Moving to Charlotte with school-aged kids?! Then finding a home you love in a good school district is probably a top priority.

The Charlotte metro area is home to many excellent schools. When asking friends and neighbors why they relocated to Charlotte?, Schools is one of the most popular answers.

While this is a good problem to have, this 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.

This list of the top 10 school districts in Charlotte metro should help you on your way.

Read on.


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


2. 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:


Weddington Elementary
3927 Twelve Mile Creek Rd, Matthews, NC 28104

Rea View Elementary
320 Reid Dairy Rd, Waxhaw, NC 28173

Weddington Middle
5903 Deal Rd, Matthews, NC 28104

Marvin Ridge Middle
2831 Crane Rd, Waxhaw, NC 28173

Antioch Elementary
3101 Antioch Church Rd, Matthews, NC 28104


3. Clover

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. 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


5. 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

Harrisburg Elementary
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

6. Charlotte-Mecklenburg

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


7. 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


8. Lincoln County Schools

Lincoln County Schools serves over 11,627 students  and has 1200 full-time employees.  The district has 24 schools—14 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 4 high schools, Lincoln County School of Technology, and an alternative school.

  • Lincoln County Schools graduation rate is 90.6%, one of the highest in the region and 4.8% higher than the state average graduation rate.
  • Lincoln County Schools ranked 12th in the state on the Career and College indicator (level 4 and 5).
  • Lincoln County Schools ranked 17th in the state on Grade Level Proficiency indicator (level 3, 4, 5).
  • Lincoln County Schools ranked 20th in  the state on the ACT indicator (percent of students meeting UNC system entry score of 17).
  • The majority of our schools meet the state’s growth expectations with six schools exceeding growth expectations. Schools continue to improve academically which is reflected in the annual report card with three elementary schools and one high school improving by one letter grade.

Lincoln County’s school district’s top five schools are listed in the table below:


Catawba Springs Elementary School
PK, K-5
206 North Little Egypt Rd, Denver, NC 28037

St. James Elementary School
PK, K-5
1774 St James Church Road, Denver, NC 28037

East Lincoln Middle School
4137 Hwy 73, Iron Station, NC 28080

North Lincoln High School
2737 Lee Lawing Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092

East Lincoln High School
6471 Hwy 73, Denver, NC 28037


9. Kannapolis City Schools

Kannapolis City Schools surrounds one of the world’s premier centers of scientific discovery: the NC Research Campus. It is an extraordinary school system focused on Creating the Future. Kannapolis City Schools’ students achieve unparalleled success. Their students are state champions in Culinary Arts, Robotics, Wrestling, Restaurant Services, and Internet Networking. They are one of only four NC school districts named to the College Board’s Advanced Placement Honor Roll. Their students benefit from a comprehensive array of programs and resources that are unmatched anywhere in the state. They offer Global Studies, Dual Language Immersion, the area’s only A+ Arts program, innovative online learning, Culinary Arts, Engineering, Performing Arts, and much more. They also feature a highly acclaimed STEM Academy as well as exclusive partnerships with the NC Research Campus. In addition, their 5,500 students learn from teachers that are rated among the most effective in the region.

The following are Kannapolis City’s top five schools:


A.L. Brown High School
415 E 1st Street, Kannapolis, NC 28083

Forest Park Elementary School
1333 Forest Park Drive, Kannapolis, NC 28083

Shady Brook Elementary School
903 Rogers Lake Road, Kannapolis, NC 28081

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
800 N Walnut Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081


10. Gaston County Schools

Gaston County Schools is fully accredited by AdvancED and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a quality school system. Each school is also fully accredited.

  • Ninth largest school district in North Carolina with more than 32,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school)
  • Provides a comprehensive educational program with outstanding opportunities for students in academics, athletics, fine arts, career and technical education, and extracurricular activities
  • Second largest employer in Gaston County with more than 3,700 full-time and part-time employees, including 1,950 classroom teachers

The following are Gaston County’s top five schools:


Highland School of Technology
1600 N Morris Street, Gastonia, NC 28052

Ashbrook High School
2222 S New Hope Road, Gastonia, NC 28054

Bessemer City Early College High School
Gaston College Lena Sue Beam B
Dallas, NC 28034

Belmont Central Elementary School
310 Eagle Road, Belmont, NC 28012

New Hope Elementary School
137 Stowe Road, Gastonia, NC 28056

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!

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