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I have a great deal of respect for teachers and the lives of children they shape each day.  Charlie’s mom is a life long educator.  And, his sister spent many years as a public school teacher.  It’s nice to hear good news and recognition coming to a deserving teacher.  A Charlotte schools band director will be receiving a very special award later this month.  According to WBTV, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology’s Walter Suggs is the winner of the Manilow Music Project Music Teacher Award.  And yes, it’s Manilow as in Barry Manilow.  Full disclosure, Barry Manilow remains one of my favorite artists of all time.  He performs in Charlotte later this month.  So, the man himself will be here to present Suggs with the honor.

Each city where the artist performs, selects a teacher for the award.  The award is $5000 in cash and $5000 in “Manilow bucks.”  The Manilow bucks allows teachers to purchase instruments for their music program.  The Spectrum Center and CMS schools nominated Suggs.  Over the years, the Manilow Music Project has given away over $10 million worth of funds and instrument donations.  Manilow performs Saturday, January 21 at Spectrum Center.

Walter Suggs graduated from NCCU with a degree in music education in 1993.  He earned a master’s degree from Winthrop University in 2009.  See here learn more about the performance date, show time and info.  Just four months ago the award was given to a teacher in Rhode Island.  And soon, Charlotte schools band director Walter Suggs will have a similar experience.

These Are The Best Public Elementary Schools In North Carolina

Choosing the right school for your child can feel like the most important decision in the world. It’s a factor in where you purchase a home. Should you shell out the big bucks for a private school education? How can you set your child up for success? So many parents stress about these decisions for years and years. Good think Niche.com is here to help with rankings of schools and universities across the country. They recently released their 2023 rankings of schools. This includes K-12 as well as higher education. You can play around with the filters and view the rankings based on a variety of factors. One of the more intriguing, and important levels of schooling is elementary schools. This is often when the path is set for children. So what are the best public elementary schools in North Carolina? Let’s find out.

For this list, we are counting charter schools as public schools since they are free to attend. And well the bad news is if you aren’t looking at a charter school or don’t live in the Chapel Hill area, then you’re school isn’t on this list. Yes, of 25 spots there wasn’t a single one that wasn’t a charter school or in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district. But where did these rankings come from you may ask? According to Niche:

The 2023 Best Public Elementary Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings, and the overall quality of the school district. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

If you’re struggling with where to send your child to school hopefully this list will help you narrow it down. These are the 25 best public elementary schools in North Carolina.

  • 25. Morris Grove Elementary School

    District: Chapel Hill- Carrboro City Schools

    Grades: PK, K-5

    Students: 487

    Student-teacher ratio:  12:1

    Morris Grove Elementary School

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  • 24. McDougle Elementary School

    District: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

    Grades: PK, K-5

    Students: 517

    Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

    Mc Dougle Elementary School

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  • 23. Pine Lake Preparatory School

    District: Charter School

    Grades: K-12

    Students: 1,877

    Student-teacher ratio: 17:1

    Pine Lake Preparatory

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  • 22. Ephesus Elementary School

    District: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

    Grades: PK, K-5

    Students: 374

    Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

    Public Art Totem, Ephesus Elementary School

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  • 21. Pine Springs Preparatory Academy

    District: Charter School

    Grades: K-8

    Students: 825

    Student-teacher ratio: 18:1

    Pine Springs Preparatory Academy

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  • 20. Glenwood Elementary School

    District: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

    Grades: K-5

    Students: 439

    Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

    Glenwood Elementary School

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  • 19. Triangle Math & Science Academy

    District: Charter School

    Grades: K-12

    Students: 946

    Student-teacher ratio: 27:1

    Triangle Math and Science Academy (TMSA Triangle)

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  • 18. Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-12

    Students: 1,358

    Student-teacher ratio: 18:1

    Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy

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  • 17. Envision Science Academy

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-8

    Students: 726

    Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

    Envision Science Academy

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  • 16. Francene Delany New School

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-8

    Students: 182

    Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

  • 15. Magellan Charter School

    District: Charter

    Grades: 3-8

    Students: 405

    Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

    The Magellan Charter School

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  • 14. Summerfield Charter Academy

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-8

    Students: 780

    Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

    Summerfield Charter Academy

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  • 13. Rashkis Elementary School

    District: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

    Grades: PK, K-5

    Students: 451

    Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

    Rashkis Elementary School

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  • 12. Greensboro Academy

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-8

    Students: 758

    Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

    Greensboro Academy

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  • 11. Sterling Montessori Academy

    District: Charter

    Grades: PK, K-8

    Students: 616

    Student-teacher ratio: 19:1

    Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School

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  • 10. Seawell Elementary School

    District: Chapel Hill -Carrboro City Schools

    Grades: PK, K-5

    Students: 481

    Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

    Seawell Elementary School

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  • 9. Exploris Middle School

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-8

    Students: 481

    Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

    Exploris Middle School

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  • 8. Endeavor Charter School

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-8

    Students: 536

    Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

    Endeavor Charter School

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  • 7. Lake Norman Charter School

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-12

    Students: 2,207

    Student-teacher ratio: 18:1

    Lake Norman Charter Elementary School

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  • 6. The Expedition School

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-8

    Students: 362

    Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

    The Expedition School

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  • 5. Southeastern Academy

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-8

    Students: 213

    Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

    Southeastern Academy Charter School

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  • 4. The Academy of Moore County

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-5

    Students: 471

    Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

    Moore County Academy

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  • 3. Quest Academy

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-8

    Students: 140

    Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

    Quest Academy Charter School

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  • 2. Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-8

    Students: 385

    Student-teacher ratio: 16:1

    Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

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  • 1. Woods Charter School

    District: Charter

    Grades: K-12

    Students: 509

    Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

    Woods Charter School

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