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 High Schools in South Carolina

Best High Schools in South  Carolina Best High Schools in South Carolina Are you trying to obtain data on the best public high schools in South Carolina? Below you'll find rankings on some of SC's top high schools including Governor's School for Math and Science, Academic Magnet High School, Charleston School of the Arts, and SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public high schools to South Carolina's best charter schools including Palmetto Scholars Academy, Brashier Middle Charter School, Greer Middle College Charter High School, and James Island Charter High School.

Below is a ranking of the best high schools in South Carolina. We have information on 212 public high schools in the state. You may use this site as a starting point in your journey to find the best educational options in the state for your child.



Top High Schools in South Carolina

Rank School Name County
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Governor's School for Math and Science Darlington Regular 11-12
2 Academic Magnet High School Charleston Regular 9-12
3 Palmetto Scholars Academy Charleston Charter 6-12
4 SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Greenville Regular 9-12
5 Charleston School of the Arts Charleston Regular 6-12
6 Spring Hill High School Lexington Regular 9-12
7 Fort Mill High School York Regular 9-12
8 Brashier Middle Charter School Greenville Charter 9-12
9 Wando High School Charleston Regular 9-12
10 Greer Middle College Charter High School Greenville Charter 9-12
11 Riverside High School Greenville Regular 9-12
12 Chapin High School Lexington Regular 9-12
13 Nation Ford High School York Regular 9-12
14 Lexington High School Lexington Regular 9-12
15 J L Mann High Academy Greenville Regular 9-12
16 Eastside High School Greenville Regular 9-12
17 River Bluff High School Lexington Regular 9-12
18 D W Daniel High School Pickens Regular 9-12
19 Dutch Fork High School Lexington Regular 9-12
20 Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology Darlington Regular 9-12
21 Berkeley County Middle College Berkeley Regular 11-12
22 Wren High School Anderson Regular 9-12
23 Wade Hampton High School Greenville Regular 9-12
24 Ashley Ridge High School Dorchester Regular 9-12
25 Clover High School York Regular 9-12
26 Mauldin High School Greenville Regular 9-12
27 Spring Valley High School Richland Regular 9-12
28 SC Connections Academy Richland Charter K-12
29 A C Flora High School Richland Regular 9-12
30 Socastee High School Horry Regular 9-12
31 HCS Early College High School Horry Regular 9-12
32 Hilton Head Island High School Beaufort Regular 9-12
33 St. James High School Horry Regular 9-12
34 Carolina Forest High School Horry Regular 9-12
35 Powdersville High School Anderson Regular 9-12
36 South Aiken High School Aiken Regular 9-12
37 Hanahan High School Berkeley Regular 9-12
38 Waccamaw High School Georgetown Regular 9-12
39 Dreher High School Richland Regular 9-12
40 Indian Land High School Lancaster Regular 9-12
41 Blythewood High School Richland Regular 9-12
42 T L Hanna High School Anderson Regular 9-12
43 James Island Charter High School Charleston Charter 9-12
44 Greenville Sr High Academy Greenville Regular 9-12
45 B C Sr High School Lexington Regular 9-12
46 Seneca High School Oconee Regular 9-12
47 SC Virtual Charter School Richland Charter K-12
48 Beaufort High School Beaufort Regular 9-12
49 Fort Dorchester High School Dorchester Regular 9-12
50 Pendleton High School Anderson Regular 9-12
51 Charleston Charter School for Math and Science Charleston Charter 6-12
52 Easley High School Pickens Regular 9-12
53 Landrum High School Spartanburg Regular 9-12
54 York Preparatory Academy York Charter K-12
55 Boiling Springs High School Spartanburg Regular 10-12
56 North Augusta High School Aiken Regular 9-12
57 Bamberg Ehrhardt High School Bamberg Regular 9-12
58 Bluffton High School Beaufort Regular 9-12
59 Woodruff High School Spartanburg Regular 9-12
60 Strom Thurmond High School Edgefield Regular 9-12
61 North Myrtle Beach High School Horry Regular 9-12
62 Spartanburg High School Spartanburg Regular 9-12
63 Stratford High School Berkeley Regular 9-12
64 Myrtle Beach High School Horry Regular 9-12
65 Summerville High School Dorchester Regular 9-12
66 Dixie High School Abbeville Regular 8-12
67 Chesnee High School Spartanburg Regular 9-12
68 Mid Carolina High School Newberry Regular 9-12
69 Walhalla High School Oconee Regular 9-12
70 Southside High School Greenville Regular 9-12
71 Hillcrest High School Greenville Regular 9-12
72 Lewisville High School Chester Regular 9-12
73 Aiken High School Aiken Regular 9-12
74 Gilbert High School Lexington Regular 9-12
75 Chapman High School Spartanburg Regular 9-12
76 Woodmont High School Greenville Regular 9-12
77 Lugoff Elgin High School Kershaw Regular 9-12
78 Johnsonville High School Florence Regular 9-12
79 South Pointe High School York Regular 9-12
80 Travelers Rest High School Greenville Regular 9-12
81 West Florence High School Florence Regular 9-12
82 Cane Bay High School Berkeley Regular 9-12
83 James F Byrnes High School Spartanburg Regular 9-12
84 Calhoun County High School Calhoun Regular 9-12
85 Aynor High School Horry Regular 9-12
86 Wilson High School Florence Regular 9-12
87 White Knoll High School Lexington Regular 9-12
88 Great Falls High School Chester Regular 6-12
89 Greer High School Greenville Regular 9-12
90 Blue Ridge High School Greenville Regular 9-12
91 Belton Honea Path High School Anderson Regular 9-12
92 Fox Creek High School Edgefield Charter 9-12
93 Richland One Charter Middle College Richland Charter 11-12
94 Northwestern High School York Regular 9-12
95 Pickens High School Pickens Regular 9-12
96 Green Sea Floyds High School Horry Regular 6-12
97 Andrew Jackson High School Lancaster Regular 9-12
98 Crescent High School Anderson Regular 9-12
99 Ninety Six High School Greenwood Regular 9-12
100 Palmetto High School Anderson Regular 9-12
101 Greenwood High School Greenwood Regular 9-12
102 Buford High School Lancaster Regular 9-12
103 York Comprehensive High School York Regular 9-12
104 Midland Valley High School Aiken Regular 9-12
105 Liberty High School Pickens Regular 9-12
106 Sumter High School Sumter Regular 9-12
107 Abbeville High School Abbeville Regular 9-12
108 Gray Collegiate Academy Lexington Charter 9-12
109 Emerald High School Greenwood Regular 9-12
110 Gaffney High School Cherokee Regular 9-12
111 Ware Shoals High School Greenwood Regular 9-12
112 Broome High School Spartanburg Regular 9-12
113 Berkeley High School Berkeley Regular 9-12
114 Dorman High School Spartanburg Regular 9-12
115 East Clarendon Middle/High School Clarendon Regular 6-12
116 Airport High School Lexington Regular 9-12
117 North Central High School Kershaw Regular 9-12
118 Cheraw High School Chesterfield Regular 9-12
119 Pelion High School Lexington Regular 9-12
120 Goose Creek High School Berkeley Regular 9-12
121 Rock Hill High School York Regular 9-12
122 McBee High School Chesterfield Regular 7-12
123 Irmo High School Lexington Regular 9-12
124 Loris High School Horry Regular 9-12
125 Coastal Leadership Academy Horry Charter 9-12
126 Lake View High School Dillon Regular 6-12
127 Richland Northeast High School Richland Regular 9-12
128 Whitmire Community High School Newberry Regular 6-12
129 Conway High School Horry Regular 9-12
130 Blacksburg High School Cherokee Regular 9-12
131 SC Whitmore School Richland Charter 9-12
132 Camden High School Kershaw Regular 9-12
133 Batesburg-Leesville High School Lexington Regular 9-12
134 West Ashley High School Charleston Regular 9-12
135 Silver Bluff High School Aiken Regular 9-12
136 Hartsville High School Darlington Regular 9-12
137 Clinton High School Laurens Regular 9-12
138 Timberland High School Berkeley Regular 9-12
139 West-Oak High School Oconee Regular 9-12
140 Midlands Middle College Lexington Charter 11-12
141 South Florence High School Florence Regular 9-12
142 Latta High School Dillon Regular 9-12
143 Wagener-Salley High School Aiken Regular 9-12
144 Saluda High School Saluda Regular 9-12
145 Union County High School Union Regular 9-12
146 Crestwood High School Sumter Regular 9-12
147 OCSD5 High School for Health Professions Orangeburg Regular 9-12
148 Darlington High School Darlington Regular 9-12
149 Barnwell High School Barnwell Regular 9-12
150 Westwood High School Richland Regular 9-12
151 Ridge View High School Richland Regular 9-12
152 Chester Sr High School Chester Regular 9-12
153 Battery Creek High School Beaufort Regular 9-12
154 Chesterfield High School Chesterfield Regular 9-12
155 Cyber Academy of South Carolina Greenville Charter K-12
156 Swansea High School Lexington Regular 9-12
157 Hannah Pamplico High School Florence Regular 9-12
158 Central High School Chesterfield Regular 9-12
159 Odyssey Online Learning School Richland Charter 9-12
160 Colleton County High School Colleton Regular 9-12
161 Branchville High School Orangeburg Regular 6-12
162 Lakewood High School Sumter Regular 9-12
163 Westside High School Anderson Regular 9-12
164 Dillon High School Dillon Regular 9-12
165 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Charleston Charter K-12
166 Laurens Dist 55 High School Laurens Regular 9-12
167 Woodland High School Dorchester Regular 9-12
168 Whale Branch Early College High School Beaufort Regular 9-12
169 Lamar High School Darlington Regular 9-12
170 Georgetown High School Georgetown Regular 9-12
171 Wade Hampton High School Hampton Regular 9-12
172 Manning High School Clarendon Regular 9-12
173 Newberry High School Newberry Regular 9-12
174 Marion High School Marion Regular 9-12
175 Carvers Bay High School Georgetown Regular 9-12
176 Lancaster High School Lancaster Regular 9-12
177 Andrews High School Georgetown Regular 9-12
178 Mullins High School Marion Regular 9-12
179 Denmark Olar High School Bamberg Regular 9-12
180 Cross High School Berkeley Regular 7-12
181 Orngb-Wilkinson High School Orangeburg Regular 9-12
182 Edisto High School Orangeburg Regular 9-12
183 Military Magnet Academy Charleston Regular 6-12
184 Keenan High School Richland Regular 9-12
185 Lake City High School Florence Regular 9-12
186 Columbia High School Richland Regular 9-12
187 Berea High School Greenville Regular 9-12
188 Calhoun Falls Charter School Abbeville Charter 6-12
189 Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle High School Aiken Regular 6-12
190 Lake Marion High School and Technology Center Orangeburg Regular 9-12
191 Scotts Branch High School Clarendon Regular 9-12
192 North Middle/High School Orangeburg Regular 6-12
193 Blackville-Hilda High School Barnwell Regular 9-12
194 R B Stall High School Charleston Regular PK-PK,
195 Creek Bridge High School Marion Regular 6-12
196 CE Murray High School Williamsburg Regular 9-12
197 Timmonsville High School Florence Regular 9-12
198 Legacy Charter School Greenville Charter K-12
199 St Johns High School Charleston Regular 9-12
200 Marlboro County High School Marlboro Regular 9-12
201 Lower Richland High School Richland Regular 9-12
202 McCormick High School McCormick Regular 9-12
203 Williston Elko High School Barnwell Regular 9-12
204 Burke High School Charleston Regular 9-12
205 Baptist Hill High School Charleston Regular 6-12
206 Kingstree High School Williamsburg Regular 9-12
207 Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School Orangeburg Regular 6-12
208 Carolina Academy Greenville Regular 9-12
209 Fairfield Central High School Fairfield Regular 9-12
210 Hemingway High School Williamsburg Regular 9-12
211 Estill High School Hampton Regular 9-12
212 Bethune-Bowman Middle/High School Orangeburg Regular 6-12
Rank School Name County
1 Governor's School for Math and Science Darlington
2 Academic Magnet High School Charleston
3 Palmetto Scholars Academy Charleston
4 SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Greenville
5 Charleston School of the Arts Charleston
6 Spring Hill High School Lexington
7 Fort Mill High School York
8 Brashier Middle Charter School Greenville
9 Wando High School Charleston
10 Greer Middle College Charter High School Greenville
11 Riverside High School Greenville
12 Chapin High School Lexington
13 Nation Ford High School York
14 Lexington High School Lexington
15 J L Mann High Academy Greenville
16 Eastside High School Greenville
17 River Bluff High School Lexington
18 D W Daniel High School Pickens
19 Dutch Fork High School Lexington
20 Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology Darlington
21 Berkeley County Middle College Berkeley
22 Wren High School Anderson
23 Wade Hampton High School Greenville
24 Ashley Ridge High School Dorchester
25 Clover High School York
26 Mauldin High School Greenville
27 Spring Valley High School Richland
28 SC Connections Academy Richland
29 A C Flora High School Richland
30 Socastee High School Horry
31 HCS Early College High School Horry
32 Hilton Head Island High School Beaufort
33 St. James High School Horry
34 Carolina Forest High School Horry
35 Powdersville High School Anderson
36 South Aiken High School Aiken
37 Hanahan High School Berkeley
38 Waccamaw High School Georgetown
39 Dreher High School Richland
40 Indian Land High School Lancaster
41 Blythewood High School Richland
42 T L Hanna High School Anderson
43 James Island Charter High School Charleston
44 Greenville Sr High Academy Greenville
45 B C Sr High School Lexington
46 Seneca High School Oconee
47 SC Virtual Charter School Richland
48 Beaufort High School Beaufort
49 Fort Dorchester High School Dorchester
50 Pendleton High School Anderson
51 Charleston Charter School for Math and Science Charleston
52 Easley High School Pickens
53 Landrum High School Spartanburg
54 York Preparatory Academy York
55 Boiling Springs High School Spartanburg
56 North Augusta High School Aiken
57 Bamberg Ehrhardt High School Bamberg
58 Bluffton High School Beaufort
59 Woodruff High School Spartanburg
60 Strom Thurmond High School Edgefield
61 North Myrtle Beach High School Horry
62 Spartanburg High School Spartanburg
63 Stratford High School Berkeley
64 Myrtle Beach High School Horry
65 Summerville High School Dorchester
66 Dixie High School Abbeville
67 Chesnee High School Spartanburg
68 Mid Carolina High School Newberry
69 Walhalla High School Oconee
70 Southside High School Greenville
71 Hillcrest High School Greenville
72 Lewisville High School Chester
73 Aiken High School Aiken
74 Gilbert High School Lexington
75 Chapman High School Spartanburg
76 Woodmont High School Greenville
77 Lugoff Elgin High School Kershaw
78 Johnsonville High School Florence
79 South Pointe High School York
80 Travelers Rest High School Greenville
81 West Florence High School Florence
82 Cane Bay High School Berkeley
83 James F Byrnes High School Spartanburg
84 Calhoun County High School Calhoun
85 Aynor High School Horry
86 Wilson High School Florence
87 White Knoll High School Lexington
88 Great Falls High School Chester
89 Greer High School Greenville
90 Blue Ridge High School Greenville
91 Belton Honea Path High School Anderson
92 Fox Creek High School Edgefield
93 Richland One Charter Middle College Richland
94 Northwestern High School York
95 Pickens High School Pickens
96 Green Sea Floyds High School Horry
97 Andrew Jackson High School Lancaster
98 Crescent High School Anderson
99 Ninety Six High School Greenwood
100 Palmetto High School Anderson
101 Greenwood High School Greenwood
102 Buford High School Lancaster
103 York Comprehensive High School York
104 Midland Valley High School Aiken
105 Liberty High School Pickens
106 Sumter High School Sumter
107 Abbeville High School Abbeville
108 Gray Collegiate Academy Lexington
109 Emerald High School Greenwood
110 Gaffney High School Cherokee
111 Ware Shoals High School Greenwood
112 Broome High School Spartanburg
113 Berkeley High School Berkeley
114 Dorman High School Spartanburg
115 East Clarendon Middle/High School Clarendon
116 Airport High School Lexington
117 North Central High School Kershaw
118 Cheraw High School Chesterfield
119 Pelion High School Lexington
120 Goose Creek High School Berkeley
121 Rock Hill High School York
122 McBee High School Chesterfield
123 Irmo High School Lexington
124 Loris High School Horry
125 Coastal Leadership Academy Horry
126 Lake View High School Dillon
127 Richland Northeast High School Richland
128 Whitmire Community High School Newberry
129 Conway High School Horry
130 Blacksburg High School Cherokee
131 SC Whitmore School Richland
132 Camden High School Kershaw
133 Batesburg-Leesville High School Lexington
134 West Ashley High School Charleston
135 Silver Bluff High School Aiken
136 Hartsville High School Darlington
137 Clinton High School Laurens
138 Timberland High School Berkeley
139 West-Oak High School Oconee
140 Midlands Middle College Lexington
141 South Florence High School Florence
142 Latta High School Dillon
143 Wagener-Salley High School Aiken
144 Saluda High School Saluda
145 Union County High School Union
146 Crestwood High School Sumter
147 OCSD5 High School for Health Professions Orangeburg
148 Darlington High School Darlington
149 Barnwell High School Barnwell
150 Westwood High School Richland
151 Ridge View High School Richland
152 Chester Sr High School Chester
153 Battery Creek High School Beaufort
154 Chesterfield High School Chesterfield
155 Cyber Academy of South Carolina Greenville
156 Swansea High School Lexington
157 Hannah Pamplico High School Florence
158 Central High School Chesterfield
159 Odyssey Online Learning School Richland
160 Colleton County High School Colleton
161 Branchville High School Orangeburg
162 Lakewood High School Sumter
163 Westside High School Anderson
164 Dillon High School Dillon
165 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Charleston
166 Laurens Dist 55 High School Laurens
167 Woodland High School Dorchester
168 Whale Branch Early College High School Beaufort
169 Lamar High School Darlington
170 Georgetown High School Georgetown
171 Wade Hampton High School Hampton
172 Manning High School Clarendon
173 Newberry High School Newberry
174 Marion High School Marion
175 Carvers Bay High School Georgetown
176 Lancaster High School Lancaster
177 Andrews High School Georgetown
178 Mullins High School Marion
179 Denmark Olar High School Bamberg
180 Cross High School Berkeley
181 Orngb-Wilkinson High School Orangeburg
182 Edisto High School Orangeburg
183 Military Magnet Academy Charleston
184 Keenan High School Richland
185 Lake City High School Florence
186 Columbia High School Richland
187 Berea High School Greenville
188 Calhoun Falls Charter School Abbeville
189 Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle High School Aiken
190 Lake Marion High School and Technology Center Orangeburg
191 Scotts Branch High School Clarendon
192 North Middle/High School Orangeburg
193 Blackville-Hilda High School Barnwell
194 R B Stall High School Charleston
195 Creek Bridge High School Marion
196 CE Murray High School Williamsburg
197 Timmonsville High School Florence
198 Legacy Charter School Greenville
199 St Johns High School Charleston
200 Marlboro County High School Marlboro
201 Lower Richland High School Richland
202 McCormick High School McCormick
203 Williston Elko High School Barnwell
204 Burke High School Charleston
205 Baptist Hill High School Charleston
206 Kingstree High School Williamsburg
207 Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School Orangeburg
208 Carolina Academy Greenville
209 Fairfield Central High School Fairfield
210 Hemingway High School Williamsburg
211 Estill High School Hampton
212 Bethune-Bowman Middle/High School Orangeburg

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