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Best Elementary Schools in the Durham, NC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Durham, NC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Durham, NC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Durham area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Durham-area elementary schools including Seawell Elementary School, Mangum Elementary School, Glenwood Elementary School, and Rashkis Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including Woods Charter School, The Expedition School, Eno River Academy, and Voyager Academy.

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Durham-area elementary school would be best for any individual child. For schools that are close to one another in rankings, differences in available data are in most cases very small.



Top Elementary Schools in the Durham Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
 
Grades
Served
1 Woods Charter School Chapel Hill, NC Charter K-12
2 Eno River Academy Hillsborough, NC Charter K-12
3 The Expedition School Hillsborough, NC Charter K-8
4 Seawell Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
5 Mangum Elementary School Bahama, NC Regular K-5
6 Voyager Academy Durham, NC Charter K-12
7 Glenwood Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular K-5
8 Rashkis Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
9 Pearsontown Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
10 Morris Grove Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
11 Scroggs Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
12 McDougle Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
13 Bennett School Bennett, NC Regular PK-8
14 Ephesus Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
15 Perry W Harrison Elementary School Pittsboro, NC Regular PK-5
16 Carrboro Elementary School Carrboro, NC Regular PK-5
17 Hillsborough Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
18 Estes Hills Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
19 Willow Oak Montessori School Chapel Hill, NC Charter 1-8
20 Chatham Charter School Siler City, NC Charter K-12
21 Easley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
22 Central Park School For Children Durham, NC Charter K-8
23 Bethel Hill Charter School Roxboro, NC Charter K-5
24 George Watts Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
25 Morehead Montessori Magnet School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
26 Stories Creek Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular K-5
27 Helena Elementary School Timberlake, NC Regular K-5
28 FPG Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
29 North Chatham Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
30 Woodland Elementary School Semora, NC Regular K-5
31 Silk Hope School Siler City, NC Regular K-8
32 Cameron Park Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
33 Burton Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
34 Pittsboro Elementary School Pittsboro, NC Regular PK-4
35 Little River Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-8
36 Oak Lane Elementary School Hurdle Mills, NC Regular K-5
37 Grady Brown Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
38 Excelsior Classical Academy Durham, NC Charter K-7
39 Club Boulevard Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
40 Siler City Elementary School Siler City, NC Regular PK-5
41 Creekside Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
42 R N Harris Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
43 E K Powe Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
44 Bonlee School Bear Creek, NC Regular K-8
45 Southwest Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
46 Pathways Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
47 Forest View Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
48 Moncure School Moncure, NC Regular PK-8
49 Northside Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
50 North End Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular K-5
51 Kestrel Heights School Durham, NC Charter K-8
52 Horton Middle School Pittsboro, NC Regular 5-8
53 Maureen Joy Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
54 J S Waters School Goldston, NC Regular K-8
55 Hope Valley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
56 Sandy Ridge Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
57 Virginia Cross Elementary School Siler City, NC Regular PK-5
58 Research Triangle Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
59 Spring Valley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
60 Global Scholars Academy Durham, NC Charter K-8
61 Efland Cheeks Elementary School Efland, NC Regular PK-5
62 Hillandale Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
63 Central Elementary School Hillsborough, NC Regular PK-5
64 New Hope Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC Regular PK-5
65 Bethesda Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
66 Healthy Start Academy Durham, NC Charter K-8
67 Holt Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
68 North Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular K-5
69 Oak Grove Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
70 South Elementary School Roxboro, NC Regular PK-5
71 W G Pearson Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
72 Lakewood Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
73 Y E Smith Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
74 Parkwood Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
75 Eno Valley Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
76 Carter Community Charter School Durham, NC Charter K-8
77 Eastway Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
78 Glenn Elementary School Durham, NC Regular K-5
79 The Institute for the Development Young Leaders Durham, NC Charter K-8
80 Merrick-Moore Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
81 Reaching All Minds Academy Durham, NC Charter K-7
82 C C Spaulding Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
83 Fayetteville Street Elementary School Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Rank School Name City
1 Woods Charter School Chapel Hill, NC
2 Eno River Academy Hillsborough, NC
3 The Expedition School Hillsborough, NC
4 Seawell Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
5 Mangum Elementary School Bahama, NC
6 Voyager Academy Durham, NC
7 Glenwood Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
8 Rashkis Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
9 Pearsontown Elementary School Durham, NC
10 Morris Grove Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
11 Scroggs Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
12 McDougle Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
13 Bennett School Bennett, NC
14 Ephesus Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
15 Perry W Harrison Elementary School Pittsboro, NC
16 Carrboro Elementary School Carrboro, NC
17 Hillsborough Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
18 Estes Hills Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
19 Willow Oak Montessori School Chapel Hill, NC
20 Chatham Charter School Siler City, NC
21 Easley Elementary School Durham, NC
22 Central Park School For Children Durham, NC
23 Bethel Hill Charter School Roxboro, NC
24 George Watts Elementary School Durham, NC
25 Morehead Montessori Magnet School Durham, NC
26 Stories Creek Elementary School Roxboro, NC
27 Helena Elementary School Timberlake, NC
28 FPG Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
29 North Chatham Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
30 Woodland Elementary School Semora, NC
31 Silk Hope School Siler City, NC
32 Cameron Park Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
33 Burton Elementary School Durham, NC
34 Pittsboro Elementary School Pittsboro, NC
35 Little River Elementary School Durham, NC
36 Oak Lane Elementary School Hurdle Mills, NC
37 Grady Brown Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
38 Excelsior Classical Academy Durham, NC
39 Club Boulevard Elementary School Durham, NC
40 Siler City Elementary School Siler City, NC
41 Creekside Elementary School Durham, NC
42 R N Harris Elementary School Durham, NC
43 E K Powe Elementary School Durham, NC
44 Bonlee School Bear Creek, NC
45 Southwest Elementary School Durham, NC
46 Pathways Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
47 Forest View Elementary School Durham, NC
48 Moncure School Moncure, NC
49 Northside Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
50 North End Elementary School Roxboro, NC
51 Kestrel Heights School Durham, NC
52 Horton Middle School Pittsboro, NC
53 Maureen Joy Charter School Durham, NC
54 J S Waters School Goldston, NC
55 Hope Valley Elementary School Durham, NC
56 Sandy Ridge Elementary School Durham, NC
57 Virginia Cross Elementary School Siler City, NC
58 Research Triangle Charter School Durham, NC
59 Spring Valley Elementary School Durham, NC
60 Global Scholars Academy Durham, NC
61 Efland Cheeks Elementary School Efland, NC
62 Hillandale Elementary School Durham, NC
63 Central Elementary School Hillsborough, NC
64 New Hope Elementary School Chapel Hill, NC
65 Bethesda Elementary School Durham, NC
66 Healthy Start Academy Durham, NC
67 Holt Elementary School Durham, NC
68 North Elementary School Roxboro, NC
69 Oak Grove Elementary School Durham, NC
70 South Elementary School Roxboro, NC
71 W G Pearson Elementary School Durham, NC
72 Lakewood Elementary School Durham, NC
73 Y E Smith Elementary School Durham, NC
74 Parkwood Elementary School Durham, NC
75 Eno Valley Elementary School Durham, NC
76 Carter Community Charter School Durham, NC
77 Eastway Elementary School Durham, NC
78 Glenn Elementary School Durham, NC
79 The Institute for the Development Young Leaders Durham, NC
80 Merrick-Moore Elementary School Durham, NC
81 Reaching All Minds Academy Durham, NC
82 C C Spaulding Elementary School Durham, NC
83 Fayetteville Street Elementary School Durham, NC

Rankings for the best elementary schools in the Durham 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.

You can click on a specific school name above for more information on elementary school test scores, student data and more.

Elementary Schools in Durham NC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing an Elementary School in the Durham Area

When comparing regular Durham-area elementary schools to charter and magnet schools, one should keep in mind the differences between charter schools, magnet schools and traditional public schools.

Magnet schools are in most cases alternative public schools that offer a specialized curriculum. At the highest level, North and South Carolina magnet schools and traditional elementary schools tend to be managed by the same entity - the county school superintendent's office. Magnet schools normally can accept students from anywhere in the county in which they are located, and often limit the acceptance pool through a lottery system.

Charter schools, on the other hand, are each independently managed. They tend to accept students not only from the county in which they're located, but surrounding counties as well. Like magnets, charters tend to use a lottery-based acceptance method.

Regular elementary schools are sometimes called "zoned schools," "neighborhood schools" or "zip code schools." This is because they accept students from a limited geographical area - such as a town or a specific set of subdivisions. Regular schools do not tend to use a lottery system. Regular elementary schools are the most common kinds of schools in North and South Carolina.

Which Elementary Schools are Covered in the Durham Area

We hope you find the ratings and other information on elementary schools in the Durham area to be useful. Elementary Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties: