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 Greenville, SC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Greenville, SC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Greenville, SC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Greenville area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Greenville-area elementary schools including Sterling Elementary School, Buena Vista Elementary School, Oakview Elementary School, and Monarch Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including GREEN Charter School, LEAD Academy, Cyber Academy of South Carolina, and Legacy Charter School.

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Sterling Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-8
2 Buena Vista Elementary School Greer, SC Regular K-5
3 GREEN Charter School Greenville, SC Charter K-9
4 Oakview Elementary School Simpsonville, SC Regular PK-5
5 Monarch Elementary School Simpsonville, SC Regular PK-5
6 Augusta Circle Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular K-5
7 Bells Crossing Elementary School Simpsonville, SC Regular K-5
8 Wright Elementary School Belton, SC Regular K-6
9 Pelham Road Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular K-5
10 Clemson Elementary School Clemson, SC Regular PK-5
11 Concord Elementary School Anderson, SC Regular K-5
12 Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering Anderson, SC Regular K-5
13 Woodland Elementary School Greer, SC Regular PK-5
14 Brushy Creek Elementary School Taylors, SC Regular PK-5
15 Powdersville Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular 3-5
16 Paris Elementary School Taylors, SC Regular PK-5
17 Plain Elementary School Simpsonville, SC Regular K-5
18 Townville Elementary School Townville, SC Regular PK-6
19 Skyland Elementary School Greer, SC Regular PK-5
20 Tigerville Elementary School Taylors, SC Regular PK-5
21 North Pointe Elementary School Anderson, SC Regular PK-5
22 Wren Elementary School Piedmont, SC Regular PK-5
23 Summit Drive Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular K-5
24 Spearman Elementary School Piedmont, SC Regular PK-5
25 Stone Academy Greenville, SC Regular K-5
26 Rudolph Gordon Elementary School Simpsonville, SC Regular K-5
27 Cedar Grove Elementary School Williamston, SC Regular PK-5
28 Bethel Elementary School Simpsonville, SC Regular K-5
29 Mount Lebanon Elementary School Pendelton, SC Regular PK-6
30 Sara Collins Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular K-5
31 Forest Acres Elementary School Easley, SC Regular PK-5
32 Starr Elementary School Starr, SC Regular PK-5
33 A J Whittenburg Elementary School Greeenville, SC Regular PK-5
34 East End Elementary School Easley, SC Regular PK-5
35 Six Mile Elementary School Six Mile, SC Regular PK-5
36 Mitchell Road Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
37 Westcliffe Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
38 Bryson Elementary School Simpsonville, SC Regular K-5
39 Mountain View Elementary School Taylors, SC Regular PK-5
40 La France Elementary School Pendleton, SC Regular PK-6
41 Blythe Academy Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
42 Pendleton Elementary School Pendleton, SC Regular PK-6
43 West End Elementary School Easley, SC Regular PK-5
44 Simpsonville Elementary School Simpsonville, SC Regular PK-5
45 Brook Glenn Elementary School Taylors, SC Regular PK-5
46 Gateway Elementary School Travelers Rest, SC Regular PK-5
47 Belton Elementary School Belton, SC Regular 3-5
48 Flat Rock Elementary School Starr, SC Regular PK-5
49 Fork Shoals School Pelzer, SC Regular K-5
50 Waterloo Elementary School Waterloo, SC Regular PK-5
51 Duncan Chapel Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
52 Taylors Elementary School Taylors, SC Regular K-5
53 Hunt Meadows Elementary School Easley, SC Regular PK-5
54 Central Elementary School Central, SC Regular PK-5
55 East North St Academy Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
56 Honea Path Elementary School Honea Path, SC Regular PK-5
57 Calhoun Academy of the Arts Anderson, SC Regular K-5
58 Palmetto Elementary School Williamston, SC Regular PK-5
59 Lake Forest Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
60 Crosswell Elementary School Easley, SC Regular PK-5
61 Chandler Creek Elementary School Greer, SC Regular PK-5
62 West Pelzer Elementary School West Pelzer, SC Regular PK-5
63 Liberty Elementary School Liberty, SC Regular PK-5
64 Greenbrier Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
65 Mauldin Elementary School Simpsonville, SC Regular PK-5
66 Whitehall Elementary School Anderson, SC Regular PK-5
67 Ellen Woodside Elementary School Pelzer, SC Regular PK-5
68 Berea Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular K-5
69 Laurens Elementary School Laurens, SC Regular PK-5
70 McLees Elementary School Anderson, SC Regular K-5
71 Iva Elementary School Iva, SC Regular PK-5
72 Fountain Inn Elementary School Fountain Inn, SC Regular PK-5
73 Dacusville Elementary School Easley, SC Regular PK-5
74 Eastside Elementary School Clinton, SC Regular K-5
75 Centerville Elementary School Anderson, SC Regular K-5
76 LEAD Academy Greenville, SC Charter K-8
77 Hickory Tavern Elementary/Middle Gray Court, SC Regular PK-8
78 Slater Marietta Elementary School Marietta, SC Regular PK-5
79 Crestview Elementary School Greer, SC Regular PK-5
80 Heritage Elementary School Travelers Rest, SC Regular PK-5
81 Clinton Elementary School Clinton, SC Regular K-5
82 Sue Cleveland Elementary School Piedmont, SC Regular K-5
83 Robert E. Cashion Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
84 Hollis Academy Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
85 Pickens Elementary School Pickens, SC Regular PK-5
86 Armstrong Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
87 New Prospect Elementary School Anderson, SC Regular K-5
88 Monaview Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
89 Joanna-Woodson Elementary School Joanna, SC Regular K-5
90 Chastain Road Elementary School Liberty, SC Regular PK-5
91 Gray Court-Owings Elementary/Middle Gray Court , SC Regular PK-8
92 E B Morse Elementary School Laurens, SC Regular PK-5
93 Welcome Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular K-5
94 Thomas E. Kerns Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular K-5
95 Cherrydale Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
96 Legacy Charter School Greenville, SC Charter K-12
97 Grove Elementary School Piedmont, SC Regular K-5
98 Alexander Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-5
99 Varennes Elementary School Anderson, SC Regular 3-5
100 McKissick Elementary School Easley, SC Regular PK-5
101 Cyber Academy of South Carolina Greenville, SC Charter K-12
102 Nevitt Forest Elementary School Anderson, SC Regular K-5
103 Ford Elementary School Laurens, SC Regular PK-5
Rank School Name City
1 Sterling Elementary School Greenville, SC
2 Buena Vista Elementary School Greer, SC
3 GREEN Charter School Greenville, SC
4 Oakview Elementary School Simpsonville, SC
5 Monarch Elementary School Simpsonville, SC
6 Augusta Circle Elementary School Greenville, SC
7 Bells Crossing Elementary School Simpsonville, SC
8 Wright Elementary School Belton, SC
9 Pelham Road Elementary School Greenville, SC
10 Clemson Elementary School Clemson, SC
11 Concord Elementary School Anderson, SC
12 Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering Anderson, SC
13 Woodland Elementary School Greer, SC
14 Brushy Creek Elementary School Taylors, SC
15 Powdersville Elementary School Greenville, SC
16 Paris Elementary School Taylors, SC
17 Plain Elementary School Simpsonville, SC
18 Townville Elementary School Townville, SC
19 Skyland Elementary School Greer, SC
20 Tigerville Elementary School Taylors, SC
21 North Pointe Elementary School Anderson, SC
22 Wren Elementary School Piedmont, SC
23 Summit Drive Elementary School Greenville, SC
24 Spearman Elementary School Piedmont, SC
25 Stone Academy Greenville, SC
26 Rudolph Gordon Elementary School Simpsonville, SC
27 Cedar Grove Elementary School Williamston, SC
28 Bethel Elementary School Simpsonville, SC
29 Mount Lebanon Elementary School Pendelton, SC
30 Sara Collins Elementary School Greenville, SC
31 Forest Acres Elementary School Easley, SC
32 Starr Elementary School Starr, SC
33 A J Whittenburg Elementary School Greeenville, SC
34 East End Elementary School Easley, SC
35 Six Mile Elementary School Six Mile, SC
36 Mitchell Road Elementary School Greenville, SC
37 Westcliffe Elementary School Greenville, SC
38 Bryson Elementary School Simpsonville, SC
39 Mountain View Elementary School Taylors, SC
40 La France Elementary School Pendleton, SC
41 Blythe Academy Greenville, SC
42 Pendleton Elementary School Pendleton, SC
43 West End Elementary School Easley, SC
44 Simpsonville Elementary School Simpsonville, SC
45 Brook Glenn Elementary School Taylors, SC
46 Gateway Elementary School Travelers Rest, SC
47 Belton Elementary School Belton, SC
48 Flat Rock Elementary School Starr, SC
49 Fork Shoals School Pelzer, SC
50 Waterloo Elementary School Waterloo, SC
51 Duncan Chapel Elementary School Greenville, SC
52 Taylors Elementary School Taylors, SC
53 Hunt Meadows Elementary School Easley, SC
54 Central Elementary School Central, SC
55 East North St Academy Greenville, SC
56 Honea Path Elementary School Honea Path, SC
57 Calhoun Academy of the Arts Anderson, SC
58 Palmetto Elementary School Williamston, SC
59 Lake Forest Elementary School Greenville, SC
60 Crosswell Elementary School Easley, SC
61 Chandler Creek Elementary School Greer, SC
62 West Pelzer Elementary School West Pelzer, SC
63 Liberty Elementary School Liberty, SC
64 Greenbrier Elementary School Greenville, SC
65 Mauldin Elementary School Simpsonville, SC
66 Whitehall Elementary School Anderson, SC
67 Ellen Woodside Elementary School Pelzer, SC
68 Berea Elementary School Greenville, SC
69 Laurens Elementary School Laurens, SC
70 McLees Elementary School Anderson, SC
71 Iva Elementary School Iva, SC
72 Fountain Inn Elementary School Fountain Inn, SC
73 Dacusville Elementary School Easley, SC
74 Eastside Elementary School Clinton, SC
75 Centerville Elementary School Anderson, SC
76 LEAD Academy Greenville, SC
77 Hickory Tavern Elementary/Middle Gray Court, SC
78 Slater Marietta Elementary School Marietta, SC
79 Crestview Elementary School Greer, SC
80 Heritage Elementary School Travelers Rest, SC
81 Clinton Elementary School Clinton, SC
82 Sue Cleveland Elementary School Piedmont, SC
83 Robert E. Cashion Elementary School Greenville, SC
84 Hollis Academy Greenville, SC
85 Pickens Elementary School Pickens, SC
86 Armstrong Elementary School Greenville, SC
87 New Prospect Elementary School Anderson, SC
88 Monaview Elementary School Greenville, SC
89 Joanna-Woodson Elementary School Joanna, SC
90 Chastain Road Elementary School Liberty, SC
91 Gray Court-Owings Elementary/Middle Gray Court , SC
92 E B Morse Elementary School Laurens, SC
93 Welcome Elementary School Greenville, SC
94 Thomas E. Kerns Elementary School Greenville, SC
95 Cherrydale Elementary School Greenville, SC
96 Legacy Charter School Greenville, SC
97 Grove Elementary School Piedmont, SC
98 Alexander Elementary School Greenville, SC
99 Varennes Elementary School Anderson, SC
100 McKissick Elementary School Easley, SC
101 Cyber Academy of South Carolina Greenville, SC
102 Nevitt Forest Elementary School Anderson, SC
103 Ford Elementary School Laurens, SC

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


Choosing an Elementary School in the Greenville Area

When comparing regular Greenville-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 Greenville Area

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