Top 10 Most Improved Public Schools in North Carolina (2024)

The most improved public schools in North Carolina are Connections Academy, Howard Learning Academy and Henderson High School.
A school's improvement is based on a its total rise in ranking spots during the last five years (2019-24).
Improved Rank Range: 817 1,611 Avg. Improved Rank: 1,062

Most Improved Public Schools in North Carolina (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Ranking Change (2019-24)
Grades
Location
Rank: #1 - 21. - 2.
Connections Academy
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +1611
(from 2,556 to 945)
Grades: 6-8
1280 Buck Jones Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 694-8910
Rank: #1 - 21. - 2.
Howard Learning Academy
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +1611
(from 2,556 to 945)
Grades: 5-8
1608 Camden Road
Fayetteville, NC 28306
(910) 483-5434
Rank: #3 - 43. - 4.
Henderson High School
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +1574
(from 2,519 to 945)
Grades: 6-12
1215 North Main St
Salisbury, NC 28144
(704) 639-3134
Rank: #3 - 43. - 4.
Lakeview School
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +1574
(from 2,519 to 945)
Grades: 6-12
3507 Dearborn Drive
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 560-2520
Rank: #55.
Phoenix Academy
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +1552
(from 2,497 to 945)
Grades: K-12
204 Taylor St
Oxford, NC 27565
(919) 690-2300
Rank: #66.
Asbury Academy
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +1430
(from 2,375 to 945)
Grades: 6-12
221 Salem Church Road
Lincolnton, NC 28092
(704) 736-4766
Rank: #77.
Mcdowell For Innovation
(Math: 60-79% | Reading: ≥80%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
Rank Change: +1277
(from 1,452 to 175)
Grades: 9-13
54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752
(828) 659-0411
Rank: #88.
Hickory Career Arts Magnet High School
(Math: 40-59% | Reading: 70-74%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
Rank Change: +1238
(from 1,790 to 552)
Grades: 6-12
409 8th Avenue Ne
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 328-6738
Rank: #99.
Iredell Charter Academy
Charter School
(Math: 51% | Reading: 49%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +1173
(from 2,110 to 937)
Grades: K-8
251 Home Improvement Street
Troutman, NC 28166
(704) 508-0104
Rank: #1010.
Edgewood Cmty Developmental
Special Education School
(Math: 40-59% | Reading: 40-59%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +1134
(from 2,122 to 988)
Grades: 5-12
1601 Peachtree St
Goldsboro, NC 27530
(919) 731-5970
Rank: #1111.
Dixon High School
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 70-74%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
Rank Change: +1124
(from 1,422 to 298)
Grades: 9-12
160 Dixon School Rd
Holly Ridge, NC 28445
(910) 347-2958
Rank: #1212.
Pine Level Elementary School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +1100
(from 1,924 to 824)
Grades: PK-5
304 West Blanche Street, Po Bo
Pine Level, NC 27568
(919) 965-3323
Rank: #1313.
North Wilkes High School
(Math: 75-79% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
Rank Change: +1056
(from 1,402 to 346)
Grades: 9-12
2986 Traphill Rd
Hays, NC 28635
(336) 903-4040
Rank: #1414.
James Hunt High School
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 58%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
Rank Change: +1025
(from 1,446 to 421)
Grades: 9-12
4559 Lamm Rd
Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 399-7930
Rank: #1515.
John A Holmes High School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +1007
(from 1,831 to 824)
Grades: 9-12
600 Woodard Street
Edenton, NC 27932
(252) 482-8426
Rank: #1616.
North Shelby
Special Education School
(Math: 40-59% | Reading: 21-39%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
Rank Change: +994
(from 2,497 to 1,503)
Grades: PK-12
1701 Charles Road
Shelby, NC 28152
(704) 476-8230
Rank: #1717.
Graham High School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +972
(from 2,029 to 1,057)
Grades: 9-12
903 Trollinger Road
Graham, NC 27253
(336) 570-6440
Rank: #1818.
Micro Elementary School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
Rank Change: +970
(from 2,273 to 1,303)
Grades: PK-5
301 E Main St
Micro, NC 27555
(919) 588-4300
Rank: #1919.
Catamount School
(Math: 40-49% | Reading: 50-59%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +938
(from 1,866 to 928)
Grades: 6-8
100 Smoky Mountain Dr
Sylva, NC 28779
(828) 331-1775
Rank: #2020.
Ray Street Academy
Alternative School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Rank Change: +914
(from 2,538 to 1,624)
Grades: 6-12
609 Ray Street
Graham, NC 27253
(336) 570-6644
Rank: #2121.
North Belmont Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
Rank Change: +908
(from 1,667 to 759)
Grades: PK-5
210 School Street
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 836-9135
Rank: #2222.
Bragg Street Academy
Alternative School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Rank Change: +895
(from 2,519 to 1,624)
Grades: 5-12
504 Bragg Street
Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 775-2686
Rank: #2323.
Cartoogechaye Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
Rank Change: +893
(from 1,481 to 588)
Grades: PK-4
3295 Old Murphy Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-2845
Rank: #2424.
Gouge Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +889
(from 1,799 to 910)
Grades: K-4
134 Laurel Street
Bakersville, NC 28705
(828) 766-2260
Rank: #2525.
C C Wright Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
Rank Change: +884
(from 1,643 to 759)
Grades: PK-5
200 Cc Wright School Rd
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
(336) 838-5513
Rank: #2626.
Western Harnett High School
(Math: 57% | Reading: 58%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
Rank Change: +874
(from 1,431 to 557)
Grades: 9-12
10637 Nc Hwy 27 West
Lillington, NC 27546
(919) 499-5113
Rank: #2727.
Gaston Virtual Academy
Magnet School
(Math: 50-59% | Reading: 60-69%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
Rank Change: +865
(from 1,396 to 531)
Grades: K-12
1 Learning Place
Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 836-9125
Rank: #2828.
East Elementary School
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
Rank Change: +856
(from 1,402 to 546)
Grades: PK-4
600 Cleveland Avenue
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
(704) 476-8356
Rank: #2929.
Shaw Academy
Alternative School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Rank Change: +850
(from 2,474 to 1,624)
Grades: 6-12
18700 Old Wire Road
Laurinburg, NC 28352
(910) 276-0611
Rank: #30 - 3130. - 31.
Bunker Hill High School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 61%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
Rank Change: +843
(from 1,457 to 614)
Grades: 9-12
4675 Oxford School Road
Claremont, NC 28610
(828) 241-3355
Rank: #30 - 3130. - 31.
Farmer Elementary School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +843
(from 1,667 to 824)
Grades: K-5
3557 Grange Hall Rd
Asheboro, NC 27205
(336) 857-3400
Rank: #3232.
East Wake High School
(Math: 51% | Reading: 44%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +825
(from 1,931 to 1,106)
Grades: 9-12
5101 Rolesville Rd
Wendell, NC 27591
(919) 365-2625
Rank: #33 - 3433. - 34.
Blue Creek Elementary School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
Rank Change: +823
(from 1,984 to 1,161)
Grades: K-5
1260 Burgaw Hwy
Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 347-1717
Rank: #33 - 3433. - 34.
Sedgefield Middle School
(Math: 33% | Reading: 38%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Rank Change: +823
(from 2,453 to 1,630)
Grades: 6-8
2700 Dorchester Pl
Charlotte, NC 28209
(980) 343-5840
Rank: #3535.
Haynes Inman Education Center
Special Education School
(Math: <50% | Reading: ≤20%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Rank Change: +817
(from 2,519 to 1,702)
Grades: PK-12
200 Haynes Road
Jamestown, NC 27282
(336) 881-7170
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