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 Raleigh, NC Area

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Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Raleigh area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Raleigh-area middle schools including Mills Park Middle School, Davis Drive Elementary School, Mills Park Elementary School, and Davis Drive Middle School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including Quest Academy, Raleigh Charter High School, Magellan Charter School, and Endeavor Charter School.

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Mills Park Middle School Cary, NC Regular 6-8
2 Quest Academy Raleigh, NC Charter K-8
3 Davis Drive Middle School Cary, NC Regular 6-8
4 Magellan Charter School Raleigh, NC Charter 3-8
5 Endeavor Charter School Wake Forest, NC Charter K-8
6 Sterling Montessori Academy Morrisville, NC Charter PK-8
7 Triangle Math and Science Academy Cary, NC Charter K-11
8 Heritage Middle School Wake Forest, NC Regular 6-8
9 Lufkin Road Middle School Apex, NC Regular 6-8
10 Exploris Middle School Raleigh, NC Charter K-8
11 Apex Middle School Apex, NC Regular 6-8
12 Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC Regular 6-13
13 Franklin Academy Wake Forest, NC Charter K-12
14 East Wake Academy Zebulon, NC Charter K-12
15 Salem Middle School Apex, NC Regular 6-8
16 Wake Forest Charter Academy Wake Forest, NC Charter K-7
17 Holly Grove Middle School Holly Springs, NC Regular 6-8
18 Martin Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
19 Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC Regular 6-13
20 Envision Science Academy Wake Forest, NC Charter K-8
21 East Cary Middle School Cary, NC Regular 6-8
22 Neuse Charter School Smithfield, NC Charter K-12
23 Leesville Road Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
24 Cleveland Middle School Garner, NC Regular 6-8
25 West Lake Middle School Apex, NC Regular 6-8
26 Cardinal Charter School Cary, NC Charter K-8
27 West Cary Middle School Cary, NC Regular 6-8
28 Carnage Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
29 Ligon Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
30 Daniels Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
31 Riverwood Middle School Clayton, NC Regular 6-8
32 Hilburn Drive Academy Raleigh, NC Regular PK-8
33 Wakefield Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
34 Princeton High School Princeton, NC Regular 6-12
35 Holly Ridge Middle School Holly Springs, NC Regular 6-8
36 Cedar Creek Middle School Youngsville, NC Regular 6-8
37 Moore Square Museum Magnet Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
38 Durant Road Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
39 Dillard Drive Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
40 Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter School Raleigh, NC Charter PK-8
41 Crosscreek Charter School Louisburg, NC Charter K-8
42 Southern Wake Academy Holly Springs, NC Charter 6-12
43 Fuquay-Varina Middle School Fuquay-Varina, NC Regular 6-8
44 Bunn Middle School Bunn, NC Regular 6-8
45 Archer Lodge Middle School Wendell, NC Regular 6-8
46 Wake Forest Middle School Wake Forest, NC Regular 6-8
47 Rolesville Middle School Rolesville, NC Regular 6-8
48 Terrell Lane Middle School Louisburg, NC Regular 6-8
49 Meadow School Benson, NC Regular PK-8
50 Clayton Middle School Clayton, NC Regular 6-8
51 West Millbrook Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
52 Reedy Creek Middle School Cary, NC Regular 6-8
53 McGee's Crossroads Middle School Benson, NC Regular 6-8
54 Centennial Campus Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
55 Four Oaks Middle School Four Oaks, NC Regular 6-8
56 East Garner Middle School Garner, NC Regular 6-8
57 North Garner Middle School Garner, NC Regular 6-8
58 Torchlight Academy Raleigh, NC Charter K-7
59 Smithfield Middle School Smithfield, NC Regular 6-8
60 Carroll Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
61 Southern Nash Middle School Spring Hope, NC Regular 6-8
62 Benson Middle School Benson, NC Regular 5-8
63 Zebulon Middle School Zebulon, NC Regular 6-8
64 Red Oak Middle School Battleboro, NC Regular 6-8
65 Nash Central Middle School Nashville, NC Regular 6-8
66 Franklinton Middle School Franklinton, NC Regular 6-8
67 North Johnston Middle School Micro, NC Regular 6-8
68 East Millbrook Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
69 G R Edwards Middle School Rocky Mount, NC Regular 6-8
70 Wendell Middle School Wendell, NC Regular 6-8
71 PreEminent Charter School Raleigh, NC Charter K-8
72 Rocky Mount Prep Rocky Mount, NC Charter K-12
73 East Wake Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
74 Selma Middle School Selma, NC Regular 5-8
75 Rocky Mount Middle School Rocky Mount, NC Regular 6-8
76 River Oaks Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
77 Mount Vernon School Raleigh, NC Regular K-8
78 J W Parker Middle School Rocky Mount, NC Regular 6-8
79 South Campus Community Middle School Smithfield, NC Regular 6-8
80 Tar River Academy Rocky Mount, NC Regular K-12
Rank School Name City
1 Mills Park Middle School Cary, NC
2 Quest Academy Raleigh, NC
3 Davis Drive Middle School Cary, NC
4 Magellan Charter School Raleigh, NC
5 Endeavor Charter School Wake Forest, NC
6 Sterling Montessori Academy Morrisville, NC
7 Triangle Math and Science Academy Cary, NC
8 Heritage Middle School Wake Forest, NC
9 Lufkin Road Middle School Apex, NC
10 Exploris Middle School Raleigh, NC
11 Apex Middle School Apex, NC
12 Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC
13 Franklin Academy Wake Forest, NC
14 East Wake Academy Zebulon, NC
15 Salem Middle School Apex, NC
16 Wake Forest Charter Academy Wake Forest, NC
17 Holly Grove Middle School Holly Springs, NC
18 Martin Middle School Raleigh, NC
19 Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC
20 Envision Science Academy Wake Forest, NC
21 East Cary Middle School Cary, NC
22 Neuse Charter School Smithfield, NC
23 Leesville Road Middle School Raleigh, NC
24 Cleveland Middle School Garner, NC
25 West Lake Middle School Apex, NC
26 Cardinal Charter School Cary, NC
27 West Cary Middle School Cary, NC
28 Carnage Middle School Raleigh, NC
29 Ligon Middle School Raleigh, NC
30 Daniels Middle School Raleigh, NC
31 Riverwood Middle School Clayton, NC
32 Hilburn Drive Academy Raleigh, NC
33 Wakefield Middle School Raleigh, NC
34 Princeton High School Princeton, NC
35 Holly Ridge Middle School Holly Springs, NC
36 Cedar Creek Middle School Youngsville, NC
37 Moore Square Museum Magnet Middle School Raleigh, NC
38 Durant Road Middle School Raleigh, NC
39 Dillard Drive Middle School Raleigh, NC
40 Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter School Raleigh, NC
41 Crosscreek Charter School Louisburg, NC
42 Southern Wake Academy Holly Springs, NC
43 Fuquay-Varina Middle School Fuquay-Varina, NC
44 Bunn Middle School Bunn, NC
45 Archer Lodge Middle School Wendell, NC
46 Wake Forest Middle School Wake Forest, NC
47 Rolesville Middle School Rolesville, NC
48 Terrell Lane Middle School Louisburg, NC
49 Meadow School Benson, NC
50 Clayton Middle School Clayton, NC
51 West Millbrook Middle School Raleigh, NC
52 Reedy Creek Middle School Cary, NC
53 McGee's Crossroads Middle School Benson, NC
54 Centennial Campus Middle School Raleigh, NC
55 Four Oaks Middle School Four Oaks, NC
56 East Garner Middle School Garner, NC
57 North Garner Middle School Garner, NC
58 Torchlight Academy Raleigh, NC
59 Smithfield Middle School Smithfield, NC
60 Carroll Middle School Raleigh, NC
61 Southern Nash Middle School Spring Hope, NC
62 Benson Middle School Benson, NC
63 Zebulon Middle School Zebulon, NC
64 Red Oak Middle School Battleboro, NC
65 Nash Central Middle School Nashville, NC
66 Franklinton Middle School Franklinton, NC
67 North Johnston Middle School Micro, NC
68 East Millbrook Middle School Raleigh, NC
69 G R Edwards Middle School Rocky Mount, NC
70 Wendell Middle School Wendell, NC
71 PreEminent Charter School Raleigh, NC
72 Rocky Mount Prep Rocky Mount, NC
73 East Wake Middle School Raleigh, NC
74 Selma Middle School Selma, NC
75 Rocky Mount Middle School Rocky Mount, NC
76 River Oaks Middle School Raleigh, NC
77 Mount Vernon School Raleigh, NC
78 J W Parker Middle School Rocky Mount, NC
79 South Campus Community Middle School Smithfield, NC
80 Tar River Academy Rocky Mount, NC

Rankings for the best middle schools in the Raleigh 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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh area are attracted to middle schools in towns such as Raleigh NC, Cary NC, Rocky Mount NC, and Apex NC.

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