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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The School for Creative Studies

Durham, NC


The School for Creative Studies
5001 Red Mill Rd
Durham, NC  27704
Phone: 919-560-3535
Durham County



CarolinaSchoolHub Rating: 5 out of 10 stars
5

Grades Served: 6-12
Enrollment: 597
Type: Regular School    
The School for Creative Studies

The School for Creative Studies


Metro Area Ranking

#27
Metro Area Middle School Ranking: The School for Creative Studies is ranked #27 of 44 of the best middle schools in Durham and surrounding areas (39th percentile). Cick the link to see all 44 middle schools.


#18
Metro Area High School Ranking: The School for Creative Studies is ranked #18 out of 26 of the best high schools in Durham and surrounding areas (31st percentile). Cick the link to see all 26 high schools.


State Ranking

#334
Statewide Middle School Ranking: The School for Creative Studies is ranked #334 out of 703 of the best middle schools in North Carolina (52nd percentile). Click the link to see all 703 middle schools.


#346
Statewide High School Ranking: The School for Creative Studies is ranked #346 out of 518 of the best high schools in North Carolina (33rd percentile). Click the link to see all 518 high schools.


Overall, The School for Creative Studies is a 5-star school (on a scale of 1 to 10 stars) based on CarolinaSchoolHub’s analysis. The school is located in Durham County, NC. The School for Creative Studies has an enrollment of approximately 597 students and serves grades 6-12. Below you’ll find information about this school’s test scores and more.

89.7
(Exceeded Growth)
Student Growth Score: The School for Creative Studies had a Student Growth Score of 89.7. This placed The School for Creative Studies in the 82nd 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

  North Carolina Math Letter Grade

  North Carolina Reading 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 16.1 35th 17.5
Math 17.4 28th 18.9
Reading 18.7 41st 19.1
Science 17.6 34th 18.8
Writing 5.2 37th 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 The School for Creative Studies stack up against those of other high schools in North Carolina.


End of Grade Tests

EOG Math Grade 6

 22% - Level 5 (Superior)
 22% - Level 5 (Superior)
 24% - Level 4 (Solid)
 24% - Level 4 (Solid)
 9% - Level 3
 9% - Level 3
 20% - Level 2
 20% - Level 2
 25% - Level 1
 25% - Level 1

EOG Math Grade 7

 13% - Level 5 (Superior)
 13% - Level 5 (Superior)
 22% - Level 4 (Solid)
 22% - Level 4 (Solid)
 5% - Level 3
 5% - Level 3
 25% - Level 2
 25% - Level 2
 36% - Level 1
 36% - Level 1

EOG Math Grade 8

 16% - Level 5 (Superior)
 16% - Level 5 (Superior)
 27% - Level 4 (Solid)
 27% - Level 4 (Solid)
 < 5% - Level 3
 < 5% - Level 3
 22% - Level 2
 22% - Level 2
 31% - Level 1
 31% - Level 1

EOG Reading Grade 6

 10% - Level 5 (Superior)
 10% - Level 5 (Superior)
 34% - Level 4 (Solid)
 34% - Level 4 (Solid)
 14% - Level 3
 14% - Level 3
 24% - Level 2
 24% - Level 2
 18% - Level 1
 18% - Level 1

EOG Reading Grade 7

 10% - Level 5 (Superior)
 10% - Level 5 (Superior)
 42% - Level 4 (Solid)
 42% - Level 4 (Solid)
 7% - Level 3
 7% - Level 3
 22% - Level 2
 22% - Level 2
 20% - Level 1
 20% - Level 1

EOG Reading Grade 8

 8% - Level 5 (Superior)
 8% - Level 5 (Superior)
 31% - Level 4 (Solid)
 31% - Level 4 (Solid)
 10% - Level 3
 10% - Level 3
 32% - Level 2
 32% - Level 2
 19% - Level 1
 19% - Level 1

EOG Science Grade 8

 26% - Level 5 (Superior)
 26% - Level 5 (Superior)
 41% - Level 4 (Solid)
 41% - Level 4 (Solid)
 < 5% - Level 3
 < 5% - Level 3
 10% - Level 2
 10% - Level 2
 19% - Level 1
 19% - Level 1

End of Course Scores

EOC Biology

 7% - Level 5 (Superior)
 7% - Level 5 (Superior)
 35% - Level 4 (Solid)
 35% - Level 4 (Solid)
 5% - Level 3
 5% - Level 3
 23% - Level 2
 23% - Level 2
 29% - Level 1
 29% - Level 1

EOC English 2

 6% - Level 5 (Superior)
 6% - Level 5 (Superior)
 44% - Level 4 (Solid)
 44% - Level 4 (Solid)
 7% - Level 3
 7% - Level 3
 20% - Level 2
 20% - Level 2
 23% - Level 1
 23% - Level 1

EOC Math I

 21% - Level 5 (Superior)
 21% - Level 5 (Superior)
 32% - Level 4 (Solid)
 32% - Level 4 (Solid)
 5% - Level 3
 5% - Level 3
 14% - Level 2
 14% - Level 2
 28% - Level 1
 28% - Level 1


Graduation Rate
 95% - The School for Creative Studies
 88% - Median of North Carolina high schools
 95% - The School for Creative Studies
 88% - Median of North Carolina high schools


 Students

Student Enrollment Trend


Diversity Indicators

  
 American Indian - N/A
  
 American Indian - N/A
 
 Asian - N/A
 
 Asian - N/A
 Black - 41%
 Black - 41%
 Hispanic - 21%
 Hispanic - 21%
 Two or More Races - 3%
 Two or More Races - 3%
 White - 34%
 White - 34%

Please note: The numbers above represent combined percentages of end-of-grade and end-of-course tests taken by students at The School for Creative Studies 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 The School for Creative Studies and other area schools were developed by CarolinaSchoolHub.

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Sandy Ridge Elementary School 3 2.9 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
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Glenn Elementary School 1 3.1 miles Durham, NC Regular K-5
Lakeview School 1 3.9 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-12
Holt Elementary School 3 4.9 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Merrick-Moore Elementary School 1 4.9 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Southern School of Energy and Sustainability 1 5.0 miles Durham, NC Regular 9-12
City of Medicine Academy 8 5.0 miles Durham, NC Regular 9-12
Eno Valley Elementary School 1 5.1 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Northern High School 2 5.2 miles Durham, NC Regular 9-12
George L Carrington Middle School 3 5.2 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-8
Club Boulevard Elementary School 3 5.6 miles Durham, NC Regular K-5
Butner-Stem Elementary School 4 5.7 miles Butner, NC Regular PK-5
Brogden Middle School 2 5.8 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-8
Easley Elementary School 8 5.8 miles Durham, NC Regular K-5
Butner-Stem Middle School 4 6.1 miles Butner, NC Regular 6-8
Hillandale Elementary School 4 6.3 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Oak Grove Elementary School 3 6.4 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Y E Smith Elementary School 1 6.6 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Eastway Elementary School 1 6.6 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5