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 the Columbia, SC Area

Are you searching for information on the best schools in the greater Columbia, SC area? CarolinaSchoolHub offfers rankings on 182 schools in the Columbia Metro Area, including 111 elementary schools, 45 middle schools and 38 high schools.

Click the links below for information on test scores, academic growth levels, student diversity data and much more. Get background information and see data on some of the Columbia's best high schools including Lexington High School, Spring Hill High School, and Dutch Fork High School.

Best Elementary Schools in the Columbia, SC Area

#1 Muller Road Middle School (Blythewood, SC)
#2 E L Wright Middle School (Columbia, SC)
#3 Brockman Elementary School (Columbia, SC)
#4 Midway Elementary School (Lexington, SC)
#5 Ballentine Elementary School (Irmo, SC)
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Best Middle Schools in the Columbia, SC Area

#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)
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Best High Schools in the Columbia, SC Area

#1 Lexington High School (Lexington, SC)
#2 Spring Hill High School (Chapin, SC)
#3 Dutch Fork High School (Irmo, SC)
#4 River Bluff High School (Lexington, SC)
#5 Chapin High School (Chapin, SC)
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Best Public Schools in Columbia

You can click the links above for more information on each of these schools. We have data on some of the best schools in the Columbia area - including Brockman Elementary School, Chapin Middle School, Midway Elementary School, and Ballentine Elementary School. The rankings above are based on schools in the greater Columbia area - including the following counties:

Rankings for the best public 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.