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 Richland County, SC

Are you searching for the best public schools in Richland County, South Carolina? We have information on 79 public schools in Richland County. Carolina School Hub has given Richland County 5 stars (on a scale of 1 to 10) - when comparing this area to other South Carolina counties.

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

Best Elementary Schools in Richland County

Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
School
Type
1 Muller Road Middle School Blythewood, SC K-8 Regular
2 E L Wright Middle School Columbia, SC K-8 Regular
3 Brockman Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
4 Lake Carolina Elementary Upper Campus Blythewood, SC 3-5 Regular
5 Summit Parkway Middle School Columbia, SC K-8 Regular
6 Rosewood Elementary School Columbia, SC K-5 Regular
7 Round Top Elementary School Blythewood, SC PK-5 Regular
8 Satchel Ford Elementary School Columbia, SC K-5 Regular
9 Brennen Elementary School Columbia, SC K-5 Regular
10 Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School Blythewood, SC PK-5 Regular
11 Bookman Road Elementary School Elgin, SC PK-5 Regular
12 Langford Elementary School Blythewood, SC PK-5 Regular
13 Catawba Trail Elementary School Elgin, SC PK-5 Regular
14 Rice Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
15 Polo Road Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
16 Pontiac Elementary School Elgin, SC PK-5 Regular
17 North Springs Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
18 Sandlapper Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
19 L B Nelson Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
20 Bridge Creek Elementary School Elgin, SC PK-5 Regular
21 Meadowfield Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
22 SC Virtual Charter School Columbia, SC K-12 Charter
23 Forest Lake Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
24 South Kilbourne Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
25 Killian Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
26 Rhame Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
27 A C Moore Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
28 SC Connections Academy Columbia, SC K-12 Charter
29 Mill Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
30 Bradley Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
31 Horrell Hill Elementary School Hopkins, SC PK-5 Regular
32 L W Conder Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
33 Gadsden Elementary School Gadsden, SC PK-5 Regular
34 Carolina School for Inquiry Columbia, SC PK-6 Charter
35 Joseph Keels Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
36 Windsor Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
37 Annie Burnside Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
38 Caughman Road Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
39 A J Lewis Greenview Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
40 Arden Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
41 Logan Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
42 Watkins-Nance Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
43 Burton Pack Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
44 Webber Elementary School Eastover, SC PK-5 Regular
45 Hopkins Elementary School Hopkins, SC PK-5 Regular
46 Sandel Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
47 E.E Taylor Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
48 Carver-Lyon Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
49 J P Thomas Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
50 Pine Grove Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
51 Forest Heights Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5 Regular
52 Kelly Mill Middle School Blythewood, SC 2-8 Regular
Rank Elementary School Name City Grades
Served
1 Muller Road Middle School Blythewood, SC K-8
2 E L Wright Middle School Columbia, SC K-8
3 Brockman Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
4 Lake Carolina Elementary Upper Campus Blythewood, SC 3-5
5 Summit Parkway Middle School Columbia, SC K-8
6 Rosewood Elementary School Columbia, SC K-5
7 Round Top Elementary School Blythewood, SC PK-5
8 Satchel Ford Elementary School Columbia, SC K-5
9 Brennen Elementary School Columbia, SC K-5
10 Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School Blythewood, SC PK-5
11 Bookman Road Elementary School Elgin, SC PK-5
12 Langford Elementary School Blythewood, SC PK-5
13 Catawba Trail Elementary School Elgin, SC PK-5
14 Rice Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
15 Polo Road Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
16 Pontiac Elementary School Elgin, SC PK-5
17 North Springs Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
18 Sandlapper Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
19 L B Nelson Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
20 Bridge Creek Elementary School Elgin, SC PK-5
21 Meadowfield Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
22 SC Virtual Charter School Columbia, SC K-12
23 Forest Lake Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
24 South Kilbourne Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
25 Killian Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
26 Rhame Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
27 A C Moore Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
28 SC Connections Academy Columbia, SC K-12
29 Mill Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
30 Bradley Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
31 Horrell Hill Elementary School Hopkins, SC PK-5
32 L W Conder Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
33 Gadsden Elementary School Gadsden, SC PK-5
34 Carolina School for Inquiry Columbia, SC PK-6
35 Joseph Keels Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
36 Windsor Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
37 Annie Burnside Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
38 Caughman Road Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
39 A J Lewis Greenview Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
40 Arden Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
41 Logan Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
42 Watkins-Nance Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
43 Burton Pack Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
44 Webber Elementary School Eastover, SC PK-5
45 Hopkins Elementary School Hopkins, SC PK-5
46 Sandel Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
47 E.E Taylor Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
48 Carver-Lyon Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
49 J P Thomas Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
50 Pine Grove Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
51 Forest Heights Elementary School Columbia, SC PK-5
52 Kelly Mill Middle School Blythewood, SC 2-8


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