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 Charleston County, SC

Are you searching for the best public schools in Charleston County, South Carolina? We have information on 72 public schools in Charleston County. Carolina School Hub has given Charleston County 8 stars (on a scale of 1 to 10) - when comparing this area to other South Carolina counties.

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Use Carolina School Hub as a key information source on over 1,075 schools in South Carolina - including Charleston County and 46 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 Charleston County, you may want to check out the schools cited below:

Best Elementary Schools in Charleston County

Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
School
Type
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC K-8 Regular
2 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC 5-8 Regular
3 Mount Pleasant Academy Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5 Regular
4 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC PK-7 Charter
5 Jennie Moore Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5 Regular
6 Charles Pinckney Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC 3-5 Regular
7 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC PK-8 Regular
8 Belle Hall Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5 Regular
9 Ashley River Creative Arts Charleston, SC K-5 Regular
10 Sullivan's Island Elementary School Sullivan's Island, SC PK-5 Regular
11 Mamie Whitesides Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5 Regular
12 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC PK-8 Charter
13 Harbor View Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
14 Stiles Point Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
15 St. Andrew's School of Math and Science Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
16 James B Edwards Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5 Regular
17 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-8 Charter
18 Carolina Voyager Charter School Charleston, SC K-4 Charter
19 Drayton Hall Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
20 James Island Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
21 Oakland Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
22 Springfield Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
23 North Charleston Arts Creative Arts Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
24 Stono Park Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
25 Matilda Dunston Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-3 Regular
26 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC K-12 Charter
27 Mount Zion Elementary School Johns Island, SC PK-5 Regular
28 St James-Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC PK-8 Regular
29 Jane Edwards Elementary School Edisto Island, SC PK-5 Regular
30 Murray LaSaine Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-6 Regular
31 Lambs Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
32 Ladson Elementary School Ladson, SC PK-4 Regular
33 Mitchell Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
34 Hunley Park Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
35 Charleston Progressive School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
36 Malcolm C Hursey Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-8 Regular
37 Pinehurst Elementary School North Charleston, SC 2-5 Regular
38 A C Corcoran Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-4 Regular
39 Angel Oak Elementary School Johns Island, SC PK-5 Regular
40 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC PK-8 Charter
41 W B Goodwin Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
42 Minnie Hughes Elementary School Younges Island , SC PK-5 Regular
43 James Simons Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-8 Regular
44 Pepperhill Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
45 E.B. Ellington Elementary School Ravenel, SC PK-5 Regular
46 Mary Ford Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
47 Memminger Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
48 North Charleston Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC K-8
2 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC 5-8
3 Mount Pleasant Academy Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5
4 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC PK-7
5 Jennie Moore Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5
6 Charles Pinckney Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC 3-5
7 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC PK-8
8 Belle Hall Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5
9 Ashley River Creative Arts Charleston, SC K-5
10 Sullivan's Island Elementary School Sullivan's Island, SC PK-5
11 Mamie Whitesides Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5
12 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC PK-8
13 Harbor View Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
14 Stiles Point Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
15 St. Andrew's School of Math and Science Charleston, SC PK-5
16 James B Edwards Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5
17 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-8
18 Carolina Voyager Charter School Charleston, SC K-4
19 Drayton Hall Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
20 James Island Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
21 Oakland Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
22 Springfield Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
23 North Charleston Arts Creative Arts Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
24 Stono Park Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
25 Matilda Dunston Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-3
26 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC K-12
27 Mount Zion Elementary School Johns Island, SC PK-5
28 St James-Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC PK-8
29 Jane Edwards Elementary School Edisto Island, SC PK-5
30 Murray LaSaine Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-6
31 Lambs Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
32 Ladson Elementary School Ladson, SC PK-4
33 Mitchell Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
34 Hunley Park Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
35 Charleston Progressive School Charleston, SC PK-5
36 Malcolm C Hursey Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-8
37 Pinehurst Elementary School North Charleston, SC 2-5
38 A C Corcoran Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-4
39 Angel Oak Elementary School Johns Island, SC PK-5
40 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC PK-8
41 W B Goodwin Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
42 Minnie Hughes Elementary School Younges Island , SC PK-5
43 James Simons Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-8
44 Pepperhill Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
45 E.B. Ellington Elementary School Ravenel, SC PK-5
46 Mary Ford Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
47 Memminger Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
48 North Charleston Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5


Best Middle Schools in Charleston County

Rank Middle School Name City Grades
Served
School
Type
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC K-8 Regular
2 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC PK-8 Regular
3 Charleston School of the Arts North Charleston, SC 6-12 Regular
4 Palmetto Scholars Academy North Charleston, SC 6-12 Charter
5 Thomas C. Cario Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC 6-8 Regular
6 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-8 Charter
7 Laing Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC 6-8 Regular
8 Fort Johnson Middle School Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular
9 Moultrie Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC 6-8 Regular
10 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC PK-8 Charter
11 Charleston Charter School for Math and Science Charleston, SC 6-12 Charter
12 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC PK-8 Charter
13 Allegro Charter School of Music Charleston, SC 6-10 Charter
14 James Island Middle School Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular
15 C. E. Williams Middle School for Creative and Scientific Arts Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular
16 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC 5-8 Regular
17 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC K-12 Charter
18 West Ashley Middle School Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular
19 Military Magnet Academy North Charleston, SC 6-12 Regular
20 James Simons Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-8 Regular
21 Baptist Hill High School Hollywood, SC 6-12 Regular
22 Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science North Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular
23 Northwoods Middle School North Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular
24 Simmons Pinckney Middle School Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular
25 Morningside Middle School North Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular


Best High Schools in Charleston County



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