Asheville School



At The Threshold: The Campaign for Asheville School


At Asheville School, we’re sparking innovation on campus and beyond.

Our commitment to integrate technology into the Asheville School experience plays a key role in setting us apart from the competition. And we have been uncompromising in our efforts.


Technology Director Charles Long works on a robot with a student
Meet Charles

Charles Long thinks fast and innovates even faster. In 1999, we hired Long based on his passion for programming and his unquenchable curiosity. Over the years he has found myriad ways to bring advancements and new programming like the robotics team to Asheville School.

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Meet John Michael

John Michael demanded more than his public school could deliver. “My experience was that they didn’t welcome individuality. Everything was cookie cutter and a lot of the leadership seemed to be indifferent towards the students.” He had outgrown the experience and sought a place with more room to grow. He transferred in to Asheville School in his sophomore year.

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John Michael teaches at App Camp



Through a generous grant from The Stonecutter Foundation, MacBook Air laptops are now issued to each Asheville School student, allowing them to work more efficiently and effectively together and offering new opportunities for teachers to advance their curriculum.

Swift Code


Asheville School was one of the first high schools in the country to teach Apple’s Swift programming language as part of a new, project-based, AP computer science course.

Students now have opportunities to participate in an extensive and constantly changing realm of technological programming:

App Development Camp

In its inaugural year, our App Development Camp began with 11 day students. Since then, the camp has grown steadily each year in numbers and diversity of attendees. In 2018 we were able to expand our offerings to include a one-week intensive residential program attracting students from across the country. The feedback from attendees and parents has been overwhelming.

A helper works with a camper at App Camp
Students and two instructors pose with Apple Distinguished School banner

Apple Distinguished School

As a direct result of these successes, Asheville School was placed firmly in Apple’s spotlight. In 2018, Asheville School was named an Apple Distinguished School for 2018 to 2021 - only one of 400 schools in the world to have received this honor. Apple bestows the distinguished school honor to those who showcase technological innovation at the highest level.

Blues Ignite

Now, we have been presented with a unique opportunity to further enhance our App Camp and a first-ever STEAM partnership with UNC-Asheville through a new program titled: Blues Ignite: Sparking Innovation at Asheville School and Beyond.
In June of 2018, the Edward E. Ford Foundation approved a $100,000 matching grant to facilitate this partnership. Thanks to the generosity of The Stonecutter Foundation, the matching grant was realized and the Blues Ignite program is now poised to provide innovative and inspirational learning experiences for Asheville School students.

As our world evolves, so too does the technology that supports it. Additional program funding is key to addressing the technological needs of future students in ways we cannot possibly foresee today.

Help our technology and collaborative arts programs stay ahead of the curve. 

Student in Science Class

To explore ways you can make a meaningful and lasting impact on Asheville School, please contact Leigh Ruhl, Assistant Head of School for Advancement, directly at 828.254.6345 x4028 or

Wish to make a gift offline?
Please contact Innes Boland, Manager of Advancement Operations & Donor Relations, at or (828) 254-6345 ext. 4222

Student works on Arduino board