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Public and Private Schools in Jacksonville, NC

Which of the schools in Jacksonville, North Carolina made the list?

By Marc Acton on November 8, 2016

Jacksonville, NC
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Jacksonville offers more than 35 schools for the children of local and military families, and the options are diverse enough to meet a variety of needs. You could send your child to one of Onslow County’s excellent public schools, a religious private school, or even a public magnet school that offers year-round education. Whether you’re relocating and trying to find an educational institution that will best meet the needs of your children, or looking for a better fit for your child than the one you already have, we’ve drilled down the long list of options to provide you with some of the best.

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Carolina Forest Elementary

Great Schools Rating: 8

The mission of Carolina Forest International Elementary is to inspire the creativity and ambition to succeed while empowering students to invest in their learning. This public school accepts grades K-through-5 and provides a safe and vibrant environment where students develop academic, social and emotional strengths. Established in August 2004, the school currently serves approximately 850 students.

New Bridge Middle

Great Schools Rating: 7

New Bridge Middle is a public school serving students in grades 6, 7, and 8. It’s Onslow County’s middle school magnet program and offers a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts. In order to offer the students the best education possible, New Bridge Middle emphasizes learning through hands-on, immersive science.

Southwest Middle

Great Schools Rating: 6

The teachers and staff at Southwest Middle aim to provide all of their students with challenging academics in an effort to prepare them for college and future success in society. Southwest Middle accepts students in grades 6, 7, and 8 and offers a wide number of resources for students and parents on their website.

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Southwest Elementary

Great Schools Rating: 7

Southwest Elementary is a rural public school that welcomes children in preschool through fifth grade. They support and challenge their students through collaboration and teamwork, and aim to provide them with the learning tools and opportunities necessary to become passionate, lifelong learners. Approximately 82% of the students at Southwest Elementary consistently score at or above grade level, earning Southwest the designation of a “School of Distinction.”

Northside High

Great Schools Rating: 6

Northside High brings in students from a number of communities in the Jacksonville area, including many children of military men and women. The school aims to prepare its students for the globally competitive world by offering a number of programs, like: 21st Century Academy, Culinary Arts Academy, STEM Academy, and Avid Program. They also recently introduced the Sports Marketing Academy, which prepares students for a variety of fields, including sports marketing, video production, referee certification, and health sciences.

Montessori Children’s School (Private)

Great Schools Rating: N/A

Montessori schools across the country follow the Montessori educational model, which is based on the idea that more tactile, exploratory learning environments encourage early development. The school is only open to children ages 1-14, and embraces the experiential learning typical of schools associated with this well-known teaching method.

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Living Water Christian School (Private)

Great Schools Rating: N/A

This pre-school-through-12 school teaches Bible-based fundamentals, but isn’t associated with any specific Christian denomination. It offers scholarships for qualifying families who need financial assistance. Their mission is to, “Lead students to connect with Christ, grow in academics and serve with humility.”

Jacksonville Christian Academy (Private)

Great Schools Rating: N/A

Established in 1981, Jacksonville Christian is one of the oldest private schools in the county, with a wide range of extracurricular and educational opportunities—like their aviation class, which meets one night per week and prepares students to receive their private pilot’s license. The school is associated with the First Free Will Baptist Church. 

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