Like it or not it’s almost time for the kids to head back to school. And one of the most important decisions a parent can make is how to educate their child. Whether that is choosing where to live based on school districts or choosing between public, private, or home school. It’s a choice that can define a child’s entire life. So how does North Carolina fair in terms of education? Well, a study by WalletHub recently ranked each state on this metric and North Carolina ranks in the bottom half of all school systems nationwide. Though it’s not all bad, we aren’t at the very bottom, just not in the top 50%.
This comes as education remains one of the hottest and most divisive topics in the country. Between the mask requirements, vaccine requirements, online schooling, critical race theory, school safety concerns, and more. It’s no wonder that parents are struggling with finding the option that works best for their families. It’s no wonder people are rethinking what they have always done. And this list doesn’t bode well for the public school argument. There is no one size fits all solution, but as a parent, it’s important to weigh the options and feel confident in the decision you have made.
View the full study here or read on for the full rankings of states by school systems.
North Carolina Ranks In The Bottom Half Of School Systems Nationwide
Ranked Charlotte Area's Best Public High Schools
Pittsburgh-based research and review site Niche recently released their rankings of the top Charlotte area public high schools. The rankings feature traditional, charter, and magnet schools but not private schools. Niche also did rankings state and nationwide, which 8 of the Charlotte area schools made. The rankings consider things like test scores at the state level as well as SAT/ACT, graduation rates, college preparedness, ratings, and quality of teachers.
According to the Charlotte Business Journal the rankings were based on the following scale: academics grade, 60%; culture and diversity grade, 10%; parent/student surveys on overall experience, 10%; teachers grade, 10%; clubs and activities grade, 2.5%; health and safety grade, 2.5%; resources and facilities grade, 2.5%; and sports grade, 2.5%.
Below is the list of the Top 20 best public high schools in the Charlotte area.