Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – Raleigh Charter High School – Newsweek – 40/100
Raleigh Charter High School
Raleigh Charter High School is a free, independent public school chartered by the North Carolina State Board of Education. It was founded in 1998 by parents of eighth graders at Magellan Charter School. From its inception through the 2010-2011 school year, Raleigh Charter occupied the historic Pilot Mill behind Peace College in downtown Raleigh. Over the summer of 2011, the school moved to the former Methodist Building on Glenwood Avenue. This location offers proximity to downtown Raleigh; the move, however, was motivated not by dissatisfaction with Pilot Mill, but by financial issues: the school rented its first space, but owns the current one.
1307 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605, United States
Honors and Awards
On December 5, 2008, U.S. News & World Report ranked Raleigh Charter the 20th best high school in the country. In 2005 Raleigh Charter High School was named the ninth best public high school in the nation by Newsweek magazine based on the number of students taking Advanced Placement tests. It was rated number 53 and 18 in 2006 and 2007, respectively. In 2003, 99 percent of tenth grade students at Raleigh Charter High School met or exceeded the requirements of the North Carolina End-of-Course Tests. For five years Raleigh Charter’s students have been well ahead the state’s high schools in EOC scores. In addition, almost everyone in the senior class of 2004 was accepted into college. In the College Board’s AP Report for 2005, Raleigh Charter High School had the highest percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher on the Environmental Science AP Test for medium-sized schools in the world.  The school also posted the highest average SAT score in the Raleigh Durham area: of 1861 with 100% of students taking the test. Raleigh Charter’s Women’s Swim Team has won States for the past four years. This began under the captainship of Bridget Whalen and Lacy Walker, continuing under Bridget Whalen and Mary Felder. The impeccable leadership of Kelly Whalen and Alex DiLalla ensured the winning streak, and this year Paige Whalen and Kylee Parsons continued the trend.