Best Public Schools in Wilmington, NC


The city of Wilmington, North Carolina is home to 44 schools serving students from elementary through high school, all part of the New Hanover County Schools district. The district is ranked 74 out of 243 in the state and has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Within the district, there are standout schools like Ogden Elementary and Masonboro Elementary, which are ranked 9th and 10th out of 1,502 elementary schools in North Carolina, respectively. These schools boast exceptional test scores, with over 90% of students proficient or better in mathematics.

The schools in Wilmington exhibit a range of racial diversity, with some like College Park Elementary having a majority African American and Hispanic student population, while others like Ogden Elementary and Masonboro Elementary have a predominantly white student body. Free and reduced lunch rates also vary significantly, from as low as 15.91% at Ogden Elementary to as high as 99.8% at New Hanover High, indicating a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds among the student population.

The data also reveals the exceptional performance of some charter schools in the area, such as Isaac M. Bear Early College High School, which is ranked 23rd out of 626 high schools in North Carolina and has a diverse student population with a low free/reduced lunch rate of 17.26%. Overall, the schools in Wilmington demonstrate a mix of high-performing and lower-performing institutions, highlighting the need for continued efforts to address disparities and ensure equitable access to quality education for all students.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.

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