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 Charleston County, SC

Are you searching for the best public schools in Charleston County, South Carolina? We have information on 70 public schools in Charleston County. Carolina School Hub has given Charleston County 8 stars (on a scale of 1 to 10) - when comparing this area to other South Carolina counties.

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Use Carolina School Hub as a key information source on over 1,083 schools in South Carolina - including Charleston County and 45 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 Charleston County, you may want to check out the schools cited below:

Best Elementary Schools in Charleston County

Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
School
Type
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC K-8 Regular
2 Mount Pleasant Academy Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5 Regular
3 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC 5-8 Regular
4 Sullivan's Island Elementary School Sullivan's Island, SC PK-5 Regular
5 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC PK-8 Regular
6 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC PK-8 Charter
7 Charles Pinckney Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC 3-5 Regular
8 Ashley River Creative Arts Charleston, SC K-5 Regular
9 Jennie Moore Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5 Regular
10 Belle Hall Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5 Regular
11 Mamie Whitesides Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5 Regular
12 Harbor View Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
13 Stiles Point Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
14 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC PK-8 Charter
15 James B Edwards Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5 Regular
16 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-8 Charter
17 Drayton Hall Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
18 St. Andrew's School of Math and Science Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
19 Oakland Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
20 James Island Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
21 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC PK-8 Charter
22 Meeting St. Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-4 Regular
23 North Charleston Arts Creative Arts Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
24 Mount Zion Elementary School Johns Island, SC PK-5 Regular
25 Springfield Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
26 Stono Park Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
27 Malcolm C Hursey Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-8 Regular
28 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC K-12 Charter
29 A C Corcoran Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-4 Regular
30 Murray LaSaine Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-6 Regular
31 Carolina Voyager Charter School Charleston, SC K-5 Charter
32 Lambs Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
33 Angel Oak Elementary School Johns Island, SC PK-5 Regular
34 Mitchell Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
35 Jane Edwards Elementary School Edisto Island, SC PK-5 Regular
36 Hunley Park Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
37 Ladson Elementary School Ladson, SC PK-4 Regular
38 Matilda Dunston Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-3 Regular
39 Charleston Progressive School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
40 St James-Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC PK-8 Regular
41 Deer Park Middle School North Charleston, SC 5-7 Regular
42 W B Goodwin Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
43 Pinehurst Elementary School North Charleston, SC 1-5 Regular
44 Pepperhill Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
45 Edith L Frierson Elementary School Wadmalaw Island, SC PK-5 Regular
46 Memminger Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
47 E.B. Ellington Elementary School Ravenel, SC PK-5 Regular
48 North Charleston Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5 Regular
49 Minnie Hughes Elementary School Younges Island , SC PK-5 Regular
Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC K-8
2 Mount Pleasant Academy Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5
3 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC 5-8
4 Sullivan's Island Elementary School Sullivan's Island, SC PK-5
5 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC PK-8
6 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC PK-8
7 Charles Pinckney Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC 3-5
8 Ashley River Creative Arts Charleston, SC K-5
9 Jennie Moore Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5
10 Belle Hall Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5
11 Mamie Whitesides Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5
12 Harbor View Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
13 Stiles Point Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
14 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC PK-8
15 James B Edwards Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-5
16 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-8
17 Drayton Hall Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
18 St. Andrew's School of Math and Science Charleston, SC PK-5
19 Oakland Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
20 James Island Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
21 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC PK-8
22 Meeting St. Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-4
23 North Charleston Arts Creative Arts Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
24 Mount Zion Elementary School Johns Island, SC PK-5
25 Springfield Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
26 Stono Park Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
27 Malcolm C Hursey Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-8
28 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC K-12
29 A C Corcoran Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-4
30 Murray LaSaine Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-6
31 Carolina Voyager Charter School Charleston, SC K-5
32 Lambs Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
33 Angel Oak Elementary School Johns Island, SC PK-5
34 Mitchell Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
35 Jane Edwards Elementary School Edisto Island, SC PK-5
36 Hunley Park Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
37 Ladson Elementary School Ladson, SC PK-4
38 Matilda Dunston Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-3
39 Charleston Progressive School Charleston, SC PK-5
40 St James-Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC PK-8
41 Deer Park Middle School North Charleston, SC 5-7
42 W B Goodwin Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
43 Pinehurst Elementary School North Charleston, SC 1-5
44 Pepperhill Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
45 Edith L Frierson Elementary School Wadmalaw Island, SC PK-5
46 Memminger Elementary School Charleston, SC PK-5
47 E.B. Ellington Elementary School Ravenel, SC PK-5
48 North Charleston Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-5
49 Minnie Hughes Elementary School Younges Island , SC PK-5


Best Middle Schools in Charleston County

Rank Middle School Name City Grades
Served
School
Type
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC K-8 Regular
2 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC PK-8 Regular
3 Charleston School of the Arts North Charleston, SC 6-12 Regular
4 Thomas C. Cario Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC 6-8 Regular
5 Laing Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC 6-8 Regular
6 Moultrie Middle School Mt. Pleasant, SC 6-8 Regular
7 Palmetto Scholars Academy North Charleston, SC 6-12 Charter
8 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC PK-8 Charter
9 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC PK-8 Charter
10 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC PK-8 Charter
11 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC 5-8 Regular
12 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC PK-8 Charter
13 Charleston Charter School for Math and Science Charleston, SC 6-12 Charter
14 C. E. Williams Middle School for Creative and Scientific Arts Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular
15 Malcolm C Hursey Elementary School North Charleston, SC PK-8 Regular
16 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC K-12 Charter
17 Allegro Charter School of Music Charleston, SC 6-11 Charter
18 West Ashley Middle School Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular
19 Military Magnet Academy North Charleston, SC 6-12 Regular
20 Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science North Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular
21 St James-Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC PK-8 Regular
22 Baptist Hill High School Hollywood, SC 6-12 Regular
23 Northwoods Middle School North Charleston, SC 6-8 Regular


Best High Schools in Charleston County



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