Asheville School was founded in 1900 by Charles Andrews Mitchell and Newton Mitchell Anderson.
Head of School
Dr. Anthony Sgro, Class of 1984, is the ninth Head of School in Asheville School's 120-year history.
Asheville School is a co-ed school with grades 9 - 12. At Asheville School, grade levels are called "forms." Third Form is the ninth grade, Fourth Form is tenth, Fifth Form is eleventh, and Sixth Form is twelfth grade.
Asheville School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).
"To prepare 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"
Asheville School's campus is made up of 300 acres overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are 10 buildings on campus that house 31 classrooms, 3 residential halls, and housing for faculty and staff. Asheville School was named "Most Beautiful Private High School in North Carolina" by Architectural Digest in 2018.
This year, there are 295 students from 19 states and 16 countries. Eighty percent of Asheville School students board and 20% are day students.
There are 47 teaching faculty members at Asheville School. Eighty percent of faculty members live on campus, either in the dorms or in faculty campus housing. Faculty members also serve as advisors, coaches, hall parents and mentors. The student to faculty ratio is 5:1.
The average class size is 13. There are 62 courses, 22 of which are honors level and 16 of which are Advanced Placement courses. Every new student receives an Apple laptop on Opening Day. Asheville School's highly acclaimed integrated humanities department combines English and history so students can learn in context.
Asheville School has 19 interscholastic teams that compete over three seasons. All third and fourth form students play on a team, and 75% of students choose to play at least one sport during the year. We have a new multi-sport athletic complex and turf field that opened in the fall of 2018. The athletic center includes an indoor pool, basketball courts and state-of-the-art fitness center with dedicated strength and conditioning staff. Asheville School is the home of The Blues. We shout "Go Blues!" at our games.
Studio art, dance, and drama students regularly collaborate to produce immersive shows for the community. Art programming meets students at their level: whether picking up an instrument for the first time, or building a serious portfolio, students can work one-on-one with the Fine Arts faculty to expand their repertoire. The Arts in the Community Initiative enables students to learn from Asheville's vibrant arts community.
Named an Apple Distinguished School in 2018, Asheville School believes that students can enhance their skills in any field by empowering themselves through technology. Students can pursue their interests in activities and classes like robotics, app development, and AP Computer Science. Asheville School partners with UNC Asheville to provide access to UNCA's STEAM Studio, where students can bring their ideas to life with the use of state-of-the-art production equipment.
One hundred percent of Asheville School graduates are accepted to college, and 100% of students work 1:1 with a college counselor who supports, informs and encourages students and their families as they navigate the exciting, complex and ever-changing world of college admissions. The majority of Asheville School graduates attend colleges and universities Barron's rates as "highly selective" or "most selective."