New Hanover County Schools




90% of New Hanover County Schools Meet or Exceed Growth

90% of New Hanover County Schools Meet or Exceed Growth
New Hanover County Schools
90% of New Hanover County Schools Meet or Exceed Growth
Schools from across New Hanover County experienced exceptional growth last year, according to test results presented today to the State Board of Education.
Eighteen schools exceeded the standards for academic growth, including Holly Shelter Middle School, which is the overall number five school in the state for growth and the number one “Title 1” school.
In a measure of equitable outcomes for all students, five schools in the county came off the low-performing schools list: Holly Shelter and Myrtle Grove middle schools; and Alderman, Gregory, and Blair elementary schools. 
"We removed barriers for our teachers so that they could focus on instruction. Those educators were the driving force behind this achievement and they deserve all the recognition,” said Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust. “Our district continues to have the clear goal of ensuring that all students, regardless of their zip code, receive a high-quality, rigorous education.” 
Results across North Carolina for the 2022-23 year show strong gains over two years ago, particularly in math, with pandemic losses in some grades cut by more than two-thirds. Reading scores also improved in all grades statewide, with losses from 2020-21 cut by half, or more, in some grades.
In NHCS, 36 out of 40 schools met or exceeded growth last year, compared to 27 from 2021-2022.
Student achievement for the 2022-23 school year is based on all end-of-grade (EOG) and end-of-course (EOC) tests in reading, math, and science.
In summary:
  • 18 schools exceeded growth, 18 schools met growth, and only four schools did not meet growth.
  • Fourteen schools increased a letter grade
F > D - Snipes Academy of Arts and Wrightsboro Elementary School
D > C - Alderman, Gregory, Blair, and Sunset Park elementary schools; Holly Shelter and Myrtle Grove middle schools.
C > B - Castle Hayne, Holly Tree, Murrayville, and Winter Park elementary schools; Roland-Grise Middle School
B > A - Ogden Elementary School
  • Eighteen schools increased their growth status
Not Met to Met - Pine Valley and Wrightsboro elementary schools; Roland-Grise Middle School; Ashley High School
Met to Exceeded - Bradley Creek, Anderson, Porters Neck, Gregory, Masonboro, and Winter Park elementary schools; Noble Middle School; Isaac Bear Early College High School
Not Met to Exceeds - Holly Tree Elementary School; Trask, Holly Shelter, and Myrtle Grove middle schools; Hoggard High School
To view the full report on student achievement in New Hanover County Schools, click here. To schedule an interview with principals or staff at a high-growth school, please contact Chief Communications Officer Sal Cardella at 910-254-4221 or email
For Immediate Release 
September 6, 2023
For additional information, contact Sal Cardella,