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 Durham, NC Area

Best Middle Schools in the Durham, NC Area Best Middle Schools in the Durham, NC Area

Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Durham area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Durham-area middle schools including East Chapel Hill High School, Glenwood Elementary School, Morris Grove Elementary School, and Chapel Hill High School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including Woods Charter School, Research Triangle High School, The Expedition School, and Orange Charter School.

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Durham-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 Durham Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Woods Charter School Chapel Hill, NC Charter K-12
2 Roxboro Community School Roxboro, NC Charter 6-12
3 Smith Middle School Chapel Hill, NC Regular 6-8
4 Phillips Middle School Chapel Hill, NC Regular 6-8
5 The Expedition School Hillsborough, NC Charter K-8
6 Orange Charter School Hillsborough, NC Charter K-10
7 McDougle Middle School Chapel Hill, NC Regular 6-8
8 Culbreth Middle School Chapel Hill, NC Regular 6-8
9 Chatham Charter School Siler City, NC Charter K-12
10 Durham School of the Arts Durham, NC Regular 6-12
11 Silk Hope School Siler City, NC Regular K-8
12 Voyager Academy Durham, NC Charter K-12
13 Charles W Stanford Middle School Hillsborough, NC Regular 6-8
14 Margaret B. Pollard Middle School Chapel Hill, NC Regular 6-8
15 Lakewood Montessori Middle School Durham, NC Regular 6-8
16 Rogers-Herr Middle School Durham, NC Regular 6-8
17 Central Park School For Children Durham, NC Charter K-8
18 Little River Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-7
19 Moncure School Moncure, NC Regular PK-8
20 Horton Middle School Pittsboro, NC Regular 5-8
21 A L Stanback Middle School Hillsborough, NC Regular 6-8
22 Bonlee School Bear Creek, NC Regular K-8
23 Bennett School Bennett, NC Regular PK-8
24 J S Waters School Goldston, NC Regular K-8
25 Kestrel Heights School Durham, NC Charter K-12
26 Maureen Joy Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
27 The School for Creative Studies Durham, NC Regular 6-12
28 Southern Middle School Roxboro, NC Regular 6-8
29 Gravelly Hill Middle School Efland, NC Regular 6-8
30 Research Triangle Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
31 Global Scholars Academy Durham, NC Charter K-8
32 Northern Middle School Roxboro, NC Regular 6-8
33 Chatham Middle School Siler City, NC Regular 6-8
34 Sherwood Githens Middle School Durham, NC Regular 6-8
35 George L Carrington Middle School Durham, NC Regular 6-8
36 Carter Community Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
37 Lucas Middle School Durham, NC Regular 6-8
38 The Institute for the Development Young Leaders Durham, NC Charter K-8
39 Lowe's Grove Middle School Durham, NC Regular 6-8
40 Brogden Middle School Durham, NC Regular 6-8
41 James E Shepard Middle School Durham, NC Regular 6-8
42 Healthy Start Academy Durham, NC Charter K-8
43 Neal Middle School Durham, NC Regular 6-8
44 Lakeview School Durham, NC Regular 6-12
Rank School Name City
1 Woods Charter School Chapel Hill, NC
2 Roxboro Community School Roxboro, NC
3 Smith Middle School Chapel Hill, NC
4 Phillips Middle School Chapel Hill, NC
5 The Expedition School Hillsborough, NC
6 Orange Charter School Hillsborough, NC
7 McDougle Middle School Chapel Hill, NC
8 Culbreth Middle School Chapel Hill, NC
9 Chatham Charter School Siler City, NC
10 Durham School of the Arts Durham, NC
11 Silk Hope School Siler City, NC
12 Voyager Academy Durham, NC
13 Charles W Stanford Middle School Hillsborough, NC
14 Margaret B. Pollard Middle School Chapel Hill, NC
15 Lakewood Montessori Middle School Durham, NC
16 Rogers-Herr Middle School Durham, NC
17 Central Park School For Children Durham, NC
18 Little River Elementary School Durham, NC
19 Moncure School Moncure, NC
20 Horton Middle School Pittsboro, NC
21 A L Stanback Middle School Hillsborough, NC
22 Bonlee School Bear Creek, NC
23 Bennett School Bennett, NC
24 J S Waters School Goldston, NC
25 Kestrel Heights School Durham, NC
26 Maureen Joy Charter School Durham, NC
27 The School for Creative Studies Durham, NC
28 Southern Middle School Roxboro, NC
29 Gravelly Hill Middle School Efland, NC
30 Research Triangle Charter School Durham, NC
31 Global Scholars Academy Durham, NC
32 Northern Middle School Roxboro, NC
33 Chatham Middle School Siler City, NC
34 Sherwood Githens Middle School Durham, NC
35 George L Carrington Middle School Durham, NC
36 Carter Community Charter School Durham, NC
37 Lucas Middle School Durham, NC
38 The Institute for the Development Young Leaders Durham, NC
39 Lowe's Grove Middle School Durham, NC
40 Brogden Middle School Durham, NC
41 James E Shepard Middle School Durham, NC
42 Healthy Start Academy Durham, NC
43 Neal Middle School Durham, NC
44 Lakeview School Durham, NC

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

Middle Schools in Durham NC 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 Durham area are attracted to middle schools in towns such as Durham NC, Chapel Hill NC, Hillsborough NC, and Roxboro NC.

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