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 Elementary Schools in the Spartanburg, SC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Spartanburg, SC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Spartanburg, SC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Spartanburg area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Spartanburg-area elementary schools including Meeting St. Academy-Spartanburg, Pine St Elementary School, Campobello-Gramling School, and Carlisle-Foster's Grove Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including Spartanburg Preparatory School, High Point Academy,

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Spartanburg-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 Spartanburg Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Meeting St. Academy-Spartanburg Spartanburg, SC Regular PK-4
2 Pine St Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular K-5
3 Campobello-Gramling School Campobello, SC Regular PK-8
4 Carlisle-Foster's Grove Elementary School Chesnee, SC Regular PK-4
5 Woodruff Elementary School Woodruff, SC Regular 3-5
6 Mayo Elementary School Mayo, SC Regular PK-5
7 Oakland Elementary School Inman, SC Regular PK-4
8 Reidville Elementary School Reidville, SC Regular PK-4
9 Berry Shoals Intermediate Duncan, SC Regular 5-6
10 Cannons Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular PK-5
11 New Prospect Elementary School Inman, SC Regular PK-6
12 Chesnee Elementary School Chesnee, SC Regular PK-5
13 Inman Elementary School Inman, SC Regular PK-3
14 Cooley Spgs-Fingerville Elementary School Chesnee, SC Regular PK-5
15 Holly Spgs Motlow Elementary School Campobello, SC Regular PK-6
16 Abner Creek Academy Duncan, SC Regular PK-4
17 Lyman Elementary School Lyman, SC Regular PK-4
18 Spartanburg Preparatory School Spartanburg, SC Charter K-8
19 Beech Springs Intermediate Duncan, SC Regular 5-6
20 River Ridge Elementary School Moore, SC Regular PK-4
21 Pauline Glenn Sprgs Elementary School Pauline, SC Regular PK-5
22 Inman Intermediate School Inman, SC Regular 4-6
23 Anderson Mill Elementary School Moore, SC Regular PK-5
24 West View Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular PK-5
25 Boiling Springs Elementary School Boiling Springs, SC Regular PK-4
26 Boiling Springs Intermediate School Boiling Springs, SC Regular 5-5
27 O P Earle Elementary School Landrum, SC Regular PK-5
28 Wellford Academy of Science and Techology Wellford, SC Regular PK-4
29 Pacolet Elementary School Pacolet, SC Regular PK-5
30 Cowpens Elementary School Cowpens, SC Regular PK-5
31 High Point Academy Spartanburg, SC Charter K-12
32 Shoally Creek Elementary School Boiling Springs, SC Regular PK-4
33 Clifdale Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular PK-5
34 Jesse Boyd Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular K-5
35 Fairforest Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular PK-5
36 James H Hendrix Elementary School Boiling Springs, SC Regular PK-4
37 E P Todd School Spartanburg, SC Regular PK-8
38 Duncan Elementary School Duncan, SC Regular PK-4
39 Roebuck Elementary School Roebuck, SC Regular PK-5
40 Woodland Hgts Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular PK-5
41 Arcadia Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular PK-5
42 Lone Oak Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular K-5
43 Jesse S Bobo Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular PK-5
44 Houston Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular K-5
45 Cleveland Academy of Leadership Spartanburg, SC Regular PK-5
46 W Herbert Chapman Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular K-5
47 Mary H Wright Elementary School Spartanburg, SC Regular K-5
Rank School Name City
1 Meeting St. Academy-Spartanburg Spartanburg, SC
2 Pine St Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
3 Campobello-Gramling School Campobello, SC
4 Carlisle-Foster's Grove Elementary School Chesnee, SC
5 Woodruff Elementary School Woodruff, SC
6 Mayo Elementary School Mayo, SC
7 Oakland Elementary School Inman, SC
8 Reidville Elementary School Reidville, SC
9 Berry Shoals Intermediate Duncan, SC
10 Cannons Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
11 New Prospect Elementary School Inman, SC
12 Chesnee Elementary School Chesnee, SC
13 Inman Elementary School Inman, SC
14 Cooley Spgs-Fingerville Elementary School Chesnee, SC
15 Holly Spgs Motlow Elementary School Campobello, SC
16 Abner Creek Academy Duncan, SC
17 Lyman Elementary School Lyman, SC
18 Spartanburg Preparatory School Spartanburg, SC
19 Beech Springs Intermediate Duncan, SC
20 River Ridge Elementary School Moore, SC
21 Pauline Glenn Sprgs Elementary School Pauline, SC
22 Inman Intermediate School Inman, SC
23 Anderson Mill Elementary School Moore, SC
24 West View Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
25 Boiling Springs Elementary School Boiling Springs, SC
26 Boiling Springs Intermediate School Boiling Springs, SC
27 O P Earle Elementary School Landrum, SC
28 Wellford Academy of Science and Techology Wellford, SC
29 Pacolet Elementary School Pacolet, SC
30 Cowpens Elementary School Cowpens, SC
31 High Point Academy Spartanburg, SC
32 Shoally Creek Elementary School Boiling Springs, SC
33 Clifdale Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
34 Jesse Boyd Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
35 Fairforest Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
36 James H Hendrix Elementary School Boiling Springs, SC
37 E P Todd School Spartanburg, SC
38 Duncan Elementary School Duncan, SC
39 Roebuck Elementary School Roebuck, SC
40 Woodland Hgts Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
41 Arcadia Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
42 Lone Oak Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
43 Jesse S Bobo Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
44 Houston Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
45 Cleveland Academy of Leadership Spartanburg, SC
46 W Herbert Chapman Elementary School Spartanburg, SC
47 Mary H Wright Elementary School Spartanburg, SC

Rankings for the best elementary schools in the Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg SC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing an Elementary School in the Spartanburg Area

When comparing regular Spartanburg-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 Spartanburg Area

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