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 Buncombe County, NC

Are you searching for the best public schools in Buncombe County, North Carolina? We have information on 55 public schools in Buncombe County. Carolina School Hub has given Buncombe County 8 stars (on a scale of 1 to 10) - when comparing this area to other North Carolina counties.

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Use Carolina School Hub as a key information source on over 2,444 schools in North Carolina - including Buncombe County and 98 other counties across the state. Use this website to research test scores, enrollment information, growth data and much more. If you're looking for the best schools in Buncombe County, you may want to check out the schools cited below:

Best Elementary Schools in Buncombe County

Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
School
Type
1 Hominy Valley Elementary School Candler, NC K-4 Regular
2 Evergreen Community Charter School Asheville, NC K-8 Charter
3 Fairview Elementary School Fairview, NC K-5 Regular
4 Francine Delany New School Asheville, NC K-8 Charter
5 Vance Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
6 Haw Creek Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
7 Weaverville Elementary School Weaverville, NC 2-4 Regular
8 ArtSpace Charter School Swannanoa, NC K-8 Charter
9 Estes Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4 Regular
10 Ira B Jones Elementary School Asheville, NC PK-5 Regular
11 Black Mountain Primary School Black Mountain, NC K-3 Regular
12 West Buncombe Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4 Regular
13 Glen Arden Elementary School Arden, NC K-4 Regular
14 North Windy Ridge Intermediate School Weaverville, NC 5-6 Regular
15 Hall Fletcher Elementary School Asheville, NC PK-5 Regular
16 Isaac Dickson Elementary School Asheville, NC PK-5 Regular
17 Invest Collegiate - Imagine Asheville, NC K-12 Charter
18 Black Mountain Elementary School Black Mountain, NC 4-5 Regular
19 Koontz Intermediate School Asheville, NC 5-6 Regular
20 Claxton Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
21 Pisgah Elementary School Candler, NC K-4 Regular
22 Barnardsville Elementary School Barnardsville, NC K-4 Regular
23 North Buncombe Elementary School Weaverville, NC K-4 Regular
24 Bell Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
25 Candler Elementary School Candler, NC K-4 Regular
26 Williams Elementary School Swannanoa, NC K-5 Regular
27 Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4 Regular
28 Emma Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4 Regular
29 Avery's Creek Elementary School Arden, NC K-4 Regular
30 Eblen Intermediate School Asheville, NC 5-6 Regular
31 Leicester Elementary School Leicester, NC K-4 Regular
32 Oakley Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
33 Woodfin Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5 Regular
34 Johnston Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4 Regular
Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
1 Hominy Valley Elementary School Candler, NC K-4
2 Evergreen Community Charter School Asheville, NC K-8
3 Fairview Elementary School Fairview, NC K-5
4 Francine Delany New School Asheville, NC K-8
5 Vance Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
6 Haw Creek Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
7 Weaverville Elementary School Weaverville, NC 2-4
8 ArtSpace Charter School Swannanoa, NC K-8
9 Estes Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4
10 Ira B Jones Elementary School Asheville, NC PK-5
11 Black Mountain Primary School Black Mountain, NC K-3
12 West Buncombe Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4
13 Glen Arden Elementary School Arden, NC K-4
14 North Windy Ridge Intermediate School Weaverville, NC 5-6
15 Hall Fletcher Elementary School Asheville, NC PK-5
16 Isaac Dickson Elementary School Asheville, NC PK-5
17 Invest Collegiate - Imagine Asheville, NC K-12
18 Black Mountain Elementary School Black Mountain, NC 4-5
19 Koontz Intermediate School Asheville, NC 5-6
20 Claxton Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
21 Pisgah Elementary School Candler, NC K-4
22 Barnardsville Elementary School Barnardsville, NC K-4
23 North Buncombe Elementary School Weaverville, NC K-4
24 Bell Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
25 Candler Elementary School Candler, NC K-4
26 Williams Elementary School Swannanoa, NC K-5
27 Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4
28 Emma Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4
29 Avery's Creek Elementary School Arden, NC K-4
30 Eblen Intermediate School Asheville, NC 5-6
31 Leicester Elementary School Leicester, NC K-4
32 Oakley Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
33 Woodfin Elementary School Asheville, NC K-5
34 Johnston Elementary School Asheville, NC K-4


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