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How are schools in Asheville?



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:

www.ashevillecityschools.net .


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