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 Schools in Buncombe County, NC

Are you searching for the best public schools in Buncombe County, North Carolina? We have information on 52 public schools in Buncombe County. Carolina School Hub has given Buncombe County 9 stars (on a scale of 1 to 10) - when comparing this area to other North Carolina counties.

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Use Carolina School Hub as a key information source on over 2,451 schools in North Carolina - including Buncombe County and 98 other counties across the state. Use this website to research test scores, enrollment information, growth data and much more. If you're looking for the best schools in Buncombe County, you may want to check out the schools cited below:

Best Elementary Schools in Buncombe County

Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
School
Type
1 Francine Delany New School Asheville, NC K-8 Charter
2 Fairview Elementary, Fairview School Fairview, NC K-5 Regular
3 Evergreen Community Charter School Asheville, NC K-8 Charter
4 Black Mountain Primary School Black Mountain, NC K-3 Regular
5 Hominy Valley Elementary School Candler, NC K-5 Regular
6 Pisgah Elementary School Candler, NC K-5 Regular
7 Glen Arden Elementary School Arden, NC K-4 Regular
8 Isaac Dickson Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
9 Haw Creek Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
10 West Buncombe Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4 Regular
11 Vance Elementary, Asheville School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
12 ArtSpace Charter School Swannanoa, NC K-8 Charter
13 Estes Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
14 Weaverville Elementary School Weaverville, NC 2-4 Regular
15 Bell Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
16 Black Mountain Elementary School Black Mountain, NC 4-5 Regular
17 Ira B Jones Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
18 North Windy Ridge Intermediate School Weaverville, NC 5-6 Regular
19 Claxton Elementary, Asheville School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
20 Barnardsville Elementary School Barnardsville, NC K-4 Regular
21 Koontz Intermediate School Asheville, NC 5-6 Regular
22 Williams Elementary School Swannanoa, NC K-5 Regular
23 Invest Collegiate - Imagine Asheville, NC K-11 Charter
24 Avery's Creek Elementary School Arden, NC K-4 Regular
25 Candler Elementary School Candler, NC K-5 Regular
26 Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
27 North Buncombe Elementary School Weaverville, NC K-4 Regular
28 Woodfin Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
29 Leicester Elementary School Leicester, NC K-4 Regular
30 Oakley Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
31 Eblen Intermediate School Asheville, NC 5-6 Regular
32 Emma Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4 Regular
33 Johnston Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4 Regular
34 Hall Fletcher Elementary School Asheville, NC K-6 Regular
Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
1 Francine Delany New School Asheville, NC K-8
2 Fairview Elementary, Fairview School Fairview, NC K-5
3 Evergreen Community Charter School Asheville, NC K-8
4 Black Mountain Primary School Black Mountain, NC K-3
5 Hominy Valley Elementary School Candler, NC K-5
6 Pisgah Elementary School Candler, NC K-5
7 Glen Arden Elementary School Arden, NC K-4
8 Isaac Dickson Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
9 Haw Creek Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
10 West Buncombe Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4
11 Vance Elementary, Asheville School Asheville, NC K-5
12 ArtSpace Charter School Swannanoa, NC K-8
13 Estes Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
14 Weaverville Elementary School Weaverville, NC 2-4
15 Bell Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
16 Black Mountain Elementary School Black Mountain, NC 4-5
17 Ira B Jones Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
18 North Windy Ridge Intermediate School Weaverville, NC 5-6
19 Claxton Elementary, Asheville School Asheville, NC K-5
20 Barnardsville Elementary School Barnardsville, NC K-4
21 Koontz Intermediate School Asheville, NC 5-6
22 Williams Elementary School Swannanoa, NC K-5
23 Invest Collegiate - Imagine Asheville, NC K-11
24 Avery's Creek Elementary School Arden, NC K-4
25 Candler Elementary School Candler, NC K-5
26 Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
27 North Buncombe Elementary School Weaverville, NC K-4
28 Woodfin Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
29 Leicester Elementary School Leicester, NC K-4
30 Oakley Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
31 Eblen Intermediate School Asheville, NC 5-6
32 Emma Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4
33 Johnston Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4
34 Hall Fletcher Elementary School Asheville, NC K-6


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