Education is, by and large, the highest priority in our community. Chapel Hill owes its existence to the University of North Carolina, which was the first public university in the United States to actually admit (c.1795) and graduate (c.1798) students. That focus on learning paved the way for the best public school system in the state. We pay for that in the form of higher taxes on property that lies within the City School District. There are 11 Elementary Scools, 4 Middle Schools and 3 High Schools that comprise the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City School District.
We all benefit, whether we have children in school or not. High School Graduation rates hover around 90% and by most measures we are the number one ranked public school district in the state.
Most of us are familiar with the SAT, long a standard for measuring college potential. 86% of High School students here take the SAT, well above state and national averages. CHCCS students ranked 3rd overall and 1st among the general public schools in 2011 and 2012. (NC School of Science and Math in Durham and Raleigh Charter High School ranked one and two respectively). Consequently Chapel Hill and Carrboro generally enjoy higher rates of appreciation than most cities in NC. In addition, there are many private options: Emerson Waldorf, Carolina Friends, Chapel Hill Montesorri Schools, St Thomas Moore, Durham Academy and more.
By the way, lest we leave out higher education there are some other colleges and universities around here...
- Duke University (they are those Blue Devils) 9 miles away in Durham.
- NC State University (the Wolfpack) is 12 miles on the other side of the RDU Airport.
See the page about sports for more info on that, if you dare.