Top 10 Best Durham Public Schools (2021-22)

For the 2021-22 school year, there are 69 public schools serving 44,261 students in Durham, NC. Durham has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in North Carolina.
The top ranked public schools in Durham, NC are J D Clement Early College High School, Research Triangle High School and City Of Medicine Academy. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Durham, NC public schools have an average math proficiency score of 31% (versus the North Carolina public school average of 42%), and reading proficiency score of 39% (versus the 46% statewide average). Schools in Durham have an average ranking of 3/10, which is in the bottom 50% of North Carolina public schools.
Minority enrollment is 76% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the North Carolina public school average of 52% (majority Black).

Best Durham, NC Public Schools (2021-22)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
J D Clement Early College High School
Math: 85-89% | Reading: 85-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1801 Fayetteville Street, Nccu
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 560-2696
Grades: 9-12
| 370 students
Rank: #22.
Research Triangle High School
Charter School
Math: 80-84% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
3106 East Nc Highway 54
Durham, NC 27709
(919) 998-6757
Grades: 9-12
| 518 students
Rank: #33.
City Of Medicine Academy
Math: 70-74% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
301 Crutchfield Road
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 560-2001
Grades: 9-12
| 342 students
Rank: #44.
Durham School Of The Arts
Magnet School
Math: 68% | Reading: 68%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
(2)
401 North Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-3926
Grades: 6-12
| 1,751 students
Rank: #55.
Pearsontown Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 63% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
(1)
4915 Barbee Road
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 560-3964
Grades: PK-5
| 825 students
Rank: #66.
Voyager Academy
Charter School
Math: 58% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
(1)
4302 Ben Franklin Blvd
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 433-3301
Grades: K-12
| 1,348 students
Rank: #77.
Lakewood Montessori Middle School
Magnet School
Math: 56% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2119 Chapel Hill Rd
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 560-2894
Grades: 6-8
| 295 students
Rank: #88.
George Watts Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 55-59%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
700 Watts Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-3947
Grades: PK-5
| 409 students
Rank: #99.
Central Park School For Child
Charter School
Math: 45% | Reading: 60%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
724 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 682-1200
Grades: K-8
| 594 students
Rank: #1010.
Easley Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 45% | Reading: 55%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
302 Lebanon Circle
Durham, NC 27712
(919) 560-3913
Grades: K-5
| 545 students
Rank: #1111.
Morehead Montessori
Magnet School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 55-59%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
909 Cobb Street
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 560-3954
Grades: PK-5
| 267 students
Rank: #1212.
Rogers-herr Middle School
Math: 45% | Reading: 52%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
911 Cornwallis Road
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 560-3970
Grades: 6-8
| 628 students
Rank: #1313.
Excelsior Classical Academy
Charter School
Math: 43% | Reading: 52%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
4100 N Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 213-8585
Grades: K-6
| 478 students
Rank: #1414.
Little River Elementary School
Math: 38% | Reading: 50%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
2315 Snow Hill Road
Durham, NC 27712
(919) 560-3940
Grades: PK-8
| 530 students
Rank: #1515.
Riverside High School
Math: 42% | Reading: 43%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
3218 Rose Of Sharon Road
Durham, NC 27712
(919) 560-3965
Grades: 9-12
| 1,826 students
Rank: #1616.
Creekside Elementary School
Math: 41% | Reading: 45%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
5321 Ephesus Church Road
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 560-3919
Grades: K-5
| 891 students
Rank: #1717.
C E Jordan High School
Math: 32% | Reading: 51%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
6806 Garrett Road
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 560-3912
Grades: 9-12
| 1,979 students
Rank: #1818.
E K Powe Elementary School
Math: 38% | Reading: 43%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
913 9th Street
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 560-3963
Grades: PK-5
| 488 students
Rank: #1919.
Ascend Leadership Academy: Lee County
Charter School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
315 Rondelay Drive
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 522-5476
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
Rank: #2020.
Maureen Joy Charter School
Charter School
Math: 41% | Reading: 40%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
107 South Driver Street
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 908-1600
Grades: K-8
| 649 students
Rank: #2121.
Hope Valley Elementary School
Math: 45% | Reading: 36%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
3005 Dixon Road
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 560-3980
Grades: K-5
| 640 students
Rank: #2222.
Club Boulevard Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 39% | Reading: 41%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
400 W Club Boulevard
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 560-3918
Grades: K-5
| 489 students
Rank: #2323.
Forest View Elementary School
Math: 37% | Reading: 37%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
3007 Mount Sinai Road
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 560-3932
Grades: K-5
| 762 students
Rank: #2424.
The School For Creative Studies
Magnet School
Math: 30% | Reading: 44%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
5001 Red Mill Rd
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 560-3535
Grades: 6-12
| 605 students
Rank: #2525.
Sherwood Githens Middle School
Math: 30% | Reading: 42%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
4800 Chapel Hill Road
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 560-3966
Grades: 6-8
| 908 students
Rank: #2626.
Burton Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1500 Mathison Avenue
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-3908
Grades: PK-5
| 380 students
Rank: #2727.
Nc Virtual Academy
Charter School
Math: 20% | Reading: 47%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
4220 Nc Highway 55, Suite 130
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 346-0121
Grades: K-12
| 2,068 students
Rank: #2828.
Nc Connections Academy
Charter School
Math: 22% | Reading: 46%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
2700 Meridian Parkway, Suite 3
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 224-4040
Grades: K-11
| 2,031 students
Rank: #2929.
Kestrel Heights School
Charter School
Math: 26% | Reading: 42%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
4700 S Alston Ave
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 484-1300
Grades: K-8
| 1,008 students
Rank: #3030.
Hillside New Technical High School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
3727 Fayetteville St
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 560-9183
Grades: 9-12
| 337 students
Rank: #31 - 3231. - 32.
Research Triangle Charter
Charter School
Math: 28% | Reading: 37%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
(4)
2418 Ellis Road
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 957-7108
Grades: K-8
| 702 students
Rank: #31 - 3231. - 32.
Southwest Elementary School
Math: 28% | Reading: 37%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
2320 Cook Road
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 560-3972
Grades: PK-5
| 640 students
Rank: #3333.
R N Harris Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1520 Cooper Street
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 560-3967
Grades: PK-5
| 350 students
Rank: #3434.
Lucas Middle School
Math: 30% | Reading: 36%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
923 Snow Hill Road
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 560-3843
Grades: 6-8
| 474 students
Rank: #3535.
George L Carrington Middle School
Math: 30% | Reading: 32%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
227 Milton Road
Durham, NC 27712
(919) 560-3916
Grades: 6-8
| 860 students
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Durham, North Carolina Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
401 N Driver St
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 560-3931
Grades: 5-12
| 174 students
1219 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27715
(919) 416-2600
Grades: Inquire with school
| n/a students
910 Cook Road
Durham, NC 27717
(919) 687-0870
Grades: K-8
| 63 students
800 Clayton Rd
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 560-9184
Grades: 9-12
| 278 students
600 E Umstead St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-2208
Grades: 8
| 79 students
The Wright School (Closed 2018)
Special Education School
3132 North Roxboro St
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 560-5790
Grades: K-8
| n/a students

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