As students across the Charlotte area settle into the school year, which saw an anything-but-normal start amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Niche is out with its annual set of rankings that highlights the best schools in the nation for 2021.
To produce such a list, the Pittsburgh-based research and review site incorporated input from current students, alumni and parents with test scores, academic performance and other data points. In addition to academics, Niche considered factors such as a school’s teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities, and racial and economic diversity. The seventh annual rankings include data on 94,710 public schools, 24,099 private schools and 11,822 school districts nationwide.
CBJ will take a four-part look at the new rankings to break down the top-rated schools across the Charlotte region. We’ll begin with public elementary schools, which include charter and magnet schools.
One local charter school fared particularly well in the rankings. Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, off Tyvola and Old Pineville roads in Charlotte, ranked as the best public elementary school in both the metro area and the state of North Carolina. On the national list, it ranked at No. 33.
Multiple schools that are part of Fort Mill School District also performed well in both the local and state rankings.
Check out the list of the 20 best public elementary schools in the Charlotte region, according to the Niche rankings, here.
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