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Schools » K-12


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

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.

  • On-site K-12 Public Charter School, ranked one of the top in the nation
  • Over 95 percent 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 percent acceptance to four-year colleges/universities
  • Personalized college counseling assistance
  • Free tuition and open to all NC students



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

Perry Harrison Elementary School staff, families and community members 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

Margaret B. Pollard Middle School seeks to 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 with the academic skills at or above their grade level with a strong understanding of their own role in contributing to an eco-friendly, caring, and global community.

  • Opened in 2011 as the first Gold LEED-certified middle school in the state and equipped with innovative “green” features
  • Named an ABC “School of Distinction”
  • Environthon team placed fourth and seventh in the regional competition and competed at the state-level competition
  • Supports healthy living with an expanded cafeteria program that offers fresh produce, salads and wraps
  • Offers robust academic opportunities, like National Junior Honor Society

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 percent. The founder of North Carolina’s first dance program, Northwood encourages and celebrates the arts.

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 percent Proficient – ABC Composite Score (highest in Chatham County Schools)
  • 2011-2012: 88.3 percent - 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