Oldest Private Schools in North Carolina

The average private school in North Carolina was founded around 1984 (2024).
The oldest private school in North Carolina is Salem Academy, founded in 1772.
Year Founded Range: 1772 1954 Avg. Year Founded: 1917

Oldest Private Schools in North Carolina (2024)

School
Founding Date
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Salem Academy
Salem Academy Photo - For over 250 years, Salem Academy has been helping girls transform into exceptional women!
All-girls
(2)
Founding Date: 1772
Grades: 9-12
601 South Church Street
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 (Episcopal)
(2)
Founding Date: 1842
Grades: 9-12
900 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 424-4100
Rank: #33.
Oak Ridge Military Academy
Oak Ridge Military Academy Photo - 2019 Homecoming March
(5)
Founding Date: 1852
Grades: 7-12
2317 Oak Ridge Rd.
Oak Ridge, NC 27310
(336) 515-8040
Rank: #44.
Ravenscroft
Ravenscroft Photo - Ravenscroft serves students in grades PreK-12 and has a 135-acre campus nestled in the heart of North Raleigh. Our extraordinary facilities include: center for student life; two dining halls; innovation and technology centers; Fine Arts Center with a gallery space, 460-seat theatre and a 200-seat flexible performance space; many STEM labs; dedicated Health Center and so much more.
(15)
Founding Date: 1862
Grades: PK-12
7409 Falls Of Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 847-0900
Rank: #55.
St. Mary Catholic School
(Catholic)
(1)
Founding Date: 1869
Grades: PK-8
217 South 4th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-5491
Rank: #66.
Concordia Christian Day School
(Christian)
Founding Date: 1878
Grades: PK-8
215 5th Avenue SE
Conover, NC 28613
(828) 464-3011
Rank: #77.
Sacred Heart Catholic School
(Catholic)
(2)
Founding Date: 1882
Grades: K-8
385 Lumen Christie Ln
Salisbury, NC 28147
(704) 633-2841
Rank: #88.
St. Paul Catholic School
St. Paul Catholic School Photo - Art Class is fun!
(Catholic)
(2)
Founding Date: 1886
Grades: PK-8
3007 Country Club Rd
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 633-0100
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Asheville School
Asheville School Photo - Asheville School is for those who dare to be extraordinary. It is a privilege to learn and live at Asheville School, a small and special enclave among ancient mountains.
Founding Date: 1900
Grades: 9-12
360 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: 8-12
500 Christ School Rd
Arden, NC 28704
(828) 684-6232
Rank: #1111.
Immaculata Catholic School
Immaculata Catholic School Photo - With small class sizes, our students form deep and lasting friendships.
(Catholic)
(1)
Founding Date: 1909
Grades: PK-8
721 Burch Avenue
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 682-5847
Rank: #12 - 1312. - 13.
Captain Gilmer School
(Seventh Day Adventist)
Founding Date: 1910
Grades: K-8
257 Doelger Dr
Fletcher, NC 28732
(828) 684-8221
Rank: #12 - 1312. - 13.
Fletcher Academy
(Seventh Day Adventist)
Founding Date: 1910
Grades: 9-12
185 Academy Dr
Fletcher, NC 28732
(828) 209-6800
Rank: #1414.
Mount Pisqah Academy
Mount Pisqah Academy Photo
Special Program Emphasis (Seventh Day Adventist)
Founding Date: 1914
Grades: 9-12
75 Academy Dr
Candler, NC 28715
(828) 667-2535
Rank: #1515.
Adventist Christian Academy
Adventist Christian Academy Photo
(Seventh Day Adventist)
Founding Date: 1919
Grades: PK-8
4601 Emory Lane
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 366-4351
Rank: #1616.
St. Mary School
(Catholic)
(1)
Founding Date: 1927
Grades: PK-8
1601 Edgerton St
Goldsboro, NC 27530
(919) 735-1931
Rank: #17 - 1817. - 18.
Durham Academy
Founding Date: 1933
Grades: PK-12
3501 Ridge Road
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 489-3400
Rank: #17 - 1817. - 18.
Summit School Inc
Summit School Inc Photo - Summit Library
(3)
Founding Date: 1933
Grades: NS-9
2100 Reynolda Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27106
(336) 722-2777
Rank: #19 - 2019. - 20.
St. Patrick Catholic School
St. Patrick Catholic School Photo
(Catholic)
Founding Date: 1937
Grades: PK-8
1620 Marlborough Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 323-1865
Rank: #19 - 2019. - 20.
Terra Ceia Christian School
Terra Ceia Christian School Photo - The Knights of Terra Ceia.
(Christian)
(1)
Founding Date: 1937
Grades: K-12
4428 Christian School Rd
Pantego, NC 27860
(252) 943-2485
Rank: #21 - 2221. - 22.
Founding Date: 1941
Grades: PK-12
1440 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 943-4530
Rank: #21 - 2221. - 22.
Salisbury Adventist School
(Seventh Day Adventist)
Founding Date: 1941
Grades: 1-8
305 Rudolp Rd Salisbury
Salisbury, NC 28146
(704) 633-1282
Rank: #2323.
St. Michael Catholic School
St. Michael Catholic School Photo
(Catholic)
(3)
Founding Date: 1942
Grades: NS-8
704 St. Michael's Lane
Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 865-4382
Rank: #2424.
St. Stephens Lutheran School
St. Stephens Lutheran School Photo
(Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
(3)
Founding Date: 1943
Grades: PK-8
2304 Springs Rd NE
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 256-2166
Rank: #2525.
Saint Peter Catholic School
Saint Peter Catholic School Photo - Building the leaders of tomorrow upon the foundation of Christ since 1946
(Catholic)
Founding Date: 1946
Grades: PK-8
2606 E. 5th St.
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 752-3529
Rank: #26 - 2726. - 27.
Duke School
Duke School Photo - Welcome to Duke School! Our students love learning; visit us and see why!
Founding Date: 1947
Grades: PK-8
3716 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 416-9420
Rank: #26 - 2726. - 27.
Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic School
Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic School Photo
(Catholic)
(1)
Founding Date: 1947
Grades: PK-8
4145 Johnson Street
High Point, NC 27265
(336) 887-2613
Rank: #2828.
Our Lady Of The Assumption School
Our Lady Of The Assumption School Photo
(Catholic)
Founding Date: 1948
Grades: PK-8
4225 Shamrock Dr
Charlotte, NC 28215
(704) 531-0067
Rank: #29 - 3029. - 30.
Charlotte Christian School
Charlotte Christian School Photo - The new upper school building opened in August of 2007.
(Christian)
(7)
Founding Date: 1950
Grades: K-12
7301 Sardis Rd
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 366-5657
Rank: #29 - 3029. - 30.
Salem Baptist Christian School
Salem Baptist Christian School Photo
(Baptist)
(6)
Founding Date: 1950
Grades: PK-12
429 S Broad St
Winston Salem, NC 27101
(336) 725-6113
Rank: #3131.
St. Johns Lutheran School
St. Johns Lutheran School Photo - We love our school!
(Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
(4)
Founding Date: 1951
Grades: NS-5
2415 Silas Creek Pkwy
Winston Salem, NC 27103
(336) 725-1651
Rank: #3232.
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.
(13)
Founding Date: 1952
Grades: NS-5
1141 Raleigh School Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 546-0788
Rank: #33 - 3433. - 34.
Our Lady Of Grace Catholic School
Our Lady Of Grace Catholic School Photo - Here is our student body in the Church!
(Catholic)
Founding Date: 1953
Grades: PK-8
201 S. Chapman Street
Greensboro, NC 27403
(336) 275-1522
Rank: #33 - 3433. - 34.
St. Leo Catholic School
St. Leo Catholic School Photo - Our School
(Catholic)
(10)
Founding Date: 1953
Grades: K-8
333 Springdale Avenue
Winston Salem, NC 27104
(336) 748-8252
Rank: #3535.
Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic School
Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic School Photo
(Catholic)
(1)
Founding Date: 1954
Grades: K-8
2710 Overbrook Dr
Raleigh, NC 27608
(919) 861-4610
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the North Carolina average private schools founding year?
The North Carolina average private schools founding year is 1984 for 2024.
What are the private schools with oldest founding year in North Carolina?
The top ranked private schools in North Carolina include Salem Academy, Saint Mary's School and Oak Ridge Military Academy.
What is private high school and private elementary school with the oldest founding year in North Carolina?
The private high school with the oldest founding year in North Carolina is Salem Academy, with a year of 1772. The private elementary school with the oldest founding year is Oak Ridge Military Academy, with a year of 1852.

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