To qualify for an Asheville School diploma, you must earn a total of 18.5 credits, must be enrolled during the entire Sixth Form year, and must pass all full-credit courses that year. All students must carry five courses each year.
Standard Course of Study
Before each Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Form year, the Academic Office reviews each student’s schedule in light of graduation requirements and college goals. Teachers recommend students for Honors and Advanced Placement level classes. See specific course descriptions for AP or Honors availability. The Academic Office will review your files to determine the classes and sections that best match your profile.
Third Form (9th grade)
The Academic Office will review your files to determine the classes and sections that best match your profile.
- Ancient Studies
- Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II
- French, Spanish, or Chinese
Fourth form (10th grade)
- World Studies
- Geometry, Algebra II or Precalculus
- Biology or Chemistry
- French, Spanish, or Chinese (I, II)
- Introduction to Art
Fifth form (11th grade)
- European Studies
- Algebra II, Precalculus, Finite Mathematics and Introduction to Statistics, Statistics AP, or Calculus (Regular, AB or BC)
- Biology AP, Chemistry, Chemistry AP, Physics, Physics AP
- French, Spanish, or Chinese (III, IV)
- Studio Art II or III, Music Theory AP or Introduction to Art
Sixth Form (12th grade)
As a senior, you are required to take American Studies. You must also choose at least three additional classes.
- Precalculus, Finite Mathematics and Introduction to Statistics, Calculus (Regular, AB or BC), Linear Algebra, or Statistics AP
- Biology AP, Chemistry AP, Physics, Physics AP, Anatomy and Physiology, or Environmental Science
- French (III, IV or V*), Spanish (III, IV, V* or VI*), or Chinese ( III, or IV)
- Studio Art II or III, Music Theory AP, Applied Music, or Introduction to Studio Art
- Humanities Honors Seminar
*Depends upon demand.
Core Class Requirements (18.5)
- Humanities: 8 credits
- Math: 4 credits
- Language: 3 credits
- Science: 3 credits
- Fine Arts: 1/2 credit (Intro to Studio Art)
As a senior, you must address the entire student body during Chapel or Convocation to fulfill the public speaking requirement. A panel of faculty members will assess the speech to determine if it meets standards for content and presentation.
As a Third Former, you’ll engage in on-campus community service with faculty members. As a Fourth Former, you’ll participate in off-campus community service. Between your Fourth and Sixth Form years, you’ll commit to 40 hours of community service working on behalf of one organization such as Habitat for Humanity. Upon completing a graduation requirement of sustained volunteerism, you’ll submit a 750-word essay about your experience to the Head of School.
During your first year at Asheville School, regardless of Form, you’ll go on an overnight camping trip.
A graduation requirement, the Senior Demonstration is the capstone academic experience at Asheville School. Sponsored by the Humanities Department, this in-depth project tests a senior’s analytical writing, research, and speaking skills. You’ll write two major papers, then defend your work in an oral examination before a panel of faculty members.
|Recent Senior Demo Topics|
|Andrew Jackson||The Aeneid and the Iliad||The fiction of John Irving|
|Jane Austen||The fiction of Flannery O'Connor||The life of John Coltrane|
|Cormac McCarthy||Steve Jobs||F. Scott Fitzgerald|
|Tennessee Williams||The life of Bob Marley||Lincoln|
|John Irving||The poetry of John Milton|