Top 10 Best Catawba County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 45 public schools serving 22,409 students in Catawba County, NC (there are 17 private schools, serving 2,055 private students). 92% of all K-12 students in Catawba County, NC are educated in public schools (compared to the NC state average of 92%).
The top ranked public schools in Catawba County, NC are Challenger Early College High School, Discovery High School and Bandys High 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 51% (versus the North Carolina public school average of 42%), and reading proficiency score of 49% (versus the 47% statewide average). Schools in Catawba County have an average ranking of 8/10, which is in the top 30% of North Carolina public schools.
Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the North Carolina public school average of 55% (majority Black).

Best Catawba County Public Schools (2024)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Challenger Early College High School
Math: ≥90% | Reading: ≥95%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
2550 Hwy 70 Se
Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 485-2980
Grades: 9-12
| 344 students
Rank: #22.
Discovery High School
Math: ≥90% | Reading: ≥90%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
301 West 18th St
Newton, NC 28658
(828) 466-5581
Grades: 9-12
| 210 students
Rank: #33.
Bandys High School
Math: 70-74% | Reading: 70-74%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
5040 E Bandys Road
Catawba, NC 28609
(828) 241-1471
Grades: 9-12
| 791 students
Rank: #44.
Sherrills Ford Elementary School
Math: 75% | Reading: 64%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
8103 Sherrills Ford Road
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(828) 478-2662
Grades: K-6
| 493 students
Rank: #55.
Fred T Foard High School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 61%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3407 Plateau Road
Newton, NC 28658
(704) 462-1496
Grades: 9-12
| 936 students
Rank: #66.
Mountain View Elementary School
Math: 67% | Reading: 64%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5911 Dwayne Starnes Road
Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 294-2020
Grades: PK-6
| 679 students
Rank: #77.
Saint Stephens High School
Math: 68% | Reading: 60%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3205 34th Street Drive Ne
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 256-9841
Grades: 9-12
| 1,176 students
Rank: #88.
Maiden High School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 66%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
600 West Main Street
Maiden, NC 28650
(828) 428-8197
Grades: 9-12
| 805 students
Rank: #99.
Clyde Campbell Elementary School
Math: 61% | Reading: 57%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
2121 35th Avenue Drive Ne
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 256-2769
Grades: K-6
| 453 students
Rank: #10 - 1110. - 11.
Hickory Career Arts Magnet High School
Math: 40-59% | Reading: 70-74%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
409 8th Avenue Ne
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 328-6738
Grades: 6-12
| 188 students
Rank: #10 - 1110. - 11.
Jacobs Fork Middle School
Math: 59% | Reading: 57%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
3431 Plateau Road
Newton, NC 28658
(704) 462-1827
Grades: 7-8
| 493 students
Rank: #1212.
Snow Creek Elementary School
Math: 60% | Reading: 55%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
3238 Snow Creek Rd
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 256-2335
Grades: PK-6
| 547 students
Rank: #1313.
Bunker Hill High School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 61%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
4675 Oxford School Road
Claremont, NC 28610
(828) 241-3355
Grades: 9-12
| 873 students
Rank: #1414.
Shuford Elementary School
Math: 62% | Reading: 52%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
810 Hunsucker Drive
Conover, NC 28613
(828) 464-1973
Grades: PK-5
| 451 students
Rank: #1515.
Balls Creek Elementary School
Math: 65% | Reading: 51%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
2620 Balls Creek Road
Newton, NC 28658
(828) 464-4766
Grades: PK-6
| 652 students
Rank: #16 - 1716. - 17.
Newton-conover High School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
338 W 15th Street
Newton, NC 28658
(828) 465-0920
Grades: 9-12
| 691 students
Rank: #16 - 1716. - 17.
Oakwood Elementary School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
366 4th Street Nw
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 322-1340
Grades: PK-5
| 315 students
Rank: #1818.
Startown Elementary School
Math: 63% | Reading: 50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
4119 Startown Road
Newton, NC 28658
(828) 464-1257
Grades: PK-6
| 525 students
Rank: #1919.
Mill Creek Middle School
Math: 55% | Reading: 53%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1041 Shiloh Road
Claremont, NC 28610
(828) 241-1494
Grades: 7-8
| 420 students
Rank: #2020.
W M Jenkins Elementary School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
3750 N Center Street
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 327-3491
Grades: K-5
| 260 students
Rank: #2121.
Blackburn Elementary School
Math: 53% | Reading: 49%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
4377 W Nc 10 Hwy
Newton, NC 28658
(704) 462-1344
Grades: K-6
| 526 students
Rank: #2222.
Northview Middle School
Math: 48% | Reading: 52%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
302 28th Avenue Ne
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 327-6300
Grades: 6-8
| 502 students
Rank: #2323.
Maiden Middle School
Math: 52% | Reading: 49%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
518 North C Avenue
Maiden, NC 28650
(828) 428-2326
Grades: 7-8
| 451 students
Rank: #2424.
Hickory High School
Math: 44% | Reading: 56%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1234 3rd Street Ne
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 322-5860
Grades: 9-13
| 1,028 students
Rank: #2525.
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-12
| 85 students
Rank: #2626.
Harry M Arndt Middle School
Math: 48% | Reading: 50%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
3350 34th Street Drive Ne
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 256-9545
Grades: 7-8
| 652 students
Rank: #2727.
Charles H Tuttle Elementary School
Math: 53% | Reading: 44%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
2872 Water Plant Road
Maiden, NC 28650
(828) 428-3080
Grades: K-6
| 403 students
Rank: #2828.
Maiden Elementary School
Math: 53% | Reading: 41%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
201 N Main Avenue
Maiden, NC 28650
(828) 428-8769
Grades: PK-6
| 510 students
Rank: #2929.
Newton-conover Middle School
Math: 43% | Reading: 48%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
873 Northern Dr Nw
Conover, NC 28613
(828) 464-4221
Grades: 6-8
| 633 students
Rank: #3030.
Lyle Creek Elementary School
Math: 52% | Reading: 36%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1845 Edgewater Drive Nw
Conover, NC 28613
(828) 464-0299
Grades: PK-6
| 461 students
Rank: #3131.
River Bend Middle School
Math: 40% | Reading: 44%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
4670 Oxford School Road
Claremont, NC 28610
(828) 241-2754
Grades: 7-8
| 469 students
Rank: #3232.
North Newton Elementary School
Math: 49% | Reading: 36%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
221 West 26th St
Newton, NC 28658
(828) 464-2631
Grades: PK-5
| 451 students
Rank: #3333.
Ray Childers Elementary School
Math: 40% | Reading: 39%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1183 Cape Hickory Road
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 324-1340
Grades: PK-5
| 460 students
Rank: #3434.
Claremont Elementary School
Math: 41% | Reading: 38%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
3384 E Main Street
Claremont, NC 28610
(828) 459-7921
Grades: PK-6
| 463 students
Rank: #3535.
Oxford Elementary School
Math: 42% | Reading: 36%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
5915 Oxford School Road
Claremont, NC 28610
(828) 459-7220
Grades: PK-6
| 554 students
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Catawba County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
2952 N Oxford Street
Claremont, NC 28610
(828) 459-2051
Grades: K-6
| 56 students
S Campus 420 North Center St
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 345-5807
Grades: Inquire with school
| n/a students
2110 Main Avenue Se
Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 327-3689
Grades: PK-6
| 326 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Catawba County, NC?
The top ranked public schools in Catawba County, NC include Challenger Early College High School, Discovery High School and Bandys High School.
How many public schools are located in Catawba County, NC?
45 public schools are located in Catawba County, NC.
What percentage of students in Catawba County, NC go to public school?
92% of all K-12 students in Catawba County, NC are educated in public schools (compared to the NC state average of 92%).
What is the racial composition of students in Catawba County, NC?
Catawba County, NC public schools minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the North Carolina public schools average of 55% (majority Black).

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