Asheville School

360 Asheville School Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

Located on a 300-acre tract in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the school was founded by Newton M. Anderson and Charles A. Mitchell, who earlier had combined their efforts to found University School in Cleveland, OH. Originally a boys' school, Asheville first enrolled girls in 1971. Asheville's rigorous course of study emphasizes a traditional core curriculum of humanities, math, science, foreign language and the arts. Faculty pay particular attention to the fundamentals of effective writing, critical-thinking skills and clear communication. The humanities curriculum integrates the study of literature, history, religion, art, music, architecture, film and dance in a four-year sequence: ancient studies, world studies, European studies and American studies. English and history instructors jointly teach these classes, along with the school's music teacher and guest lecturers. Seniors engage in a semester-long program of self-directed learning in which they select a topic for in-depth study. After engaging in reading, research and study on the topic, the student composes two lengthy analytical essays and makes a verbal defense of his or her thesis before a panel of teachers. Participation in the school's mountaineering program exposes students to backpacking, rock climbing, white-water kayaking, cross-country skiing, and caving in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains. Between the start of sophomore year and graduation, boys and girls accumulate 40 hours of required community service.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address360 Asheville School Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Year Established1900
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorArchibald R. Montgomery IV
Applications DueFebruary
Total Enrollment275
Boarding Students220
Day Students55
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