Moving to a new place takes a lot of research and initiative. For families with children, knowing what type of neighborhood they’re moving to and what the surrounding school districts have to offer is usually top of the list. If you’re considering moving to Asheville, NC, we’ve already got a lot of that figured out for you. To help decide which schools and neighborhoods are a good fit for your family, take a look at our comprehensive list of school systems in Asheville and the surrounding areas, where we provide detailed statistics, ratings, and other info to help with your research.
In this article, we’ll discuss the different school districts in and around Asheville, as well as the different types of schools available. This includes public, charter, and private school options. We’ll also get into detailed information and ratings about Asheville area schools.
What Are The Various School Districts Surrounding Asheville?
Asheville and the surrounding areas offer a lot of viable options for families moving to Western North Carolina. We’ll start by looking at public schools. Some counties have multiple public school districts, so first let’s discuss how the public school districts are set up in the Asheville area.
Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina and sits in the middle of Buncombe County. It has its own school district called Asheville City Schools. Covering the areas just outside of the City of Asheville is the Buncombe County Schools system. Also known as BCS, this is a separate school system that encompasses multiple school districts with several campuses. BCS districts include:
- Enka District – Serves the Candler and Biltmore Lake Area.
- Erwin District – Serves the Leicester area.
- North Buncombe District – Serves Weaverville, Woodfin, and Barnardsville.
- Owen District – Serves Black Mountain, Swannanoa, and Montreat.
- Reynolds District – Serves the Fairview area.
- Roberson District – Serves the Arden Area and Biltmore Forest.
Asheville City Schools Demographics
Otherwise known as ACS, Asheville City Schools has been teaching students for over 130 years and is ranked in the top 30% of all 272 school districts in North Carolina based on math and reading test results. According to data from the Public School Review on ACS, ACS has 11 campuses, over 4500 students combined, and a student-teacher ratio of 14:1. This is less than the state’s average of 16:1.
Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on ACS states that Asheville median household income for parents with children in public school is about 69K a year, with a population of approximately 40,466 thousand. The average household type is 59% married couples, with over 71% of the population owning their own home.
Buncombe County Schools Demographics
Buncombe County Schools serves over 30,000 students between all its districts with 57 campuses. BCS currently has a student to teacher ratio of 15:1, according to data from Public School Review on BCS.
The data on BCS from the NCES states that they have a population of about 211,802 thousand, with an average median household income of 59K a year for parents of children in BCS. The average household type is approximately 68% married couples, with over 68% of the population owning their own home.
Asheville, NC Public School Ratings
Multiple factors go into ratings for schools, and all of them are averaged together to produce one final rating, based on numbers the school gets for test scores, student academic progress, college readiness, and equity (how well a school serves the academic development of disadvantaged students). The evaluations are from information collected about ACS by Great Schools, a leading nonprofit that strives to give parents the information they need to discover educational opportunities for their children. Here are the Asheville public school ratings sorted by elementary, middle, and high school.
Asheville Pre-Kindergarten to Elementary School Ratings
Below are the Asheville, NC school ratings for children in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.
Asheville Middle School Ratings
This age group includes schools that serve children in grades as high as 8th grade.
Asheville High School Ratings
Asheville high schools are highlighted here.
Buncombe County Public Schools Ratings
The data from the table below is also compiled from information on BCS from Great Schools. Some of the campuses in BCS are also located in Asheville, but not a part of ACS.
BCS Primary and Elementary School Ratings
This table school data for kindergarten and elementary school, all the way through 5th grade.
BCS Middle School Ratings
This table shows school date from 6th-8th grades, typically considered middle school or junior high grade levels.
BCS High School Ratings
Buncombe County high public schools are displayed below.
The Scoop on Asheville Public Charter Schools
Charter schools offer families more choices even beyond the borders of their own school district. In fact, it’s common for students to carpool with others to a school that’s outside of their district. Buncombe County has several options for charter schools. A charter school is a publicly funded, independent entity established by community members, teachers, or parents under specific terms. Even if the school has limited spots for new students (which is a definite possibility), the parent can always submit their children into a lottery for entry.
The largest charter school in Asheville/Buncombe County that encompasses the most grade levels is Invest Collegiate Imagine, a charter school dedicated to teaching students kindergarten through 12th grade. Students from all over Buncombe County and several surrounding counties attend ICI Charter School. Other charter schools in Asheville/Buncombe County include:
Private Schools in Asheville and Buncombe County
There are about 29 private schools, or schools supported by private individuals or organizations, in Buncombe County. These schools have an interview process and practice exclusive entry based on several factors, such as test grades, academic success, and extracurricular endeavors. Private schools in the Asheville area include:
There’s More Research To Be Done
In addition to checking out our area schools, it’s also important to consider other lifestyle factors as you find the best places to live in Western North Carolina, so you can find what works for you and your family. Reach out to us if you need any guidance on your home-buying journey.