- Great schools and high taxes
- This house has a Chapel Hill address, why isn’t it in the Chapel Hill School District?
- Click on the map below to see homes in the Chapel Hill/ Carrboro School. There is also a map by school to make it easy to find a home if you know what school you are interested in.
- Language Programs in the Schools
- The Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools website has information about the language programs.
- Redistricting in Chapel Hill
- Chapel Hill Schools ~Eleven Elementary Schools
- Northside Elementary
- Carrboro Elementary
- Ephesus Elementary
- Estes Hills Elementary
- Frank Porter Graham Elementary
- Glenwood Elementary
- Mary Scroggs Elementary
- Morris Grove Elementary
- McDougle Elementary
- Rashkis Elementary
- Seawell Elementary
- Chapel Hill Schools~Four Middle Schools
- Guy Phillips Middle School
- McDougle Middle School
- Smith Middle School
- Grey Culbreth Middle School
- Chapel Hill Schools~Three High Schools
- Carrboro High School
- East Chapel Hill High School
- Chapel Hill High School
- By Marianne Howell Wright
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Great schools and high taxes
The Chapel Hill Public Schools are known as some of the best in the state. Taxes are high in Chapel Hill compared with the rest of North Carolina and home prices are high too with very few new homes for sale in the school district. Many homes were built in the 90’s and are getting dated. It may be worth it to you to have an older, smaller home and pay higher taxes to get the best schools. Generally the schools in the Triangle are excellent, especially Wake, Orange and Chatham Counties, so your child should get a very good education in any of the Triangle school districts.
This house has a Chapel Hill address, why isn’t it in the Chapel Hill School District?
School Assignments in the Chapel Hill Carrboro School District by neighborhood Click on the neighborhood outline on the map and you will see school assignment.
Sometimes it’s hard to figure what homes are for sale in the Chapel Hill School District because not all homes with a Chapel Hill address are part of the Chapel Hill School District. Homes with a Chapel Hill address may have Chatham, Orange County or Durham schools. The easiest way to find only homes with Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools is to contact me 919-274-4365. I’ll explain why, set you up with an auto search that includes only the schools you want or see or help you find just what you want. If you prefer to look on your own, take a look at my lifestyle map (opens in a new page) that shows all of the homes for sale in with the schools you want. It only works on a desktop right now but I’ll have a mobile version soon. Below the map on this page is information about each of the schools with test scores.
Click on the map below to see homes in the Chapel Hill/ Carrboro School. There is also a map by school to make it easy to find a home if you know what school you are interested in.
Language Programs in the Schools
Chapel Hill is an international town and attracts people from all over the world who choose Chapel Hill because of the casual lifestyle, wonderful public schools, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and proximity to Research Triangle Park.
The Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools website has information about the language programs.
“CHCCS currently offers a Dual Language program at Glenwood Elementary (Mandarin Chinese/English), and also at Carrboro Elementary School (Spanish/English), Frank Porter Graham Elementary(Spanish/English), and Mary Scroggs Elementary (Spanish/English). Beginning in 2013-14, the Spanish/English program will change to a magnet approach, with Spanish/English dual language classes at Frank Porter Graham Dual Language Magnet and Carrboro Elementary.
The World Language program at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools offers challenging and engaging curriculum and instruction in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish. Students hone their skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing, in authentic, culturally-rich contexts.”
Redistricting in Chapel Hill
Redistricting happens in the Chapel Hill school district every few years when a new school is built. Elementary schools in the Town were just redistricted for the 2013 school year when Northside Elementary was built and opened in September.
Redistricting in the past in Chapel Hill was partially based on government sponsored free and reduced lunches to help determine socioeconomic status. That is no longer allowed so instead they are using relative housing values along with test scores.
The good news is that the schools are all good, have always been all good and the opening of a new elementary school is great because we won’t have the over crowding that is a real problem with other school districts in the area.
Chapel Hill Sat Scores
The Washington Post ranks high schools in the US and of the three Chapel High schools, Carrboro High ranked 145, East Chapel Hill High ranked 158 and Chapel Hill High ranked 165.
The SAT scores for the Chapel Hill Schools were 1194 for math and reading and 1776 with the writing section included.
I know test scores are just one factor when judging a school. I think it’s always a good idea to visit the schools and meet the principal. School tours can be arranged and I can give you names of parents with children in the school you are interested in to answer questions that only a parent can.
Below is some information about the demographics of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Schools along with the test scores. You can see from the photos that some schools are newer and some older. What I like about that is that there is such personality in each school. Academically they are all excellent .The older schools all have up to date technology and are sparkly clean but also have that special quirkiness of the buildings that echo the past of Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill Schools ~Eleven Elementary Schools
Elementary schools in Chapel Hill open early-at 7:25 AM. School is out at 2:30. There is bus service for all children living farther than 1.5 miles from school.
This is a brand new school so there isn’t any test score or demographic information yet. The link is for the website. The site that Northside was built on has been a school site since 1916. Some of the original stone stairs were kept when the old Northside school was torn down in 2012. The new school is very green and even has a roof garden. The Triangle is very high tech and this new school has the best new technology.
It’s so Carrboro! A little older, a little arty, and filled with a community spirit. It’s right in town and lots of kids walk. Inside the classrooms have modern tech and there is a old style auditorium.
What you see in the photo is the newer part of the school. Driving by it looks like it was built in the 60’s and is surrounded by 1960’s era houses with lots of children walking and riding their bike to school . It’s like going back in time. It’s a much requested school.
This is another school bordered by 60’s and 70’s era houses set on beautiful lots. It’s really old style with classroom doors opening to the outside. The former principal has moved on to the new Northside Schools. Estes has a special charm. Can you see the childrens drawings outside the classroom doors on the front of the school?
It doesn’t really look like a prison! Behind the plain facade are several buildings bordering a huge play area and lots of park like grounds. The school is the systems first dual language magnet school.
You have to know where Glenwood is to find this school. It’s tucked away behind a busy shopping area and feels totally secluded. It’s an older school and is one that is requested by my clients.
If you are in Chapel Hill stop by Scroggs. It’s right in Southern Village and borders the Southern Chapel Hill Park. I’m going to have to get a photo of all of the tiny bikes that are sometimes in bike racks and sometimes just dropped on the ground by the many kids who ride them to school. Here’s a video of my client Hazel Nichols telling me about Mary Scroggs School. She was nice enough to let me video her unexpectedly while we were having their home inspection.
Morris Grove is on the Northwest side of town behind Lake Hogan Farms and Ballentine. There isn’t a path to walk to the school now but should be when Ballentine is finished. The school is just a few years old with all of the modern tech that goes along with that.
McDougle Elementary is connected to McDougle Middle school by the Carrboro Public Library. Many children walk and ride their bikes from surrounding neighborhoods including Sunset Creek, Barrington Hills, Cates Farm and Cobblestone. There is also a path to some older neighborhoods and Lloyd Square.
Chapel Hill Schools~Four Middle Schools
Chapel Hill Schools~Three High Schools
By Marianne Howell Wright
Great Schools.org and Google have put out a school ranking map. There are lots of very good schools in the Triangle.Just enter Raleigh, Chapel Hill or other cities you are interested in.