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 Florence, SC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Florence, SC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Florence, SC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Florence area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Florence-area elementary schools including Carolina Elementary School, Royall Elementary School, North Hartsville Elementary School, and John W. Moore Middle School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Carolina Elementary School Hartsville, SC Regular 1-5
2 Royall Elementary School Florence, SC Regular K-6
3 North Hartsville Elementary School Hartsville, SC Regular 1-5
4 John W. Moore Middle School Florence, SC Regular 5-6
5 Delmae Elementary School Florence, SC Regular K-4
6 Carver Elementary School Florence, SC Regular K-4
7 Lucy T. Davis Elementary School Florence, SC Regular K-4
8 McLaurin Elementary School Florence, SC Regular PK-4
9 Briggs Elementary School Florence, SC Regular K-6
10 Greenwood Elementary School Florence, SC Regular K-6
11 Brockington Elementary School Darlington, SC Regular 3-5
12 Henry Timrod Elementary School Florence, SC Regular K-6
13 J C Lynch Elementary School Coward, SC Regular PK-5
14 St Johns Elementary School Darlington, SC Regular PK-5
15 Hannah-Pamplico Elementary and Middle Pamplico, SC Regular PK-8
16 Scranton Elementary School Scranton, SC Regular PK-5
17 Dewey-Carter Elementary School Effingham, SC Regular PK-6
18 Johnsonville Elementary School Johnsonville, SC Regular PK-4
19 Thornwell School for the Arts Hartsville, SC Regular 1-5
20 Johnsonville Middle School Johnsonville, SC Regular 5-8
21 Savannah Grove Elementary School Effingham, SC Regular K-6
22 Spaulding Elementary School Lamar, SC Regular 3-5
23 Theodore Lester Elementary School Florence, SC Regular PK-6
24 Wallace Gregg Elementary School Florence, SC Regular K-6
25 Olanta Elementary School Olanta, SC Regular PK-5
26 Brunson-Dargan Elementary School Darlington, SC Regular 3-5
27 West Hartsville Elementary School Hartsville, SC Regular 4-5
28 Washington St Elementary School Hartsville, SC Regular 1-3
29 North Vista Elementary School Florence, SC Regular PK-6
30 Rosenwald Elementary-Middle Society Hill, SC Regular PK-8

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


Choosing an Elementary School in the Florence Area

When comparing regular Florence-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 Florence Area

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