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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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Are you looking for information on schools in Durham, NC and surrounding areas? Below you'll find rankings and other information on elementary, middle and high schools in the Durham school district and surrounding districts as well - including traditional public schools and charter schools. You can click on a specific school name below for more information on test scores, student data and more.

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Schools in the Durham, NC Area- Rankings and Data

School Name City Grades
Served
School
Type
CSH Stars
(Out of 10)
Durham School of the Arts Durham, NC 6-12 Regular 10
Middle College High School at DTCC Durham, NC 11-12 Regular 9
Morehead Montessori Magnet School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 9
Pearsontown Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 8
Rogers-Herr Middle School Durham, NC 6-8 Regular 8
Lakewood Montessori Middle School Durham, NC 6-8 Regular 8
City of Medicine Academy Durham, NC 9-12 Regular 7
Forest View Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 Regular 7
George Watts Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 7
Riverside High, Durham School Durham, NC 9-12 Regular 5
Hillandale Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 5
R N Harris Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 4
Hope Valley Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 Regular 4
Burton Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 4
Club Boulevard Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 Regular 3
Hillside New Tech High School Durham, NC 9-12 Regular 3
Holt Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 3
E K Powe Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 3
Sherwood Githens Middle School Durham, NC 6-8 Regular 2
Brogden Middle, Durham School Durham, NC 6-8 Regular 2
James E Shepard Middle School Durham, NC 6-8 Regular 2
Hillside High School Durham, NC 9-12 Regular 2
Fayetteville Street Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 1
Y E Smith Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 1
Durham's Performance Learning Center Durham, NC 9-12 Regular 1
Glenn Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 Regular 1
Lakewood Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 1
W G Pearson Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 1
Merrick-Moore Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 1
Eastway Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 1
Southern School of Energy and Sustainability Durham, NC 9-12 Regular 1
C C Spaulding Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 Regular 1
Lakeview School Durham, NC 6-12 Regular 1
School Name City Grades
Served
CSH Stars
(Out of 10)
Durham School of the Arts Durham, NC 6-12 10
Middle College High School at DTCC Durham, NC 11-12 9
Morehead Montessori Magnet School Durham, NC PK-5 9
Pearsontown Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 8
Rogers-Herr Middle School Durham, NC 6-8 8
Lakewood Montessori Middle School Durham, NC 6-8 8
City of Medicine Academy Durham, NC 9-12 7
Forest View Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 7
George Watts Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 7
Riverside High, Durham School Durham, NC 9-12 5
Hillandale Elementary, Durham School Durham, NC PK-5 5
R N Harris Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 4
Hope Valley Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 4
Burton Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 4
Club Boulevard Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 3
Hillside New Tech High School Durham, NC 9-12 3
Holt Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 3
E K Powe Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 3
Sherwood Githens Middle School Durham, NC 6-8 2
Brogden Middle, Durham School Durham, NC 6-8 2
James E Shepard Middle School Durham, NC 6-8 2
Hillside High School Durham, NC 9-12 2
Fayetteville Street Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 1
Y E Smith Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 1
Durham's Performance Learning Center Durham, NC 9-12 1
Glenn Elementary School Durham, NC K-5 1
Lakewood Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 1
W G Pearson Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 1
Merrick-Moore Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 1
Eastway Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 1
Southern School of Energy and Sustainability Durham, NC 9-12 1
C C Spaulding Elementary School Durham, NC PK-5 1
Lakeview School Durham, NC 6-12 1


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Rankings for the best schools in the Durham, NC 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.