Top 10 Best North Carolina Public Schools (2021)

North Carolina is the #9 largest school system in the United States, serving 1,553,334 students across the 2,695 public schools for the 2021 school year.
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in North Carolina is 42%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 47%.
The top ranked public schools in North Carolina are Brown Summit Middle School, Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy and Quest Academy. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Minority enrollment is 52% (majority majority Black) and the student:teacher ratio is 16:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(NC) School Average
American Indian
1%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
18%
Black
25%
White
48%
Two or more races
4%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in NC.

Top Overall Ranked Public Schools in North Carolina (2021)

  • School Student Proficiency Grades Location
  • Rank: #11.
    Brown Summit Middle SchoolMagnet School
    Math: ≥99% (Top 1%) Reading: ≥99% (Top 1%)Math: ≥99% (Top 1%)
    Reading: ≥99% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 6-84720 Nc Highway 150 East
    Browns SummitNC 27214
    (336) 656-0432

  • Rank: #22.
    Metrolina Regional Scholars AcademyCharter School
    Math: 97% (Top 1%) Reading: 93% (Top 1%)Math: 97% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 93% (Top 1%)
    Grades: K-85225 Seventy-seven Center Dr
    CharlotteNC 28217
    (704) 503-1112

  • Rank: #33.
    Quest AcademyCharter School
    Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
    Grades: K-810908 Strickland Road
    RaleighNC 27615
    (919) 841-0441

  • Rank: #44.
    Magellan CharterCharter School
    Math: 93% (Top 1%) Reading: 88% (Top 1%)Math: 93% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 88% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 3-89324 Baileywick Road
    RaleighNC 27615
    (919) 844-0277

  • Rank: #5-65.-6.
    Mount Mourne School
    Math: 86% (Top 1%) Reading: 92% (Top 1%)Math: 86% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 92% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 6-81431 Mecklenburg Hwy
    MooresvilleNC 28115
    (704) 892-4711

  • Rank: #5-65.-6.Math: 93% (Top 1%) Reading: 87% (Top 1%)Math: 93% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 87% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 6-85903 Deal Road
    MatthewsNC 28104
    (704) 814-9772

  • Rank: #77.Math: 94% (Top 1%) Reading: 84% (Top 5%)Math: 94% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 84% (Top 5%)
    Grades: PK-53927 Twelve Mile Creek Road
    MatthewsNC 28104
    (704) 849-7238

  • Rank: #8-98.-9.Math: 80-89% (Top 5%) Reading: 80-89% (Top 5%)Math: 80-89% (Top 5%)
    Reading: 80-89% (Top 5%)
    Grades: K-512059 Hwy 210 S
    RoseboroNC 28382
    (910) 838-0008

  • Rank: #8-98.-9.Math: 88% (Top 1%) Reading: 84% (Top 5%)Math: 88% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 84% (Top 5%)
    Grades: K-5320 Reid Dairy Road
    WaxhawNC 28173
    (704) 290-1524

  • Rank: #10-1110.- 11.Math: 88% (Top 1%) Reading: 83% (Top 5%)Math: 88% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 83% (Top 5%)
    Grades: PK-5509 Mills Park Dr
    CaryNC 27519
    (919) 466-1466

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Top North Carolina Public Schools by County (2021)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
39 Schools
24,792 Students
53% Minority
11 Schools
4,953 Students
20% Minority
4 Schools
1,406 Students
28% Minority
10 Schools
3,311 Students
67% Minority
6 Schools
3,047 Students
14% Minority
14 Schools
2,326 Students
16% Minority
16 Schools
7,367 Students
51% Minority
8 Schools
2,446 Students
86% Minority
14 Schools
4,490 Students
63% Minority
21 Schools
13,861 Students
34% Minority
59 Schools
30,885 Students
30% Minority
30 Schools
12,841 Students
32% Minority
49 Schools
39,047 Students
50% Minority
26 Schools
11,703 Students
21% Minority
5 Schools
1,864 Students
21% Minority
19 Schools
8,591 Students
23% Minority
6 Schools
2,673 Students
49% Minority
44 Schools
23,673 Students
41% Minority
21 Schools
10,597 Students
46% Minority
14 Schools
3,537 Students
14% Minority
4 Schools
2,026 Students
56% Minority
3 Schools
1,347 Students
12% Minority
30 Schools
15,031 Students
40% Minority
24 Schools
8,929 Students
51% Minority
25 Schools
13,895 Students
49% Minority
89 Schools
52,027 Students
71% Minority
11 Schools
4,064 Students
20% Minority
11 Schools
5,284 Students
24% Minority
47 Schools
23,904 Students
31% Minority
12 Schools
6,139 Students
27% Minority
13 Schools
9,852 Students
67% Minority
71 Schools
44,259 Students
76% Minority
17 Schools
7,802 Students
71% Minority
87 Schools
58,367 Students
62% Minority
19 Schools
8,704 Students
53% Minority
57 Schools
34,712 Students
41% Minority
5 Schools
1,685 Students
38% Minority
3 Schools
1,196 Students
22% Minority
19 Schools
7,614 Students
57% Minority
6 Schools
3,046 Students
70% Minority
134 Schools
78,486 Students
67% Minority
20 Schools
6,947 Students
72% Minority
30 Schools
20,930 Students
53% Minority
16 Schools
7,674 Students
13% Minority
25 Schools
14,017 Students
35% Minority
7 Schools
2,918 Students
87% Minority
14 Schools
8,917 Students
74% Minority
3 Schools
611 Students
44% Minority
48 Schools
29,583 Students
33% Minority
11 Schools
4,001 Students
27% Minority
47 Schools
37,164 Students
44% Minority
6 Schools
1,146 Students
51% Minority
16 Schools
10,148 Students
62% Minority
18 Schools
8,911 Students
65% Minority
25 Schools
13,514 Students
22% Minority
11 Schools
4,376 Students
23% Minority
6 Schools
2,261 Students
7% Minority
10 Schools
3,325 Students
58% Minority
14 Schools
6,038 Students
21% Minority
206 Schools
162,213 Students
70% Minority
5 Schools
1,210 Students
15% Minority
12 Schools
4,050 Students
60% Minority
26 Schools
13,600 Students
35% Minority
28 Schools
15,763 Students
69% Minority
46 Schools
26,913 Students
39% Minority
8 Schools
2,980 Students
89% Minority
38 Schools
26,671 Students
44% Minority
33 Schools
19,720 Students
46% Minority
5 Schools
1,845 Students
35% Minority
14 Schools
6,039 Students
57% Minority
16 Schools
9,438 Students
34% Minority
4 Schools
1,635 Students
34% Minority
13 Schools
5,600 Students
44% Minority
41 Schools
24,911 Students
65% Minority
7 Schools
2,212 Students
23% Minority
39 Schools
21,476 Students
36% Minority
16 Schools
7,523 Students
57% Minority
44 Schools
22,975 Students
87% Minority
27 Schools
12,530 Students
39% Minority
38 Schools
20,150 Students
43% Minority
20 Schools
10,017 Students
26% Minority
23 Schools
11,518 Students
65% Minority
10 Schools
5,651 Students
71% Minority
23 Schools
9,098 Students
30% Minority
19 Schools
6,012 Students
12% Minority
27 Schools
11,643 Students
29% Minority
8 Schools
3,446 Students
56% Minority
10 Schools
3,809 Students
18% Minority
3 Schools
601 Students
63% Minority
58 Schools
44,507 Students
38% Minority
19 Schools
7,908 Students
79% Minority
243 Schools
186,276 Students
52% Minority
9 Schools
2,249 Students
85% Minority
7 Schools
1,707 Students
78% Minority
11 Schools
4,807 Students
15% Minority
34 Schools
19,521 Students
63% Minority
23 Schools
9,911 Students
23% Minority
29 Schools
13,305 Students
71% Minority
14 Schools
5,419 Students
31% Minority
9 Schools
2,215 Students
16% Minority
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