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 Greenville, SC Area

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Best Elementary Schools in the Greenville, SC Area

#1 Buena Vista Elementary School (Greer, SC)
#2 Sterling Elementary School (Greenville, SC)
#3 Oakview Elementary School (Simpsonville, SC)
#4 Bells Crossing Elementary School (Simpsonville, SC)
#5 Augusta Circle Elementary School (Greenville, SC)
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Best Middle Schools in the Greenville, SC Area

#1 Sterling Elementary School (Greenville, SC)
#2 GREEN Charter School (Greenville, SC)
#3 Langston Charter Middle School (Greenville, SC)
#4 Southwood Academy of the Arts (Anderson, SC)
#5 Riverside Middle School (Greer, SC)
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Best High Schools in the Greenville, SC Area

#1 SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (Greenville, SC)
#2 Riverside High School (Greer, SC)
#3 Greenville Technical Charter High School (Greenville, SC)
#4 D W Daniel High School (Central, SC)
#5 J L Mann High Academy (Greenville, SC)
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Best Public Schools in Greenville

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 Greenville area - including Buena Vista Elementary School, Sterling Elementary School, SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, and Riverside High School. The rankings above are based on schools in the greater Greenville area - including the following counties:

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