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U.S. News & World Report: Peak Charter Academy Ranks in Top 10 for Best Charter Middle Schools in North Carolina

Peak Charter Academy ranks eighth Best Charter Middle School in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report in its 2022 school rankings.

The report noted that of the 693 ranked middle schools in the state, Peak placed at 15th in reading proficiency and 30th in math proficiency. Seventy-one percent of students tested at or above proficient level for reading and 64% tested at or above the proficient level for math.

“We’re excited to see recognition for the hard work our students, teachers and staff have put in to accomplish these high marks,” NHA CEO Brian Britton said. “All of our schools are focused on teaching children to be their best, and we appreciate the trust their parents have in us to accomplish that task.”

Peak has been recognized often for its student and staff accomplishments. In March, Peak was honored for the second consecutive year as a Model School by The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). In June principal Steve Pond was named 2021 Charter One NC Charter Co-Principal of the Year.

This marks the inaugural “Best” middle and elementary school lists created by U.S. News & World Report, while their high school and college-focused lists have been go-to resources for parents and students for years.

Rankings were determined by analyzing math and reading proficiency, state assessments and how schools performed compared to expectations. State assessments from the 2018-19 school year were used to limit the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on test results.

“Our students excel in their classroom environment because of the well-rounded curriculum they’re provided,” Britton said. “Combining traditional studies with a character-based approach to learning through our Moral Focus values helps these young people find success in whatever they choose to do.”

About Peak Charter Academy
Peak Charter Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Apex, North Carolina, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes more than 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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