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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Marvin Ridge High School

Waxhaw, NC

Marvin Ridge High School
2825 Crane Road
Waxhaw, NC  28173
Phone: 704-290-1520
Union County

CarolinaSchoolHub Rating: 10 out of 10 stars

Grades Served: 9-12
Enrollment: 1,651
Type: Regular School    
Marvin Ridge High School

Marvin Ridge High School

Metro Area Ranking

Metro Area High School Ranking: Marvin Ridge High School is ranked #3 out of 108 of the best high schools in Charlotte and surrounding areas (97th percentile). Cick the link to see all 108 high schools.

State Ranking

Statewide High School Ranking: Marvin Ridge High School is ranked #11 out of 518 of the best high schools in North Carolina (98th percentile). Click the link to see all 518 high schools.

Overall, Marvin Ridge High School is a 10-star school (on a scale of 1 to 10 stars) based on CarolinaSchoolHub’s analysis. The school is located in Union County, NC. Marvin Ridge High School has an enrollment of approximately 1,651 students and serves grades 9-12. Below you’ll find information about this school’s test scores and more.

(Exceeded Growth)
Student Growth Score: Marvin Ridge High School had a Student Growth Score of 100.0. This placed Marvin Ridge High School in the 99th percentile of 2410 North Carolina public schools with student growth data available. NCDPI’s growth score measures how well schools grow student achievement over time. Scores range from 50.0 to 100.0 - with 100.0 indicating the highest growth in student achievement and 50.0 indicating the lowest.    

 North Carolina Letter Grades
  North Carolina Overall Letter Grade

Please note: The state of North Carolina assigns letter grades to public schools, on an A through F scale.

North Carolina Standardized Tests

Average ACT Scores

Subject Average Score at
This School
Average Score
This School's State
Percentile Rating
State Percentile
State Average of
All NC Schools
State Average
English 23 87th 17.5
Math 24.6 93rd 18.9
Reading 24.2 84th 19.1
Science 23.7 89th 18.8
Writing 7.4 85th 5.6

Nearly all North Carolina public and charter school students who are enrolled in grade 11 for the first time are required to take the ACT. In the chart above, you can get a sense for how the average ACT scores at Marvin Ridge High stack up against those of other high schools in North Carolina.

End of Course Scores

EOC Biology

 44% - Level 5 (Superior)
 44% - Level 5 (Superior)
 37% - Level 4 (Solid)
 37% - Level 4 (Solid)
 10% - Level 3
 10% - Level 3
 7% - Level 2
 7% - Level 2
 < 5% - Level 1
 < 5% - Level 1

EOC English 2

 22% - Level 5 (Superior)
 22% - Level 5 (Superior)
 68% - Level 4 (Solid)
 68% - Level 4 (Solid)
 < 5% - Level 3
 < 5% - Level 3
 < 5% - Level 2
 < 5% - Level 2
 < 5% - Level 1
 < 5% - Level 1

EOC Math I

 55% - Level 5 (Superior)
 55% - Level 5 (Superior)
 38% - Level 4 (Solid)
 38% - Level 4 (Solid)
 < 5% - Level 3
 < 5% - Level 3
 < 5% - Level 2
 < 5% - Level 2
 < 5% - Level 1
 < 5% - Level 1

Average SAT Scores
Subject Average Score at This School Average Score
Reading 599
Math 608
Composite Score 1207
SAT Participation Rate 79 %

Marvin Ridge High had an average SAT score of 1207 (math and reading combined). This means the school’s average SAT scores ranked #10 out of 491 NC high schools (98th percentile). On this site, you can see the SAT scores of North Carolina high schools. The SAT participation rate at Marvin Ridge High was 79% in our most recently available data. Above you can also see how the school’s ACT scores compare to other schools in North Carolina.


Student Enrollment Trend

Diversity Indicators

 American Indian - N/A
 American Indian - N/A
 Asian - 9%
 Asian - 9%
 Black - 5%
 Black - 5%
 Hispanic - 5%
 Hispanic - 5%
 Two or More Races - 2%
 Two or More Races - 2%
 White - 80%
 White - 80%

Please note: The numbers above represent combined percentages of end-of-grade and end-of-course tests taken by students at Marvin Ridge High School for the 2016-2017 school year, as reported by the NCDPI. Actual percentages of students may vary somewhat from those indicated.

School test scores, student data and teacher data are from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) information for the 2016-2017 school year. Rankings for Marvin Ridge High School and other area schools were developed by CarolinaSchoolHub.

Other Nearby Schools

School Name Stars Distance City
Marvin Ridge Middle School 10 0.2 miles Waxhaw, NC Regular 6-8
Sandy Ridge Elementary School 10 0.6 miles Waxhaw, NC Regular PK-5
Marvin Elementary School 10 1.9 miles Marvin, NC Regular PK-5
Kensington Elementary School 10 2.4 miles Waxhaw, NC Regular K-5
Rea View Elementary School 10 3.1 miles Waxhaw, NC Regular K-5
Cuthbertson Middle School 10 3.1 miles Waxhaw, NC Regular 6-8
Cuthbertson High School 10 3.2 miles Waxhaw, NC Regular 9-12
Indian Land Middle School 9 3.3 miles Indian Land, SC Regular 6-8
Indian Land High School 9 3.7 miles Indian Land, SC Regular 9-12
Indian Land Elementary School 8 3.8 miles Indian Land, SC Regular PK-5
Ardrey Kell High School 10 4.2 miles Charlotte, NC Regular 9-12
Elon Park Elementary School 10 4.3 miles Charlotte, NC Regular K-5
Weddington High School 10 4.4 miles Matthews, NC Regular 9-12
Community House Middle School 10 4.5 miles Charlotte, NC Regular 6-8
Weddington Elementary School 10 4.6 miles Matthews, NC Regular PK-5
Weddington Middle School 10 4.7 miles Matthews, NC Regular 6-8
South Providence School 1 4.8 miles Waxhaw, NC Regular 6-12
Harrisburg Elementary School 9 4.8 miles Indian Land, SC Regular K-5
Polo Ridge Elementary School 10 5.0 miles Charlotte, NC Regular K-5
Hawk Ridge Elementary School 10 5.1 miles Charlotte, NC Regular K-5


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