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 Charleston, SC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Charleston, SC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Charleston, SC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Charleston area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Charleston-area elementary schools including Buist Academy, Mount Pleasant Academy, Montessori Community School, and Jennie Moore Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including Orange Grove Charter School, East Cooper Montessori Charter School, Carolina Voyager Charter School, and Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School.

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC Regular K-8
2 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC Regular 5-8
3 Mount Pleasant Academy Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
4 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC Charter PK-7
5 Jennie Moore Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
6 Charles Pinckney Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular 3-5
7 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
8 Daniel Island School Charleston, SC Regular K-8
9 Belle Hall Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
10 Ashley River Creative Arts Charleston, SC Regular K-5
11 Sullivan's Island Elementary School Sullivan's Island, SC Regular PK-5
12 Mamie Whitesides Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
13 Beech Hill Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
14 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC Charter PK-8
15 Harbor View Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
16 Hanahan Middle School Hanahan, SC Regular 5-8
17 Fort Dorchester Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
18 Howe Hall AIMS Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular K-5
19 Marrington Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular PK-5
20 Stiles Point Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
21 St. Andrew's School of Math and Science Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
22 James B Edwards Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
23 Knightsville Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
24 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC Charter PK-8
25 Flowertown Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
26 Hanahan Elementary School Hanahan, SC Regular PK-4
27 Newington Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
28 Westview Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular 3-5
29 James H. Spann Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
30 Nexton Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
31 Carolina Voyager Charter School Charleston, SC Charter K-4
32 Joseph R Pye Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-5
33 Cane Bay Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-4
34 Drayton Hall Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
35 Summerville Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
36 William M Reeves Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
37 J K Gourdin Elementary School Pineville, SC Regular PK-5
38 Cane Bay Middle School Summerville, SC Regular 5-8
39 Oakbrook Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-5
40 Williams Memorial Elementary School St. George, SC Regular PK-5
41 James Island Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
42 Oakland Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
43 Eagle Nest Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
44 Sangaree Intermediate Summerville, SC Regular 3-5
45 Springfield Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
46 Henry E Bonner Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC Regular PK-5
47 Devon Forest Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular PK-5
48 Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
49 Berkeley Intermediate Moncks Corner, SC Regular 3-5
50 Clay Hill Elementary School Ridgeville, SC Regular PK-5
51 Boulder Bluff Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular PK-5
52 North Charleston Arts Creative Arts Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
53 Stono Park Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
54 Whitesville Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC Regular PK-5
55 Matilda Dunston Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-3
56 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC Charter K-12
57 Mount Zion Elementary School Johns Island, SC Regular PK-5
58 College Park Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-5
59 Cross Elementary School Cross, SC Regular PK-6
60 St James-Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC Regular PK-8
61 Jane Edwards Elementary School Edisto Island, SC Regular PK-5
62 Murray LaSaine Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-6
63 St Stephen Elementary School St. Stephen, SC Regular PK-5
64 Lambs Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
65 Ladson Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-4
66 Sedgefield Intermediate Goose Creek, SC Regular 3-5
67 Mitchell Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
68 Harleyville Elementary School Dorchester, SC Regular PK-5
69 Hunley Park Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
70 Charleston Progressive School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
71 Malcolm C Hursey Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
72 Pinehurst Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular 2-5
73 A C Corcoran Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-4
74 Cainhoy Elementary School Huger, SC Regular PK-5
75 Angel Oak Elementary School Johns Island, SC Regular PK-5
76 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC Charter PK-8
77 W B Goodwin Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
78 Minnie Hughes Elementary School Younges Island , SC Regular PK-5
79 James Simons Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
80 Pepperhill Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
81 E.B. Ellington Elementary School Ravenel, SC Regular PK-5
82 Mary Ford Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
83 Memminger Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
84 North Charleston Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
Rank School Name City
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC
2 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC
3 Mount Pleasant Academy Mt. Pleasant, SC
4 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC
5 Jennie Moore Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
6 Charles Pinckney Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
7 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC
8 Daniel Island School Charleston, SC
9 Belle Hall Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
10 Ashley River Creative Arts Charleston, SC
11 Sullivan's Island Elementary School Sullivan's Island, SC
12 Mamie Whitesides Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
13 Beech Hill Elementary School Summerville, SC
14 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC
15 Harbor View Elementary School Charleston, SC
16 Hanahan Middle School Hanahan, SC
17 Fort Dorchester Elementary School Summerville, SC
18 Howe Hall AIMS Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
19 Marrington Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
20 Stiles Point Elementary School Charleston, SC
21 St. Andrew's School of Math and Science Charleston, SC
22 James B Edwards Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
23 Knightsville Elementary School Summerville, SC
24 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC
25 Flowertown Elementary School Summerville, SC
26 Hanahan Elementary School Hanahan, SC
27 Newington Elementary School Summerville, SC
28 Westview Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
29 James H. Spann Elementary School Summerville, SC
30 Nexton Elementary School Summerville, SC
31 Carolina Voyager Charter School Charleston, SC
32 Joseph R Pye Elementary School Ladson, SC
33 Cane Bay Elementary School Summerville, SC
34 Drayton Hall Elementary School Charleston, SC
35 Summerville Elementary School Summerville, SC
36 William M Reeves Elementary School Summerville, SC
37 J K Gourdin Elementary School Pineville, SC
38 Cane Bay Middle School Summerville, SC
39 Oakbrook Elementary School Ladson, SC
40 Williams Memorial Elementary School St. George, SC
41 James Island Elementary School Charleston, SC
42 Oakland Elementary School Charleston, SC
43 Eagle Nest Elementary School North Charleston, SC
44 Sangaree Intermediate Summerville, SC
45 Springfield Elementary School Charleston, SC
46 Henry E Bonner Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC
47 Devon Forest Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
48 Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary North Charleston, SC
49 Berkeley Intermediate Moncks Corner, SC
50 Clay Hill Elementary School Ridgeville, SC
51 Boulder Bluff Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
52 North Charleston Arts Creative Arts Elementary School North Charleston, SC
53 Stono Park Elementary School Charleston, SC
54 Whitesville Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC
55 Matilda Dunston Elementary School North Charleston, SC
56 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC
57 Mount Zion Elementary School Johns Island, SC
58 College Park Elementary School Ladson, SC
59 Cross Elementary School Cross, SC
60 St James-Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC
61 Jane Edwards Elementary School Edisto Island, SC
62 Murray LaSaine Elementary School Charleston, SC
63 St Stephen Elementary School St. Stephen, SC
64 Lambs Elementary School North Charleston, SC
65 Ladson Elementary School Ladson, SC
66 Sedgefield Intermediate Goose Creek, SC
67 Mitchell Elementary School Charleston, SC
68 Harleyville Elementary School Dorchester, SC
69 Hunley Park Elementary School North Charleston, SC
70 Charleston Progressive School Charleston, SC
71 Malcolm C Hursey Elementary School North Charleston, SC
72 Pinehurst Elementary School North Charleston, SC
73 A C Corcoran Elementary School North Charleston, SC
74 Cainhoy Elementary School Huger, SC
75 Angel Oak Elementary School Johns Island, SC
76 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC
77 W B Goodwin Elementary School North Charleston, SC
78 Minnie Hughes Elementary School Younges Island , SC
79 James Simons Elementary School Charleston, SC
80 Pepperhill Elementary School North Charleston, SC
81 E.B. Ellington Elementary School Ravenel, SC
82 Mary Ford Elementary School North Charleston, SC
83 Memminger Elementary School Charleston, SC
84 North Charleston Elementary School North Charleston, SC

Rankings for the best elementary schools in the Charleston 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 Charleston SC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing an Elementary School in the Charleston Area

When comparing regular Charleston-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 Charleston Area

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