Top 10 Best Catawba County Public Schools (2021)

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For the 2021 school year, there are 44 public schools serving 23,673 students in Catawba County, NC. Catawba County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in North Carolina.
The top ranked public schools in Catawba County, NC are Challenger Early College High School, Discovery High School and Mountain View Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Catawba 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 46% statewide average). Schools in Catawba County have an average ranking of 7/10, which is in the top 50% of North Carolina public schools.
Minority enrollment is 41% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the North Carolina public school average of 52% (majority Black).

Best Catawba County Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    Challenger Early College High School Math: 80-84% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2550 Hwy 70 Se
    Hickory, NC 28602
    (828) 485-2980

    Grades: 9-12 | 411 students
  • Rank: #22.
    Discovery High School Math: 60-69% | Reading: 70-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    301 West 18th St
    Newton, NC 28658
    (828) 466-5581

    Grades: 9-12 | 216 students
  • Rank: #33.
    Mountain View Elementary School Math: 61% | Reading: 65%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    5911 Dwayne Starnes Road
    Hickory, NC 28602
    (828) 294-2020

    Grades: PK-6 | 757 students
  • Rank: #44.
    Sherrills Ford Elementary School Math: 59% | Reading: 64%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    8103 Sherrills Ford Road
    Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
    (828) 478-2662

    Grades: K-6 | 486 students
  • Rank: #55.
    Bandys High School Math: 73% | Reading: 56%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    5040 E Bandys Road
    Catawba, NC 28609
    (828) 241-3171

    Grades: 9-12 | 886 students
  • Rank: #66.
    Shuford Elementary School Math: 62% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    810 Hunsucker Drive
    Conover, NC 28613
    (828) 464-1973

    Grades: PK-5 | 491 students
  • Rank: #77.
    Saint Stephens High School Math: 55% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    3205 34th Street Drive Ne
    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828) 256-9841

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,251 student
  • Rank: #88.
    Snow Creek Elementary School Math: 50% | Reading: 53%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    3238 Snow Creek Rd
    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828) 256-2335

    Grades: PK-6 | 581 students
  • Rank: #99.
    Fred T Foard High School Math: 51% | Reading: 52%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    3407 Plateau Road
    Newton, NC 28658
    (704) 462-1496

    Grades: 9-12 | 969 students
  • Rank: #1010.
    Jacobs Fork Middle School Math: 49% | Reading: 52%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    3431 Plateau Road
    Newton, NC 28658
    (704) 462-1827

    Grades: 7-8 | 476 students
  • Rank: #1111.
    Oakwood Elementary School Math: 45-49% | Reading: 50-54%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    366 4th Street Nw
    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828) 322-1340

    Grades: PK-5 | 374 students
  • Rank: #1212.
    Startown Elementary School Math: 52% | Reading: 48%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    4119 Startown Road
    Newton, NC 28658
    (828) 464-1257

    Grades: PK-6 | 523 students
  • Rank: #1313.
    Harry M Arndt Middle School Math: 48% | Reading: 51%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    3350 34th Street Drive Ne
    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828) 256-9545

    Grades: 7-8 | 646 students
  • Rank: #1414.
    Conover Special Education Special Education School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    108 7th Street Place Sw
    Conover, NC 28613
    (828) 464-9532

    Grades: PK-13 | 66 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Balls Creek Elementary School Math: 53% | Reading: 46%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    2620 Balls Creek Road
    Newton, NC 28658
    (828) 464-4766

    Grades: PK-6 | 693 students
  • Rank: #1616.
    Mill Creek Middle School Math: 47% | Reading: 46%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    1041 Shiloh Road
    Claremont, NC 28610
    (828) 241-2711

    Grades: 7-8 | 375 students
  • Rank: #1717.
    Clyde Campbell Elementary School Math: 43% | Reading: 49%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    2121 35th Avenue Drive Ne
    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828) 256-2769

    Grades: K-6 | 551 students
  • Rank: #1818.
    Northview Middle School Math: 42% | Reading: 49%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    302 28th Avenue Ne
    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828) 327-6300

    Grades: 6-8 | 547 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    Blackburn Elementary School Math: 43% | Reading: 47%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    4377 W Nc 10 Hwy
    Newton, NC 28658
    (704) 462-1344

    Grades: K-6 | 636 students
  • Rank: #2020.
    Maiden High School Math: 40-44% | Reading: 48%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    600 West Main Street
    Maiden, NC 28650
    (828) 428-8197

    Grades: 9-12 | 902 students
  • Rank: #2121.
    Charles H Tuttle Elementary School Math: 45% | Reading: 46%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    2872 Water Plant Road
    Maiden, NC 28650
    (828) 428-3080

    Grades: K-6 | 474 students
  • Rank: #2222.
    W M Jenkins Elementary School Math: 41% | Reading: 47%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    3750 N Center Street
    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828) 327-3491

    Grades: PK-5 | 406 students
  • Rank: #2323.
    Longview Elementary School Math: 49% | Reading: 40%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    737 12th Street Sw
    Hickory, NC 28602
    (828) 485-0975

    Grades: 3-5 | 358 students
  • Rank: #2424.
    Newton-conover High School Math: 35-39% | Reading: 45-49%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    338 W 15th Street
    Newton, NC 28658
    (828) 465-0920

    Grades: 9-12 | 760 students
  • Rank: #2525.
    Maiden Middle School Math: 42% | Reading: 42%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    518 North C Avenue
    Maiden, NC 28650
    (828) 428-2326

    Grades: 7-8 | 424 students
  • Rank: #2626.
    Hickory High School Math: 37% | Reading: 46%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    1234 3rd Street Ne
    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828) 322-5860

    Grades: 9-13 | 1,066 student
  • Rank: #27-2827.- 28.
    Newton-conover Middle School Math: 36% | Reading: 46%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    873 Northern Dr Nw
    Conover, NC 28613
    (828) 464-4221

    Grades: 6-8 | 609 students
  • Rank: #27-2827.- 28.
    River Bend Middle School Math: 36% | Reading: 46%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    4670 Oxford School Road
    Claremont, NC 28610
    (828) 241-2754

    Grades: 7-8 | 469 students
  • Rank: #2929.
    Maiden Elementary School Math: 36% | Reading: 44%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    201 N Main Avenue
    Maiden, NC 28650
    (828) 428-8769

    Grades: K-6 | 484 students
  • Rank: #3030.
    Bunker Hill High School Math: 41% | Reading: 35-39%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    4675 Oxford School Road
    Claremont, NC 28610
    (828) 241-3355

    Grades: 9-12 | 886 students
  • Rank: #3131.
    Viewmont Elementary School Math: 42% | Reading: 36%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    21 16th Avenue Nw
    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828) 324-7049

    Grades: PK-5 | 512 students
  • Rank: #3232.
    Lyle Creek Elementary School Math: 37% | Reading: 39%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1845 Edgewater Drive Nw
    Conover, NC 28613
    (828) 464-0299

    Grades: PK-6 | 560 students
  • Rank: #3333.
    Banoak Elementary School Math: 30-34% | Reading: 40-44%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    7651 W Nc 10 Hwy
    Vale, NC 28168
    (704) 462-2849

    Grades: K-6 | 309 students
  • Rank: #3434.
    Grandview Middle School Math: 31% | Reading: 44%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    451 Catawba Valley Boulevard
    Hickory, NC 28602
    (828) 328-2289

    Grades: 6-8 | 443 students
  • Rank: #3535.
    South Newton Elementary School Math: 35-39% | Reading: 35-39%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    306 West I Street
    Newton, NC 28658
    (828) 464-4061

    Grades: PK-5 | 421 students
  • Show 9 more public schools in Catawba County, NC (out of 44 total schools)
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