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

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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Best Middle Schools in the Charleston, SC Area

Best Middle Schools in the Charleston, SC Area Best Middle Schools in the Charleston, SC Area

Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Charleston area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Charleston-area middle schools including Buist Academy, Academic Magnet High School, Rollings Middle School of the Arts, and Daniel Island School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including Palmetto Scholars Academy, Orange Grove Charter School, James Island Charter High School, and East Cooper Montessori Charter School.

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Charleston-area middle 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 Middle Schools in the Charleston Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC Regular K-8
2 Rollings Middle School of the Arts Summerville, SC Regular 6-8
3 Daniel Island School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
4 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
5 Charleston School of the Arts North Charleston, SC Regular 6-12
6 Marrington Middle School of the Arts Goose Creek, SC Regular 6-8
7 Thomas C. Cario Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular 6-8
8 Laing Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular 6-8
9 Moultrie Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular 6-8
10 Palmetto Scholars Academy North Charleston, SC Charter 6-12
11 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC Charter PK-8
12 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC Charter PK-8
13 Hanahan Middle School Hanahan, SC Regular 5-8
14 Westview Middle School Goose Creek, SC Regular 6-8
15 Gregg Middle School Summerville, SC Regular 6-8
16 Cane Bay Middle School Summerville, SC Regular 5-8
17 Macedonia Middle School Moncks Corner, SC Regular 6-8
18 Charles B DuBose Middle School Summerville, SC Regular 6-8
19 Oakbrook Middle School Ladson, SC Regular 6-8
20 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC Charter PK-8
21 Sangaree Middle School Ladson, SC Regular 6-8
22 Alston Middle School Summerville, SC Regular 6-8
23 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC Regular 5-8
24 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC Charter PK-8
25 Charleston Charter School for Math and Science Charleston, SC Charter 6-12
26 Philip Simmons Middle School Wando, SC Regular 5-8
27 C. E. Williams Middle School for Creative and Scientific Arts Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
28 River Oaks Middle School North Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
29 Berkeley Middle School Moncks Corner, SC Regular 6-8
30 College Park Middle School Ladson, SC Regular 6-8
31 St Stephen Middle School St. Stephen, SC Regular 6-8
32 Malcolm C Hursey Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
33 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC Charter K-12
34 Allegro Charter School of Music Charleston, SC Charter 6-11
35 West Ashley Middle School Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
36 St. George Middle School St. George, SC Regular 6-8
37 Cross High School Cross, SC Regular 7-12
38 Sedgefield Middle School Goose Creek, SC Regular 6-8
39 Military Magnet Academy North Charleston, SC Regular 6-12
40 Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School Dorchester, SC Regular 6-8
41 Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science North Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
42 St James-Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC Regular PK-8
43 Baptist Hill High School Hollywood, SC Regular 6-12
44 Northwoods Middle School North Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
Rank School Name City
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC
2 Rollings Middle School of the Arts Summerville, SC
3 Daniel Island School Charleston, SC
4 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC
5 Charleston School of the Arts North Charleston, SC
6 Marrington Middle School of the Arts Goose Creek, SC
7 Thomas C. Cario Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC
8 Laing Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC
9 Moultrie Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC
10 Palmetto Scholars Academy North Charleston, SC
11 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC
12 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC
13 Hanahan Middle School Hanahan, SC
14 Westview Middle School Goose Creek, SC
15 Gregg Middle School Summerville, SC
16 Cane Bay Middle School Summerville, SC
17 Macedonia Middle School Moncks Corner, SC
18 Charles B DuBose Middle School Summerville, SC
19 Oakbrook Middle School Ladson, SC
20 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC
21 Sangaree Middle School Ladson, SC
22 Alston Middle School Summerville, SC
23 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC
24 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC
25 Charleston Charter School for Math and Science Charleston, SC
26 Philip Simmons Middle School Wando, SC
27 C. E. Williams Middle School for Creative and Scientific Arts Charleston, SC
28 River Oaks Middle School North Charleston, SC
29 Berkeley Middle School Moncks Corner, SC
30 College Park Middle School Ladson, SC
31 St Stephen Middle School St. Stephen, SC
32 Malcolm C Hursey Elementary School North Charleston, SC
33 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC
34 Allegro Charter School of Music Charleston, SC
35 West Ashley Middle School Charleston, SC
36 St. George Middle School St. George, SC
37 Cross High School Cross, SC
38 Sedgefield Middle School Goose Creek, SC
39 Military Magnet Academy North Charleston, SC
40 Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School Dorchester, SC
41 Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science North Charleston, SC
42 St James-Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC
43 Baptist Hill High School Hollywood, SC
44 Northwoods Middle School North Charleston, SC

Rankings for the best middle schools in the Charleston 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 test scores, student data and more.

Middle Schools in Charleston SC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing a Middle School

In North and South Carolina, middle school typically comprises grades six through eight. Many parents who move to the Charleston area are attracted to middle schools in towns such as Charleston SC, North Charleston SC, Summerville SC, and Goose Creek SC.

Middle Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties: