- Step 1: Determine whether each school’s students perform better than statistically expected for the average student in the state.
- Step 2: Determine whether each school’s least-advantaged students perform better than average for similar students in the state.
- Step 3: Determine which schools produce the best college-level achievement for the highest percentage for their students.
The U.S. News list differs from those released by The Washington Post and Newsweek by using state test results for the performance of low-income and minority students in addition to Advanced Placement exams. “I’ll let people decide which one is better,” said Bob Morse, director of data research for U.S. News & World Report. “We’re measuring something different. Our methodology makes it harder to get on the list.”
Morse also said that some schools, such as Raleigh Charter High, Woods Charter, and Durham School of the Arts didn’t make the list because they were missing data in the files. Others, such as Enloe High and East Chapel Hill High, missed the cut because the minority and low-income students weren’t performing well enough.
- Green Hope High – Cary
- West Forsyth High – Clemmons
- Panther Creek High – Cary
- Hendersonville High – Hendersonville
- Butler High – Matthews
- Lucy Ragsdale High – Jamestown
- South Mecklenburg High – Charlotte
- Cary High – Cary
- Cox Mill High School – Concord
- Holly Springs High – Holly Springs
To see the complete NC High School Rankings, click here.