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 Winston-Salem, NC Area

Are you searching for information on the best schools in the greater Winston-Salem, NC area? CarolinaSchoolHub offfers rankings on 130 schools in the Winston-Salem Metro Area, including 79 elementary schools, 34 middle schools and 27 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 Winston-Salem's best high schools including Early College of Forsyth County, Ronald W Reagan High School, and Davie County Early College High School.

Best Elementary Schools in the Winston-Salem, NC Area

#1 Whitaker Elementary School (Winston Salem, NC)
#2 Clemmons Elementary School (Clemmons, NC)
#3 Meadowlark Elementary School (Winston-Salem, NC)
#4 Sherwood Forest Elementary School (Winston Salem, NC)
#5 Lewisville Elementary School (Lewisville, NC)
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Best Middle Schools in the Winston-Salem, NC Area

#1 The Downtown School (Winston Salem, NC)
#2 Meadowlark Middle School (Winston-Salem, NC)
#3 The North Carolina Leadership Academy (Kernersville, NC)
#4 The Arts Based School (Winston-Salem, NC)
#5 Thomas Jefferson Middle School (Winston-Salem, NC)
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Best High Schools in the Winston-Salem, NC Area

#1 Early College of Forsyth County (Winston Salem, NC)
#2 Ronald W Reagan High School (Pfafftown, NC)
#3 Davie County Early College High School (Mocksville, NC)
#4 The North Carolina Leadership Academy (Kernersville, NC)
#5 Stokes Early College (Walnut Cove, NC)
Click here to see all 27 of the best high schools in Winston-Salem

Best Public Schools in Winston-Salem

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 Winston-Salem area - including Whitaker Elementary School, Early College of Forsyth County, Clemmons Elementary School, and Meadowlark Elementary School. The rankings above are based on schools in the greater Winston-Salem area - including the following counties:

Rankings for the best public schools in the Winston-Salem 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.