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Best Elementary Schools in the Durham, NC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Durham, NC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Durham, NC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Durham area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Durham-area elementary schools including Glenwood Elementary School, Morris Grove Elementary School, Seawell Elementary School, and Ephesus Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including Woods Charter School, The Expedition School, Orange Charter School, and Chatham Charter School.

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
 
Grades
Served
1 Woods Charter School Chapel Hill, NC Charter K-12
2 Glenwood Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular K-5
3 Morris Grove Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
4 The Expedition School Hillsborough, NC Charter K-8
5 Seawell Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
6 Ephesus Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
7 Scroggs Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
8 Mangum Elementary School Bahama, NC Regular K-5
9 Voyager Academy Durham, NC Charter K-12
10 Rashkis Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
11 Helena Elementary School Timberlake, NC Regular K-5
12 Orange Charter School Hillsborough, NC Charter K-10
13 Perry W Harrison Elementary School Pittsboro, NC Regular PK-5
14 Oak Lane Elementary School Hurdle Mills, NC Regular K-5
15 Chatham Charter School Siler City, NC Charter K-12
16 McDougle Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
17 Carrboro Elementary School Carrboro, NC Regular PK-5
18 Estes Hills Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
19 Bennett School Bennett, NC Regular PK-8
20 Morehead Montessori Magnet School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
21 Pearsontown Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
22 Hillsborough Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
23 Central Park School For Children Durham, NC Charter K-8
24 Cameron Park Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
25 Pittsboro Elementary School Pittsboro, NC Regular PK-4
26 FPG Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
27 Woodland Elementary School Semora, NC Regular K-5
28 Stories Creek Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular K-5
29 J S Waters School Goldston, NC Regular K-8
30 Easley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
31 Bethel Hill Charter School Roxboro, NC Charter K-5
32 Forest View Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
33 Creekside Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
34 Silk Hope School Siler City, NC Regular K-8
35 George Watts Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
36 Northside Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
37 Willow Oak Montessori School Chapel Hill, NC Charter 1-6
38 North Chatham Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
39 Horton Middle School Pittsboro, NC Regular 5-8
40 Grady Brown Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
41 Pathways Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
42 Little River Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-7
43 Kestrel Heights School Durham, NC Charter K-12
44 Maureen Joy Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
45 Moncure School Moncure, NC Regular PK-8
46 Efland Cheeks Elementary School Efland, NC Regular PK-5
47 Bonlee School Bear Creek, NC Regular K-8
48 North End Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular K-5
49 Hillandale Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
50 E K Powe Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
51 Central Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
52 Southwest Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
53 New Hope Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
54 Siler City Elementary School Siler City, NC Regular PK-5
55 R N Harris Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
56 Global Scholars Academy Durham, NC Charter K-8
57 Burton Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
58 Spring Valley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
59 Parkwood Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
60 Club Boulevard Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
61 Sandy Ridge Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
62 Oak Grove Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
63 Research Triangle Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
64 Holt Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
65 Hope Valley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
66 Virginia Cross Elementary School Siler City, NC Regular PK-5
67 South Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular PK-5
68 Bethesda Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
69 Reaching All Minds Academy Durham, NC Charter K-5
70 North Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular K-5
71 Y E Smith Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
72 The Institute for the Development Young Leaders Durham, NC Charter K-8
73 Merrick-Moore Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
74 Healthy Start Academy Durham, NC Charter K-8
75 Carter Community Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
76 Fayetteville Street Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
77 Glenn Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
78 Lakewood Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
79 W G Pearson Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
80 Eno Valley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
81 Eastway Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
82 C C Spaulding Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Rank School Name City
1 Woods Charter School Chapel Hill, NC
2 Glenwood Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
3 Morris Grove Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
4 The Expedition School Hillsborough, NC
5 Seawell Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
6 Ephesus Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
7 Scroggs Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
8 Mangum Elementary School Bahama, NC
9 Voyager Academy Durham, NC
10 Rashkis Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
11 Helena Elementary School Timberlake, NC
12 Orange Charter School Hillsborough, NC
13 Perry W Harrison Elementary School Pittsboro, NC
14 Oak Lane Elementary School Hurdle Mills, NC
15 Chatham Charter School Siler City, NC
16 McDougle Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
17 Carrboro Elementary School Carrboro, NC
18 Estes Hills Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
19 Bennett School Bennett, NC
20 Morehead Montessori Magnet School Durham, NC
21 Pearsontown Elementary School Durham, NC
22 Hillsborough Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
23 Central Park School For Children Durham, NC
24 Cameron Park Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
25 Pittsboro Elementary School Pittsboro, NC
26 FPG Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
27 Woodland Elementary School Semora, NC
28 Stories Creek Elementary School Roxboro, NC
29 J S Waters School Goldston, NC
30 Easley Elementary School Durham, NC
31 Bethel Hill Charter School Roxboro, NC
32 Forest View Elementary School Durham, NC
33 Creekside Elementary School Durham, NC
34 Silk Hope School Siler City, NC
35 George Watts Elementary School Durham, NC
36 Northside Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
37 Willow Oak Montessori School Chapel Hill, NC
38 North Chatham Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
39 Horton Middle School Pittsboro, NC
40 Grady Brown Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
41 Pathways Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
42 Little River Elementary School Durham, NC
43 Kestrel Heights School Durham, NC
44 Maureen Joy Charter School Durham, NC
45 Moncure School Moncure, NC
46 Efland Cheeks Elementary School Efland, NC
47 Bonlee School Bear Creek, NC
48 North End Elementary School Roxboro, NC
49 Hillandale Elementary School Durham, NC
50 E K Powe Elementary School Durham, NC
51 Central Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
52 Southwest Elementary School Durham, NC
53 New Hope Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
54 Siler City Elementary School Siler City, NC
55 R N Harris Elementary School Durham, NC
56 Global Scholars Academy Durham, NC
57 Burton Elementary School Durham, NC
58 Spring Valley Elementary School Durham, NC
59 Parkwood Elementary School Durham, NC
60 Club Boulevard Elementary School Durham, NC
61 Sandy Ridge Elementary School Durham, NC
62 Oak Grove Elementary School Durham, NC
63 Research Triangle Charter School Durham, NC
64 Holt Elementary School Durham, NC
65 Hope Valley Elementary School Durham, NC
66 Virginia Cross Elementary School Siler City, NC
67 South Elementary School Roxboro, NC
68 Bethesda Elementary School Durham, NC
69 Reaching All Minds Academy Durham, NC
70 North Elementary School Roxboro, NC
71 Y E Smith Elementary School Durham, NC
72 The Institute for the Development Young Leaders Durham, NC
73 Merrick-Moore Elementary School Durham, NC
74 Healthy Start Academy Durham, NC
75 Carter Community Charter School Durham, NC
76 Fayetteville Street Elementary School Durham, NC
77 Glenn Elementary School Durham, NC
78 Lakewood Elementary School Durham, NC
79 W G Pearson Elementary School Durham, NC
80 Eno Valley Elementary School Durham, NC
81 Eastway Elementary School Durham, NC
82 C C Spaulding Elementary School Durham, NC

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


Choosing an Elementary School in the Durham Area

When comparing regular Durham-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 Durham Area

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