Why Live in Chatham County?
Chatham County is just outside the Town of Chapel Hill. The 14,000 acre Jordan Lake is in Chatham Co. and just 15 minutes from the center of Chapel Hill and UNC. The land is rural and beautiful country with lots of trees and rolling hills. The tax rate is about the lowest in the Triangle at just .68 per $100. There are lots of new homes for sale (unlike in the Town of Chapel Hill). Prices are amazingly low for the area.
What are the good schools in Chatham County?
US News and World Reports ranked the best high schools in the US and Northwood High was awarded a silver ranking. It is listed as 6th in the State and 899 in the country. The middle and elementary schools closest to the Town of Chapel Hill are Perry Harrison Elementary and the 2 year old Margaret Pollard Middle School. My clients who have bought in the Chatham County Schools have had good things to say about the schools. I always encourage you to tour and visit the school to see for your self because test scores and on line reviews don’t tell the whole story about how the school will be for your child. I’ll be happy to go with you. More visits and different client reactions help me have a better understanding of what the schools are like to help my next clients.
Chatham County Schools are Diverse and High Tech
They say that the schools are diverse and that’s understandable in a county with large expensive home neighborhoods to homes on very rural country roads.Chapel Hill and Chatham County are also full of people from all over the world attracted to the area because of the universities and high tech jobs in the Research Triangle Park. It isn’t surprising that every high school student in Chatham County is issued a Mac to use as their own. Middle and elementary students in Chatham County schools have a Mac too but they don’t take them home, they are distributed daily.
I’ve been on school tours of Perry Harrison Elementary and North Chatham Elementary and my impression are the schools are older (that’s subjective-some clients say look at that nice new school!). I was impressed with the friendliness of the staff the the schools.
Margaret Pollard Middle School is new last year and is really nice. I recently toured the school with clients and met for a long time with the principal. I was impressed.
Houses for sale in the Chatham County School District
Margaret Pollard Middle School Principal Justin Bartholomew
Here is a video of the principal speaking
North Chatham County Schools
Most of the areas I work with are in the North Chatham area. This would be from Chapel Hill south to Pittsboro. East and West of 15-501.
If you look at the test scores for North Chatham County Schools ,they compare favorably with Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools for the middle and elementary. Northwood High has many AP classes and the parents I’ve talked with say that it’s community style school where the principal really knows the kids. The high school has an active sports program A new North Chatham high school is slated for 2014 but there could be budget delays with that.
North Chatham County Schools Test Scores and demographics
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Chatham County Schools