Asheville, NC's Public and Private Schools

University of North Carolina Asheville
University of North Carolina Asheville

A new Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville opened in August 2012, using space in the building where the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is headquartered. Graduate students at the Asheville campus can earn master’s degrees in business administration, community college administration, counseling, nursing, public health, sustainability studies, teaching and writing.

Here is background information on other excellent education opportunities in Asheville:

Public Schools

Asheville’s two prize-winning public school districts are one of the many reasons why families choose to call the area home. The Asheville City Schools system has two high schools, one middle school, one alternative school, five elementary magnet schools and one preschool facility. Buncombe County Schools is the state’s 11th-largest school system and the largest district in Western North Carolina. serving more than 25,000 students.

Increase Graduation Rates

Both ACS and BCS are taking part in the North Carolina New Schools Project, which is working to reform and improve public high schools and implement more effective means of serving students. Both districts are taking measures to reduce the number of high school dropouts, increase graduation rates, and alleviate problems with attendance and discipline.

Private Education

Parents who prefer private education have plenty of options in Asheville, and several offer a faith-based curriculum. Among them are Asheville Catholic, Asheville Christian Academy, Emmanuel Lutheran, Nazarene Christian and Odyssey Community schools. There is also Hanger Hall, an all-girls middle school with an average class size of 12 students, and Christ School, a boarding school for more than 245 boys in grades 8-12. Meanwhile, Carolina Day School has 660 students, with nearly 100 percent of its graduates advancing to college. The oldest private school in the region is Asheville School, which was established in 1900 and today hosts classes six days a week for approximately 270 coed students in grades 9-12.


Options for higher education include the University of North Carolina at AshevilleAsheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Montreat College and Warren Wilson College. Warren Wilson students are required to work an on-campus job (which pays for part of their tuition), perform 100 hours of community service in four years, and complete a requisite curriculum of academic work to graduate.

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