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For the 2021 school year, there are 79 blue ribbon public schools serving 39,921 students in North Carolina.
Blue ribbon schools have been recognized by the Department of Education for achieving superior standards of academic excellence. Read more about this national school awards program and how blue ribbon schools work.
The top ranked blue ribbon public schools in North Carolina are Brown Summit Middle School, Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy and Weddington Middle School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
North Carolina blue ribbon public schools have an average math proficiency score of 69% (versus the North Carolina public school average of 42%), and reading proficiency score of 69% (versus the 47% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 40% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the North Carolina public school average of 52% (majority Black).

Top North Carolina Blue Ribbon Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Students Year
  • Rank: #11.
    Brown Summit Middle School Magnet School
    Math: ≥99% | Reading: ≥99%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    4720 Nc Highway 150 East
    Browns Summit, NC 27214
    (336) 656-0432

    243 students
    Year: 2011
  • Rank: #22.
    Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy Charter School
    Math: 97% | Reading: 93%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    5225 Seventy-seven Center Dr
    Charlotte, NC 28217
    (704) 503-1112

    375 students
    Year: 2017
  • Rank: #33.
    Weddington Middle School Math: 93% | Reading: 87%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    5903 Deal Road
    Matthews, NC 28104
    (704) 814-9772

    1,085 student
    Year: 2013
  • Rank: #44.
    Providence Spring Elementary School Math: 88% | Reading: 83%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    10045 Providence Church Ln
    Charlotte, NC 28277
    (980) 343-6935

    947 students
    Year: 2008, 2013
  • Rank: #55.
    Riverbend Elementary School Math: 90-94% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    71 Learning Lane
    Clyde, NC 28721
    (828) 627-6565

    214 students
    Year: 2011, 2017
  • Rank: #66.
    Davis Drive Elementary School Math: 88% | Reading: 82%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    2151 Davis Drive
    Cary, NC 27519
    (919) 387-2130

    903 students
    Year: 2016
  • Rank: #77.
    Jay M Robinson Middle School Math: 88% | Reading: 79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    5925 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy
    Charlotte, NC 28277
    (980) 343-6944

    1,181 student
    Year: 2016
  • Rank: #88.
    Wrightsville Beach Elementary School Math: 90-94% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    220 Coral Dr
    Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
    (910) 256-3171

    342 students
    Year: 2016
  • Rank: #99.
    Davis Drive Middle School Math: 83% | Reading: 81%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2101 Davis Drive
    Cary, NC 27519
    (919) 387-3033

    1,354 student
    Year: 2017
  • Rank: #1010.
    Clement Elementary School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    3220 Maxwell Rd
    Autryville, NC 28318
    (910) 567-2112

    368 students
    Year: 2018
  • Rank: #1111.
    Morrisville Elementary School Math: 81% | Reading: 78%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1519 Morrisville Pkwy
    Morrisville, NC 27560
    (919) 460-3400

    769 students
    Year: 2016
  • Rank: #1212.
    Piedmont Ib Middle School Magnet School
    Math: 77% | Reading: 77%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1241 E 10th St
    Charlotte, NC 28204
    (980) 343-5435

    1,062 student
    Year: 2011, 2020
  • Rank: #13-1413.- 14.
    Dr Hubert Eaton Senior Elementary School Math: 82% | Reading: 72%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    6701 Gordon Road
    Wilmington, NC 28405
    (910) 397-1544

    542 students
    Year: 2005
  • Rank: #13-1413.- 14.
    Shoals Elementary School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1800 Shoals Road
    Pinnacle, NC 27043
    (336) 325-2518

    280 students
    Year: 2014
  • Rank: #1515.
    Park Road Montessori Magnet School
    Math: 73% | Reading: 83%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    3701 Haven Dr
    Charlotte, NC 28209
    (980) 343-5830

    516 students
    Year: 2012
  • Rank: #1616.
    Elizabeth Lane Elementary School Math: 84% | Reading: 71%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    121 Elizabeth Ln
    Matthews, NC 28105
    (980) 343-5700

    1,088 student
    Year: 2005
  • Rank: #1717.
    South Charlotte Middle School Math: 79% | Reading: 72%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    8040 Strawberry Ln
    Charlotte, NC 28277
    (980) 343-3670

    947 students
    Year: 2007
  • Rank: #1818.
    Saluda Elementary School Math: 75-79% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    214 E Main Street
    Saluda, NC 28773
    (828) 749-5571

    170 students
    Year: 2012
  • Rank: #1919.
    Hawk Ridge Elementary School Math: 77% | Reading: 71%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    9201 Bryant Farms Rd
    Charlotte, NC 28277
    (980) 343-5927

    877 students
    Year: 2005
  • Rank: #2020.
    Mckee Road Elementary School Math: 86% | Reading: 67%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    4101 Mckee Rd
    Charlotte, NC 28270
    (980) 343-3970

    500 students
    Year: 2005
  • Rank: #2121.
    Beverly Woods Elementary School Math: 76% | Reading: 71%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    6001 Quail Hollow Rd
    Charlotte, NC 28210
    (980) 343-3627

    747 students
    Year: 2015
  • Rank: #2222.
    Glenn C Marlow Elementary School Math: 81% | Reading: 68%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1985 Butler Bridge Road
    Mills River, NC 28759
    (828) 654-3225

    569 students
    Year: 2018
  • Rank: #23-2423.- 24.
    Bald Creek Elementary School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    100 Bald Creek School Road
    Burnsville, NC 28714
    (828) 682-2535

    169 students
    Year: 2016
  • Rank: #23-2423.- 24.
    W Jesse Gurganus Elementary School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    535 Hwy 70 W
    Havelock, NC 28532
    (252) 444-5150

    384 students
    Year: 2018
  • Rank: #2525.
    Rutherford College Elementary School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    170 Honeycutt Drive
    Rutherford College, NC 28671
    (828) 879-8870

    209 students
    Year: 2005
  • Rank: #2626.
    Huntersville Elementary School Math: 82% | Reading: 66%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    200 Gilead Rd
    Huntersville, NC 28078
    (980) 343-3835

    810 students
    Year: 2008
  • Rank: #2727.
    Union Elementary School Math: 84% | Reading: 65%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    180 Union School Road Nw
    Shallotte, NC 28470
    (910) 579-3591

    583 students
    Year: 2019
  • Rank: #2828.
    Hendersonville Elementary School Math: 78% | Reading: 67%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1039 Randall Circle
    Hendersonville, NC 28791
    (828) 697-4752

    393 students
    Year: 2007
  • Rank: #2929.
    Davidson Elementary School Math: 74% | Reading: 69%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    635 South St
    Davidson, NC 28036
    (980) 343-3900

    704 students
    Year: 2005
  • Rank: #3030.
    Kitty Hawk Elementary School Math: 76% | Reading: 67%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    16 Dogwood Trail
    Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
    (252) 261-2313

    449 students
    Year: 2018
  • Rank: #3131.
    Rock Ridge Elementary School Math: 86% | Reading: 63%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    6605 Rock Ridge School Rd
    Wilson, NC 27893
    (252) 399-7955

    504 students
    Year: 2015
  • Rank: #3232.
    Socrates Academy Charter School
    Math: 71% | Reading: 67%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    3909 Weddington Rd
    Matthews, NC 28105
    (704) 321-1711

    686 students
    Year: 2018
  • Rank: #3333.
    Tryon Elementary School Math: 75% | Reading: 63%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    100 School Place
    Tryon, NC 28782
    (828) 859-6584

    399 students
    Year: 2007
  • Rank: #3434.
    Brush Creek Elementary School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    265 Upper Brush Creek Road
    Marshall, NC 28753
    (828) 649-1547

    383 students
    Year: 2009
  • Rank: #3535.
    Eastover-central Elementary School Math: 74% | Reading: 63%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    5174 Dunn Road
    Fayetteville, NC 28312
    (910) 483-8997

    391 students
    Year: 2018
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