Oldest Private Schools in North Carolina

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  • The average private school in North Carolina was founded around 1982 (2019-20).
  • The oldest private schools are listed below (where sufficient data available).
  • The oldest private school in North Carolina is Salem Academy, founded in 1772.

Oldest Private Schools in North Carolina (2019-20)

  • School Founding Date Grades Location
  • Rank: #11.
    Salem Academy
    Salem Academy Photo - For over 240 years, Salem Academy has been helping girls transform into exceptional women!
    All-girls
    Founding Date: 1772
    Grades: 9-12500 E. Salem Ave
    Winston Salem, NC 27101
    (336)721-2643

  • Rank: #22.
    Saint Mary's School
    Saint Mary's School Photo - Saint Mary's School, an all-girls, Episcopal, college preparatory, boarding and day high school located on a 23-acre, historic campus in the heart of Raleigh, N.C. More at www.sms.edu.
    All-girls | Special Program Emphasis (Episcopal)
    Founding Date: 1842
    Grades: 9-12900 Hillsborough Street
    Raleigh, NC 27603
    (919)424-4100

  • Rank: #33.
    Oak Ridge Military Academy
    Oak Ridge Military Academy Photo - Oak Ridge Military Academyest. 1852
    Special Program Emphasis (Christian)
    Founding Date: 1852
    Grades: 7-122317 Oak Ridge Rd.
    Oak Ridge, NC 27310
    (336)643-4131

  • Rank: #44.
    Ravenscroft
    Ravenscroft Photo - Founded in 1862, Ravenscroft has a 135-acre campus nestled in the heart of North Raleigh. Our extraordinary facilities include: dedicated library for Lower School; Middle and Upper School Library & Technology Center; Fine Arts Center with a gallery space, a 460-seat theatre and a 200-seat flexible performance space; 13 science labs; a 350-seat Dining Hall; and a Health Center.
    Founding Date: 1862
    Grades: PK-127409 Falls Of Neuse Rd
    Raleigh, NC 27615
    (919)847-0900

  • Rank: #55.
    St. Mary Catholic School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1869
    Grades: PK-8217 South 4th St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910)762-5491

  • Rank: #66.
    Concordia Christian Day School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1878
    Grades: PK-8215 5th Avenue SE
    Conover, NC 28613
    (828)464-3011

  • Rank: #77.
    Sacred Heart Catholic School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1882
    Grades: K-8385 Lumen Christie Ln
    Salisbury, NC 28147
    (704)633-2841

  • Rank: #88.
    St Paul Catholic School
    St Paul Catholic School Photo - Art Class is fun!
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1886
    Grades: PK-83007 Country Club Rd
    New Bern, NC 28562
    (252)633-0100

  • Rank: #9-109.-10.
    Asheville School
    Asheville School Photo - Asheville School. An Education for an Inspired Life.
    Founding Date: 1900
    Grades: 9-12360 Asheville School Road
    Asheville, NC 28806
    (828)254-6345

  • Rank: #9-109.-10.
    Christ School
    Christ School Photo
    All-boys (Episcopal)
    Founding Date: 1900
    Grades: 8-12500 Christ School Rd
    Asheville, NC 28704
    (828)684-6232

  • Rank: #1111.
    Immaculata Catholic School
    Immaculata Catholic School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1909
    Grades: PK-8721 Burch Avenue
    Durham, NC 27701
    (919)682-5847

  • Rank: #12-1312.-13.
    Captain Gilmer School
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Founding Date: 1910
    Grades: K-8257 Doelger Dr
    Fletcher, NC 28732
    (828)684-8221

  • Rank: #12-1312.-13.
    Fletcher Academy
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Founding Date: 1910
    Grades: 9-12185 Academy Dr
    Fletcher, NC 28732
    (828)209-6700

  • Rank: #1414.
    Mount Pisqah Academy
    Mount Pisqah Academy Photo - Jesus Lives at Mount Pisgah AcademyHe lives within our hearts!
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Founding Date: 1914
    Grades: 9-1275 Academy Dr
    Candler, NC 28715
    (828)667-2535

  • Rank: #1515.
    Adventist Christian Academy
    Adventist Christian Academy Photo
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Founding Date: 1919
    Grades: K-84601 Emory Lane
    Charlotte, NC 28211
    (704)366-4351

  • Rank: #16-1716.-17.
    Durham Academy
    Founding Date: 1933
    Grades: PK-123501 Ridge Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919)493-5787

  • Rank: #16-1716.-17.
    Summit School Inc
    Summit School Inc Photo - Summit Library
    Founding Date: 1933
    Grades: NS-92100 Reynolda Rd
    Winston Salem, NC 27106
    (336)722-2777

  • Rank: #18-1918.-19.
    St. Patrick School
    St. Patrick School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1937
    Grades: NS-81620 Marlborough Rd
    Fayetteville, NC 28304
    (910)323-1865

  • Rank: #18-1918.-19.
    Terra Ceia Christian School
    Terra Ceia Christian School Photo - The Knights of Terra Ceia.
    (Christian)
    Founding Date: 1937
    Grades: PK-124428 Christian School Rd
    Pantego, NC 27860
    (252)943-2485

  • Rank: #20-2120.-21. Founding Date: 1941
    Grades: PK-121440 Carmel Road
    Charlotte, NC 28226
    (704)943-4530

  • Rank: #20-2120.-21. Founding Date: 1941
    Grades: 1-8305 Rudolp Rd Salisbury
    Salisbury, NC 28146
    (704)633-1282

  • Rank: #2222.
    St. Michael Catholic School
    St. Michael Catholic School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1942
    Grades: PK-8704 St. Michael's Lane
    Gastonia, NC 28052
    (704)865-4382

  • Rank: #2323.
    St Stephen Lutheran School
    St Stephen Lutheran School Photo
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1943
    Grades: PK-82304 Springs Rd Ne
    Hickory, NC 28601
    (828)256-2166

  • Rank: #2424.
    Saint Peter Catholic School
    Saint Peter Catholic School Photo - Building the leaders of tomorrow upon the foundation of Christ since 1946
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1946
    Grades: PK-82606 E. 5th St.
    Greenville, NC 27858
    (252)752-3529

  • Rank: #25-2625.-26.
    Duke School
    Duke School Photo - Welcome to Duke School! Our students love learning; visit us and see why!
    Founding Date: 1947
    Grades: PK-83716 Erwin Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919)416-9420

  • Rank: #25-2625.-26.
    Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic School
    Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1947
    Grades: PK-84145 Johnson Street
    High Point, NC 27265
    (336)887-2613

  • Rank: #2727. Founding Date: 1948
    Grades: PK-84225 Shamrock Dr
    Charlotte, NC 28215
    (704)531-0067

  • Rank: #28-2928.-29.
    Charlotte Christian School
    Charlotte Christian School Photo - The new upper school building opened in August of 2007.
    (Christian)
    Founding Date: 1950
    Grades: PK-127301 Sardis Rd
    Charlotte, NC 28270
    (704)366-5657

  • Rank: #28-2928.-29.
    Salem Baptist Christian School
    Salem Baptist Christian School Photo
    (Baptist)
    Founding Date: 1950
    Grades: PK-12429 S Broad St
    Winston Salem, NC 27101
    (336)725-6113

  • Rank: #3030.
    St Johns Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1951
    Grades: PK-82415 Silas Creek Pkwy
    Winston Salem, NC 27103
    (336)725-1651

  • Rank: #3131.
    The Raleigh School
    The Raleigh School Photo - At the elementary school, we engage children's hands, hearts and minds every day — in the classroom as well as in our many outdoor spaces. Using an inquiry-based approach, our teachers help build critical and creative thinking skills.
    Founding Date: 1952
    Grades: NS-51141 Raleigh School Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27607
    (919)546-0788

  • Rank: #32-3332.-33.
    Our Lady Of Grace Catholic School
    Our Lady Of Grace Catholic School Photo - Welcome to Our Lady of Grace School in Greensboro, NC. For more information about our school, please contact us at (336) 275-1522! We'd be happy to have you visit with us.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1953
    Grades: PK-8201 S. Chapman Street
    Greensboro, NC 27403
    (336)275-1522

  • Rank: #32-3332.-33.
    St Leo Catholic School
    St Leo Catholic School Photo - Our School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1953
    Grades: K-8333 Springdale Avenue
    Winston Salem, NC 27104
    (336)748-8252

  • Rank: #3434.
    St Ann Catholic School
    St Ann Catholic School Photo
    Daycare / Preschool (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1955
    Grades: PK-5600 Hillside Ave
    Charlotte, NC 28209
    (704)525-4938

  • Rank: #3535.
    St Egbert Catholic School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1956
    Grades: PK-51705 Evans Street
    Morehead City, NC 28557
    (252)726-3418

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