The Top 10 School Districts in the Charlotte Area For 2016/2017
If you’re planning a move to Charlotte with school-age kids, living in a good school district is probably one of your top priorities.
As luck would have it, the Charlotte metro area is home to some excellent schools. Several Charlotte high schools even rank amongst the top 100 schools in the country, with six of them in the top 20.
Of course, while this is a good problem to have, being spoilt for choice can make it that much harder to settle on an area of the city as your new home. Thankfully, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to help you narrow down your options.
Struggling to come to a decision on where to live in Charlotte? This list of the top 10 school districts in Charlotte metro should help you on your way.
1. Fort Mill
Also known as York County School District 4, Fort Mill ranks first on the list thanks to A grades in academics and outcomes as well as top notch teachers.
The district operates 15 schools in total – nine elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools. One of the district’s two high schools, Fort Mills High, was awarded New American High School designation in 2000, making it one of the top schools in the nation and a model for other high schools to follow.
Here are Fort Mill’s top five schools:
Riverview Elementary School
1300 Spratt St, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Fort Mill Elementary School
192 Springfield Pkwy, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Banks Trail Middle School
1640 Banks Rd
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Orchard Park Elementary School
474 Third Baxter St, Fort Mill, SC 29708
Doby’s Bridge Elementary School
1000 Dragon Way, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Based in York County, South Carolina, about an hour’s drive away from downtown Charlotte, the York school district – also known as York School District 1 – serves more than 5,000 students in York, Sharon, Hickory Grove and McConnells. It also serves some unincorporated areas in southern York county.
The York school district ranks first in South Carolina for the quality of its facilities and sports teams and second in the state for the quality of the food served in school cafeterias.
The following table shows York school district’s top five schools:
York Intermediate School
1280 Johnson Rd, York, SC 29745
York Comprehensive High School
275 Alexander Love Hwy, York, SC 29745
York Middle School
1010 Devinney Road York, SC 29745
Cotton Belt Elementary School
1176 Black Hwy, York, SC 29745
Hunter Street Elementary School
1100 Hunter St, York, SC 29745
Also based in York County, the area served by Clover school district includes the up and coming Lake Wylie, which is situated a mere half hour drive from downtown Charlotte.
Clover district’s eleven schools – seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one alternative school – boast the third best academics in the state. They also have a 14:1 teacher ratio, well below the national average of 16:1. Small wonder, the Clover school district is ranked the 12th best place to teach in South Carolina.
Have a look at the table for Clover school district’s top five schools:
Oakridge Middle School
5657 Oakridge Rd, Clover, SC 29710
Griggs Road Elementary School
100 Griggs Rd, Clover, SC 29710
Crowders Creek Elementary School
5515 Charlotte Hwy, Clover, SC 29710
Bethel Elementary School
6000 Highway 55 East Clover, 29710
Clover Middle School
1233 Barrett Rd, Clover, SC 29710
4. Union County
The sixth largest school district in North Carolina, Union County covers a total of sixteen towns and cities. These include Waxhaw and Weddington, which are an easy half hour drive away from downtown Charlotte.
Union County schools have excellent outcomes and rank high in student college preparedness.
Union County’s top five schools are:
3927 Twelve Mile Creek Rd, Matthews, NC 28104
Rea View Elementary
320 Reid Dairy Rd, Waxhaw, NC 28173
5903 Deal Rd, Matthews, NC 28104
Marvin Ridge Middle
2831 Crane Rd, Waxhaw, NC 28173
3101 Antioch Church Rd, Matthews, NC 28104
5. Rock Hill
One of the most diverse school districts in South Carolina, Rock Hill comprises a grand total of 27 schools. Rock Hill schools rank high in academics, outcomes and facilities; and are considered one of the best places to teach in the state.
And if that wasn’t enough, Rock Hill was also voted one of the best 100 communities for young people in the US. Five times.
Rock Hill’s top five schools are:
Dutchman Creek Middle School
4757 Mt Gallant Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Mt Gallant Elementary School
4664 Mt Gallant Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732
York Preparatory Academy
1047 Golden Gate Ct, Rock Hill, SC 29732
TK Kennedy (High School)
Ebinport Elementary School
2142 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732
India Hook Elementary School
2068 Yukon Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29732
6. Cabarrus County
Cabarrus county school district covers the eponymous county via 39 schools, making it the tenth largest school district in the state. It also boasts one of the best school meal plans in North Carolina.
Cabarrus County school district prides itself on its progressive learning environment and high academic standards. Indeed, it ranks very high when it comes to student college preparedness rankings.
Here are Cabarrus County school district’s top five schools:
JN Fries Magnet School
133 Stonecrest Cir SW, Concord, NC 28027
Cox Mill Elementary
1450 Cox Mill Rd, Concord, NC 28027
3900 Stallings Rd, Harrisburg, NC 28075
Harris Road Middle
1251 Patriot Plantation Blvd, Concord, NC 28027
Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College
1531 Trinity Church Rd, Concord, NC 28027
7. Mooresville City
Based in Mooresville – just 30 miles and a mere 45-minute drive away from Charlotte – the Mooresville graded school district currently serves about 6000 students.
Mooresville is well-known nationally thanks to its strong digital programme. Every student from the fourth to the twelfth grade is given a Macbook to use both at school and at home; and students from kindergarten upwards have access to laptops and iPads at school.
Have a look at the following table for Mooresville’s top schools:
East Mooresville Intermediate School
1711 Landis Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115
Mooresville Intermediate School
1438 Coddle Creek Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115
Mooresville Middle School
233 Kistler Farm Road
Mooresville, NC 28115
Mooresville Senior High
659 E Center Ave, Mooresville, NC 28115
NF Woods Adv Tech And Arts Center
574 W McLelland Ave, Mooresville, NC 28115
Catawba school district covers Maiden, Claremont and the beautiful Lake Norman of Catawba area, all of which are located under an hour’s drive away from downtown Charlotte. Catawba schools have excellent academics and outcomes as well as numerous magnet and work-based learning programs across the whole district.
As a plus, Catawba schools employ some of the happiest teachers in the state.
Catawba school district’s top five schools are listed in the table below:
Challenger Early College High
2550 US Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602
Sherrills Ford Elementary School
8103 Sherrills Ford Rd, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
Mountain View Elementary School
5911 Dwayne Starnes Drive Hickory, NC 28602
Harry M Arndt Middle School
3350 34th St Dr NE, Hickory, NC 28601
Clyde Campbell Elementary School
2121 35th Ave Dr NE, Hickory, NC 28601
The second largest school district in North Carolina, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s rich history dates back over 100 years. Today, it serves over 145,000 students in Charlotte city proper and several smaller towns nearby.
With extensive magnet programs in 37 schools, students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to educational opportunities. They’ll also get to learn side by side with students from 160 countries, making for a truly multicultural and diverse learning environment.
Here are Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s top five schools:
Irwin Academic Center
329 N Irwin Ave, Charlotte, NC 28202
Elon Park Elementary School
11425 Ardrey Kell Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277
Cato Middle College High School
8120 Grier Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215
Providence High School
1800 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28270
Sharon Elementary School
4330 Foxcroft Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
A Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner, Iredell-Statesville boasts the 14th best extracurriculars programme and the 15th best sports in North Carolina. The average teacher in the district has 15 years of experience; and the district’s schools place in the top 25th percentile in the state.
Unsurprisingly, Iredell-Statesville is often cited as a model for other school districts to follow.
The following are Iredell-Statesville’s top five schools:
1431 Mecklenburg Highway
Mooresville, NC 28115
625 Carolina Avenue
Statesville, NC 28677
CCTL (Early College)
Mitchell Community College
500 West Broad Street
Statesville, NC 28677
Woodland Heights Elementary
288 Forest Lake Boulevard
Mooresville, NC 28117
4083 Wilkesboro Road
Statesville, NC 28625
Now that you have a better idea of the best school districts in the Charlotte metro area, why not let us help you find the family home of your dreams? Reach out to us today!