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For the 2021 school year, there are 73 alternative public schools serving 5,567 students in North Carolina.
The top ranked alternative public schools in North Carolina are Phoenix Academy High School, Stanly Academy Learning Center and Gaston Virtual Academy. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
North Carolina alternative public schools have an average math proficiency score of 13% (versus the North Carolina public school average of 42%), and reading proficiency score of 16% (versus the 47% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 59% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the North Carolina public school average of 52% (majority Black).

Top North Carolina Alternative Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #1-21.-2.
    Phoenix Academy High School Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    750 S Merritt Mill Rd
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    (919) 918-2300

    Grades: 8-12 | 31 students
  • Rank: #1-21.-2.
    Stanly Academy Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    1121 Austin Street
    Albemarle, NC 28001
    (704) 961-4500

    Grades: 9-12 | 43 students
  • Rank: #33.
    Gaston Virtual Academy Alternative School
    Math: 21-39% | Reading: 60-79%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    366 W Garrison Blvd
    Gastonia, NC 28052
    (919) 807-3491

    Grades: 6-8 | 26 students
  • Rank: #44.
    Mcdowell Alternative School
    Math: 31% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    176 Lukin St
    Marion, NC 28752
    (828) 652-1040

    Grades: 6-12 | 279 students
  • Rank: #55.
    Career Readiness Academy At Mosley Plc Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: 50-59%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    3702 Princess Place Drive
    Wilmington, NC 28405
    (910) 251-6161

    Grades: 6-12 | 110 students
  • Rank: #6-86.-8.
    Central Haywood High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    3215 Broad Street
    Clyde, NC 28721
    (828) 627-9944

    Grades: 9-12 | 122 students
  • Rank: #6-86.-8.
    Partnership Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1006 East Storey Lane
    Hillsborough, NC 27278
    (919) 245-4030

    Grades: 9-12 | 42 students
  • Rank: #6-86.-8.
    Sage Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    501 Martin L King Jr Blvd
    Siler City, NC 27344
    (919) 663-5899

    Grades: 9-12 | 34 students
  • Rank: #99.
    Bridges School Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: 21-39%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    140 Vashti Dr
    Morehead City, NC 28557
    (252) 808-3040

    Grades: K-12 | 28 students
  • Rank: #10-1110.- 11.
    Central Davie Academy Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    160 Campbell Road
    Mocksville, NC 27028
    (336) 751-5712

    Grades: 6-12 | 15 students
  • Rank: #10-1110.- 11.
    The Oaks Academy Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2230 Airport Road
    Marble, NC 28905
    (828) 837-6775

    Grades: 6-12 | 52 students
  • Rank: #1212.
    Phillips High School Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: 11-19%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1923 Milburnie Rd
    Raleigh, NC 27610
    (919) 856-7710

    Grades: 9-12 | 118 students
  • Rank: #1313.
    Community High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    235 Old Us 70
    Swannanoa, NC 28778
    (828) 686-7734

    Grades: 9-12 | 141 students
  • Rank: #1414.
    Performance Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: ≤10% | Reading: 21-39%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    133 Stonecrest Circle Sw
    Concord, NC 28027
    (704) 795-7074

    Grades: 6-12 | 109 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Meadowbrook Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤10% | Reading: 20-29%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    817 Meadowbrook Drive
    King, NC 27021
    (336) 985-3224

    Grades: 6-12 | 85 students
  • Rank: #16-2516.- 25.
    Anson Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    118 N. Ashe Street
    Wadesboro, NC 28170
    (704) 694-7447

    Grades: 7-12 | 78 students
  • Rank: #16-2516.- 25.
    Asbury Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    221 Salem Church Road
    Lincolnton, NC 28092
    (704) 736-4766

    Grades: 6-12 | 54 students
  • Rank: #16-2516.- 25.
    Davidson River School Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    970 Ecusta Rd
    Brevard, NC 28712
    (828) 884-9567

    Grades: 9-12 | 86 students
  • Rank: #16-2516.- 25.
    Montgomery Learning Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    310 S Main
    Troy, NC 27371
    (910) 572-1161

    Grades: 6-12 | 42 students
  • Rank: #16-2516.- 25.
    North Whiteville Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    310 S Martin Luther King Jr Av
    Whiteville, NC 28472
    (910) 914-4161

    Grades: 6-12 | 27 students
  • Rank: #16-2516.- 25.
    The Score Center Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    401 Moss Street
    Reidsville, NC 27320
    (336) 634-3209

    Grades: K-12 | 28 students
  • Rank: #16-2516.- 25.
    Shaw Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    18700 Old Wire Road
    Laurinburg, NC 28352
    (910) 276-0611

    Grades: 6-12 | 39 students
  • Rank: #16-2516.- 25.
    South Providence Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    500 South Providence Street
    Waxhaw, NC 28173
    (704) 290-1580

    Grades: 6-12 | 58 students
  • Rank: #16-2516.- 25.
    Tar River Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    224 S. Pearl Street
    Rocky Mount, NC 27804
    (252) 451-2875

    Grades: K-12 | 64 students
  • Rank: #16-2516.- 25.
    Yadkin Success Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    733 East Main Street
    Yadkinville, NC 27055
    (336) 679-4888

    Grades: K-12 | 56 students
  • Rank: #26-2826.- 28.
    Brunswick County Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: 11-19%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1109 Old Ocean Highway
    Bolivia, NC 28422
    (910) 754-9593

    Grades: 6-12 | 133 students
  • Rank: #26-2826.- 28.
    Ramsey Street High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: 11-19%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    117 Quincy St
    Fayetteville, NC 28301
    (910) 437-5829

    Grades: 9-12 | 22 students
  • Rank: #26-2826.- 28.
    Union Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: 11-19%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    158 Union School Rd
    Franklin, NC 28734
    (828) 369-1277

    Grades: 7-12 | 105 students
  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.
    Alger B. Wilkins High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤10% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1429 Skibo Road
    Fayetteville, NC 28303
    (910) 864-5438

    Grades: 9-12 | 137 students
  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.
    Davidson County High School Alternative School
    Math: ≤10% | Reading: ≤20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2061 E Holly Grove Road
    Lexington, NC 27292
    (336) 242-1459

    Grades: 6-12 | 92 students
  • Rank: #31-3331.- 33.
    Ashley Chapel Educational Center Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤10%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    377 Mizpah Road
    Rockingham, NC 28379
    (910) 997-9800

    Grades: 7-12 | 68 students
  • Rank: #31-3331.- 33.
    B C Ed Technical Center Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤10%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    820 North Bridge St
    Washington, NC 27899
    (252) 946-5382

    Grades: 6-12 | 50 students
  • Rank: #31-3331.- 33.
    The Community Learning Center @ Pinckney Alternative School
    Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤10%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    160 Pinckney Road
    Carthage, NC 28327
    (910) 947-2603

    Grades: 7-12 | 57 students
  • Rank: #34-3834.- 38.
    Hallyburton Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤10% | Reading: 11-19%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    205 South Main Street
    Drexel, NC 28619
    (828) 437-4184

    Grades: 6-12 | 105 students
  • Rank: #34-3834.- 38.
    Henderson County Career Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≤10% | Reading: 11-19%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Dr. Molly Parkhill Building, 3
    Flat Rock, NC 28731
    (828) 697-4629

    Grades: 6-12 | 187 students
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