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 Elementary Schools in the Asheville, NC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Asheville, NC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Asheville, NC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Asheville area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Asheville-area elementary schools including Glenn C Marlow Elementary School, Riverbend Elementary School, Hendersonville Elementary School, and Etowah Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including Francine Delany New School, Evergreen Community Charter School, ArtSpace Charter School, and The Mountain Community School.

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Asheville-area elementary 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 Elementary Schools in the Asheville Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Glenn C Marlow Elementary School Mills River, NC Regular K-5
2 Riverbend Elementary School Clyde, NC Regular K-5
3 Hendersonville Elementary School Hendersonville, NC Regular K-5
4 Etowah Elementary School Etowah, NC Regular K-5
5 Clear Creek Elementary, Hendersonville School Hendersonville, NC Regular K-5
6 Mills River Elementary School Mills River, NC Regular K-5
7 Francine Delany New School Asheville, NC Charter K-8
8 Atkinson Elementary School Hendersonville, NC Regular K-5
9 Fairview Elementary, Fairview School Fairview, NC Regular K-5
10 Junaluska Elementary School Waynesville, NC Regular K-5
11 Evergreen Community Charter School Asheville, NC Charter K-8
12 Black Mountain Primary School Black Mountain, NC Regular K-3
13 Hominy Valley Elementary School Candler, NC Regular K-5
14 Bethel Elementary, Canton School Canton, NC Regular K-5
15 Pisgah Elementary School Candler, NC Regular K-5
16 Fletcher Elementary School Fletcher, NC Regular K-5
17 Glen Arden Elementary School Arden, NC Regular K-4
18 Jonathan Valley Elementary School Waynesville, NC Regular PK-5
19 Isaac Dickson Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-5
20 Haw Creek Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-5
21 West Buncombe Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-4
22 Vance Elementary, Asheville School Asheville, NC Regular K-5
23 ArtSpace Charter School Swannanoa, NC Charter K-8
24 Brush Creek Elementary School Marshall, NC Regular K-5
25 Mars Hill Elementary School Mars Hill, NC Regular K-5
26 The Mountain Community School Hendersonville, NC Charter K-8
27 Clyde Elementary School Clyde, NC Regular PK-5
28 North Canton Elementary School Canton, NC Regular PK-5
29 Estes Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-5
30 Weaverville Elementary School Weaverville, NC Regular 2-4
31 Bell Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-5
32 Hillandale Elementary, East Flat Rock School East Flat Rock, NC Regular K-5
33 Black Mountain Elementary School Black Mountain, NC Regular 4-5
34 Edneyville Elementary School Hendersonville, NC Regular K-5
35 Ira B Jones Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-5
36 Meadowbrook Elementary School Canton, NC Regular PK-5
37 North Windy Ridge Intermediate School Weaverville, NC Regular 5-6
38 Claxton Elementary, Asheville School Asheville, NC Regular K-5
39 Dana Elementary School Hendersonville, NC Regular K-5
40 Hazelwood Elementary School Waynesville, NC Regular PK-5
41 Barnardsville Elementary School Barnardsville, NC Regular K-4
42 Koontz Intermediate School Asheville, NC Regular 5-6
43 Williams Elementary School Swannanoa, NC Regular K-5
44 Invest Collegiate - Imagine Asheville, NC Charter K-11
45 Sugarloaf Elementary School Hendersonville, NC Regular K-5
46 Upward Elementary School Flat Rock, NC Regular K-5
47 Avery's Creek Elementary School Arden, NC Regular K-4
48 Candler Elementary School Candler, NC Regular K-5
49 Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-5
50 North Buncombe Elementary School Weaverville, NC Regular K-4
51 Central Elementary, Waynesville School Waynesville, NC Regular PK-5
52 Woodfin Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-5
53 Leicester Elementary School Leicester, NC Regular K-4
54 Oakley Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-5
55 Eblen Intermediate School Asheville, NC Regular 5-6
56 Hot Springs Elementary School Hot Springs, NC Regular K-5
57 Emma Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-4
58 Johnston Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-4
59 Hall Fletcher Elementary School Asheville, NC Regular K-6
60 Bruce Drysdale Elementary School Hendersonville, NC Regular K-5
Rank School Name City
1 Glenn C Marlow Elementary School Mills River, NC
2 Riverbend Elementary School Clyde, NC
3 Hendersonville Elementary School Hendersonville, NC
4 Etowah Elementary School Etowah, NC
5 Clear Creek Elementary, Hendersonville School Hendersonville, NC
6 Mills River Elementary School Mills River, NC
7 Francine Delany New School Asheville, NC
8 Atkinson Elementary School Hendersonville, NC
9 Fairview Elementary, Fairview School Fairview, NC
10 Junaluska Elementary School Waynesville, NC
11 Evergreen Community Charter School Asheville, NC
12 Black Mountain Primary School Black Mountain, NC
13 Hominy Valley Elementary School Candler, NC
14 Bethel Elementary, Canton School Canton, NC
15 Pisgah Elementary School Candler, NC
16 Fletcher Elementary School Fletcher, NC
17 Glen Arden Elementary School Arden, NC
18 Jonathan Valley Elementary School Waynesville, NC
19 Isaac Dickson Elementary School Asheville, NC
20 Haw Creek Elementary School Asheville, NC
21 West Buncombe Elementary School Asheville, NC
22 Vance Elementary, Asheville School Asheville, NC
23 ArtSpace Charter School Swannanoa, NC
24 Brush Creek Elementary School Marshall, NC
25 Mars Hill Elementary School Mars Hill, NC
26 The Mountain Community School Hendersonville, NC
27 Clyde Elementary School Clyde, NC
28 North Canton Elementary School Canton, NC
29 Estes Elementary School Asheville, NC
30 Weaverville Elementary School Weaverville, NC
31 Bell Elementary School Asheville, NC
32 Hillandale Elementary, East Flat Rock School East Flat Rock, NC
33 Black Mountain Elementary School Black Mountain, NC
34 Edneyville Elementary School Hendersonville, NC
35 Ira B Jones Elementary School Asheville, NC
36 Meadowbrook Elementary School Canton, NC
37 North Windy Ridge Intermediate School Weaverville, NC
38 Claxton Elementary, Asheville School Asheville, NC
39 Dana Elementary School Hendersonville, NC
40 Hazelwood Elementary School Waynesville, NC
41 Barnardsville Elementary School Barnardsville, NC
42 Koontz Intermediate School Asheville, NC
43 Williams Elementary School Swannanoa, NC
44 Invest Collegiate - Imagine Asheville, NC
45 Sugarloaf Elementary School Hendersonville, NC
46 Upward Elementary School Flat Rock, NC
47 Avery's Creek Elementary School Arden, NC
48 Candler Elementary School Candler, NC
49 Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School Asheville, NC
50 North Buncombe Elementary School Weaverville, NC
51 Central Elementary, Waynesville School Waynesville, NC
52 Woodfin Elementary School Asheville, NC
53 Leicester Elementary School Leicester, NC
54 Oakley Elementary School Asheville, NC
55 Eblen Intermediate School Asheville, NC
56 Hot Springs Elementary School Hot Springs, NC
57 Emma Elementary School Asheville, NC
58 Johnston Elementary School Asheville, NC
59 Hall Fletcher Elementary School Asheville, NC
60 Bruce Drysdale Elementary School Hendersonville, NC

Rankings for the best elementary schools in the Asheville 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 elementary school test scores, student data and more.

Elementary Schools in Asheville NC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing an Elementary School in the Asheville Area

When comparing regular Asheville-area elementary schools to charter and magnet schools, one should keep in mind the differences between charter schools, magnet schools and traditional public schools.

Magnet schools are in most cases alternative public schools that offer a specialized curriculum. At the highest level, North and South Carolina magnet schools and traditional elementary schools tend to be managed by the same entity - the county school superintendent's office. Magnet schools normally can accept students from anywhere in the county in which they are located, and often limit the acceptance pool through a lottery system.

Charter schools, on the other hand, are each independently managed. They tend to accept students not only from the county in which they're located, but surrounding counties as well. Like magnets, charters tend to use a lottery-based acceptance method.

Regular elementary schools are sometimes called "zoned schools," "neighborhood schools" or "zip code schools." This is because they accept students from a limited geographical area - such as a town or a specific set of subdivisions. Regular schools do not tend to use a lottery system. Regular elementary schools are the most common kinds of schools in North and South Carolina.

Which Elementary Schools are Covered in the Asheville Area

We hope you find the ratings and other information on elementary schools in the Asheville area to be useful. Elementary Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties: