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 Columbia, SC Area

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

Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Columbia area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Columbia-area middle schools including Midway Elementary School, Brockman Elementary School, Ballentine Elementary School, and Spring Hill High School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including SC Connections Academy, Richland One Charter Middle College, Gray Collegiate Academy, and SC Virtual Charter School.

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Chapin Middle School Chapin, SC Regular 6-8
2 Pleasant Hill Middle School Lexington, SC Regular 6-8
3 Dutch Fork Middle School Irmo, SC Regular 7-8
4 Meadow Glen Middle School Lexington, SC Regular 6-8
5 Crayton Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
6 Lexington Middle School Lexington, SC Regular 6-8
7 Irmo Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
8 Hand Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
9 Lugoff Elgin Middle School Lugoff, SC Regular 6-8
10 Blythewood Middle School Blythewood, SC Regular 6-8
11 R H Fulmer Middle School West Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
12 Northside Middle School West Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
13 Leslie M. Stover Middle School Elgin, SC Regular 6-8
14 Dent Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
15 Gilbert Middle School Gilbert, SC Regular 6-8
16 Carolina Springs Middle School Lexington, SC Regular 6-8
17 Pine Ridge Middle School West Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
18 White Knoll Middle School West Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
19 SC Connections Academy Columbia, SC Charter K-12
20 Saluda Middle School Saluda, SC Regular 6-8
21 North Central Middle School Kershaw, SC Regular 6-8
22 Camden Middle School Camden, SC Regular 6-8
23 Kelly Mill Middle School Blythewood, SC Regular 2-8
24 Summit Parkway Middle School Columbia, SC Regular K-8
25 E L Wright Middle School Columbia, SC Regular K-8
26 Muller Road Middle School Blythewood, SC Regular K-8
27 Sandy Run School Swansea, SC Regular PK-8
28 SC Virtual Charter School Columbia, SC Charter K-12
29 Batesburg-Leesville Middle School Batesburg-Leesville, SC Regular 6-8
30 St Matthews K-8 School St. Matthews, SC Regular PK-8
31 Pelion Middle School Pelion, SC Regular 6-8
32 W G Sanders Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
33 SC Science Academy Columbia, SC Charter 6-11
34 Longleaf Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
35 Hopkins Middle School Hopkins, SC Regular 6-8
36 St Andrews Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
37 W A Perry Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
38 Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy Cayce, SC Regular 6-8
39 Fairfield Middle School Winnsboro, SC Regular 7-8
40 Southeast Middle School Hopkins, SC Regular 6-8
41 SC Calvert Academy Columbia, SC Charter K-8
42 Sandhills Middle School Gaston, SC Regular 7-8
43 Alcorn Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
44 Gibbes Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
Rank School Name City
1 Chapin Middle School Chapin, SC
2 Pleasant Hill Middle School Lexington, SC
3 Dutch Fork Middle School Irmo, SC
4 Meadow Glen Middle School Lexington, SC
5 Crayton Middle School Columbia, SC
6 Lexington Middle School Lexington, SC
7 Irmo Middle School Columbia, SC
8 Hand Middle School Columbia, SC
9 Lugoff Elgin Middle School Lugoff, SC
10 Blythewood Middle School Blythewood, SC
11 R H Fulmer Middle School West Columbia, SC
12 Northside Middle School West Columbia, SC
13 Leslie M. Stover Middle School Elgin, SC
14 Dent Middle School Columbia, SC
15 Gilbert Middle School Gilbert, SC
16 Carolina Springs Middle School Lexington, SC
17 Pine Ridge Middle School West Columbia, SC
18 White Knoll Middle School West Columbia, SC
19 SC Connections Academy Columbia, SC
20 Saluda Middle School Saluda, SC
21 North Central Middle School Kershaw, SC
22 Camden Middle School Camden, SC
23 Kelly Mill Middle School Blythewood, SC
24 Summit Parkway Middle School Columbia, SC
25 E L Wright Middle School Columbia, SC
26 Muller Road Middle School Blythewood, SC
27 Sandy Run School Swansea, SC
28 SC Virtual Charter School Columbia, SC
29 Batesburg-Leesville Middle School Batesburg-Leesville, SC
30 St Matthews K-8 School St. Matthews, SC
31 Pelion Middle School Pelion, SC
32 W G Sanders Middle School Columbia, SC
33 SC Science Academy Columbia, SC
34 Longleaf Middle School Columbia, SC
35 Hopkins Middle School Hopkins, SC
36 St Andrews Middle School Columbia, SC
37 W A Perry Middle School Columbia, SC
38 Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy Cayce, SC
39 Fairfield Middle School Winnsboro, SC
40 Southeast Middle School Hopkins, SC
41 SC Calvert Academy Columbia, SC
42 Sandhills Middle School Gaston, SC
43 Alcorn Middle School Columbia, SC
44 Gibbes Middle School Columbia, SC

Rankings for the best middle schools in the Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia area are attracted to middle schools in towns such as Columbia SC, Lexington SC, West Columbia SC, and Blythewood SC.

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