Arthur Morgan School

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: 7-9
  • Enrollment: 27 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $32,113
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School News

  • Arthur Morgan School in the Asheville Laurel - 01/01/2018
    According to Sadie Kneidel, "the Montessori philosophy is that at middle-school age the brain is recalculating." Kneidel is co-clerk and houseparent at Arthur Morgan School (AMS), a nonprofit boarding and ...moreday school in the Celo community near Burnsville.Given that premise and the fact that traditional middle schools can be difficult for some students, AMS seeks a different approach to learning, one that harks back to its founding in 1962 by Elizabeth and Ernest Morgan. Theories of educators like Maria Montessori combine with Quaker values such as simple living and consensual decision making. The result is a progressive farm school where up to 27 students-in grades seven, eight and nine-live, work, create and learn together. hide
  • Ernest Morgan discusses the Arthur Morgan School - 08/10/1965
    Interview with Ernest Morgan about the Arthur Morgan School in Burnesville, NC that was founded by family. They discuss the teaching and learning ideology for the students (aged 12-16) who ...moreattend the school. Ernest describes the curriculum that includes outdoor learning in Black Mountain where the school is located. Includes a piece from an interview with Alexander Sutherland Neill about student and school adjustment. Ernest Morgan quotes Martin Luther King on maladjustment. hide

Top Rankings

Arthur Morgan School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:

Sports offered
School History

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 7-9
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
27 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade
Arthur Morgan School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
9 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
no dress code.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
$32,113 Boarding Tuition *including room, all meals, and trips $15,052 Day Tuition *including lunches and trips
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Endowment Size
$1 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
15 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Student Government

Arts and Music Programs:
Blacksmithing, Fiber Arts, Fine Arts, Morning Sing, Music, Photography, Pottery, Printmaking, Theater Production, Theater Program, Voice

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Backpacking, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

  • The program at AMS is specially designed to fit the needs and interests of teenagers. Small academic classes provide close attention to the needs of individual students while a wide range of electives emphasize self-expression and hands-onlearning. Based on Montessori principles and Quaker values of simple living, AMS puts great emphasis on teaching practical skills through both daily chores and periodic work projects in the wider community. Located at the foot of the Black Mountains, the 100 acre campus consists mainly of woods and meadows and is largely surrounded by National Forest. This is one of the school's greatest resources and provides students with oppotunities for a wide range of outdoor activities including backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, and cycling.
  • Outdoor trips in the fall and spring are supplemented by periodic day hikes and overnights. Through these trips students face challenges and experience successes that are not found in the classroom. In addition to these wilderness trips, service learning field trips are planned each year. These three week trips are planned around themes such as civil rights, U.S. government and politics, and hunger and homelessness. Students and staff organize the trips and travel in small groups to explore some of these difficult topics while providing volunteer service work.The central aim of the school is to help each student grow into a confident and responsible young person. Instead of learning to compete, students learn to cooperate, care for themselves, their world and each other.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Indigo De Souza -
    • Chip Thomas -
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Arthur Morgan School cost?
Arthur Morgan School's tuition is approximately $32,113 for private students.
What schools are Arthur Morgan School often compared to?
Arthur Morgan Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Anami Montessori School by visitors of our site.
What is the acceptance rate of Arthur Morgan School?
The acceptance rate of Arthur Morgan School is 85%, which is lower than the national average of 87%.
Who are famous alumni from Arthur Morgan School?
Arthur Morgan School famous alumni include: Indigo De Souza and Chip Thomas.
What sports does Arthur Morgan School offer?
Arthur Morgan School offers 14 interscholastic sports: Archery, Ballet, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Intramural Sports Only, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee and Wrestling. Arthur Morgan School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for most sports offered.
What is Arthur Morgan School's ranking?
Arthur Morgan School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for: Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Arthur Morgan School?
The application deadline for Arthur Morgan School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We are grateful that our son was able to attend Arthur Morgan School for three formative years, and we will always credit the school community and its generous teachers with instilling in him a strong sense of self and a passionate desire to learn about and question the world around him. AMS's responsive curriculum and immersive field trips tapped into his natural curiosity and blurred the line between school and life. Hikes and overnight camping built confidence and community, and connected him to the natural world. Our son developed practical life skills and a genuine sense of what it means to contribute to the greater good. Most importantly, he learned a great deal about who he is and who he is capable of becoming.
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The number one reason parents send their students to AMS is that AMS doesn't have personal screens. Students can use home phones to call friends and family, boarding houses can watch a movie together once a week if they choose, and students can check out laptops to use in a public location for school work with a staff sponsor. This school also has about 12 teachers and about 27 students each year and teachers are matched up with 2 students to spend a few hours with every week doing fun activities like biking, making cookies, playing games, visiting a weird antique store in town, or swimming in the river - this gives students an adult they feel comfortable with outside of academics to come to for social/emotional care. Especially in this time of middle schoolers dealing with a lot of trauma, it's important for them to feel comfortable talking to teachers about what's going on behind anything behavioral like not completing homework. The academics at AMS are also impressive.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: 7-9
  • Enrollment: 27 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $32,113
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in North Carolina is $9,652 for elementary schools and $10,957 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in North Carolina is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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