Best High Schools in North Carolina

Each year, the top high schools in each state are chosen. North Carolina has many great high schools. However, five high schools are considered to be the best high schools North Carolina has to offer. Just because a high school isn’t on the list, doesn’t mean it’s not a great school. These schools are just shining examples of what North Carolina high schools can be.


High schools are judged in several categories. The best school in each category is deemed to be one of the best in North Carolina. The categories include: Best Overall Academic Performance, Best Low Income, Best Improved, GreatSchool’s Parents Choice for Public and GreatSchool’s Parents Choice for Private. These schools are judged by a board put together by GreatSchool. GreatSchool also judges other types of schools as well.


Green Hope High School in Cary, North Carolina was chosen as the winner of the Best Overall Academic Performance award. Green Hope High School is a public high school with approximately two thousand students. Grades 9-12 are taught at this school. Green Hope is located in the Wake Country district and earned a grade of 10 out of 10.

Monroe High School in Monroe, North Carolina was chosen as the winner of the Best Low Income high school. Parents who reviewed the school said they believed extracurricular activities were only average. Located in the Union County school district, Monroe High School has approximately seven hundred students and serves grades 9-12. Monroe achieved a score of 6 out of 10.

The Most Improved award went to Independence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Independence High School rated a 6 out of 10 based upon state standardized test scores. Independence High School serves grades 9-12 and approximately twenty five hundred students.

Raleigh Charter High School in Raleigh, North Carolina won the GreatSchool’s Parents Choice for Public school award. Raleigh Charter High School is a charter school and won the coveted score of 10 out of 10. This school serves grades 9-12.

Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Providence Day School won the GreatSchool’s Parents Choice for Private school award. Providence Day School serves grades K-12. This is a private school with approximately fifteen hundred students. Providence only holds class 177 days per year and is a co-ed private school. The rating for this school wasn’t revealed.

This list of five schools was the 2009 winner list. GreatSchool creates a list each year. GreatSchool also creates a list for each of high schools for each state. You can check ratings for your own high school and view parents’ ratings for every school. Even though GreatSchool chose the five schools listed above, the parental ratings and comments for each school didn’t always agree.

High schools and other schools in North Carolina strive to be the best they can be. Each year, only five can win the coveted awards and distinction GreatSchool gives. Awards are given based on state test scores, how well students and parents like the school, academics and how well the school improves from one year to the next.


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