Asheville School

360 Asheville School Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
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.
Asheville School students learn to reason and communicate clearly, and they attend top colleges.
Most importantly, Asheville School students go on to lives of leadership and service.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 297 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $71,930
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $42,535
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 10 / Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Asheville School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 288 schools) for:

Offering Breadth

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Asheville School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
School Type
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
300 acres
126 acres

Student Body

297 students
320 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
(Out of 1600)
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
1170 - 1350
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Average Class Size
13 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$48.8 million
$28 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Dec. 10 / Feb. 1 / rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Average Percentile SSAT
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Amy McCuin
Associate Director of Admissions
Derry Roberson Babaoff

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature, AP French, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science, AP Environmental Science, AP European English, AP European History, AP Studio Art, Honors Algebra II , Honors American Studies, History, Honors Chemistry , Honors Chinese II, 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



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Bird Watching Club, Black Student Union, Chess Club, Christian Fellowship, Cinema, Cooking Club, Cycling, Design Club, Forensics, 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, Robotics, Student Activities Committee, Student Council, Table Tennis Club, The Ashnoca (Student Newspaper), Theatre Performance

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

College Matriculation

10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • 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.
  • Asheville School accreditations: NAIS, TABS, SACS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Amy "Bellamy" Young 1987 - Amy "Bellamy" Young is an actress best known for her role as First Lady Mellie Grant on ABC’s political drama series Scandal.
    • Pete Dye, Jr. 1944 - Dye designed world-renowned golf courses, including Oak Tree in Oklahoma City, The Johns Island Club in Vero Beach, the Harbortown Golf Course in Hilton Head, The Saw Grass Course in Ponte Vedra and the Ocean Course in Kiawah.
    • Roy Kim 2012 - In 2012, Roy Kim won Korea’s hit TV show Superstar K4. He received Mnet’s Booming Star and Hot Music Cover awards and has been at the top of Korean pop music charts.
    • Jose Gonzalez 1985 - In 2017, Gonzalez was appointed as Mexico's Minister of Finance under President Peña Nieto. He previously served as the CEO of Petróleos Mexicanos, more commonly known as PEMEX.
    • Charles Ries 1968 - Charles Ries was the U.S. Ambassador to Greece from 2004-2007. He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 2000-2004, overseeing U.S.-European Union economics, energy, and public diplomacy.
    • Frederick F. Wherry 1990 - Wherry is a professor of sociology at Princeton University. He serves as the department representative for the Department of Sociology, and he has served as vice-president and president of the Social Science History Association.
    • Jennifer Pharr-Davis 2001 - In 2011, Jennifer Pharr-Davis set the record for the fastest thru hike of the Appalachian Trail with a time of 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes. She has written two memoirs: Becoming Odyssa and Called Again.
    • James Hormel 1950 - James Hormel was the first openly gay person to serve as a United States Ambassador. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999 to be the Ambassador to Luxembourg. He is the grandson of George A. Hormel, founder of Hormel Foods.
    • Levin H. Campbell 1944 - Honorable Judge Levin H. Campbell was confirmed to serve on the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 1972. He served as Chief Judge from 1983 to 1990 and assumed senior status in 1992.
    • Perla Haney-Jardine 2015 - Perla Haney-Jardine is an actress best known for her roles in Steve Jobs (2015), Future Weather (2012), Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Kill Bill: Vol 2 (2004).
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Asheville School cost?
Asheville School's tuition is approximately $71,930 for boarding students and $42,535 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of Asheville School?
The acceptance rate of Asheville School is 40%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%.
Who are famous alumni from Asheville School?
Asheville School famous alumni include: Amy "Bellamy" Young 1987, Pete Dye, Jr. 1944, Roy Kim 2012, Jose Gonzalez 1985, Charles Ries 1968, Frederick F. Wherry 1990, Jennifer Pharr-Davis 2001, James Hormel 1950, Levin H. Campbell 1944 and Perla Haney-Jardine 2015.
What sports does Asheville School offer?
Asheville School offers 24 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field and Volleyball. Asheville School is ranked as one of the top boarding schools for most sports offered.
What is Asheville School's ranking?
Asheville School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Most sports offered and High # of AP/advanced courses offered.
When is the application deadline for Asheville School?
The application deadline for Asheville School is Dec. 10 / Feb. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Dec. 10 / Feb. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Class of 2005
Sewanee: The University of the South
Asheville School is situated in the most beautiful area of the country. My dorm looked out over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nothing could have been better for a teenager to wake up to. . .

Class of 2006
Emory University
Required Afternoon Activities made our campus pretty special. You were forced to sign up for either a sport, music, theater, or art to take up your afternoons. It was pretty beneficial because it. . .

Class of 2006
Harvard University
What really sets Asheville School apart are the teachers and how much they care about the students. I have never seen or heard tell of another faculty as devoted to their students and to helping. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 297 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $71,930
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $42,535
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 10 / Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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