Top 10 Best North Carolina Blue Ribbon Private Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 19 blue ribbon private schools serving 8,237 students in North Carolina.
The top ranked blue ribbon private schools in North Carolina include Cary Academy, Ravenscroft and Charlotte Christian School.
The average acceptance rate is 83%, which is lower than the North Carolina private school average acceptance rate of 87%.
79% of blue ribbon private schools in North Carolina are religiously affiliated (most commonly Catholic and Christian).
Blue Ribbon schools have been recognized by the Department of Education for achieving superior standards of academic excellence. Read more about this national school awards program and how blue ribbon schools work.

Top Ranked North Carolina Blue Ribbon Private Schools (2024)

School
Location
Students
Year
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)
1141 Raleigh School Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 546-0788
404 students
Year: 2007
Captain Gilmer School
(Seventh Day Adventist)
257 Doelger Dr
Fletcher, NC 28732
(828) 684-8221
102 students
Year: 2022
Cary Academy
(1)
1500 N Harrison Avenue
Cary, NC 27513
(919) 228-4530
778 students
Year: 2004
Cathedral School
(Catholic)
204 Hillsborough St
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 832-4711
292 students
Year: 2007
Charlotte Christian School
Charlotte Christian School Photo - The new upper school building opened in August of 2007.
(Christian)
(7)
7301 Sardis Rd
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 366-5657
1,181 students
Year: 2006
9502 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 846-1100
n/a students
Year: n/a
Faith Christian School
Faith Christian School Photo
(Christian)
1333 Faith Christian Dr
Rocky Mount, NC 27803
(252) 443-3700
382 students
Year: n/a
The Franciscan School
(Catholic)
(2)
10000 Saint Francis Drive
Raleigh, NC 27613
(919) 534-4840
549 students
Year: 2011
Immaculata Catholic School
Immaculata Catholic School Photo - With small class sizes, our students form deep and lasting friendships.
(Catholic)
(1)
721 Burch Avenue
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 682-5847
532 students
Year: 2012
Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic School
Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic School Photo
(Catholic)
(1)
2710 Overbrook Dr
Raleigh, NC 27608
(919) 861-4610
479 students
Year: 2007
Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic School
Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic School Photo - Eighth graders lead our school's annual May Crowning ceremony each May. Passing on the Christian faith is central to who we are.
(Catholic)
(4)
1730 Link Road
Winston Salem, NC 27103
(336) 722-7204
182 students
Year: 2010
Our Lady Of The Assumption School
Our Lady Of The Assumption School Photo
(Catholic)
4225 Shamrock Dr
Charlotte, NC 28215
(704) 531-0067
124 students
Year: 2006
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)
7409 Falls Of Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 847-0900
1,254 students
Year: 2003
St. Leo Catholic School
St. Leo Catholic School Photo - Our School
(Catholic)
(10)
333 Springdale Avenue
Winston Salem, NC 27104
(336) 748-8252
195 students
Year: 2005
St. Michael The Archangel School
St. Michael The Archangel School Photo
(Catholic)
(3)
810 High House Rd
Cary, NC 27513
(919) 468-6150
546 students
Year: 2010
St. Stephens Lutheran School
St. Stephens Lutheran School Photo
(Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
(3)
2304 Springs Rd NE
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 256-2166
232 students
Year: 2003
St. Timothy's School
St. Timothy's School Photo
(Episcopal)
(8)
4523 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 787-3011
590 students
Year: 2004
Blessed Sacrament School
(Catholic)
515 Hillcrest Ave
Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 570-0019
239 students
Year: 2003
Mount Zion Christian Academy
(Christian)
3519 Fayetteville St
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 688-4245
176 students
Year: n/a

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked blue ribbon private schools in North Carolina?
The top ranked blue ribbon private schools in North Carolina include Cary Academy, Ravenscroft and Charlotte Christian School.
How many blue ribbon private schools are located in North Carolina?
19 blue ribbon private schools are located in North Carolina.
How diverse are blue ribbon private schools in North Carolina?
North Carolina blue ribbon private schools are approximately 25% minority students, which is higher than the North Carolina private school average of 23%.
What percentage of blue ribbon private schools are religiously affiliated in North Carolina?
79% of blue ribbon private schools in North Carolina are religiously affiliated (most commonly Catholic and Christian).

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