With graduations upon us, it's time to take a look at where the high schools in Fayetteville and Cumberland County rank compared to the rest of the state and country.

Graduation is upon us and it’s time to see where Cumberland County high schools ranked among the best in North Carolina.

US News and World Report has issued their annual listing of the Best High Schools around the country, including in the state of North Carolina. The numbers will show if students are prepared to graduate high school and either pursue a college degree or enter the work force. Some of the factors in the study include college readiness, scores that students must have in order to graduate and an assessment of performance.

We both can agree that high school is a very important time for learning. Fact is, what we learn from kindergarten through grade 12, often lays the foundation for what type of college studies we seek and ultimately what we choose as a career.

Cumberland County High Schools

Massey Hill Classical School had the biggest jump since the last time we looked at these rankings in 2022. It jumped from 85th in the state to 59th.

The area’s newest school, the Virtual Academy did manage to get on the rankings list this year.

So, which schools are the best of the best in Cumberland County and in North Carolina? Read on for the full list.

  • Cumberland County Schools Rankings

  • 59. Massey Hill Classical High School

    • #2,000
      in National Rankings
    • #59
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #1
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #1
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 84. Jack Britt High School

    • #3,237
      in National Rankings
    • #84
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #2
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #2
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 129. Cumberland Polytechnic

    • #4,511
      in National Rankings
    • #129
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #4
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #3
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 164. Reid Ross Classical High School

    • #5,372
      in National Rankings
    • #164
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #5
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #4
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 182. Cumberland International Early College HS

    • #5,787
      in National Rankings
    • #182
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #6
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #5
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 187. Cross Creek Early College

    • #5,966
      in National Rankings
    • #187
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #7
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #6
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 192. Pine Forest High School

    • #6,088
      in National Rankings
    • #192
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #8
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #7
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 222. Cape Fear High School

    • #6,701
      in National Rankings
    • #222
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #9
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #8
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 228. Terry Sanford High School

    • #6,930
      in National Rankings
    • #228
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #10
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #9
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 302. Gray's Creek High School

    • #8,861
      in National Rankings
    • #302
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #12
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #10
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 351. E E Smith High School

    • #10,071
      in National Rankings
    • #351
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #15
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #11
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 381. South View High School

    • #11,052
      in National Rankings
    • #381
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #16
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #12
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 424. Westover High School

    • #12,489
      in National Rankings
    • #424
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #19
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #13
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 434. Seventy-First High School

    • #12,659
      in National Rankings
    • #434
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #20
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #14
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 451+. Cumberland Academy 6-12 Virtual School

    • #13,242-17,655
      in National Rankings
    • #451-576
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #21-24
      in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #15-16
      in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 451+. Douglas Byrd

    #13,242-17,655

    in National Rankings
      • #451-576
        in North Carolina High Schools
      • #21-24
        in Fayetteville, NC Metro Area High Schools
      • #15-16
        in Cumberland County Schools High Schools
  • 5 Best North Carolina High Schools

  • 1. The Early College at Guilford

    • #16
      in National Rankings
    • #1
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #1
      in Greensboro, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #1
      in Guilford County Schools High Schools
    • #4
      in STEM High Schools
  • 2. STEM Early College at N.C. A&T

    • #77
      in National Rankings
    • #2
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #2
      in Greensboro, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #2
      in Guilford County Schools High Schools
  • 3. Onslow Early College

    • #134
      in National Rankings
    • #3
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #1
      in Jacksonville, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #1
      in Onslow County Schools High Schools
  • 4. Raleigh Charter High School

    • #156
      in National Rankings
    • #4
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #1
      in Raleigh, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #39
      in Charter High Schools
    • #47
      in STEM High Schools
  • 5. Woods Charter

    • #244
      in National Rankings
    • #5
      in North Carolina High Schools
    • #1
      in Durham, NC Metro Area High Schools
    • #60
      in Charter High Schools
    • #211
      in STEM High Schools

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