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 the Florence, SC Area

Are you searching for information on the best schools in the greater Florence, SC area? CarolinaSchoolHub offfers rankings on 48 schools in the Florence Metro Area, including 30 elementary schools, 10 middle schools and 11 high schools.

Click the links below for information on test scores, academic growth levels, student diversity data and much more. Get background information and see data on some of the Florence's best high schools including Mayo High School for Math Science and Technology, Johnsonville High School, and West Florence High School.

Best Elementary Schools in the Florence, SC Area

#1 Carolina Elementary School (Hartsville, SC)
#2 Royall Elementary School (Florence, SC)
#3 North Hartsville Elementary School (Hartsville, SC)
#4 John W. Moore Middle School (Florence, SC)
#5 Delmae Elementary School (Florence, SC)
Click here to see all 30 of the best elementary schools in Florence

Best Middle Schools in the Florence, SC Area

#1 Hartsville Middle School (Hartsville, SC)
#2 Johnsonville Middle School (Johnsonville, SC)
#3 Henry L. Sneed Middle School (Florence, SC)
#4 Williams Middle School (Florence, SC)
#5 Spaulding Middle School (Lamar, SC)
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Best High Schools in the Florence, SC Area

#1 Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology (Darlington, SC)
#2 Johnsonville High School (Johnsonville, SC)
#3 West Florence High School (Florence, SC)
#4 Wilson High School (Florence, SC)
#5 Hartsville High School (Hartsville, SC)
Click here to see all 11 of the best high schools in Florence

Best Public Schools in Florence

You can click the links above for more information on each of these schools. We have data on some of the best schools in the Florence area - including Carolina Elementary School, Mayo High School for Math Science and Technology, Royall Elementary School, and North Hartsville Elementary School. The rankings above are based on schools in the greater Florence area - including the following counties:

Rankings for the best public schools in the Florence 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.