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 Winston-Salem, NC Area

Best Middle Schools in the Winston-Salem, NC Area Best Middle Schools in the Winston-Salem, NC Area

Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Winston-Salem area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Winston-Salem-area middle schools including Early College of Forsyth County, Whitaker Elementary School, Lewisville Elementary School, and Sherwood Forest Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including The North Carolina Leadership Academy, The Arts Based School, Quality Education Academy, and Forsyth Academy.

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 The Downtown School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-8
2 Meadowlark Middle School Winston-Salem, NC Regular 6-8
3 Thomas Jefferson Middle School Winston-Salem, NC Regular 6-8
4 The Arts Based School Winston-Salem, NC Charter K-8
5 The North Carolina Leadership Academy Kernersville, NC Charter K-12
6 Hanes Middle School Winston Salem, NC Regular 6-8
7 East Yancey Middle School Burnsville, NC Regular 6-8
8 North Davie Middle School Mocksville, NC Regular 6-8
9 William Ellis Middle School Advance, NC Regular 6-8
10 Cane River Middle School Burnsville, NC Regular 6-8
11 Forbush Middle School East Bend, NC Regular 7-8
12 Kernersville Middle School Kernersville, NC Regular 6-8
13 Chestnut Grove Middle School King, NC Regular 6-8
14 South Davie Middle School Mocksville, NC Regular 6-8
15 Piney Grove Middle School Lawsonville, NC Regular 6-8
16 Starmount Middle School Boonville, NC Regular 6-9
17 Clemmons Middle School Winston-Salem, NC Regular 6-8
18 Paisley IB Magnet School Winston Salem, NC Regular 6-10
19 Quality Education Academy Winston-Salem, NC Charter K-12
20 Southeastern Middle School Walnut Cove, NC Regular 6-8
21 Forsyth Academy Winston-Salem, NC Charter K-8
22 Southeast Middle School Kernersville, NC Regular 6-8
23 Kingswood School Winston-Salem, NC Regular PK-12
24 Wiley Middle School Winston Salem, NC Regular 6-8
25 Walkertown Middle School Walkertown, NC Regular 6-8
26 Northwest Middle School Winston Salem, NC Regular 6-8
27 Flat Rock Middle School Winston-Salem, NC Regular 6-8
28 Carter G Woodson School Winston-Salem, NC Charter K-12
29 East Forsyth Middle School Kernersville, NC Regular 6-8
30 J F Kennedy High School Winston Salem, NC Regular 6-12
31 Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy Winston-Salem, NC Regular 6-12
32 Mineral Springs Middle School Winston Salem, NC Regular 6-8
33 Meadowbrook Academy King, NC Regular 6-12
34 Philo-Hill Magnet Academy Winston Salem, NC Regular 6-8
35 Main Street Academy Winston-Salem, NC Regular 6-12
Rank School Name City
1 The Downtown School Winston Salem, NC
2 Meadowlark Middle School Winston-Salem, NC
3 Thomas Jefferson Middle School Winston-Salem, NC
4 The Arts Based School Winston-Salem, NC
5 The North Carolina Leadership Academy Kernersville, NC
6 Hanes Middle School Winston Salem, NC
7 East Yancey Middle School Burnsville, NC
8 North Davie Middle School Mocksville, NC
9 William Ellis Middle School Advance, NC
10 Cane River Middle School Burnsville, NC
11 Forbush Middle School East Bend, NC
12 Kernersville Middle School Kernersville, NC
13 Chestnut Grove Middle School King, NC
14 South Davie Middle School Mocksville, NC
15 Piney Grove Middle School Lawsonville, NC
16 Starmount Middle School Boonville, NC
17 Clemmons Middle School Winston-Salem, NC
18 Paisley IB Magnet School Winston Salem, NC
19 Quality Education Academy Winston-Salem, NC
20 Southeastern Middle School Walnut Cove, NC
21 Forsyth Academy Winston-Salem, NC
22 Southeast Middle School Kernersville, NC
23 Kingswood School Winston-Salem, NC
24 Wiley Middle School Winston Salem, NC
25 Walkertown Middle School Walkertown, NC
26 Northwest Middle School Winston Salem, NC
27 Flat Rock Middle School Winston-Salem, NC
28 Carter G Woodson School Winston-Salem, NC
29 East Forsyth Middle School Kernersville, NC
30 J F Kennedy High School Winston Salem, NC
31 Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy Winston-Salem, NC
32 Mineral Springs Middle School Winston Salem, NC
33 Meadowbrook Academy King, NC
34 Philo-Hill Magnet Academy Winston Salem, NC
35 Main Street Academy Winston-Salem, NC

Rankings for the best middle schools in the Winston-Salem 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 Winston-Salem 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 Winston-Salem area are attracted to middle schools in towns such as Winston Salem NC, Winston-Salem NC, Kernersville NC, and Burnsville NC.

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