Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools logo.png
Type and location
Type Public
Grades K-12
Established 1909
Country  United States
Location Chapel Hill and Carrboro
North Carolina
District information
Superintendent Thomas Forcella
Students and staff
Students 12,000
Other information

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.[1] 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.

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Carrboro Elementary (serving downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill)
  • Ephesus Elementary (serving Ephesus Road and east Chapel Hill)
  • Estes Hills Elementary (serving central Chapel Hill around Estes Drive)
  • Frank Porter Graham Elementary (serving southern Carrboro and Chapel Hill)
  • Glenwood Elementary (serving east Chapel Hill)
  • McDougle Elementary (serving central Carrboro)
  • Morris Grove Elementary (serving north Carrboro)
  • Rashkis Elementary (serving the neighborhood of Meadowmont Village)
  • Mary Scroggs Elementary School (which serves the neighborhood of Southern Village)
  • Seawell Elementary (serving northwest and central Chapel Hill)
  • Northside Elementary (serving Northside, Carrboro neighborhoods)


Middle schools[edit]

Smith Middle School
  • Grey Culbreth Middle School - named after wounded warrior PV2 Grey Culbreth, serving 20 percent of southern Chapel Hill.
  • McDougle Middle School - serving Carrboro
  • Phillips Middle School - serving central Chapel Hill
  • Smith Middle School - serving northern Chapel Hill

High schools[edit]

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.[3]

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).[4] 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.


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