Top 10 Best North Carolina Public Schools (2022)

North Carolina is the #9 largest school system in the United States, serving 1,551,508 students across the 2,688 public schools for the 2022 school year.
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in North Carolina is 42%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 46%.
The top ranked public schools in North Carolina are Brown Summit Middle School, Nesbitt Discovery Academy and Early College Of Forsyth Co. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Minority enrollment is 52% (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 Ranked Public Schools in North Carolina (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Student Proficiency
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Brown Summit Middle School
Magnet School
Math: 97% | Reading: ≥99%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 97% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥99% (Top 1%)
Grades: 6-8
4720 Nc Highway 150 East
Browns Summit, NC 27214
(336) 656-0432
Rank: #22.
Nesbitt Discovery Academy
Math: ≥95% | Reading: ≥95%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
175 Bingham Rd Ste 10
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 271-4521
Rank: #3 - 43. - 4.
Early College Of Forsyth Co
Math: 90-94% | Reading: ≥95%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
2100 Silas Creek Prky
Winston Salem, NC 27103
(336) 757-3290
Rank: #3 - 43. - 4.
Highland School Of Technology
Magnet School
Math: 90-94% | Reading: ≥95%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
1600 N Morris Street
Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 810-8816
Rank: #55.
Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy
Charter School
Math: 95% | Reading: 95%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 95% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-8
5225 Seventy-seven Center Dr
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 503-1112
Rank: #6 - 76. - 7.
Quest Academy
Charter School
Math: 90-94% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-8
10908 Strickland Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 841-0441
Rank: #6 - 76. - 7.
Wake Early College Of Health And Science
Math: 90-94% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-13
2901 Holston Lane
Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 212-5800
Rank: #8 - 128. - 12.
Collaborative College For Technology
Math: ≥90% | Reading: ≥90%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥90% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥90% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-13
500 West Broad Street
Statesville, NC 28677
(704) 978-5450
Rank: #8 - 128. - 12.
Early College At Guilford
Math: ≥90% | Reading: ≥90%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥90% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥90% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
5608 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27410
(336) 316-2860
Rank: #8 - 128. - 12.
Haywood Early College
Math: ≥90% | Reading: ≥90%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥90% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥90% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-13
185 Freedlander Drive
Clyde, NC 28721
(828) 565-4000

Best North Carolina Public Schools by County (2022)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
39
24,792
53%
10
3,311
67%
6
3,047
14%
14
2,326
16%
16
7,367
51%
8
2,446
86%
14
4,490
63%
21
13,861
34%
59
30,885
30%
30
12,841
32%
49
39,047
50%
26
11,703
21%
5
1,864
21%
19
8,591
23%
44
23,673
41%
21
10,597
46%
14
3,537
14%
4
2,026
56%
3
1,347
12%
30
15,031
40%
21
8,472
50%
25
13,895
49%
11
5,284
24%
47
23,904
31%
12
6,139
27%
13
9,852
67%
71
44,259
76%
87
58,367
62%
19
8,704
53%
57
34,712
41%
5
1,685
38%
3
1,196
22%
6
3,046
70%
134
78,486
67%
20
6,947
72%
30
20,930
53%
16
7,674
13%
25
14,017
35%
14
8,917
74%
47
29,103
32%
11
4,001
27%
47
37,164
44%
6
1,146
51%
16
10,148
62%
18
8,911
65%
25
13,514
22%
11
4,376
23%
10
3,325
58%
14
6,038
21%
206
162,213
70%
26
13,600
35%
28
15,763
69%
38
26,671
44%
33
19,720
46%
16
9,438
34%
13
5,600
44%
41
24,911
65%
7
2,212
23%
39
21,476
36%
16
7,523
57%
42
22,409
87%
38
20,150
43%
23
11,518
65%
10
5,651
71%
23
9,098
30%
19
6,012
12%
27
11,643
29%
8
3,446
56%
58
44,507
38%
19
7,908
79%
243
186,276
52%
9
2,249
85%
11
4,807
15%
34
19,521
63%
23
9,911
23%
29
13,305
71%
14
5,419
31%
9
2,215
16%

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