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You’re in the right place. Whether you’re pre-school or pre-med.

Briar Chapel is in Chatham County—home to Schools of Distinction, top SAT scores, “Teacher of the Year” awards and top rankings from national publications. And the education options here are as numerous as the accolades, with public and charter K-12 schools, along with the Southeast’s preeminent universities. (We should also note that two of these schools are right in our community, an easy walk or bike ride from your front door.)

The Primrose School Building at Briar Chapel

Primrose School of Chapel Hill at Briar Chapel

81 Falling Springs Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


  • Full programs on-site for infants, toddlers, early preschool, preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten as well as after school and summer adventure club offerings
  • Employs STEM-based learning and Balanced Learning Approach, a time-tested approach that instills a love of learning and discovery and helps the child develop creativity, compassion and life skills
  • 90% of students show readiness for kindergarten in all domains, based on the Teaching Strategies® GOLD® assessment
  • Proprietary programs in music, art, gardening, exercise, life skills and foreign language developed especially for Primrose’s curriculum
  • Safe School Plan keeps children safe and parents well-informed, including daily email to parents to provide updates on child’s engagement and learning experience
  • Summer Adventure Club: Ages kindergarten through fifth grade become engineers, artists, explorers and more with hands-on fun
  • After School Program for children ages 5-12. Homework help, creative expression, sports, technology, drama, music, games and downtime to read a book or catch up with a friend


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The Woods Charter School near Briar Chapel

Woods Charter School

160 Woodland Grove Ln.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

  • On-site K-12 Public Charter School
  • Ranked among the top US high schools by The Washington Post
  • Ranked 142 by US News Best High Schools 2018 with an overall score of 99.18
  • Ranked 9th within North Carolina and first in Durham, NC Metro area high schools
  • NC Honor School of Excellence
  • More than 12 Advanced Placement courses with 98% AP involvement
  • Ranked "top ten" on SAT scores in North Carolina: #6 in 2020
  • 98% graduation rate and 100% college-bound graduates in 2019
  • Personalized college counseling assistance
  • 63% of faculty hold advanced degrees. Faculty includes CDC Science Ambassador, Fulbright Distinguished Teacher, NSF Noyce Teacher Mentor, NSF Research Experience for Teachers awardee in Nanotechnology, NEH Summer Institute scholar, three National Board-Certified Teachers and three Google-Certified Educators
  • Annual eight-week experiential learning and enrichment program offered, along with acclaimed arts and athletics options and nationally competitive academic teams
  • Free tuition


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Chatham Grove Elementary School

Chatham Grove Elementary School

1301 Andrews Store Road 
Pittsboro, NC 27312

  • Chatham County's newest elementary school on-site at Briar Chapel located across from Margaret Pollard Middle School
  • A sustainably built LEED-Silver Certified school that meets EnergyStar certification requirements and Energy Efficiency Design Assistance Program by Duke Energy
  • Features Chatham County's first joint-use recreation facility with a full-size basketball court, two activity rooms, offices, lobby, restrooms and a kitchen, allowing for county recreation activities during summer months
  • Fully equipped facility with 39 academic classrooms, a pre-k classroom, two self-contained, exceptional education classrooms, two cultural arts classrooms, a media center, a cafeteria, a state-of-the-art security system and a gymnasium


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The newly opening Willow Oak Montessori XX minutes from Briar Chapel

Willow Oak Montessori

1476 Andrews Store Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312

  • On-site tuition-free public charter school for grades K-8 that uses admissions lottery
  • Montessori learning model that includes:
    -Student choice with a personalized learning structure: Teachers prepare the classroom so that each child is free to independently choose his/her work throughout the work cycle. Based on her observations, the teacher presents "lessons" to the children from a variety of subject areas.
    -A mixed-age environment creates a family atmosphere rather than competitive community
    -Comprehensive curriculum that meets the individual needs of the whole child
    -Sustained teaching relationships: Child typically stays with the same teacher for three years, allowing a bond is to be formed between the teacher and each member of the community.
    -Uninterrupted independent work periods where children can concentrate and work at their own pace Before and after school programs with multitude of games, crafts, reading, drama and music activities that focus on an array of social and leadership skills
  • Willow Oak Children’s House: Tuition-based preschool for ages 3-5 that enjoys a low student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1, copious outdoor learning and parent participation in language, art and cooking projects


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Chapel Hill's Margaret B. Pollard Middle School at Briar Chapel

Margaret B. Pollard Middle School

185 Granite Mill Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC

  • Opened in 2011 on-site at Briar Chapel as the first Gold LEED-certified middle school in the state and equipped with innovative green features
  • Named ABC School of Distinction
  • Spanish dual language program
  • Robust extracurricular activities, such as an award-winning environthon team, National Junior Honor Society, robotics program and The Pollard Post Newspaper
  • Competitive sports teams
  • Accelerated pathways for advanced students in math
  • Strong arts program with a cappella, chorus, concert band, jazz band, music and visual arts
  • STEM course that includes Alternative Energy, Computer Graphics & Animation, Environment & Ecology, Forensic Science, Intro to Computer Science, Mechanisms, Robotics and Structural Engineering


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The Northwood High School near Briar Chapel

Northwood High School

310 Northwood High School Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

  • Selected as one of The Washington Post's National Challenge School (Exemplary Student Achievement) and US News and World Report’s “America’s Best High Schools” in 2016
  • Awarded ABC Composite Score at 88.94% (highest in Chatham County Schools)
  • Named as Chatham County Schools PTEC Signature School(Outstanding Student Achievement)
  • Piedmont Triad Educational Consortium: Signature School of the Piedmont Triad and Newsweek Magazine’s “Top American High Schools”
  • North Carolina School of Distinction
  • Students rank 100 points above the national average, the highest SAT score in Chatham County ranking above both the state and national averages
  • 1:1 computer initiative: laptops and learning tools for all students and staff
  • School-wide learning network supporting by Professional Learning Communities
  • 40% of teachers with advanced degrees, including nine National Board Certified instructors
  • Founder of North Carolina’s first high school dance program
  • Robust AP classes, 3A athletics teams, award-winning arts programs and a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities


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Seaforth High School

444 Seaforth Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Briar Chapel's newest school will be opening in 2021, with students rezoned from Northwood High School during the 2021 school year.

  • New high school for grades 9-12 scheduled to open for the 2021-2022 school year
  • Features a two-story building designed to support 1,200 students
  • Building design includes auditorium, gymnasium, spacious cafeteria, learning commons area, media center, cultural arts education wing, exceptional education classrooms and career technical education resource classrooms
  • The project is on target to meet LEED Silver Certification, EnergyStar Certification requirements and Duke Energy’s Energy Efficiency Design Assistance Program
  • Campus touts 3,000-person athletic stadium


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UNC Chapel Hill Campus, XX minutes from Briar Chapel

Highly regarded
higher learning.

Briar Chapel is near a few of the top universities in the country, including the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (located just seven miles away), Duke University and North Carolina State University. (Maybe you’ve heard of them?) Don’t forget our Central Carolina Community College health sciences campus located on-site at Briar Chapel. These nationally acclaimed institutions anchor the Triangle, providing research facilities and an exceptional education—all right in our backyard.