Asheville, North Carolina
Since its founding more than a century ago, Asheville School has been preparing high school students with an education for a lifetime. A rigorous academic experience focused on a traditional core curriculum challenges students and gives them the foundation to become better thinkers and communicators.
A code of honor instills in students the importance of truth and strong character in all aspects of life.
A rich tradition of athletics teaches students the important lessons of the playing field, sport and the outdoors.
The boarding school experience builds in students a respect for and responsibility to others and one's self.
Students learn these lessons in a nurturing, close-knit community set on a campus of 300 pastoral acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.
"To prepare our students for college and for life and to provide an atmosphere in which all members of a diverse, engaged, and purposefully small school community appreciate and strive for excellence - an atmosphere that nurtures character and fosters the development of mind, body, and spirit."
Who We Are
Academics: A challenging academic program -- including more than 17 Advanced Placement (AP) courses -- helps give students a competitive edge. They learn to reason and communicate clearly, and they attend top colleges. But most importantly, they go on to lives of leadership and service.
Size: With an annual enrollment of approximately 260 students in grades 9-12, the school is an intentionally small, close-knit community. Students: Our student body represents roughly 30 different states and 12 foreign countries. Although they come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, students share a common appreciation for the value of good character, hard work and scholarship.
Faculty: Our faculty members bring with them a wide range of experiences, talents and backgrounds. But they all share a dedication to the mission of the school, striving to educate the mind, body and spirit of each of their students.
Honor and respect: Values matter here, from the Honor Code and student-run honor system to our unwritten code of respect.
Opportunities: Students have many occasions to demonstrate leadership and to participate in competitive athletics, the arts and outdoor adventures.
Integrated Humanities Curriculum: Our nationally acclaimed Humanities program integrates the study of literature, history, religion, art, music, architecture, film and dance into a four-year sequence: Ancient Studies, World Studies, European Studies and American Studies. These writing intensive courses provide English and history teachers a chance to team-teach, and students learn to discover more connections and realize how these areas of study relate to one another. The Humanities program has sponsored such recent classroom visitors as author/historian Sarah Vowell, bestselling novelist Ann Patchett, Author of Friday Night Lights - Buzz Bissinger, and Coleman Barks, bestselling translator of Rumi poetry.
Mountaineering: Students learn to challenge themselves and try new things in a program that teaches students to appreciate the great outdoors for a lifetime. Because our campus is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, students have ample opportunities to learn to rock climb or kayak or develop all the skills needed to backpack in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Campus: Our stunning 300-acre campus is in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, five minutes from the vibrant downtown Asheville. Our facilities combine historic buildings with 21st century technology.
Asheville School is for self-motivated, curious students who have been successful in school up to now. They like other people, want to get involved, are trustworthy and want to attend Asheville School. If you share those traits and think you'd like to make your own mark here, come to campus and find out more. If you head home after your visit and, as many before, say that Asheville just feels right, then it probably is. We think you're going to love it.
Applying to Asheville School
Applying to Asheville School is an exercise in self-discovery. Applicants are amazed by what they learn about themselves just by considering our school. Our application process is not necessarily a simple one; it takes effort and commitment - things our students draw upon every day in order to be successful here. The process is well worth it, however, in terms of what you will discover about yourself.
Admission is Competitive
Every year, Asheville School receives significantly more applications than it has spaces available. Within this competitive framework, applicants are judged on the basis of citizenship, interest in attending Asheville School, demonstrated academic ability and likely involvement in our school community.
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