Easy as ABC: A primer of local elementary schools

Buncombe County is one of the largest school districts in the state, and newly relocated parents can understandably get confused about all the scholastic options out there. Below, Xpress offers a comprehensive list of area elementary schools, including public, charter, magnet and private. All institutions are K-5 and located in Asheville, unless otherwise noted. (A profile of each public city school is available at: buncombe.schoolwires.com.)

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Buncombe County schools

Avery’s Creek Elementary, 15 Park South Blvd., Arden. 654-1810.

Barnardsville Elementary, grades K-4. 20 Hillcrest Drive, Barnardsville. 626-2290.

Black Mountain Elementary, grades 4-5. 100 Flat Creek Road, Black Mountain. 669-5217.

Black Mountain Primary, grades K-3. 301 E. State St., Black Mountain. 669-2645.

Buncombe Community School-West, grades K-12. 128 Sand Hill School Road. 670-5040.

Candler Elementary, 121 Candler School Road, Candler. 670-5018.

Charles C. Bell Elementary, 90 Maple Springs Road. 298-3789.

Emma Elementary, 37 Brickyard Road. 232-4272.

Fairview Elementary, 1355 Charlotte Highway, Fairview. 628-2732.

Glen Arden Elementary, 50 Pinehurst Circle, Arden. 654-1800.

Haw Creek Elementary, 21 Trinity Chapel Road. 298-4022.

Hominy Valley Elementary, 450 Enka Lake Road, Candler. 665-0619.

Johnston Elementary, 230 Johnston Blvd. 232-4291.

Leicester Elementary, 31 Gilbert Road, Leicester. 683-2341.

North Buncombe Elementary, grades K-4. 251 Flat Creek Church Road, Weaverville. 645-6054.

North Windy Ridge, grades 5-6. 20 Doan Road, Weaverville. 658-1892.

Oakley Elementary, 753 Fairview Road, Oakley. 274-7515.

Pisgah Elementary, 1495 Pisgah Highway, Candler. 670-5023.

Sand Hill-Venable Elementary, 154 Sand Hill School Road. 670-5028.

Weaverville Elementary, grades 2-4. 129 S. Main St., Weaverville. 645-3127.

Weaverville Primary, grades K-1. 39 S. Main St., Weaverville. 645-4275.

W.D. Williams Elementary, 161 Bee Tree Road, Swannanoa. 686-3856.

West Buncombe Elementary, 175 Erwin Hills Road. 232-4282.

William W. Estes Elementary, 275 Overlook Road. 654-1795.

Woodfin Elementary, 108 Elk Mountain Road. 232-4287.

Charter schools

A tuition-free alternative to traditional public schools. Admission to area charter schools is competitive and based on a lottery system. Three charter schools have opened locally since their inception in 1997. All are K-8.

ArtSpace Charter School offers arts-integrated core-content education using drama, dance, music and visual arts. 2030 U.S. Highway 70, Swannanoa. 298-2787 or www.artspacecharter.org.

Evergreen Community Charter School uses the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound framework to provide holistic, child-centered experiential education. 50 Bell Road. 298-2173 or www.evergreenccs.org.

Francine Delany New School was founded by a group of educators in 1996. The school provides an experientially rich, hands-on education with an emphasis on self-directed learning. 119 Brevard Road. 236-9441 or www.fdnsc.net.

Magnet schools (Asheville City Schools)

Like charter schools, magnet schools are tuition-free and subject to space availability, although a socioeconomic balance is also integral to the enrollment process. Magnet schools often feature a strong specialization in either the arts or sciences. These five schools serve residents of the Asheville City Schools District as well as “transfers” from the county schools district. All are K-5.

Claxton Elementary specializes in arts-integrated education incorporating art, music, drama and movement. 241 Merrimon Ave. 350-6500 or www.asheville.k12.nc.us/sites/clx.

Hall Fletcher Elementary offers a technology-based education with emphasis on math, science and computers. 60 Ridgelawn Ave. 350-6400 or www.asheville.k12.nc.us/sites/hfe.

Ira B. Jones Elementary features a core-knowledge theme allowing students to explore history and world cultures through an interdisciplinary, child-centered approach. 544 Kimberly Ave. 350-6700 or www.asheville.k12.nc.us/sites/jon.

Isaac Dickson Elementary is a Foxfire Network school with an emphasis on experiential education, teachers as facilitators, and project learning. 125 Hill St. 350-6800 or www.asheville.k12.nc.us/sites/dic.

Vance Elementary is a NASA Explorer School with an emphasis on human diversity and ecology through the use of technology and hands-on learning. 98 Sulphur Springs Road. 350-6600 or www.asheville.k12.nc.us/sites/vance.

Private religious schools

The prevalence of private schools in WNC includes many types of religious schools for those seeking a faith-based education.

Adonai Christian Academy serves grades PK-12. 119 Cumberland Ave. 254-4203.

Asheville Catholic School, PK-8. 12 Culvern St. 252-7896. www.ashevillecatholic.org.

Asheville Christian Academy, Swannanoa. PK-12. 74 Riverwood Road. 581-2200. www.acacademy.org.

Asheville-Pisgah Church School, Candler. PK-8. 90 Academy Drive. 667-3255.

Carolina Christian School, PK-12. 48 Woodland Hills Road. 658-8964. www.carolinachristianschool.org.

Crossroads Christian Academy, PK-4. 20 S. Bear Creek Road. 254-5727.

Emmanuel Lutheran School, PK-8. 51 Wilburn Place. 281-8182.

Georgetown Baptist Academy, Leicester. K-12. 1 Dix Creek Road. 683-6396.

Glory Tabernacle Academy, 1-11. 1221 Sweeten Creek Road. 274-0750.

Happy Valley Christian Academy, K-12. 28 Happy Valley Road. 254-6655.

Hope Christian School. 215 Bull Creek Road. 254-3976.

Maccabi Academy of Asheville (WNC’s only Jewish day school). K-5. 229 Murdock Ave., Suite 100. 254-5660. www.maccabiofasheville.org.

Merriman Christian School, PK-12. 10 Ben Lippen School Road. 252-9305.

Mt. Sheba Baptist Academy, Weaverville. K-12. 20 Old Jupiter Road. 658-1417.

Nazarene Christian School, PK-8. 385 Hazel Mill Road. 252-9713. www.ashevillefirstnazarene.org.

New Hope Christian School, Candler. K-12. P.O. Box 216. 665-0009.

North Asheville Christian School, PK-11. Will add 12th grade in Fall 2008. 20 Reynolds Mountain Blvd. 645-8053. www.northashevillechristian.org.

Rock Christian Academy, Candler. K-8. 273 Monte Vista Road. 670-7645.

Swannanoa Christian Academy, Swannanoa. 1-12. 220 Lytle Cove Road. 686-3977.

Temple Baptist School, K-12. 985 1/2 Patton Ave. 252-3712.

Veritas Christian Academy, Fletcher. K-12. 17 Cane Creek Road. 681-0546.

Independent private schools

From Montessori—which features multi-age classes and self-directed learning in a structured environment—and alternative to holistic and special needs, these institutions provide a unique learning experience for students of all faiths.

Asheville Montessori School provides an authentic, child-centered Montessori experience for ages 3 through K. Two locations: 15 Julia St. (254-6014) and 360 Weaverville Highway (645-3433). www.ashevillemontessorischool.com.

Blue Ridge Montessori School, another venue for preschool and kindergarten Montessori-style learning in a lovely North Asheville location. 38 Sycamore St. 281-0505.

Carolina Day School, a private, non-sectarian school serving grades PK-12 with an emphasis on hands-on, integrated learning. 1345 Hendersonville Road. See www.cdschool.org or call 274-0757.

Katuah Sudbury School, recently relocated to 5 Woodland Drive in West Asheville, is modeled after the 40-year-old Sudbury Valley School in Massachusetts. Self-initiated learning and democratic governance (for kids kindergarten age through 16) are the school’s stated missions. See www.katuahsudbury.org for details or call 505-2337.

Montessori Learning Center of Asheville is a PK-K institution utilizing traditional Montessori principles. It has been established locally for more than 20 years. Spanish and swimming are among the school’s offerings. 1 School Road. 259-9880. www.montessori-learningcenter.org.

The New Classical Academy, for grades K-10, teaches Latin starting in third grade and has no computers in its classrooms. Instead, the school “provide[s] an intellectual community for both parent and child through a classical education in a hands-on environment,” according to a passage on its Web site. 38 Stoney Knob Road in Weaverville. 658-8317. www.thenewclassicalacademy.org.

Odyssey Community School provides a holistic, whole-child learning environment for grades PK-8 at 90 Zillicoa St. in Montford. For info, call 259-3653, 259-3564, or see www.odysseycommunity.org. (In 2008-2009, Odyssey will be adding secondary education, one grade level each consecutive year.)

Rainbow Mountain Children’s School provides multi-age, creative, experiential education for grades PK-8. 574 Haywood Road. 258-9264. www.rmcs.org.

The Learning Community School in Black Mountain is a holistic alternative school for grades K-8 with an emphasis on compassionate, cooperative learning; service; creativity; and the arts. P.O. Box 1143. 686-3080. www.thelearningcommunity.org.

Swannanoa Valley Montessori School has greatly expanded since its 2003 inception; it is now the only area Montessori to offer a full elementary school. In fall of 2007, classes were added for kids up through age 12. Located at 130 Center Ave. in Black Mountain. Call 669-8571 or see www.swanmont.org for more info.

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