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 Durham County, NC

Are you searching for the best public schools in Durham County, North Carolina? We have information on 63 public schools in Durham County. Carolina School Hub has given Durham County 3 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 Durham 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 Durham County, you may want to check out the schools cited below:

Best Elementary Schools in Durham County

Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
School
Type
1 Mangum Elementary School Bahama, NC K-5 Regular
2 Voyager Academy Durham, NC K-12 Charter
3 Morehead Montessori Magnet School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
4 Central Park School For Children Durham, NC K-7 Charter
5 Pearsontown Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
6 Creekside Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC K-5 Regular
7 Kestrel Heights School Durham, NC K-12 Charter
8 Easley Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 Regular
9 Forest View Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 Regular
10 George Watts Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
11 Little River Elementary School Durham, NC PK-6 Regular
12 Maureen Joy Charter School Durham, NC K-8 Charter
13 Southwest Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
14 Hillandale Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
15 R N Harris Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
16 Research Triangle Charter School Durham, NC K-8 Charter
17 Hope Valley Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 Regular
18 Parkwood Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
19 Burton Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
20 Spring Valley Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
21 Oak Grove Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
22 Club Boulevard Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 Regular
23 Sandy Ridge Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
24 Holt Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
25 E K Powe Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
26 Bethesda Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
27 Reaching All Minds Academy Durham, NC K-4 Charter
28 The Institute for the Development Young Leaders Durham, NC K-7 Charter
29 Carter Community Charter School Durham, NC K-8 Charter
30 Fayetteville Street Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
31 Y E Smith Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
32 Global Scholars Academy Durham, NC K-8 Charter
33 Glenn Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 Regular
34 Healthy Start Academy Durham, NC K-8 Charter
35 Eno Valley Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
36 Lakewood Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
37 W G Pearson Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
38 Merrick-Moore Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
39 Eastway Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
40 C C Spaulding Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular
Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
1 Mangum Elementary School Bahama, NC K-5
2 Voyager Academy Durham, NC K-12
3 Morehead Montessori Magnet School Durham, NC PK-5
4 Central Park School For Children Durham, NC K-7
5 Pearsontown Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
6 Creekside Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC K-5
7 Kestrel Heights School Durham, NC K-12
8 Easley Elementary School Durham, NC K-5
9 Forest View Elementary School Durham, NC K-5
10 George Watts Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
11 Little River Elementary School Durham, NC PK-6
12 Maureen Joy Charter School Durham, NC K-8
13 Southwest Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5
14 Hillandale Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5
15 R N Harris Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
16 Research Triangle Charter School Durham, NC K-8
17 Hope Valley Elementary School Durham, NC K-5
18 Parkwood Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5
19 Burton Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
20 Spring Valley Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
21 Oak Grove Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5
22 Club Boulevard Elementary School Durham, NC K-5
23 Sandy Ridge Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5
24 Holt Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
25 E K Powe Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
26 Bethesda Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
27 Reaching All Minds Academy Durham, NC K-4
28 The Institute for the Development Young Leaders Durham, NC K-7
29 Carter Community Charter School Durham, NC K-8
30 Fayetteville Street Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
31 Y E Smith Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
32 Global Scholars Academy Durham, NC K-8
33 Glenn Elementary School Durham, NC K-5
34 Healthy Start Academy Durham, NC K-8
35 Eno Valley Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
36 Lakewood Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
37 W G Pearson Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
38 Merrick-Moore Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
39 Eastway Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5
40 C C Spaulding Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5


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