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 Winston-Salem, NC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Winston-Salem, NC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Winston-Salem, NC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Winston-Salem area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Winston-Salem-area elementary schools including Whitaker Elementary School, Clemmons Elementary School, Meadowlark Elementary School, and Sherwood Forest Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including The North Carolina Leadership Academy, The Arts Based School, Quality Education Academy, and Forsyth Academy.

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Whitaker Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
2 Clemmons Elementary School Clemmons, NC Regular PK-5
3 Meadowlark Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC Regular PK-5
4 Sherwood Forest Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
5 Lewisville Elementary School Lewisville, NC Regular PK-5
6 Jefferson Elementary, Winston-Salem School Winston-Salem, NC Regular PK-5
7 Vienna Elementary School Pfafftown, NC Regular PK-5
8 South Toe Elementary School Burnsville, NC Regular K-5
9 The North Carolina Leadership Academy Kernersville, NC Charter K-11
10 Southwest Elementary, Clemmons School Clemmons, NC Regular PK-5
11 Bald Creek Elementary School Burnsville, NC Regular K-5
12 Courtney Elementary School Yadkinville, NC Regular PK-9
13 The Downtown School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-8
14 Brunson Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
15 Old Richmond Elementary School Tobaccoville, NC Regular PK-5
16 The Arts Based School Winston-Salem, NC Charter K-8
17 Micaville Elementary School Burnsville, NC Regular K-5
18 Cash Elementary School Kernersville, NC Regular PK-5
19 Shady Grove Elementary School Advance, NC Regular K-5
20 Frank Morgan Elementary School Clemmons, NC Regular PK-5
21 Piney Grove Elementary, Kernersville School Kernersville, NC Regular PK-5
22 Forbush Elementary School East Bend, NC Regular PK-6
23 Sandy Ridge Elementary, Sandy Ridge School Sandy Ridge, NC Regular K-5
24 Cornatzer Elementary School Mocksville, NC Regular K-5
25 Caleb's Creek Elementary School Kernersville, NC Regular PK-5
26 William R Davie Elementary School Mocksville, NC Regular K-5
27 Mount Olive Elementary School King, NC Regular K-5
28 Mocksville Elementary School Mocksville, NC Regular K-5
29 Fall Creek Elementary School East Bend, NC Regular PK-6
30 Nancy Reynolds Elementary School Westfield, NC Regular K-5
31 Pinebrook Elementary School Mocksville, NC Regular K-5
32 Lawsonville Elementary School Lawsonville, NC Regular PK-5
33 Walnut Cove Elementary School Walnut Cove, NC Regular PK-5
34 Sedge Garden Elementary School Kernersville, NC Regular PK-5
35 East Bend Elementary School East Bend, NC Regular PK-6
36 Boonville Elementary School Boonville, NC Regular PK-12
37 King Elementary School King, NC Regular PK-5
38 Burnsville Elementary School Burnsville, NC Regular K-5
39 Clearmont Elementary School Burnsville, NC Regular K-5
40 London Elementary School Walnut Cove, NC Regular PK-5
41 Bee Log Elementary School Burnsville, NC Regular K-5
42 Poplar Springs Elementary School King, NC Regular K-5
43 Quality Education Academy Winston-Salem, NC Charter K-12
44 Pinnacle Elementary School Pinnacle, NC Regular PK-5
45 Cooleemee Elementary School Cooleemee, NC Regular K-5
46 Kernersville Elementary School Kernersville, NC Regular PK-5
47 Germanton Elementary School Germanton, NC Regular K-5
48 Jonesville Elementary School Jonesville, NC Regular PK-6
49 Yadkinville Elementary School Yadkinville, NC Regular PK-8
50 Kimmel Farm Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC Regular PK-5
51 Walkertown Elementary School Walkertown, NC Regular PK-5
52 Moore Magnet Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
53 Union Cross Traditional Academy Kernersville, NC Regular PK-5
54 Pine Hall Elementary School Pine Hall, NC Regular PK-5
55 Rural Hall Elementary School Rural Hall, NC Regular PK-5
56 West Yadkin Elementary School Hamptonville, NC Regular PK-6
57 Ward Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC Regular PK-5
58 Mineral Springs Elementary, Winston-Salem School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
59 Smith Farm Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC Regular PK-5
60 Ibraham Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
61 North Hills Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC Regular PK-5
62 Konnoak Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
63 Old Town Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
64 Speas Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
65 Hall-Woodward Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
66 Forsyth Academy Winston-Salem, NC Charter K-8
67 Diggs-Latham Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
68 Bolton Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
69 South Fork Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
70 Griffith Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
71 Petree Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC Regular PK-5
72 Carter G Woodson School Winston-Salem, NC Charter K-12
73 Forest Park Elementary, Winston-Salem School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
74 Kimberley Park Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
75 Easton Elementary School Winston Salem, NC Regular PK-5
76 Gibson Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC Regular PK-5
77 Middle Fork Elementary School Walkertown, NC Regular PK-5
78 Ashley Elementary, Winston-Salem School Winston-Salem, NC Regular PK-5
79 Cook Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC Regular PK-5
Rank School Name City
1 Whitaker Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
2 Clemmons Elementary School Clemmons, NC
3 Meadowlark Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC
4 Sherwood Forest Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
5 Lewisville Elementary School Lewisville, NC
6 Jefferson Elementary, Winston-Salem School Winston-Salem, NC
7 Vienna Elementary School Pfafftown, NC
8 South Toe Elementary School Burnsville, NC
9 The North Carolina Leadership Academy Kernersville, NC
10 Southwest Elementary, Clemmons School Clemmons, NC
11 Bald Creek Elementary School Burnsville, NC
12 Courtney Elementary School Yadkinville, NC
13 The Downtown School Winston Salem, NC
14 Brunson Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
15 Old Richmond Elementary School Tobaccoville, NC
16 The Arts Based School Winston-Salem, NC
17 Micaville Elementary School Burnsville, NC
18 Cash Elementary School Kernersville, NC
19 Shady Grove Elementary School Advance, NC
20 Frank Morgan Elementary School Clemmons, NC
21 Piney Grove Elementary, Kernersville School Kernersville, NC
22 Forbush Elementary School East Bend, NC
23 Sandy Ridge Elementary, Sandy Ridge School Sandy Ridge, NC
24 Cornatzer Elementary School Mocksville, NC
25 Caleb's Creek Elementary School Kernersville, NC
26 William R Davie Elementary School Mocksville, NC
27 Mount Olive Elementary School King, NC
28 Mocksville Elementary School Mocksville, NC
29 Fall Creek Elementary School East Bend, NC
30 Nancy Reynolds Elementary School Westfield, NC
31 Pinebrook Elementary School Mocksville, NC
32 Lawsonville Elementary School Lawsonville, NC
33 Walnut Cove Elementary School Walnut Cove, NC
34 Sedge Garden Elementary School Kernersville, NC
35 East Bend Elementary School East Bend, NC
36 Boonville Elementary School Boonville, NC
37 King Elementary School King, NC
38 Burnsville Elementary School Burnsville, NC
39 Clearmont Elementary School Burnsville, NC
40 London Elementary School Walnut Cove, NC
41 Bee Log Elementary School Burnsville, NC
42 Poplar Springs Elementary School King, NC
43 Quality Education Academy Winston-Salem, NC
44 Pinnacle Elementary School Pinnacle, NC
45 Cooleemee Elementary School Cooleemee, NC
46 Kernersville Elementary School Kernersville, NC
47 Germanton Elementary School Germanton, NC
48 Jonesville Elementary School Jonesville, NC
49 Yadkinville Elementary School Yadkinville, NC
50 Kimmel Farm Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC
51 Walkertown Elementary School Walkertown, NC
52 Moore Magnet Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
53 Union Cross Traditional Academy Kernersville, NC
54 Pine Hall Elementary School Pine Hall, NC
55 Rural Hall Elementary School Rural Hall, NC
56 West Yadkin Elementary School Hamptonville, NC
57 Ward Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC
58 Mineral Springs Elementary, Winston-Salem School Winston Salem, NC
59 Smith Farm Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC
60 Ibraham Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
61 North Hills Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC
62 Konnoak Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
63 Old Town Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
64 Speas Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
65 Hall-Woodward Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
66 Forsyth Academy Winston-Salem, NC
67 Diggs-Latham Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
68 Bolton Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
69 South Fork Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
70 Griffith Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
71 Petree Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC
72 Carter G Woodson School Winston-Salem, NC
73 Forest Park Elementary, Winston-Salem School Winston Salem, NC
74 Kimberley Park Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
75 Easton Elementary School Winston Salem, NC
76 Gibson Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC
77 Middle Fork Elementary School Walkertown, NC
78 Ashley Elementary, Winston-Salem School Winston-Salem, NC
79 Cook Elementary School Winston-Salem, NC

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


Choosing an Elementary School in the Winston-Salem Area

When comparing regular Winston-Salem-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 Winston-Salem Area

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