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".

Or try our Advanced Search


Columbia Area Public Schools
Best Elementary Schools in Columbia Area
Best Middle Schools in Columbia Area
Best High Schools in Columbia Area
Columbia Area Charter Schools



Mobile Menu

Best Middle Schools in the Columbia, SC Area

Best Middle Schools in the Columbia, SC Area Best Middle Schools in the Columbia, SC Area

Are you looking for information on top public middle schools in the Columbia area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Columbia-area middle schools including Brockman Elementary School, Chapin Middle School, Midway Elementary School, and Ballentine Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public middle schools to the area's best charter schools including East Point Academy, Gray Collegiate Academy, Midlands Middle College, and SC Virtual Charter School.

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Columbia-area middle 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 Middle Schools in the Columbia Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
1 Chapin Middle School Chapin, SC Regular 6-8
2 Crayton Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
3 Pleasant Hill Middle School Lexington, SC Regular 6-8
4 Meadow Glen Middle School Lexington, SC Regular 6-8
5 Blythewood Middle School Blythewood, SC Regular 6-8
6 Lexington Middle School Lexington, SC Regular 6-8
7 Irmo Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
8 East Point Academy West Columbia, SC Charter PK-8
9 Hand Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
10 R H Fulmer Middle School West Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
11 Dent Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
12 Lugoff Elgin Middle School Lugoff, SC Regular 6-8
13 Dutch Fork Middle School Irmo, SC Regular 6-8
14 North Central Middle School Kershaw, SC Regular 6-8
15 Northside Middle School West Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
16 Kelly Mill Middle School Blythewood, SC Regular 2-8
17 SC Virtual Charter School Columbia, SC Charter K-12
18 White Knoll Middle School West Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
19 SC Connections Academy Columbia, SC Charter K-12
20 Gilbert Middle School Gilbert, SC Regular 6-8
21 Leslie M. Stover Middle School Elgin, SC Regular 6-8
22 E L Wright Middle School Columbia, SC Regular K-8
23 Camden Middle School Camden, SC Regular 6-8
24 Muller Road Middle School Blythewood, SC Regular K-8
25 Pine Ridge Middle School West Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
26 Carolina Springs Middle School Lexington, SC Regular 6-8
27 Midlands STEM Institute Winnsboro, SC Charter K-8
28 St Matthews K-8 School St. Matthews, SC Regular PK-8
29 Saluda Middle School Saluda, SC Regular 6-8
30 Sandy Run School Swansea, SC Regular PK-8
31 Summit Parkway Middle School Columbia, SC Regular K-8
32 Batesburg-Leesville Middle School Batesburg-Leesville, SC Regular 6-8
33 W G Sanders Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
34 Longleaf Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
35 Pelion Middle School Pelion, SC Regular 6-8
36 Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy Cayce, SC Regular 6-8
37 St Andrews Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
38 W A Perry Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
39 Fairfield Middle School Winnsboro, SC Regular 7-8
40 Hopkins Middle School Hopkins, SC Regular 6-8
41 SC Science Academy Columbia, SC Charter 6-11
42 Sandhills Middle School Gaston, SC Regular 7-8
43 Southeast Middle School Hopkins, SC Regular 6-8
44 Alcorn Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
45 Gibbes Middle School Columbia, SC Regular 6-8
Rank School Name City
1 Chapin Middle School Chapin, SC
2 Crayton Middle School Columbia, SC
3 Pleasant Hill Middle School Lexington, SC
4 Meadow Glen Middle School Lexington, SC
5 Blythewood Middle School Blythewood, SC
6 Lexington Middle School Lexington, SC
7 Irmo Middle School Columbia, SC
8 East Point Academy West Columbia, SC
9 Hand Middle School Columbia, SC
10 R H Fulmer Middle School West Columbia, SC
11 Dent Middle School Columbia, SC
12 Lugoff Elgin Middle School Lugoff, SC
13 Dutch Fork Middle School Irmo, SC
14 North Central Middle School Kershaw, SC
15 Northside Middle School West Columbia, SC
16 Kelly Mill Middle School Blythewood, SC
17 SC Virtual Charter School Columbia, SC
18 White Knoll Middle School West Columbia, SC
19 SC Connections Academy Columbia, SC
20 Gilbert Middle School Gilbert, SC
21 Leslie M. Stover Middle School Elgin, SC
22 E L Wright Middle School Columbia, SC
23 Camden Middle School Camden, SC
24 Muller Road Middle School Blythewood, SC
25 Pine Ridge Middle School West Columbia, SC
26 Carolina Springs Middle School Lexington, SC
27 Midlands STEM Institute Winnsboro, SC
28 St Matthews K-8 School St. Matthews, SC
29 Saluda Middle School Saluda, SC
30 Sandy Run School Swansea, SC
31 Summit Parkway Middle School Columbia, SC
32 Batesburg-Leesville Middle School Batesburg-Leesville, SC
33 W G Sanders Middle School Columbia, SC
34 Longleaf Middle School Columbia, SC
35 Pelion Middle School Pelion, SC
36 Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy Cayce, SC
37 St Andrews Middle School Columbia, SC
38 W A Perry Middle School Columbia, SC
39 Fairfield Middle School Winnsboro, SC
40 Hopkins Middle School Hopkins, SC
41 SC Science Academy Columbia, SC
42 Sandhills Middle School Gaston, SC
43 Southeast Middle School Hopkins, SC
44 Alcorn Middle School Columbia, SC
45 Gibbes Middle School Columbia, SC

Rankings for the best middle schools in the Columbia 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.

Middle Schools in Columbia SC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing a Middle School

In North and South Carolina, middle school typically comprises grades six through eight. Many parents who move to the Columbia area are attracted to middle schools in towns such as Columbia SC, Lexington SC, West Columbia SC, and Blythewood SC.

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