Who We Are
Asheville School is one of the nation's leading boarding schools. What sets us apart?
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 275 students in grades 9-12, the school is an intentionally small, close-knit community.
Students: Our student body represents roughly 25 different states and 13 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 visitors as New York Times columnist David Brooks, sports journalist Frank Deford, author/historian Sarah Vowell, bestselling novelist Ann Patchett, Author of Friday Night Lights - Buzz Bissinger, and Coleman Barks, bestselling translator of Rumi poetry, and Flags of our Fathers author James Bradley. This years' speaker will be author and illustrator Maira Kalman.
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.
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