Our Mission: We develop accomplished, confident, creative learners who are prepared to be compassionate leaders to building a socially just, spiritually connected, and environmentally sustainable world.
Our Method: We provide an engaging, nurturing learning environment to educate the whole child using the seven domains. We inspire academic excellence with a program in harmony with the stages of child development. We model within our community the kind of world in which we aspire to live.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 214 students
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, Language based differences
Year Founded
1977
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
214 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
7%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade
Rainbow Community School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
20 students

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Preschool: 2 days a week: $6,570/year 3 days a week: $9,670/year 5 days a week: $13,380/yearKindergarten: $13,745/year 1st Grade: $13,760/year 2nd Grade: $13,770/year 3rd Grade: $13,770/year 4th Grade: $13,770/year 5th Grade: $13,490/year 6th Grade: $14,160/year 7th Grade: $14,720/year 8th Grade: $14,995/year
Admissions Director
Sheila Mraz

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Boffer Games, The America Adventure Service Corps

School Notes

Founded as Rainbow Mountain Children`s School in 1977.

Rainbow Community School is proud to offer a private, independent and alternative educational program for preschool through middle school-aged children that draws from the best in current educational thinking and holistic models of child development. We are recognized nationally as a leader in contemplative and mindfulness education.

The Seven Domains: Our progressive program supports the development of the whole child in seven domains: mental, spiritual, emotional, moral/social, physical, natural, and creative. We do this by engaging children`s native intelligences and exposing them to other intelligences through collaborative projects. To ensure learning is a lifelong process, we help children master essential learning skills that encourage self-directed exploration.Traditional educational models rely heavily on standardized testing and rote memorization, often dampening children`s natural love for learning. Our child-centered curriculum is designed to inspire curiosity through experiential thematic units of study. We use assessment rubrics and goal setting to encourage children to reflect on and take responsibility for shaping their own educational journey.

Our integrated program covers:
  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Art
  • Peace studies
  • Service learning
  • Social justice and equity education
  • Computer literacy
  • Physical education
  • Character development
  • Environmental education
  • Global Initiatives
Primary students receive regular Spanish language, art, music, nature awareness and physical education enrichment with specialized instructors. Middle school students engage in elective programming with specialized instructors. Equally important, these creative forms of expression and learning are incorporated in the classroom with our project-based curriculum. This multifaceted approach engages children in the learning process and makes the journey fun and relevant.

We invite you to explore our program further by reviewing our mission and vision statements, our historical summary, grade-specific program overviews, special program features, teacher biographies and testimonials.

Of course, the best way to experience Rainbow Community School is first-hand. We encourage you to make an appointment to tour our campus and discover the magic of learning.
Profile last updated: 02/22/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  
We have been a Rainbow family for seven years and have covered grades 2nd 8th with our two daughters. I am so very grateful that we chose Rainbow when we moved to Asheville. The holistic approach to learning included an environmental, social, and spiritual and academic focus, and I couldn`t be more happy with our family's experience. Both of our daughters have now completed Omega, and I can, without a doubt, say that their experiences there small class setting, engaged learning, supportive teachers, and engaged leadership helped to shape the wonderful young women they have become. Thank you, Rainbow!
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Our move to Asheville was for lifestyle choice and for the Rainbow school. My first grader was floundering in public kindergarten where she was happy socially but not otherwise. She had some mild special needs. Rainbow school is a godsend for us! She is thriving; the teachers completely *get her*, the school`s philosophy truly resonates with our family and my child is fully seen for the resilient, joyful spirit that she is. The teachers go out of their way to ensure that every child feels safe, seen, understood, and supported. My kid now smiles ear to ear when she sees her teachers, her new friends, and the beautiful school we now call HOME.
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5  
We moved to Asheville in 2012 and discovered Pre-K for our 3-year-old son at Rainbow Community School. We have been absolutely thrilled with our son's education so far- he's in 6th grade! Originally a child enrolled in outside physical, occupational, and speech therapies, we had concerns about how he would handle school and how his school would handle him. Rainbow has shown an unconditional supporting, loving, nurturing, intellectually stimulating, and absolutely fulfilling experience for him and our family. I could not say enough good things about this school- it is one of two prime reasons we have stayed in Asheville through thick and thin (the other being extended family!). We will always have so much gratitude to Rainbow for helping us raise our son... and we have faith the foundation he has been given through this school will carry him on to a truly successful, well-rounded life.
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5  
Our family is in our 7th year at Rainbow Community School this year. Every year, I feel grateful for the school's mission, it's amazing, smart, creative, supportive teachers, and the joy that my kids both show while they engage with learning, throughout the year in so many ways - even during Pandemic times. I can say without a doubt that the teachers really know the kids and truly care about helping them reach their potential across all the domains of learning. We highly value being part of this community and watching our kids be excited about school, year after year.
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5  
We love Rainbow, because it offers a safe place to learn and to grow as an individual.
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5  
We love the nurturing, creative, and academically rigorous environment provided at Rainbow. We have two kids who have been at Rainbow for 4 years and have been continually pleased with the level of professionalism from the teachers and administration. Our children are honored for who they naturally are and challenged in areas of potential growth. The holistic approach with a thematic and integrated curriculum is an amazing way to educate children and one that truly develops the whole child. We feel blessed to send our children to Rainbow!
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 214 students
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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