Education

Here’s how your child’s school district ranks in North Carolina and the country

A teacher gives instructions to students at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School in 2013 in Chapel Hill.
A teacher gives instructions to students at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School in 2013 in Chapel Hill. N&O file photo

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system has been ranked the best school district in North Carolina by Niche, a website that provides rankings on neighborhoods and schools.

In addition to being ranked No. 1 in the state, Chapel Hill-Carrboro was ranked No. 202 nationally out of 10,574 districts on Niche’s 2018 Best School Districts in America List. Chapel Hill-Carrboro earned its high rankings based on factors such as test scores, graduation rate, quality of the teachers, diversity and student suspension and absenteeism rates.

Niche touts the ratings as being rigorous. But there’s also some subjectivity since the ratings are based in part on survey responses from parents and students.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro received an overall grade of A+ from Niche, including A+ grades for academics and college prep and an A for teacher quality.

Among Triangle districts, the next highest on the list of best school districts was Wake County schools, which ranked No. 5 in the state and No. 1,354 nationally. Wake received an overall grade of A- from Niche.

Niche lists 116 school districts for North Carolina, although the state only has 115.

The Orange County school system, which is separate from Chapel Hill-Carrboro, was ranked No. 7 in the state and No. 1,377 nationally. An overall A- grade was given to Orange County.

Chatham County Schools was ranked No. 12 in the state and No. 2,463 nationally. Chatham received an overall grade of B+ from Niche.

Johnston County Schools was ranked No. 33 in the state and No. 4,310 nationally. Johnston received an overall grade of B.

Durham Public Schools was ranked No. 38 in the state and No. 4,571 nationally. Durham had an overall grade of B.

Niche also released a variety of other K-12 school rankings, including best public schools, best private schools and best teachers as part of its review of 100,000 schools and districts in the United States.

You can find the 2018 Best School Districts in America list here.

T. Keung Hui: 919-829-4534, @nckhui

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