in the Durham Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
 
Grades
Served
1 Woods Charter School Chapel Hill, NC Charter K-12
2 Morris Grove Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
3 Seawell Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
4 Mangum Elementary School Bahama, NC Regular K-5
5 Ephesus Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
6 Voyager Academy Durham, NC Charter K-12
7 The Expedition School Hillsborough, NC Charter K-8
8 Scroggs Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
9 Bennett School Bennett, NC Regular PK-8
10 Glenwood Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular K-5
11 Rashkis Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
12 Orange Charter School Hillsborough, NC Charter K-11
13 Helena Elementary School Timberlake, NC Regular K-5
14 Perry W Harrison Elementary School Pittsboro, NC Regular PK-5
15 Pearsontown Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
16 Chatham Charter School Siler City, NC Charter K-12
17 Oak Lane Elementary School Hurdle Mills, NC Regular K-5
18 McDougle Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
19 Hillsborough Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
20 FPG Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
21 Bethel Hill Charter School Roxboro, NC Charter K-5
22 Carrboro Elementary School Carrboro, NC Regular PK-5
23 Central Park School For Children Durham, NC Charter K-8
24 Estes Hills Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
25 Woodland Elementary School Semora, NC Regular K-5
26 Pittsboro Elementary School Pittsboro, NC Regular PK-4
27 Cameron Park Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
28 North Chatham Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
29 Stories Creek Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular K-5
30 J S Waters School Goldston, NC Regular K-8
31 Willow Oak Montessori School Chapel Hill, NC Charter 1-7
32 Silk Hope School Siler City, NC Regular K-8
33 Easley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
34 Morehead Montessori Magnet School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
35 Creekside Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
36 George Watts Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
37 Grady Brown Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
38 Little River Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-8
39 Horton Middle School Pittsboro, NC Regular 5-8
40 Siler City Elementary School Siler City, NC Regular PK-5
41 Club Boulevard Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
42 Forest View Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
43 Southwest Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
44 Bonlee School Bear Creek, NC Regular K-8
45 Maureen Joy Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
46 Global Scholars Academy Durham, NC Charter K-8
47 Kestrel Heights School Durham, NC Charter K-8
48 Northside Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
49 Moncure School Moncure, NC Regular PK-8
50 Burton Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
51 North End Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular K-5
52 E K Powe Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
53 Pathways Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
54 Hope Valley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
55 Sandy Ridge Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
56 Oak Grove Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
57 R N Harris Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
58 Spring Valley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
59 Hillandale Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
60 Efland Cheeks Elementary School Efland, NC Regular PK-5
61 New Hope Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
62 Holt Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
63 Bethesda Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
64 Parkwood Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
65 Research Triangle Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
66 Virginia Cross Elementary School Siler City, NC Regular PK-5
67 Central Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
68 South Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular PK-5
69 North Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular K-5
70 Healthy Start Academy Durham, NC Charter K-8
71 W G Pearson Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
72 Glenn Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
73 Carter Community Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
74 Reaching All Minds Academy Durham, NC Charter K-6
75 The Institute for the Development Young Leaders Durham, NC Charter K-8
76 Merrick-Moore Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
77 Fayetteville Street Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
78 C C Spaulding Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
79 Eno Valley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
80 Eastway Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
81 Lakewood Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
82 Y E Smith Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Rank School Name City
1 Woods Charter School Chapel Hill, NC
2 Morris Grove Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
3 Seawell Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
4 Mangum Elementary School Bahama, NC
5 Ephesus Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
6 Voyager Academy Durham, NC
7 The Expedition School Hillsborough, NC
8 Scroggs Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
9 Bennett School Bennett, NC
10 Glenwood Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
11 Rashkis Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
12 Orange Charter School Hillsborough, NC
13 Helena Elementary School Timberlake, NC
14 Perry W Harrison Elementary School Pittsboro, NC
15 Pearsontown Elementary School Durham, NC
16 Chatham Charter School Siler City, NC
17 Oak Lane Elementary School Hurdle Mills, NC
18 McDougle Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
19 Hillsborough Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
20 FPG Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
21 Bethel Hill Charter School Roxboro, NC
22 Carrboro Elementary School Carrboro, NC
23 Central Park School For Children Durham, NC
24 Estes Hills Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
25 Woodland Elementary School Semora, NC
26 Pittsboro Elementary School Pittsboro, NC
27 Cameron Park Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
28 North Chatham Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
29 Stories Creek Elementary School Roxboro, NC
30 J S Waters School Goldston, NC
31 Willow Oak Montessori School Chapel Hill, NC
32 Silk Hope School Siler City, NC
33 Easley Elementary School Durham, NC
34 Morehead Montessori Magnet School Durham, NC
35 Creekside Elementary School Durham, NC
36 George Watts Elementary School Durham, NC
37 Grady Brown Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
38 Little River Elementary School Durham, NC
39 Horton Middle School Pittsboro, NC
40 Siler City Elementary School Siler City, NC
41 Club Boulevard Elementary School Durham, NC
42 Forest View Elementary School Durham, NC
43 Southwest Elementary School Durham, NC
44 Bonlee School Bear Creek, NC
45 Maureen Joy Charter School Durham, NC
46 Global Scholars Academy Durham, NC
47 Kestrel Heights School Durham, NC
48 Northside Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
49 Moncure School Moncure, NC
50 Burton Elementary School Durham, NC
51 North End Elementary School Roxboro, NC
52 E K Powe Elementary School Durham, NC
53 Pathways Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
54 Hope Valley Elementary School Durham, NC
55 Sandy Ridge Elementary School Durham, NC
56 Oak Grove Elementary School Durham, NC
57 R N Harris Elementary School Durham, NC
58 Spring Valley Elementary School Durham, NC
59 Hillandale Elementary School Durham, NC
60 Efland Cheeks Elementary School Efland, NC
61 New Hope Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
62 Holt Elementary School Durham, NC
63 Bethesda Elementary School Durham, NC
64 Parkwood Elementary School Durham, NC
65 Research Triangle Charter School Durham, NC
66 Virginia Cross Elementary School Siler City, NC
67 Central Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
68 South Elementary School Roxboro, NC
69 North Elementary School Roxboro, NC
70 Healthy Start Academy Durham, NC
71 W G Pearson Elementary School Durham, NC
72 Glenn Elementary School Durham, NC
73 Carter Community Charter School Durham, NC
74 Reaching All Minds Academy Durham, NC
75 The Institute for the Development Young Leaders Durham, NC
76 Merrick-Moore Elementary School Durham, NC
77 Fayetteville Street Elementary School Durham, NC
78 C C Spaulding Elementary School Durham, NC
79 Eno Valley Elementary School Durham, NC
80 Eastway Elementary School Durham, NC
81 Lakewood Elementary School Durham, NC
82 Y E Smith Elementary School Durham, NC

Rankings for the best elementary schools in the Durham area were created independently by Carolina School Hub. The test data for this site was derived from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and South Carolina Department of Education.

You can click on a specific school name above for more information on elementary school test scores, student data and more.

Elementary Schools in Durham NC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing an Elementary School in the Durham Area

When comparing regular Durham-area elementary schools to charter and magnet schools, one should keep in mind the differences between charter schools, magnet schools and traditional public schools.

Magnet schools are in most cases alternative public schools that offer a specialized curriculum. At the highest level, North and South Carolina magnet schools and traditional elementary schools tend to be managed by the same entity - the county school superintendent's office. Magnet schools normally can accept students from anywhere in the county in which they are located, and often limit the acceptance pool through a lottery system.

Charter schools, on the other hand, are each independently managed. They tend to accept students not only from the county in which they're located, but surrounding counties as well. Like magnets, charters tend to use a lottery-based acceptance method.

Regular elementary schools are sometimes called "zoned schools," "neighborhood schools" or "zip code schools." This is because they accept students from a limited geographical area - such as a town or a specific set of subdivisions. Regular schools do not tend to use a lottery system. Regular elementary schools are the most common kinds of schools in North and South Carolina.

Which Elementary Schools are Covered in the Durham Area

We hope you find the ratings and other information on elementary schools in the Durham area to be useful. Elementary Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties: