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 Fayetteville, NC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Fayetteville, NC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Fayetteville, NC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Fayetteville area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Fayetteville-area elementary schools including Beaver Dam Elementary School, Eastover Central Elementary School, District 7 Elementary School, and Stoney Point Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including Alpha Academy, The Capitol Encore Academy,

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Beaver Dam Elementary School Roseboro, NC Regular PK-5
2 Eastover Central Elementary School Eastover, NC Regular PK-5
3 District 7 Elementary School Wade, NC Regular PK-5
4 Stoney Point Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular K-5
5 Vanstory Hills Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular 2-5
6 Long Hill Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular 2-5
7 Rockfish Hoke Elementary School Raeford, NC Regular PK-5
8 E Melvin Honeycutt Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
9 Rockfish Elementary School Hope Mills, NC Regular K-5
10 Howard L Hall Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular K-5
11 J W Seabrook Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
12 Armstrong Elementary School Eastover, NC Regular PK-5
13 Don D Steed Elementary School Raeford, NC Regular PK-5
14 Stedman Elementary School Stedman, NC Regular K-5
15 Gallberry Farm Elementary School Hope Mills, NC Regular PK-5
16 Gray's Creek Elementary School Hope Mills, NC Regular PK-5
17 Ponderosa Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
18 Lake Rim Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
19 New Century International Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
20 William H Owen Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
21 Alpha Academy Fayetteville, NC Charter K-9
22 Upchurch Elementary School Raeford, NC Regular PK-5
23 E E Miller Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
24 Cumberland Road Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
25 Ashley Elementary, Fayetteville School Fayetteville, NC Regular 3-5
26 College Lakes Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
27 J W Coon Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
28 Cumberland Mills Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
29 J W McLauchlin Elementary School Raeford, NC Regular PK-5
30 C Wayne Collier Elementary School Hope Mills, NC Regular PK-5
31 Westarea Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
32 Brentwood Elementary, Fayetteville School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
33 Walker Spivey Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
34 Ed V Baldwin Elementary School Hope Mills, NC Regular PK-5
35 Alderman Road Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
36 Margaret Willis Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
37 Montclair Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
38 Morganton Road Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular K-5
39 Lucile Souders Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
40 Sandy Grove Elementary School Lumber Bridge, NC Regular PK-5
41 Benjamin J Martin Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
42 Bill Hefner Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular K-5
43 Mary McArthur Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
44 Lillian Black Elementary School Spring Lake, NC Regular K-5
45 Teresa C Berrien Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular K-5
46 Sunnyside Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular K-5
47 Warrenwood Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
48 Loyd E Auman Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
49 Hawk Eye Elementary School Red Springs, NC Regular PK-5
50 Scurlock Elementary School Raeford, NC Regular PK-5
51 West Hoke Elementary School Raeford, NC Regular PK-5
52 Cliffdale Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
53 Elizabeth M Cashwell Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
54 William T Brown Elementary School Spring Lake, NC Regular PK-5
55 Sherwood Park Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular PK-5
56 Ferguson-Easley Elementary School Fayetteville, NC Regular K-5
57 The Capitol Encore Academy Fayetteville, NC Charter K-6
58 Manchester Elementary School Spring Lake, NC Regular K-5
Rank School Name City
1 Beaver Dam Elementary School Roseboro, NC
2 Eastover Central Elementary School Eastover, NC
3 District 7 Elementary School Wade, NC
4 Stoney Point Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
5 Vanstory Hills Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
6 Long Hill Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
7 Rockfish Hoke Elementary School Raeford, NC
8 E Melvin Honeycutt Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
9 Rockfish Elementary School Hope Mills, NC
10 Howard L Hall Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
11 J W Seabrook Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
12 Armstrong Elementary School Eastover, NC
13 Don D Steed Elementary School Raeford, NC
14 Stedman Elementary School Stedman, NC
15 Gallberry Farm Elementary School Hope Mills, NC
16 Gray's Creek Elementary School Hope Mills, NC
17 Ponderosa Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
18 Lake Rim Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
19 New Century International Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
20 William H Owen Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
21 Alpha Academy Fayetteville, NC
22 Upchurch Elementary School Raeford, NC
23 E E Miller Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
24 Cumberland Road Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
25 Ashley Elementary, Fayetteville School Fayetteville, NC
26 College Lakes Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
27 J W Coon Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
28 Cumberland Mills Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
29 J W McLauchlin Elementary School Raeford, NC
30 C Wayne Collier Elementary School Hope Mills, NC
31 Westarea Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
32 Brentwood Elementary, Fayetteville School Fayetteville, NC
33 Walker Spivey Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
34 Ed V Baldwin Elementary School Hope Mills, NC
35 Alderman Road Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
36 Margaret Willis Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
37 Montclair Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
38 Morganton Road Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
39 Lucile Souders Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
40 Sandy Grove Elementary School Lumber Bridge, NC
41 Benjamin J Martin Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
42 Bill Hefner Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
43 Mary McArthur Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
44 Lillian Black Elementary School Spring Lake, NC
45 Teresa C Berrien Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
46 Sunnyside Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
47 Warrenwood Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
48 Loyd E Auman Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
49 Hawk Eye Elementary School Red Springs, NC
50 Scurlock Elementary School Raeford, NC
51 West Hoke Elementary School Raeford, NC
52 Cliffdale Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
53 Elizabeth M Cashwell Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
54 William T Brown Elementary School Spring Lake, NC
55 Sherwood Park Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
56 Ferguson-Easley Elementary School Fayetteville, NC
57 The Capitol Encore Academy Fayetteville, NC
58 Manchester Elementary School Spring Lake, NC

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


Choosing an Elementary School in the Fayetteville Area

When comparing regular Fayetteville-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 Fayetteville Area

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