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 Pickens County, SC

Are you searching for the best public schools in Pickens County, South Carolina? We have information on 24 public schools in Pickens County. Carolina School Hub has given Pickens County 9 stars (on a scale of 1 to 10) - when comparing this area to other South Carolina counties.

CarolinaSchoolHub Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

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

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Rank High School Name City Grades
1 D W Daniel High School Central, SC 9-12 Regular
2 Easley High School Easley, SC 9-12 Regular
3 Liberty High School Liberty, SC 9-12 Regular
4 Pickens High School Pickens, SC 9-12 Regular

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