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 Greenville, SC Area

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

Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Greenville area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Greenville-area middle schools including Buena Vista Elementary School, Sterling Elementary School, SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, and Riverside High School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including Langston Charter Middle School, GREEN Charter School, Greenville Technical Charter High School, and Youth Leadership Academy.

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Sterling Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-8
2 GREEN Charter School Greenville, SC Charter K-10
3 Langston Charter Middle School Greenville, SC Charter 6-8
4 Southwood Academy of the Arts Anderson, SC Regular 6-8
5 Riverside Middle School Greer, SC Regular 6-8
6 Beck Academy Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
7 Youth Leadership Academy Pickens, SC Charter 6-8
8 R C Edwards Middle School Central, SC Regular 6-8
9 Riverside Middle School Pendleton, SC Regular 7-8
10 Phinnize Fisher Middle School Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
11 Powdersville Middle School Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
12 League Academy Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
13 Wren Middle School Piedmont, SC Regular 6-8
14 Blue Ridge Middle School Greer, SC Regular 6-8
15 Mauldin Middle School Simpsonville, SC Regular 6-8
16 Greenville Middle Academy Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
17 Ralph Chandler Middle School Simpsonville, SC Regular 6-8
18 Glenview Middle School Anderson, SC Regular 6-8
19 Sevier Middle School Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
20 Richard H Gettys Middle School Easley, SC Regular 6-8
21 Palmetto Middle School Williamston, SC Regular 6-8
22 Starr Iva Middle School Starr, SC Regular 6-8
23 Northwood Middle School Taylors, SC Regular 6-8
24 McCants Middle School Anderson, SC Regular 6-8
25 Hillcrest Middle School Simpsonville, SC Regular 6-8
26 LEAD Academy Greenville, SC Charter K-8
27 Dacusville Middle School Easley, SC Regular 6-8
28 Hickory Tavern Elementary/Middle Gray Court, SC Regular PK-8
29 Pickens Middle School Pickens, SC Regular 6-8
30 Laurens Middle School Laurens, SC Regular 6-8
31 Bryson Middle School Simpsonville, SC Regular 6-8
32 Liberty Middle School Liberty, SC Regular 6-8
33 Robert Anderson Middle School Anderson, SC Regular 6-8
34 Honea Path Middle School Honea Path, SC Regular 6-8
35 Northwest Middle School Travelers Rest, SC Regular 6-8
36 Hughes Academy Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
37 Greer Middle School Greer, SC Regular 6-8
38 Gray Court-Owings Elementary/Middle Gray Court , SC Regular PK-8
39 Belton Middle School Belton, SC Regular 6-8
40 Clinton Middle School Clinton, SC Regular 6-8
41 Cyber Academy of South Carolina Greenville, SC Charter K-12
42 Sanders Middle School Laurens, SC Regular 6-8
43 Woodmont Middle School Piedmont, SC Regular 6-8
44 Berea Middle School Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
45 Lakeview Middle School Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
46 Tanglewood Middle School Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
47 NEXT High School Greenville, SC Charter 6-12
Rank School Name City
1 Sterling Elementary School Greenville, SC
2 GREEN Charter School Greenville, SC
3 Langston Charter Middle School Greenville, SC
4 Southwood Academy of the Arts Anderson, SC
5 Riverside Middle School Greer, SC
6 Beck Academy Greenville, SC
7 Youth Leadership Academy Pickens, SC
8 R C Edwards Middle School Central, SC
9 Riverside Middle School Pendleton, SC
10 Phinnize Fisher Middle School Greenville, SC
11 Powdersville Middle School Greenville, SC
12 League Academy Greenville, SC
13 Wren Middle School Piedmont, SC
14 Blue Ridge Middle School Greer, SC
15 Mauldin Middle School Simpsonville, SC
16 Greenville Middle Academy Greenville, SC
17 Ralph Chandler Middle School Simpsonville, SC
18 Glenview Middle School Anderson, SC
19 Sevier Middle School Greenville, SC
20 Richard H Gettys Middle School Easley, SC
21 Palmetto Middle School Williamston, SC
22 Starr Iva Middle School Starr, SC
23 Northwood Middle School Taylors, SC
24 McCants Middle School Anderson, SC
25 Hillcrest Middle School Simpsonville, SC
26 LEAD Academy Greenville, SC
27 Dacusville Middle School Easley, SC
28 Hickory Tavern Elementary/Middle Gray Court, SC
29 Pickens Middle School Pickens, SC
30 Laurens Middle School Laurens, SC
31 Bryson Middle School Simpsonville, SC
32 Liberty Middle School Liberty, SC
33 Robert Anderson Middle School Anderson, SC
34 Honea Path Middle School Honea Path, SC
35 Northwest Middle School Travelers Rest, SC
36 Hughes Academy Greenville, SC
37 Greer Middle School Greer, SC
38 Gray Court-Owings Elementary/Middle Gray Court , SC
39 Belton Middle School Belton, SC
40 Clinton Middle School Clinton, SC
41 Cyber Academy of South Carolina Greenville, SC
42 Sanders Middle School Laurens, SC
43 Woodmont Middle School Piedmont, SC
44 Berea Middle School Greenville, SC
45 Lakeview Middle School Greenville, SC
46 Tanglewood Middle School Greenville, SC
47 NEXT High School Greenville, SC

Rankings for the best middle schools in the Greenville 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 Greenville 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 Greenville area are attracted to middle schools in towns such as Greenville SC, Anderson SC, Simpsonville SC, and Greer SC.

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