Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
|Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools|
|Type and location|
|Location||Chapel Hill and Carrboro
|Students and staff|
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) is a school district which educates over ten thousand students (pre-K through 12th grade) in the southeastern part of Orange County, North Carolina. Being near three major universities as well as the Research Triangle Park, it serves one of the best educated populations in the United States. It is the school district for most of Chapel Hill (except the small portion of Chapel Hill that is in Durham County) and all of Carrboro, including schools from elementary through high school. It is financed through property taxes, including a city supplement, as well as state and federal money. The administrative center is located at Lincoln Center at 750 South Merritt Mill Road. Lincoln Center is the site of the former all-black high school. Services are available for gifted, special needs, and limited English proficiency students. The District's mission is "to enable all students to acquire, through programs of excellence and fairness, the knowledge, skills, and insights necessary to live rewarding, productive lives in an ever-changing society." Neil Pedersen served as superintendent of this district from 1992-2011. The current superintendent is Thomas Forcella.
- Carrboro Elementary Cubs (serving downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill; Colors: blue and white)
- Ephesus Elementary Roadrunners (serving Ephesus Road and east Chapel Hill; Colors: red, yellow, and white)
- Estes Hills Elementary Eagles (serving central Chapel Hill around Estes Drive; Colors: green, gold, white)
- Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe School Winged Lions (serving All of the district; Colors: yellow, maroon, and navy blue)
- Glenwood Elementary Gators (serving east Chapel Hill; Colors: green)
- McDougle Elementary Dolphins (serving central Carrboro; Colors: Teal and Yellow)
- Morris Grove Elementary Geckos (serving north Carrboro; Colors: Blue and Green)
- Rashkis Elementary Raptors (serving the neighborhood of Meadowmont Village; Colors: Purple and Yellow)
- Mary Scroggs Elementary School Frogs (which serves the neighborhood of Southern Village; Colors: Lime green and White)
- Seawell Elementary Seahawks (serving northwest and central Chapel Hill; Colors: Blue and White)
- Northside Elementary Navigators (serving Northside, Carrboro neighborhoods; Colors: Blue and Orange)
- Grey Culbreth Middle School Cougars - named after wounded warrior PV2 Grey Culbreth, serving 20 percent of southern Chapel Hill; Colors: Blue and Yellow/Gold
- McDougle Middle School Mustangs - serving Carrboro; Colors: Red and Black
- Phillips Middle School Falcons - serving central Chapel Hill; Colors: Green and White
- Smith Middle School Cyclones - serving northern Chapel Hill; Colors: Turquoise, White, Black, and Silver
The traditional high schools located in the District are Carrboro High, Chapel Hill High, and East Chapel Hill High. Phoenix Academy High School is an alternative high school for students needing a different environment.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District has been called one of the top 37 school districts in the United States and the top performing school district in the Southeast United States. This is according to the criteria of student scores on the SAT, student participation in Advanced Placement courses, and the number of National Merit Scholars.
The district is known for its high quality student scores, especially at the high school level. Two of the currently open high schools, Chapel Hill High and East Chapel Hill High, have been featured as some of the nation's best by the Newsweek Top 100 High Schools, as well as The Wall Street Journal (October 15, 1999). The newest high school, Carrboro High School, opened for 2007-08 school year.
Approximately one-third of the K-12 student population is identified as eligible to receive gifted services.