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Schools » K-12


Woods Charter School
160 Woodland Grove Ln.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Principal: Harrell Rentz

Vision and Mission:
We envision a world where every young person wholeheartedly engages in an extraordinary educational journey that leads to a life of leadership and service. Woods Charter School empowers students to achieve their full potential. We develop young citizens equipped with a solid academic foundation, a passion for learning, and exemplary character.

  • Onsite K-12 Public Charter School, ranked one of the top in the nation
  • Fully equipped building opened in August 2008
  • Free tuition and open to all NC students
  • Over 95% graduation rate
  • Ranked "top ten" on SAT scores in NC
  • Ranked among the top US high schools by US News & World Report and The Washington Post
  • NC Honor School of Excellence
  • More than 12 Advanced Placement courses
  • Greater than 90% acceptance to four-year colleges/universities
  • Personalized college counseling assistance

Perry W. Harrison Elementary School
2655 Hamlet Chapel Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Principal: Freda Hicks

Perry Harrison Elementary School staff, families, and community members will partner to cultivate successful 21st Century learners through the integration of innovative technology, resources, and differentiated instruction in a healthy, safe, culturally competent environment.

  • PHS 2012-2013 Teacher Assistant of the Year,Ms. Charlene Thompson
  • Rebecca Tompkins, 4th grade, Perry Harrison's Teacher of the Year

Margaret B. Pollard Middle School
185 Granite Mill Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC
Principal: Dr. Justin Bartholomew

Vision Statement:
By the year 2020, Margaret B. Pollard Middle School will effectively utilize technological, local, and building resources on a daily basis to enhance the educational experience of students, faculty, and staff. All students will enter high school within three years with the academic skills at or above their grade level as well as a strong understanding of their own role in contributing to an eco-friendly, caring, and global community.

  • The onsite campus has many “green” features and is the first Gold LEED certified middle school in the state.
  • The Battle of the Books team was the county winner and will advance to the regional competition
  • Members of the 2011 Environthon team placed fourth and seventh in the regional competition and advanced to the state level competition
  • The school has a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society
  • The school cafeteria offers an expanded menu that includes salads and wraps
  • 2011 – School opened
  • ABC Status: School of Distinction

Northwood High School
310 Northwood High School Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Principal: Chris Blice

Nearby Northwood High School beats out its competitors with the highest average SAT scores and an Advanced Placement rate of 67%. Having started the first dance program in the state of North Carolina, the arts are embraced and taught here.

Vision Statement:
Northwood High School envisions an educational community that fosters leadership, creativity, and excellence in Academics, Activities, Arts, and Athletics (the Northwood four A’s). Our vision is to empower technologically literate, life-long learners who will make valuable contributions to society. Through the collaboration of school, home, and community, every Northwood graduate will be prepared for the demands of the 21st century.

  • 2011-2012: Selected as Washington Post National Challenge School (Exemplary Student Achievement)
  • 2011-2012: Met annual measurable objectives (met all goals)
  • 2011-2012: 88.9% Proficient – ABC Composite Score (highest in Chatham County Schools)
  • 2011-2012: 88.3%- CTE Post Assessments (school’s best ever)
  • Named as Chatham County Schools PTEC Signature School (Outstanding Student Achievement)
  • North Carolina School of Distinction 2011, High Growth and met AYP
  • North Carolina School of Distinction 2010