Education

Tallies are in, and North Carolina’s biggest school is in Charlotte. Also No. 2 and 3

Ardrey Kell High students gather for a hunger drive event in October.
Ardrey Kell High students gather for a hunger drive event in October. Courtesy of CMS

Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Ardrey Kell High is now the largest public school in North Carolina, according to a new tally of first-month enrollment for 2017-18.

In fact, the state’s three largest schools are in Charlotte, with Ardrey Kell at 3,178, Myers Park High at 3,156 and South Mecklenburg High at 3,106. Fourth place is Wake County’s Green Hope High with 2,916 students.

Here are some other highlights from the report:

Biggest school district: Wake by a long shot, with 160,095 students. CMS is second at 147,359.

Biggest charter school: N.C. Virtual Academy, a Durham-based online school that has 2,068 K-12 student enrolled around the state. That’s closely followed by Lincoln Charter with 2,058 K-12 students at its Denver and Lincolnton campuses northwest of Charlotte.

Biggest middle school: Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Community House Middle with 1,830. It’s a stone’s throw from Ardrey Kell High, in the southern Ballantyne area.

Biggest elementary school: Wake’s Sycamore Creek with 1,191.

Total public school enrollment: 1,534,589, up about 3,500 students over the previous year.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

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