If you’re considering a move to the Asheville area or Western North Carolina, here’s a snapshot of the wide range of school options available to residents.
Asheville City Schools
The Asheville City/Buncombe County area is unique in that it operates separate city and county school districts.
The Asheville City Schools system serves the most centrally located neighborhoods, with approximately 4,500 students across 10 educational campuses. There are five elementary magnet schools and a Montessori public school (pre-K through third grade), as well as two middle school and two choices for high school.
Students who don’t reside in the Asheville City Schools district but wish to attend Asheville City Schools can apply for discretionary admission. The annual tuition for discretionary students is $300 per family for Buncombe County residents and $1,200 per family for residents outside of Buncombe County. shevillecityschools.net
Buncombe County Schools
Buncombe County Schools consists of 44 schools in six school districts: Enka, Erwin, North Buncombe, Owen, Reynolds and Roberson. Students are assigned to these districts based on geography.
Buncombe County Schools is North Carolina’s 13th-largest school system and the largest in Western North Carolina. It employs almost 4,000 people and has nearly 25,000 students, making BCS the county’s second-largest employer. More than 55 different languages are spoken in its 44 schools. buncombeschools.org
Charter and private schools in Asheville and Buncombe County
There are a handful of long-standing charter schools in Buncombe County. Evergreen Community Charter School (K-8) in East Asheville utilizes an Outward Bound expeditionary learning model www.evergreenccs.org. A newer charter school in West Buncombe, Franklin School of Innovation, offers the same model to fifth- through 12th-grade students. franklinschoolofinnovation.org
Francine Delany New School for Children, in the heart of West Asheville, serves children kindergarten through eighth grade with a focus on social justice fdnsc.net. ArtSpace Charter School in Swannanoa offers an arts-integrated curriculum to 400 elementary and middle-school students. www.artspace.com
Rainbow Community School in West Asheville is a private, independent alternative education program serving preschool through middle school rainbowcommunityschool.org. Carolina Day School (K-12) is a private school located in South Asheville and is focused on college preparation www.carolinaday.org. Odyssey School (pre-K-12) in Montford is an independent, non-profit school focused on whole child, emotionally intelligent, personalized curriculum for students odysseycommunity.org.
Carolina Day School is a co-ed independent day school serving grades K-12 and located in South Asheville. www.carolinaday.org/about
Asheville School is a nationally renowned day and boarding school serving college-bound high school students with a rigorous curriculum. It is located on a gorgeous historic campus in West Asheville. www.ashevilleschool.org
Several private single-gender middle schools are available in the Asheville area. For girls, there is the French Broad River Academy for Girls and Hanger Hall www.hangerhall.org. For boys, there is the French Broad River Academy for Boys. www.fbra-avl.org. Christ School is an Episcopal boarding and day school for boys in grades 8-12. www.christschool.org
Emmanuel Lutheran School emmanuellutheranschool.org, Asheville Catholic School www.ashevillecatholic.org, and Asheville Christian Academy www.ashevillechristian.org are all religious schools in this area serving a wide range of ages.
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Madison County Schools
The Madison County School system serves students from birth through grade 13. It has three early-childhood education centers, three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one early-college high school.
Madison County’s Board of Education has led an effort to rebuild and/or remodel all its facilities over the past 10 years. The Madison County School System is student-focused, providing comprehensive educational experiences that equip and empower students to be responsible citizens. The school system is fully accredited by the State of North Carolina and follows the N.C. state curriculum. www.madisonk12.net/Domain/8
Henderson County Public Schools
Henderson County Public Schools is the 27th-largest school district in the state, and the second-largest in Western North Carolina. Its 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, four high schools, education center and early-college high school exist in the East, Hendersonville, North and West districts.
Henderson County Public Schools consistently boasts some of the highest graduation rates and lowest drop-out rates in the state. www.hendersoncountypublicschoolsnc.org
Haywood County Schools
Haywood County Schools serves 7,124 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten to early-college. HCS has 15 schools – eight elementary, three middle and two comprehensive high schools, one alternative high school and one early college.
Haywood County Schools ranks in the top 12% of school districts in the state. Haywood Early College has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for being one of the top performing schools in the country.
Transylvania County Schools
Transylvania County Schools is located in Brevard. It has 3,390 students in pre-K through 12thgrade, with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. Transylvania County Schools has 257 full-time classroom teachers at nine schools: four at the elementary-school level, three at the middle-school level and three at the high-school level. www.tcsnc.org
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