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 Greenville, SC Area

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

Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Greenville area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Greenville-area middle schools including Sterling Elementary School, Buena Vista Elementary School, SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, and Oakview Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including GREEN Charter School, Langston Charter Middle School, Brashier Middle Charter School, and Greer Middle College Charter High School.

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Sterling Elementary School Greenville, SC Regular PK-8
2 Langston Charter Middle School Greenville, SC Charter 6-8
3 GREEN Charter School Greenville, SC Charter K-9
4 Riverside Middle School Greer, SC Regular 6-8
5 Phinnize Fisher Middle School Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
6 R C Edwards Middle School Central, SC Regular 6-8
7 Southwood Academy of the Arts Anderson, SC Regular 6-8
8 Youth Leadership Academy Pickens, SC Charter 6-8
9 Greenville Middle Academy Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
10 League Academy Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
11 Beck Academy Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
12 Starr Iva Middle School Starr, SC Regular 6-8
13 Wren Middle School Piedmont, SC Regular 6-8
14 Powdersville Middle School Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
15 Glenview Middle School Anderson, SC Regular 6-8
16 Ralph Chandler Middle School Simpsonville, SC Regular 6-8
17 Palmetto Middle School Williamston, SC Regular 6-8
18 Northwood Middle School Taylors, SC Regular 6-8
19 Blue Ridge Middle School Greer, SC Regular 6-8
20 Mauldin Middle School Simpsonville, SC Regular 6-8
21 Hillcrest Middle School Simpsonville, SC Regular 6-8
22 Sevier Middle School Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
23 Honea Path Middle School Honea Path, SC Regular 6-8
24 Dacusville Middle School Easley, SC Regular 6-8
25 Riverside Middle School Pendleton, SC Regular 7-8
26 Richard H Gettys Middle School Easley, SC Regular 6-8
27 McCants Middle School Anderson, SC Regular 6-8
28 Hickory Tavern Elementary/Middle Gray Court, SC Regular PK-8
29 Bryson Middle School Simpsonville, SC Regular 6-8
30 Pickens Middle School Pickens, SC Regular 6-8
31 Robert Anderson Middle School Anderson, SC Regular 6-8
32 Belton Middle School Belton, SC Regular 6-8
33 Hughes Academy Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
34 LEAD Academy Greenville, SC Charter K-8
35 Greer Middle School Greer, SC Regular 6-8
36 Gray Court-Owings Elementary/Middle Gray Court , SC Regular PK-8
37 Liberty Middle School Liberty, SC Regular 6-8
38 Laurens Middle School Laurens, SC Regular 6-8
39 Woodmont Middle School Piedmont, SC Regular 6-8
40 Clinton Middle School Clinton, SC Regular 6-8
41 Sanders Middle School Laurens, SC Regular 6-8
42 Northwest Middle School Travelers Rest, SC Regular 6-8
43 Berea Middle School Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
44 Cyber Academy of South Carolina Greenville, SC Charter K-12
45 Lakeside Middle School Anderson, SC Regular 6-8
46 Legacy Charter School Greenville, SC Charter K-12
47 Tanglewood Middle School Greenville, SC Regular 6-8
Rank School Name City
1 Sterling Elementary School Greenville, SC
2 Langston Charter Middle School Greenville, SC
3 GREEN Charter School Greenville, SC
4 Riverside Middle School Greer, SC
5 Phinnize Fisher Middle School Greenville, SC
6 R C Edwards Middle School Central, SC
7 Southwood Academy of the Arts Anderson, SC
8 Youth Leadership Academy Pickens, SC
9 Greenville Middle Academy Greenville, SC
10 League Academy Greenville, SC
11 Beck Academy Greenville, SC
12 Starr Iva Middle School Starr, SC
13 Wren Middle School Piedmont, SC
14 Powdersville Middle School Greenville, SC
15 Glenview Middle School Anderson, SC
16 Ralph Chandler Middle School Simpsonville, SC
17 Palmetto Middle School Williamston, SC
18 Northwood Middle School Taylors, SC
19 Blue Ridge Middle School Greer, SC
20 Mauldin Middle School Simpsonville, SC
21 Hillcrest Middle School Simpsonville, SC
22 Sevier Middle School Greenville, SC
23 Honea Path Middle School Honea Path, SC
24 Dacusville Middle School Easley, SC
25 Riverside Middle School Pendleton, SC
26 Richard H Gettys Middle School Easley, SC
27 McCants Middle School Anderson, SC
28 Hickory Tavern Elementary/Middle Gray Court, SC
29 Bryson Middle School Simpsonville, SC
30 Pickens Middle School Pickens, SC
31 Robert Anderson Middle School Anderson, SC
32 Belton Middle School Belton, SC
33 Hughes Academy Greenville, SC
34 LEAD Academy Greenville, SC
35 Greer Middle School Greer, SC
36 Gray Court-Owings Elementary/Middle Gray Court , SC
37 Liberty Middle School Liberty, SC
38 Laurens Middle School Laurens, SC
39 Woodmont Middle School Piedmont, SC
40 Clinton Middle School Clinton, SC
41 Sanders Middle School Laurens, SC
42 Northwest Middle School Travelers Rest, SC
43 Berea Middle School Greenville, SC
44 Cyber Academy of South Carolina Greenville, SC
45 Lakeside Middle School Anderson, SC
46 Legacy Charter School Greenville, SC
47 Tanglewood Middle School Greenville, SC

Rankings for the best middle schools in the Greenville 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 Greenville 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 Greenville area are attracted to middle schools in towns such as Greenville SC, Anderson SC, Simpsonville SC, and Greer SC.

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