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 Raleigh, NC Area

Best Middle Schools in the Raleigh, NC Area Best Middle Schools in the Raleigh, NC Area

Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Raleigh area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Raleigh-area middle schools including Davis Drive Elementary School, Davis Drive Middle School, Sycamore Creek Elementary School, and Green Hope Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including Magellan Charter School, Raleigh Charter High School, Quest Academy, and Endeavor Charter School.

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

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Magellan Charter School Raleigh, NC Charter 3-8
2 Davis Drive Middle School Cary, NC Regular 6-8
3 Endeavor Charter School Wake Forest, NC Charter K-8
4 Mills Park Middle School Cary, NC Regular 6-8
5 Exploris Middle School Raleigh, NC Charter K-8
6 Quest Academy Raleigh, NC Charter K-8
7 Triangle Math and Science Academy Cary, NC Charter K-9
8 Sterling Montessori Academy Morrisville, NC Charter PK-8
9 Lufkin Road Middle School Apex, NC Regular 6-8
10 Apex Middle School Apex, NC Regular 6-8
11 Heritage Middle, Wake Forest School Wake Forest, NC Regular 6-8
12 Cardinal Charter School Cary, NC Charter K-7
13 Salem Middle School Apex, NC Regular 6-8
14 Envision Science Academy Raleigh, NC Charter K-7
15 Neuse Charter School Smithfield, NC Charter K-12
16 Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC Regular 6-12
17 Hilburn Drive Academy Raleigh, NC Regular PK-8
18 Cleveland Middle School Garner, NC Regular 6-8
19 Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC Regular 6-12
20 Holly Grove Middle School Holly Springs, NC Regular 6-8
21 Franklin Academy Wake Forest, NC Charter K-12
22 East Wake Academy Zebulon, NC Charter K-12
23 West Cary Middle School Cary, NC Regular 6-8
24 East Cary Middle School Cary, NC Regular 6-8
25 Leesville Road Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
26 Martin Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
27 Wakefield Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
28 Carnage Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
29 West Lake Middle School Apex, NC Regular 6-8
30 Ligon Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
31 Holly Ridge Middle School Holly Springs, NC Regular 6-8
32 Riverwood Middle School Clayton, NC Regular 6-8
33 Princeton High School Princeton, NC Regular 6-12
34 Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter School Raleigh, NC Charter PK-8
35 Daniels Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
36 Rolesville Middle School Rolesville, NC Regular 6-8
37 West Millbrook Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
38 Dillard Drive Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
39 Archer Lodge Middle School Wendell, NC Regular 6-8
40 Wake Forest Middle School Wake Forest, NC Regular 6-8
41 Meadow School Benson, NC Regular PK-8
42 Fuquay-Varina Middle School Fuquay-Varina, NC Regular 6-8
43 Crosscreek Charter School Louisburg, NC Charter K-8
44 McGee's Crossroads Middle School Benson, NC Regular 6-8
45 Cedar Creek Middle School Youngsville, NC Regular 6-8
46 Durant Road Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
47 North Garner Middle School Garner, NC Regular 6-8
48 Centennial Campus Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
49 Reedy Creek Middle School Cary, NC Regular 6-8
50 Four Oaks Middle School Four Oaks, NC Regular 6-8
51 Southern Wake Academy Holly Springs, NC Charter 6-12
52 Terrell Lane Middle School Louisburg, NC Regular 6-8
53 Moore Square Museum Magnet Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
54 East Garner Middle School Garner, NC Regular 6-8
55 Clayton Middle School Clayton, NC Regular 6-8
56 Carroll Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
57 Nash Central Middle School Nashville, NC Regular 6-8
58 Benson Middle School Benson, NC Regular 5-8
59 East Millbrook Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
60 Zebulon Middle School Zebulon, NC Regular 6-8
61 Smithfield Middle School Smithfield, NC Regular 6-8
62 Wendell Middle School Wendell, NC Regular 6-8
63 Southern Nash Middle School Spring Hope, NC Regular 6-8
64 Bunn Middle School Bunn, NC Regular 6-8
65 North Johnston Middle School Micro, NC Regular 6-8
66 Rocky Mount Prep Rocky Mount, NC Charter K-12
67 G R Edwards Middle School Rocky Mount, NC Regular 6-8
68 Red Oak Middle School Battleboro, NC Regular 6-8
69 East Wake Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
70 Franklinton Middle School Franklinton, NC Regular 6-8
71 PreEminent Charter School Raleigh, NC Charter K-8
72 Selma Middle School Selma, NC Regular 5-8
73 River Oaks Middle School Raleigh, NC Regular 6-8
74 Tar River Academy Rocky Mount, NC Regular 6-12
75 Mount Vernon School Raleigh, NC Regular K-8
76 J W Parker Middle School Rocky Mount, NC Regular 6-8
77 Rocky Mount Middle School Rocky Mount, NC Regular 6-8
78 South Campus Community Middle School Smithfield, NC Regular 6-8
Rank School Name City
1 Magellan Charter School Raleigh, NC
2 Davis Drive Middle School Cary, NC
3 Endeavor Charter School Wake Forest, NC
4 Mills Park Middle School Cary, NC
5 Exploris Middle School Raleigh, NC
6 Quest Academy Raleigh, NC
7 Triangle Math and Science Academy Cary, NC
8 Sterling Montessori Academy Morrisville, NC
9 Lufkin Road Middle School Apex, NC
10 Apex Middle School Apex, NC
11 Heritage Middle, Wake Forest School Wake Forest, NC
12 Cardinal Charter School Cary, NC
13 Salem Middle School Apex, NC
14 Envision Science Academy Raleigh, NC
15 Neuse Charter School Smithfield, NC
16 Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC
17 Hilburn Drive Academy Raleigh, NC
18 Cleveland Middle School Garner, NC
19 Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC
20 Holly Grove Middle School Holly Springs, NC
21 Franklin Academy Wake Forest, NC
22 East Wake Academy Zebulon, NC
23 West Cary Middle School Cary, NC
24 East Cary Middle School Cary, NC
25 Leesville Road Middle School Raleigh, NC
26 Martin Middle School Raleigh, NC
27 Wakefield Middle School Raleigh, NC
28 Carnage Middle School Raleigh, NC
29 West Lake Middle School Apex, NC
30 Ligon Middle School Raleigh, NC
31 Holly Ridge Middle School Holly Springs, NC
32 Riverwood Middle School Clayton, NC
33 Princeton High School Princeton, NC
34 Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter School Raleigh, NC
35 Daniels Middle School Raleigh, NC
36 Rolesville Middle School Rolesville, NC
37 West Millbrook Middle School Raleigh, NC
38 Dillard Drive Middle School Raleigh, NC
39 Archer Lodge Middle School Wendell, NC
40 Wake Forest Middle School Wake Forest, NC
41 Meadow School Benson, NC
42 Fuquay-Varina Middle School Fuquay-Varina, NC
43 Crosscreek Charter School Louisburg, NC
44 McGee's Crossroads Middle School Benson, NC
45 Cedar Creek Middle School Youngsville, NC
46 Durant Road Middle School Raleigh, NC
47 North Garner Middle School Garner, NC
48 Centennial Campus Middle School Raleigh, NC
49 Reedy Creek Middle School Cary, NC
50 Four Oaks Middle School Four Oaks, NC
51 Southern Wake Academy Holly Springs, NC
52 Terrell Lane Middle School Louisburg, NC
53 Moore Square Museum Magnet Middle School Raleigh, NC
54 East Garner Middle School Garner, NC
55 Clayton Middle School Clayton, NC
56 Carroll Middle School Raleigh, NC
57 Nash Central Middle School Nashville, NC
58 Benson Middle School Benson, NC
59 East Millbrook Middle School Raleigh, NC
60 Zebulon Middle School Zebulon, NC
61 Smithfield Middle School Smithfield, NC
62 Wendell Middle School Wendell, NC
63 Southern Nash Middle School Spring Hope, NC
64 Bunn Middle School Bunn, NC
65 North Johnston Middle School Micro, NC
66 Rocky Mount Prep Rocky Mount, NC
67 G R Edwards Middle School Rocky Mount, NC
68 Red Oak Middle School Battleboro, NC
69 East Wake Middle School Raleigh, NC
70 Franklinton Middle School Franklinton, NC
71 PreEminent Charter School Raleigh, NC
72 Selma Middle School Selma, NC
73 River Oaks Middle School Raleigh, NC
74 Tar River Academy Rocky Mount, NC
75 Mount Vernon School Raleigh, NC
76 J W Parker Middle School Rocky Mount, NC
77 Rocky Mount Middle School Rocky Mount, NC
78 South Campus Community Middle School Smithfield, NC

Rankings for the best middle schools in the Raleigh 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 Raleigh NC 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 Raleigh area are attracted to middle schools in towns such as Raleigh NC, Cary NC, Rocky Mount NC, and Apex NC.

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