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 Florence, SC Area

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

Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Florence area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Florence-area middle schools including Governor's School for Math and Science, Carolina Elementary School, Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology, and Royall Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including

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

Rankings for the best middle schools in the Florence 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 Florence 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 Florence area are attracted to middle schools in towns such as Florence SC, Hartsville SC, Darlington SC, and Johnsonville SC.

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