Asheville School — What sets us apart?
Size: With an annual enrollment of approximately 295 students in grades 9-12, the school is an intentionally small, close-knit community.
Students: Our student body represents roughly 19 different states and 16 foreign countries. Although they come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, students share a common appreciation for the values of good character, hard work and scholarship.
Honor/Respect: Values matter here, from the Honor Code and student-run honor system, to our unwritten code of respect.
Opportunities: Students have many opportunities 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 visitors as New York Times columnist David Brooks, comedian Hari Kondabolu, and author/historian Sarah Vowell. See our guest speakers page for the full list.
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.