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Best High Schools in the Raleigh, NC Area

Best High Schools in Raleigh, NC Area Best High Schools in Raleigh, NC Area

Carolina School Hub provides school rankings and test data on the best high schools in Raleigh, NC and its suburbs. See student growth information, assessment data and independent ratings on 52 high schools in the Raleigh area including Raleigh Charter High School, Wake STEM Early College High School, and Panther Creek High School. Here you'll find information on high schools in Raleigh and some of its key suburbs including Raleigh NC, Cary NC, and Rocky Mount NC.

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

On this site, you'll find SAT data and/or other assessment information for the best high schools in Raleigh and its suburbs - as well as in other major metro areas in the Carolinas. Use Carolina School Hub as your starting point for researching public high schools in North Carolina and South Carolina. Here you'll also find rankings of the best elementary schools in Raleigh and the best middle schools in Raleigh and its suburbs.



Ranking of Raleigh Area's Best High Schools

Rank School Name City
School
Type
 
Grades
Served
1 Raleigh Charter High School Raleigh, NC Charter 9-12
2 Wake STEM Early College High School Raleigh, NC Regular 9-13
3 Panther Creek High School Cary, NC Regular 9-12
4 Green Hope High School Cary, NC Regular 9-12
5 William G Enloe High School Raleigh, NC Regular 9-12
6 Johnston County Early College Academy Smithfield, NC Regular 9-13
7 Franklin Academy Wake Forest, NC Charter K-12
8 Wake Early College of Health and Science Raleigh, NC Regular 9-13
9 Apex High School Cary, NC Regular 9-12
10 Longleaf School of the Arts Raleigh, NC Charter 9-12
11 Johnston County Middle College Smithfield, NC Regular 10-12
12 East Wake Academy Zebulon, NC Charter K-12
13 Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC Regular 6-13
14 NRM Early College High School Rocky Mount, NC Regular 9-13
15 Franklin County Early College Louisburg, NC Regular 9-13
16 Leesville Road High School Raleigh, NC Regular 9-12
17 Holly Springs High School Holly Springs, NC Regular 9-12
18 Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC Regular 6-13
19 Needham Broughton High School Raleigh, NC Regular 9-12
20 Southern Wake Academy Holly Springs, NC Charter 6-12
21 Neuse Charter School Smithfield, NC Charter K-12
22 Middle Creek High School Apex, NC Regular 9-12
23 Sanderson High School Raleigh, NC Regular 9-12
24 Millbrook High School Raleigh, NC Regular 9-12
25 Heritage High School Wake Forest, NC Regular 9-12
26 Wake Forest High School Wake Forest, NC Regular 9-12
27 Corinth Holders High School Wendell, NC Regular 9-12
28 Cary High School Cary, NC Regular 9-12
29 Wakefield High School Raleigh, NC Regular 9-12
30 Athens Drive High School Raleigh, NC Regular 9-12
31 Fuquay-Varina High School Fuquay-Varina, NC Regular 9-12
32 Cleveland High School Clayton, NC Regular 9-12
33 Clayton High School Clayton, NC Regular 9-12
34 Bunn High School Bunn, NC Regular 9-12
35 West Johnston High School Benson, NC Regular 9-12
36 Garner High School Garner, NC Regular 9-12
37 Vernon Malone College and Career Academy Raleigh, NC Regular 9-13
38 Franklinton High School Franklinton, NC Regular 9-12
39 Louisburg High School Louisburg, NC Regular 9-12
40 Rolesville High School Rolesville, NC Regular 9-12
41 Princeton High School Princeton, NC Regular 6-12
42 Southern Nash High School Bailey, NC Regular 9-12
43 South Johnston High School Four Oaks, NC Regular 9-12
44 North Johnston High School Kenly, NC Regular 9-12
45 Nash Central High School Rocky Mount, NC Regular 9-12
46 Rocky Mount High School Rocky Mount, NC Regular 9-12
47 Smithfield-Selma High School Smithfield, NC Regular 9-12
48 Northern Nash High School Rocky Mount, NC Regular 9-12
49 Rocky Mount Prep Rocky Mount, NC Charter K-12
50 Knightdale High School Knightdale, NC Regular 9-12
51 Southeast Raleigh High School Raleigh, NC Regular 9-12
52 Phillips High School Raleigh, NC Regular 9-12
Rank School Name City
1 Raleigh Charter High School Raleigh, NC
2 Wake STEM Early College High School Raleigh, NC
3 Panther Creek High School Cary, NC
4 Green Hope High School Cary, NC
5 William G Enloe High School Raleigh, NC
6 Johnston County Early College Academy Smithfield, NC
7 Franklin Academy Wake Forest, NC
8 Wake Early College of Health and Science Raleigh, NC
9 Apex High School Cary, NC
10 Longleaf School of the Arts Raleigh, NC
11 Johnston County Middle College Smithfield, NC
12 East Wake Academy Zebulon, NC
13 Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC
14 NRM Early College High School Rocky Mount, NC
15 Franklin County Early College Louisburg, NC
16 Leesville Road High School Raleigh, NC
17 Holly Springs High School Holly Springs, NC
18 Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy Raleigh, NC
19 Needham Broughton High School Raleigh, NC
20 Southern Wake Academy Holly Springs, NC
21 Neuse Charter School Smithfield, NC
22 Middle Creek High School Apex, NC
23 Sanderson High School Raleigh, NC
24 Millbrook High School Raleigh, NC
25 Heritage High School Wake Forest, NC
26 Wake Forest High School Wake Forest, NC
27 Corinth Holders High School Wendell, NC
28 Cary High School Cary, NC
29 Wakefield High School Raleigh, NC
30 Athens Drive High School Raleigh, NC
31 Fuquay-Varina High School Fuquay-Varina, NC
32 Cleveland High School Clayton, NC
33 Clayton High School Clayton, NC
34 Bunn High School Bunn, NC
35 West Johnston High School Benson, NC
36 Garner High School Garner, NC
37 Vernon Malone College and Career Academy Raleigh, NC
38 Franklinton High School Franklinton, NC
39 Louisburg High School Louisburg, NC
40 Rolesville High School Rolesville, NC
41 Princeton High School Princeton, NC
42 Southern Nash High School Bailey, NC
43 South Johnston High School Four Oaks, NC
44 North Johnston High School Kenly, NC
45 Nash Central High School Rocky Mount, NC
46 Rocky Mount High School Rocky Mount, NC
47 Smithfield-Selma High School Smithfield, NC
48 Northern Nash High School Rocky Mount, NC
49 Rocky Mount Prep Rocky Mount, NC
50 Knightdale High School Knightdale, NC
51 Southeast Raleigh High School Raleigh, NC
52 Phillips High School Raleigh, NC

Rankings for the best high schools in the Raleigh 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 test scores, student data and more.

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


High Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties:

Deciding on a High School

Deciding which Raleigh area high school is best for your child requires consideration of a number of factors. Most area high schools offer a well-rounded curriculum, without an area of true specialization. Others may be more specialized in terms of their curriculum.

In addition, some high schools in Raleigh and its North Carolina suburbs offer a wide range of sports and other extracurricular activities, while others offer a more limited set of opportunities. One size does not fit all when it comes to choosing a high school in the Raleigh area.