CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 21: Parked school busses sit in a lot during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 21, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools remain closed to students until May 15, under a new executive order from Governor Roy Cooper extending the previous statewide school closure in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Choosing the right school for your child can feel like the most important decision in the world. It’s certainly a factor in where you purchase a home. In our area, even the county you choose to settle in can be heavily influenced by school districts. Or should you just shell out the big bucks for private school education? How can you set your child up for success? So many parents stress about these decisions for years and years. Good thing 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. Your child will only stay at a school for a few years but will be in a district for up to 12. So which North Carolina school districts are the best? Let’s find out.

The 2023 Best School Districts ranking is based on a 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 top 50 North Carolina school districts ranked from best to worst: