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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Nesbitt Discovery Academy

Asheville, NC


Nesbitt Discovery Academy
175 Bingham Rd Ste 10
Asheville, NC  28806
Phone: 828-271-4521
Buncombe County



CarolinaSchoolHub Rating: 10 out of 10 stars
10

Grades Served: 9-12
Enrollment: 294
Type: Regular School    
Nesbitt Discovery Academy

Nesbitt Discovery Academy


Metro Area Ranking

#2
Metro Area High School Ranking: Nesbitt Discovery Academy is ranked #2 out of 24 of the best high schools in Asheville and surrounding areas (92nd percentile). Cick the link to see all 24 high schools.


State Ranking

#18
Statewide High School Ranking: Nesbitt Discovery Academy is ranked #18 out of 518 of the best high schools in North Carolina (97th percentile). Click the link to see all 518 high schools.


Overall, Nesbitt Discovery Academy is a 10-star school (on a scale of 1 to 10 stars) based on CarolinaSchoolHub’s analysis. The school is located in Buncombe County, NC. Nesbitt Discovery Academy has an enrollment of approximately 294 students and serves grades 9-12. Below you’ll find information about this school’s test scores and more.

68.0
(Did Not Meet Growth)
Student Growth Score: Nesbitt Discovery Academy had a Student Growth Score of 68.0. This placed Nesbitt Discovery Academy in the 34th 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 23.1 87th 17.5
Math 24 90th 18.9
Reading 24.3 85th 19.1
Science 23.6 88th 18.8
Writing 7.1 78th 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 Nesbitt Discovery Academy stack up against those of other high schools in North Carolina.


End of Course Scores

EOC Biology

 32% - Level 5 (Superior)
 32% - Level 5 (Superior)
 48% - Level 4 (Solid)
 48% - Level 4 (Solid)
 9% - Level 3
 9% - Level 3
 7% - Level 2
 7% - Level 2
 < 5% - Level 1
 < 5% - Level 1

EOC English 2

 32% - Level 5 (Superior)
 32% - Level 5 (Superior)
 65% - Level 4 (Solid)
 65% - Level 4 (Solid)
 < 5% - Level 3
 < 5% - Level 3
 < 5% - Level 2
 < 5% - Level 2
 < 5% - Level 1
 < 5% - Level 1

EOC Math I

 60% - Level 5 (Superior)
 60% - Level 5 (Superior)
 39% - Level 4 (Solid)
 39% - Level 4 (Solid)
 < 5% - Level 3
 < 5% - Level 3
 < 5% - Level 2
 < 5% - Level 2
 < 5% - Level 1
 < 5% - Level 1



 Students

Student Enrollment Trend


Diversity Indicators

  
 American Indian - N/A
  
 American Indian - N/A
 
 Asian - N/A
 
 Asian - N/A
 
 Black - N/A
 
 Black - N/A
 Hispanic - 6%
 Hispanic - 6%
 Two or More Races - 3%
 Two or More Races - 3%
 White - 84%
 White - 84%

Please note: The numbers above represent combined percentages of end-of-grade and end-of-course tests taken by students at Nesbitt Discovery Academy 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 Nesbitt Discovery Academy and other area schools were developed by CarolinaSchoolHub.

Other Nearby Schools

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School
Type
   
Grades
Served
Emma Elementary School 5 0.8 miles Asheville, NC Regular K-4
Isaac Dickson Elementary School 8 1.3 miles Asheville, NC Regular PK-5
Claxton Elementary School 7 1.7 miles Asheville, NC Regular K-5
Woodfin Elementary School 3 1.7 miles Asheville, NC Regular K-5
Asheville Middle School 7 1.9 miles Asheville, NC Regular 6-8
Eblen Intermediate School 4 2.2 miles Asheville, NC Regular 5-6
West Buncombe Elementary School 8 2.3 miles Asheville, NC Regular K-4
Vance Elementary School 9 2.3 miles Asheville, NC Regular K-5
Hall Fletcher Elementary School 8 2.3 miles Asheville, NC Regular PK-5
Erwin Middle School 4 2.3 miles Asheville, NC Regular 7-8
Johnston Elementary School 1 2.4 miles Asheville, NC Regular K-4
Ira B Jones Elementary School 8 2.5 miles Asheville, NC Regular PK-5
Erwin High School 3 2.5 miles Asheville, NC Regular 9-12
Buncombe County Middle College 5 2.8 miles Asheville, NC Regular 11-12
Asheville High School 9 3.0 miles Asheville, NC Regular 9-12
School of Inquiry and Life Sciences 9 3.0 miles Asheville, NC Regular 9-12
Buncombe County Early College 10 3.0 miles Asheville, NC Regular 9-13
Haw Creek Elementary School 9 4.5 miles Asheville, NC Regular K-5
Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School 6 4.8 miles Asheville, NC Regular K-4
Oakley Elementary School 3 5.0 miles Asheville, NC Regular K-5