Ranking the Charlotte area's best public elementary schools for 2020

Ranking the Charlotte area's best public elementary schools for 2020

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With the dawn of a new school year comes another set of annual rankings by Niche, aimed at helping pinpoint for parents where across the Charlotte region pupils can earn the best education.

The Charlotte Business Journal, as it did last year,will break down these rankings in a four-part series: public elementary schools, public middle schools, public high schools and K-12 private schools. Niche, a Pittsburgh-based research and review site, released the rankings on Aug. 5.

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In this piece, CBJ focuses solely on public elementary schools across the area.

Nine schools on that list are part of the Fort Mill School District, which makes up 70% of the top 10 schools on the ranking. That’s followed by six elementary schools that are part of Union County Public Schools and four schools in Clover School District of South Carolina. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wasn’t represented in this particular ranking.

In addition to traditional public schools, charter and magnets schools are also included in the ranking.

The top Charlotte-area public elementary school — Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, a charter school in south Charlotte — also ranked as the best in North Carolina, according to Niche.

This slideshow provides a closer look at what Niche has ranked as the region's top 25 public elementary schools for 2020.