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For the 2021 school year, there are 30 public schools serving 12,841 students in Burke County, NC. Burke County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in North Carolina.
The top ranked public schools in Burke County, NC are Rutherford College Elementary School, Ray Childers Elementary School and New Dimensions. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Burke County, NC public schools have an average math proficiency score of 43% (versus the North Carolina public school average of 42%), and reading proficiency score of 47% (versus the 47% statewide average). Schools in Burke County have an average ranking of 7/10, which is in the top 50% of North Carolina public schools.
Minority enrollment is 32% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the North Carolina public school average of 52% (majority Black).

Top Burke County Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    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

    Grades: PK-5 | 209 students
  • Rank: #22.
    Ray Childers Elementary School Math: 63% | Reading: 53%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1183 Cape Hickory Road
    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828) 324-1340

    Grades: PK-5 | 457 students
  • Rank: #33.
    New Dimensions Charter School
    Math: 50-54% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    550 Lenoir Road
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-5753

    Grades: K-8 | 282 students
  • Rank: #44.
    Icard Elementary School Math: 60-64% | Reading: 50-54%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    3087 Icard School Road
    Connelly Springs, NC 28612
    (828) 397-3491

    Grades: PK-5 | 306 students
  • Rank: #55.
    Valdese Elementary School Math: 63% | Reading: 51%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    298 Praley Street
    Valdese, NC 28690
    (828) 874-0704

    Grades: PK-5 | 405 students
  • Rank: #66.
    Salem Elementary School Math: 62% | Reading: 50%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1329 Salem Road
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-5901

    Grades: PK-5 | 491 students
  • Rank: #77.
    Heritage Middle School Math: 51% | Reading: 56%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1951 Enon Road
    Valdese, NC 28690
    (828) 874-0731

    Grades: 6-8 | 508 students
  • Rank: #88.
    George Hildebrand Elementary School Math: 50-54% | Reading: 50-54%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    8078 G Hildebrand Sch Road
    Connelly Springs, NC 28612
    (828) 879-9595

    Grades: PK-5 | 335 students
  • Rank: #99.
    Drexel Elementary School Math: 60% | Reading: 44%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    100 Alta Vista Street
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-3160

    Grades: PK-5 | 455 students
  • Rank: #1010.
    Liberty Middle School Math: 45% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    529 Enola Road
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-1330

    Grades: 6-8 | 570 students
  • Rank: #1111.
    East Burke Middle School Math: 46% | Reading: 52%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    3519 Miller Bridge Road
    Connelly Springs, NC 28612
    (828) 397-7446

    Grades: 6-8 | 639 students
  • Rank: #1212.
    Table Rock Middle School Math: 50% | Reading: 48%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    1585 Nc 126
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-5212

    Grades: 6-8 | 506 students
  • Rank: #13-1413.- 14.
    Hildebran Elementary School Math: 45-49% | Reading: 40-44%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    703 Us Hwy 70 West
    Hildebran, NC 28637
    (828) 397-3181

    Grades: PK-5 | 390 students
  • Rank: #13-1413.- 14.
    W A Young Elementary School Math: 45-49% | Reading: 40-44%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    325 Conley Road
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 584-0632

    Grades: PK-5 | 417 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Oak Hill Elementary School Math: 50% | Reading: 41%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    2363 Nc 181
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 433-1533

    Grades: PK-5 | 414 students
  • Rank: #1616.
    Walter R Johnson Middle School Math: 48% | Reading: 40%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    701 Lenoir Road
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 430-7340

    Grades: 6-8 | 464 students
  • Rank: #17-1817.- 18.
    Forest Hill Elementary School Math: 47% | Reading: 40%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    304 Ann Street
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-5906

    Grades: PK-5 | 443 students
  • Rank: #17-1817.- 18.
    Glen Alpine Elementary School Math: 47% | Reading: 40%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    302 London Street
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 584-0661

    Grades: PK-5 | 425 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    Mull Elementary School Math: 45-49% | Reading: 35-39%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1140 Old Nc 18 South
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-5785

    Grades: PK-5 | 306 students
  • Rank: #2020.
    Jimmy C Draughn High School Math: ≤5% | Reading: 55-59%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    709 Lovelady Road Ne
    Valdese, NC 28690
    (828) 879-4200

    Grades: 9-12 | 641 students
  • Rank: #2121.
    East Burke High School Math: ≤1% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    3695 East Burke Boulevard
    Connelly Springs, NC 28612
    (828) 397-5541

    Grades: 9-12 | 932 students
  • Rank: #2222.
    Chesterfield Elementary School Math: 35-39% | Reading: 35-39%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2142 Pax Hill Road
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-3026

    Grades: PK-5 | 190 students
  • Rank: #2323.
    Freedom High School Math: ≤1% | Reading: 50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    511 Independence Boulevard
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 433-1310

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,131 student
  • Rank: #2424.
    Robert L. Patton High School Math: ≤1% | Reading: 44%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    701 Enola Road
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 433-3000

    Grades: 9-12 | 988 students
  • Rank: #2525.
    Hillcrest Elementary School Math: 35% | Reading: 24%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    201 Tennessee Street
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-4258

    Grades: PK-5 | 551 students
  • Rank: #26-2726.- 27.
    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: #26-2726.- 27.
    North Liberty Special Education School
    Math: ≤10% | Reading: 11-19%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    523 Enola Road
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-9656

    Grades: PK-12 | 92 students
  • Rank: #2828.
    Nc School For The Deaf Special Education School
    Math: ≤10% | Reading: ≤10%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    517 W Fleming Dr
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 432-5200

    Grades: K-12 | 62 students
  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.
    Burke Middle College Math: ≤5%
    1001 Burkemont Ave
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 448-3175

    Grades: 11-12 | 127 students
  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.805 Bouchelle St
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 439-4311

    Grades: n/a | n/a student
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