The Asheville area is comprised of two public school districts, the Buncombe County
School District and the Asheville City School District.
You can Google school rankings/evaluations, etc. and find a number of helpful web
sites you can use to research schools. One that I occasionally use is:
www.ncreportcards.org . This is a state sponsored web site that provides a wealth of
information on the North Carolina public school systems.
The Asheville City School District has one high school (grades 9-12). It is a regular
school with a traditional calendar. Within the Asheville High School campus is a
specialty school comprised of just over 200 students called the “School of Inquiry
and Life Sciences.” There is one middle school (grades 6-8), which is also a regular
school with a traditional calendar. This school district has 5 elementary schools
(grades K-5) all of which are Magnet Schools. To get a better feel for the Asheville
City School District, I recommend you review their web site:
The Buncombe County School District (42 schools) is much larger than the Asheville
City School District. There are 9 high schools including an “Early College High
School” (grades 9-13), a “Middle College High School” (grades 11-12), and an
“Alternative Education High School.” There are 7 middle schools that are configured
either grades 6-8 or grades 7-8. There are 3 intermediate schools that are
configured grades 5-6. The 21 elementary schools are configured either grades K-4,
K-5, or 4-5. There are 2 primary schools. One is grades K-1 and the other is grades
K-3. To get a better feel for the Buncombe County School District, I recommend you
review their web site: www.buncombe.k12.nc.us .
The only schools that I am currently personally familiar with are Charles T. Koontz
Intermediate and T. C. Roberson High. These are both Buncombe County Schools.
My son, Josh, is in fifth grade at Koontz and my son, Cole, is in 9 th grade at Roberson.
Both of these schools far exceed my expectations. We also had great experiences at
Cane Creek Middle School and Glen Arden Elementary.
There are more than 30 private schools in the Asheville Area. These are easily
researched on the web. A few of the larger ones:
Carolina Day School: www.carolinaday.org
Asheville School: www.ashevilleschool.org
Asheville Catholic School: www.ashevillecatholic.org
Christ School: www.christschool.org
Veritas Christian Academy: www.veritasnc.org