Founded in 1900, Asheville School is one of the few remaining true small boarding schools in America.
This is a nurturing community, where our students and faculty genuinely know one another - thanks to family-style seated meals, senior chapel talks and century-old traditions.
We offer a rigorous college preparatory program. Many of our graduates are accepted to the most prestigious schools in the country. In fact, the majority of our recent graduates are attending colleges and universities Barron's rates as "highly selective" and "most selective."
We teach 21st century and timeless skills - critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity - in a traditional setting, where students are known and loved.
Our acceptance rate is 40 percent, and we have alumni in all 50 states and in about 35 countries around the world.
Our 300-acre campus, with pastoral fields encircled by the Blue Ridge Mountains, is nestled in the city of Asheville, North Carolina. In fact, Architectural Digest named Asheville School the most beautiful private high school in North Carolina in 2018.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 295 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $57,650
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 10 / Feb. 1 / rolling

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
295 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade
Asheville School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
48 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
13 students
Number of AP Courses
16 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European English, AP European History, AP French, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, Honors Algebra II, Honors American Studies, History, Honors Chemistry, Honors Chinese II, Honors Chinese III, Honors Chinese IV, Honors Chinese V, Honors European Studies, History, Honors French II, Honors French III, Honors French IV, Honors Geometry, Honors Humanities Seminar, Honors Humanities Seminar II, Honors Physics, Honors Precalculus, Honors Precalculus, Advanced, Honors Spanish II, Honors Spanish III, Honors Spanish IV, Honors World Studies, English
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Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Coat and tie for boys; coat and button-down shirt for girls.)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 10 / Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Boarding tuition is $57650. Day Tuition is $33,975. There's a $630 international fee.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
John T. Smith III
Admissions Associate
Derry Roberson
Endowment Size
$48.8 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
38 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
App Development, Bird Watching Club, Black Student Union, Bow Tie Society, Chess Club, Christian Fellowship, Cooking Club, Design Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Hoste Society (tour guides), International Club, Martial Arts Club, Math Club, Microlending, Mitchell Cabinet (Service Club), Multicultural Club, Peer Tutoring, Photography Club, Prefects (Senior Student Leaders), Proctors (Junior Student Leaders), Robotics, Service Projects, Student Activities Committee, Student Council, Students for Environmental Awareness, Table Tennis Club, The Ashnoca (Student Newspaper)

Arts and Music Programs:
Chapel Choir, Chorus, Dance, Drama, Handbell Choir, SongCraft, Studio Art, The Blue and White (Yearbook), The Review (Literary Magazine)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Equestrian, Mountaineering

School Notes

Asheville School is one of the nation's leading boarding schools. What sets us apart:
  • Academics. Our challenging academic program - including 22 Honors courses and 16 Advanced Placement (AP) courses -- helps give our students a competitive edge. They learn to reason and communicate clearly. They attend top colleges. Most importantly, they go on to lives of leadership and service.
  • Size. We're small -- about 295 dynamic, talented students in grades 9-12. Students receive support from dedicated, inspiring faculty, most of whom live right on campus.
  • Values and Opportunities. From our student-run honor system to our unwritten code of respect, values matter here. And students have many opportunities for leadership and participation in competitive athletics, the arts, and outdoor adventure.
  • Campus. Our stunning 300-acre campus is in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, NC, a city that mixes cosmopolitan style with southern culture. Our facilities combine gorgeous, historic buildings with 21st-century technology.

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 295 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $57,650
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 10 / Feb. 1 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Asheville, NC is $13,001 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Asheville, NC is 73% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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