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U.S. News: Charter schools among N.C.’s top public elementary and middle schools

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Charter schools are among the state’s top public elementary and middle schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s new 2024 rankings, which are based on academic performance. The publication ranked five charter schools in the state’s top 20 public elementary schools— and eight charter schools in the top 20 middle schools.

N.C. charter schools among the top 20 elementary schools include:

  • Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, #2
  • Lake Norman Charter, #7
  • Pine Lake Preparatory, #12
  • NC Leadership Charter Academy, #15
  • The Academy of Moore County, #17

In addition, Lake Norman Charter was highlighted in this recent News & Observer article about the rankings.

N.C. charter schools among the top 20 middle schools include:

  • Endeavor Charter, #3
  • The Expedition School, #7
  • Greensboro Academy, #8
  • Pine Lake Preparatory, #11
  • Triangle Math & Science Academy, #13
  • Peak Charter Academy, #15
  • Lake Norman Charter, #18
  • Envision Science Academy, #19

Congratulations to these top-performing charter schools!

Charter schools perform well in other recent rankings

U.S. News released its list of top high schools in August. As we noted in this blog post, 16 charter high school’s made North Carolina’s list of top 50 public high schools. Charter schools fared extremely well in  2024 rankings from Niche as well. Read more about that in this Coalition blog post.

Coalition member schools are in bold.

Sixteen N.C. Charter Schools Make Annual List of Best High Schools

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Sixteen North Carolina charter schools earned a top-50 spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking, released yesterday, of the state’s best public high schools. Top 2023-24 high schools across the nation, according to the publication, were those producing high student test scores and “strong underserved student performance, college readiness and curriculum breadth, as well as graduation rates.”

Today the Coalition distributed a press release highlighting the achievement of these 16 charter schools. Find the release here.

The N.C. charter schools earning a top-50 spot for 2023-24 were:

  • Raleigh Charter High School, #5
  • Woods Charter School, #9
  • Community School of Davidson, #13
  • Pine Lake Preparatory, #15
  • Gray Stone Day School, #16
  • Lake Norman Charter, #21
  • Research Triangle High School, #22
  • The North Carolina Leadership Academy, #27
  • The Hawbridge School, #37
  • Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, #38
  • Longleaf School of the Arts, #40
  • Triangle Math and Science Academy, #43
  • Franklin Academy, #45
  • Oxford Preparatory School, #46
  • Henderson Collegiate, #47
  • Pinnacle Classical Academy, #49

Six of these schools are Coalition member schools (highlighted in bold).

See the ranking of all N.C. public high schools here. View the charter-only list of top public high schools here.