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 Middle Schools in the Charleston, SC Area

Best Middle Schools in the Charleston, SC Area Best Middle Schools in the Charleston, SC Area

Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Charleston area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Charleston-area middle schools including Buist Academy, Mount Pleasant Academy, Academic Magnet High School, and Rollings Middle School of the Arts. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including Palmetto Scholars Academy, Orange Grove Charter School, East Cooper Montessori Charter School, and James Island Charter High School.

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Charleston-area middle 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 Middle Schools in the Charleston Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC Regular K-8
2 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
3 Charleston School of the Arts North Charleston, SC Regular 6-12
4 Rollings Middle School of the Arts Summerville, SC Regular 6-8
5 Palmetto Scholars Academy North Charleston, SC Charter 6-12
6 Thomas C. Cario Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular 6-8
7 Daniel Island School Charleston, SC Regular K-8
8 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC Charter PK-8
9 Laing Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular 6-8
10 Marrington Middle School of the Arts Goose Creek, SC Regular 6-8
11 Fort Johnson Middle School Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
12 Moultrie Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular 6-8
13 Hanahan Middle School Hanahan, SC Regular 5-8
14 Gregg Middle School Summerville, SC Regular 6-8
15 Oakbrook Middle School Ladson, SC Regular 6-8
16 Westview Middle School Goose Creek, SC Regular 6-8
17 Charles B DuBose Middle School Summerville, SC Regular 6-8
18 Macedonia Middle School Moncks Corner, SC Regular 6-8
19 Alston Middle School Summerville, SC Regular 6-8
20 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC Charter PK-8
21 Charleston Charter School for Math and Science Charleston, SC Charter 6-12
22 Cane Bay Middle School Summerville, SC Regular 5-8
23 Sangaree Middle School Ladson, SC Regular 6-8
24 River Oaks Middle School North Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
25 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC Charter PK-8
26 Allegro Charter School of Music Charleston, SC Charter 6-10
27 James Island Middle School Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
28 C. E. Williams Middle School for Creative and Scientific Arts Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
29 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC Regular 5-8
30 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC Charter K-12
31 Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School Dorchester, SC Regular 6-8
32 St. George Middle School St. George, SC Regular 6-8
33 College Park Middle School Ladson, SC Regular 6-8
34 Berkeley Middle School Moncks Corner, SC Regular 6-8
35 West Ashley Middle School Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
36 Cainhoy Elementary School Huger, SC Regular PK-5
37 St Stephen Middle School St. Stephen, SC Regular 6-8
38 Sedgefield Middle School Goose Creek, SC Regular 6-8
39 Military Magnet Academy North Charleston, SC Regular 6-12
40 Cross High School Cross, SC Regular 7-12
41 James Simons Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
42 Baptist Hill High School Hollywood, SC Regular 6-12
43 Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science North Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
44 Northwoods Middle School North Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
45 Simmons Pinckney Middle School Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
46 Morningside Middle School North Charleston, SC Regular 6-8
Rank School Name City
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC
2 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC
3 Charleston School of the Arts North Charleston, SC
4 Rollings Middle School of the Arts Summerville, SC
5 Palmetto Scholars Academy North Charleston, SC
6 Thomas C. Cario Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC
7 Daniel Island School Charleston, SC
8 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC
9 Laing Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC
10 Marrington Middle School of the Arts Goose Creek, SC
11 Fort Johnson Middle School Charleston, SC
12 Moultrie Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC
13 Hanahan Middle School Hanahan, SC
14 Gregg Middle School Summerville, SC
15 Oakbrook Middle School Ladson, SC
16 Westview Middle School Goose Creek, SC
17 Charles B DuBose Middle School Summerville, SC
18 Macedonia Middle School Moncks Corner, SC
19 Alston Middle School Summerville, SC
20 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC
21 Charleston Charter School for Math and Science Charleston, SC
22 Cane Bay Middle School Summerville, SC
23 Sangaree Middle School Ladson, SC
24 River Oaks Middle School North Charleston, SC
25 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC
26 Allegro Charter School of Music Charleston, SC
27 James Island Middle School Charleston, SC
28 C. E. Williams Middle School for Creative and Scientific Arts Charleston, SC
29 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC
30 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC
31 Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School Dorchester, SC
32 St. George Middle School St. George, SC
33 College Park Middle School Ladson, SC
34 Berkeley Middle School Moncks Corner, SC
35 West Ashley Middle School Charleston, SC
36 Cainhoy Elementary School Huger, SC
37 St Stephen Middle School St. Stephen, SC
38 Sedgefield Middle School Goose Creek, SC
39 Military Magnet Academy North Charleston, SC
40 Cross High School Cross, SC
41 James Simons Elementary School Charleston, SC
42 Baptist Hill High School Hollywood, SC
43 Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science North Charleston, SC
44 Northwoods Middle School North Charleston, SC
45 Simmons Pinckney Middle School Charleston, SC
46 Morningside Middle School North Charleston, SC

Rankings for the best middle schools in the Charleston 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 test scores, student data and more.

Middle Schools in Charleston SC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing a Middle School

In North and South Carolina, middle school typically comprises grades six through eight. Many parents who move to the Charleston area are attracted to middle schools in towns such as Charleston SC, North Charleston SC, Summerville SC, and Goose Creek SC.

Middle Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties: